Vancouver

Category: Vancouver

My fascination with coyotes and inspiration for the book Street Shadows all began late one night when I was biking home from a friend’s house.  I was almost home, passing through a dark cemetery with my dog Baker running easily by my side.  I had done this route many times and was pedaling on autopilot, lost in thought.

 

2017 was a watershed for Canadian housing as some suburban Toronto markets experienced markedly lower prices for the first time in more than a decade. Regulators tightened the rules for mortgage and housing finance. Experts say these changes mean that home buyers will have as much as 20 percent less borrowing power starting early in 2018.

Mortgage fraud-related troubles at alternative lender Home Capital of Toronto and the court-ordered receivership of one of Alberta’s oldest and largest home builders could be harbingers of the beginning of the end of the Canadian housing bubble.

A recent report indicated that 86% of street drugs tested at Insite, the safe injection site in Vancouver,  contain fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can make people sick and even kill them. There are many reasons to end the War on Drugs and to shift from criminalization to legalization and regulation.  A main one is to prevent those who use drugs from being poisoned by tainted substances.

"Cases of poisoning happen all too frequently."

 

Ever since visiting and illustrating Toronto’s 100 libraries, my love of public libraries has grown even more. 

As a traveller, a public library is the best place to go!

Now, when I’m travelling outside Toronto to cities near and far, I take time to visit their local libraries.