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Sep
03
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Many of us refer to Labour Day as "the weekend before kids return to school" and this is the case this year for BC families. The tradition of celebrating Labour Day weekend continues as many hotels on the Island are already fully booked After Labour Day, trailers and boats are parked back beside the house and lakeside cottages are once again empty. However, most of us do not know the origin of the Labor Day and I thought that I would share it with you. The origins of Labour Day actually began on April 15, 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada's first demonstration to release the 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union who were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day. In 1872, trade unions were actually illegal and the Toronto Trades Assembly had been recognized as a powerful organization that encouraged workers to form trade unions and looked after disputes between employers and employees. Because of the overwhelming public support, and parades and demonstrations that continued that same year throughout Canada, Sir John MacDonald eventually promised to repeal all of the Canadian laws that barred trade unions. Labour Day became known as a time to campaign for and celebrate workers' rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions.
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Aug
13
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With it being "Throwback Thursday", I thought that we would re-share one of our team's favorite stories sent from a client. The client mentioned yesterday that this young boy had suffered a chipped tooth earlier in the week and wanted to know if the Tooth Fairy gave "partial refunds" to compensate for the perceived loss. Apparently, this child is still on his path to become a wealthy individual before he hits puberty! As a parent, I can relate all too well to the simple "truths" in life as viewed through the eyes of a child. It is always fascinating and inspiring to me that children really don't see the world through the same eyes as adults, and sometimes it is refreshing and sometimes it can be cringe-worthy (if it is your child). A client of mine shared with me this great story about how her child had defined "being rich" and I wanted to pass this along. Her son had recently lost one of his baby teeth and had left it for the Tooth Fairy to reward him for his efforts in tugging it out with sheer finger strength (amid tears). The child had left a note with the first tooth asking the Tooth Fairy if he could keep his tooth (since it was his tooth after all). The Tooth Fairy came as promised and left 2 shiny toonies for him. The Tooth Fairy left a small note along with the tooth advising that the boy could keep the tooth and asking the child to brush his teeth twice daily. The child was so excited about becoming wealthy literally overnight!! He had only lost two other teeth and they had been gone for over a year, and the joy of the tooth fairy's arrival was comparable to a visit by Santa Claus.
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Aug
07
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I truly believe that building a home is much like planning a wedding. When building a new home, you pick the perfect lot because you can't imagine living anywhere else and recognize the joy that living there will bring for many years to come. You come up with the house plans and ensure that the design reflects your sense of style, color scheme and special features you want to include. You imagine your floor plans being a wedding invitation because you spend so much time making sure that there are no mistakes, and that your vision comes to life on paper. The date of a wedding can be an important next step in the process, much like trying to establish a projected end date for construction. Moving into a new home can be as exciting as a wedding day, and since most people will buy/sell 5 times in their life, perhaps it is even MORE exciting each time to move into a new home!
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