Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 leek, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only) 3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated 1 tablespoon mild curry powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (optional) 1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk (light for a healthier option) Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper, to taste 

Prepare the base: Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic and ginger, sautéing until the leeks are soft and translucent.

Spice it up: Add curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander and chili flakes. Stir well for about a minute until the spices are fragrant.

Add veggies: Mix in the carrots and cook for 3–4 minutes. Then add the sugar snap peas and asparagus, cooking for another 5 minutes until they start to soften, but retain some crunch.

Simmer: Stir in the thawed peas and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat and cook for another 5 minutes. Avoid boiling to keep the vegetables crisp.

Season: Add lemon zest and juice, then season with salt and pepper. Serve over a bed of fluffy quinoa or basmati rice for a complete meal.

This spring vegetable curry is light, zesty and bursting with the flavors of the season. The asparagus, sugar snap peas and fresh herbs bring a crisp, fresh dimension that's perfect for a springtime meal.

Enjoy this delightful dish as a celebration of the season's bounty!

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May 1, International Workers' Day: Also known as Labor Day in some countries, this day is a celebration of laborers and the working classes.

May 5, Cinco de Mayo: Commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's widely celebrated in the United States to honor Mexican culture and heritage.

May 12, Mother's Day: Celebrated on the second Sunday in May, it's a day to honor and celebrate mothers and mother figures.

May 20, Victoria Day: Canadian holiday on which the British sovereign's birthday is celebrated. In 1845, during the reign of Queen Victoria, May 24, the queen's birthday, was declared a holiday in Canada.

May 27, Memorial Day: This US holiday honors military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties. It is also the unofficial start of summer.

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Open House. Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2024 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 3510 888 CARNARVON ST in New Westminster. See details here

Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2024 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Functional layout of two bedrooms and two bathrooms with granite counter tops. Ready to move in. Situated in the center of New Westminster, adjacent to the sky train Expo Line and the bus exchange station. Enjoy public transport to most parts of Greater Vancouver at your doorstep. In suite laundry. Beautiful large deck off of living room offering spectacular river and city views. Steps to Sky Train, transit, shopping, market and entertainment area. One pet allowed. 1 parking stall and one locker. OPEN HOUSE SAT/SUN APRIL 27/28, 2-4PM.

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Open House. Open House on Sunday, April 28, 2024 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 3510 888 CARNARVON ST in New Westminster. See details here

Open House on Sunday, April 28, 2024 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Functional layout of two bedrooms and two bathrooms with granite counter tops. Ready to move in. Situated in the center of New Westminster, adjacent to the sky train Expo Line and the bus exchange station. Enjoy public transport to most parts of Greater Vancouver at your doorstep. In suite laundry. Beautiful large deck off of living room offering spectacular river and city views. Steps to Sky Train, transit, shopping, market and entertainment area. One pet allowed. 1 parking stall and one locker. OPEN HOUSE SAT/SUN APRIL 27/28, 2-4PM.

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Canadian retail sales fell 0.1 per cent to $66.7 billion in February. Excluding volatile items, sales were flat on a month-over-month basis. In volume terms, adjusted for rising prices, retail sales fell 0.3 per cent in February.

After falling more than 2 per cent in January, retail sales in BC were up 1.2 per cent in February and were up 2.6 per cent from the same time last year. In the CMA of Vancouver, retail sales were down 0.2 per cent from the prior month and were up 4.2 from February 2023. 

Link: https://mailchi.mp/bcrea/canadian-retail-sales-february-2024-april-24-2024

For more information, please contact: Gino Pezzani.

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New property listed in Downtown NW, New Westminster

I have listed a new property at 3510 888 CARNARVON ST in New Westminster. See details here

Functional layout of two bedrooms and two bathrooms with granite counter tops. Ready to move in. Situated in the center of New Westminster, adjacent to the sky train Expo Line and the bus exchange station. Enjoy public transport to most parts of Greater Vancouver at your doorstep. In suite laundry. Beautiful large deck off of living room offering spectacular river and city views. Steps to Sky Train, transit, shopping, market and entertainment area. One pet allowed. 1 parking stall and one locker.

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In a small village nestled between a forest and the hills, there lived an old man known for his wisdom. One evening, as the sun painted the sky with hues of orange and purple, he sat outside his quaint cottage with his young grandson, who always yearned for his stories and lessons about life. 

"Grandfather," the boy said, "tell me, what is the most important lesson for a person to learn?"

The man smiled and gazed into the distance, where the shadows of the trees were merging with the night. "Inside each of us is a fierce battle that rages on," he said. "It's like two wolves constantly at war with each other.

One wolf represents darkness and despair—it is anger, jealousy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. It thrives on our worst impulses and feeds on our failures.

"The other wolf embodies light and hope—it is joy, peace, love, hope, calmness, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity and faith."

The boy, absorbed in his grandfather's words, asked with a sense of urgency, "But, grandfather, if they are always fighting, which wolf wins?"

The man looked deeply into his grandson's eyes and said softly, "The one you feed, my child. The one you feed.

The darkness wolf may seem strong and overpowering at times, and it's easy to feed it with our fears and anger. But the light wolf, though sometimes harder to nurture, has the power to fill our lives with meaning and joy."

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Canadian prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 2.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis in March, up from a 2.8% increase in February. Month-over-month, on a seasonally adjusted basis, CPI rose by 0.3 per cent in March. The slight uptick in headline CPI was largely due to rising gasoline prices. Excluding energy costs, CPI rose 2.8 per cent year-over-year in March, down from 2.9 per cent in February. Shelter costs remain the major driver of inflation with mortgage interest costs up 25.4 per cent and rent up 8.5 per cent from the same time last year in March. Excluding shelter, consumer prices rose just 1.5 per cent, year over year. In BC, consumer prices rose 2.7 per cent year-over-year, up from 2.6 per cent in February. The Bank of Canada's preferred measures of core inflation, which strip out volatile components, fell to between 2.8 and 3.1 per cent per cent year-over-year in March. 

Inflation ticked slightly higher as expected in March due to rising gasoline prices, however the big surprise in this morning's data was the continued fall in the Bank of Canada's preferred measures of core inflation. Both CPI median and CPI trim were not only down an a 12-month basis but fell to well under 2 per cent when measured on a 3-month basis and to just over 2 per cent on a 6-month basis. Not only is core inflation falling, but it has become more and more clear that inflation in Canada is almost entirely a shelter driven phenomenon. Excluding the rising costs of rents and mortgages, not only is inflation falling, its negative when measured at a 3 and 6-month horizon. If the Bank of Canada is looking for a case to lower its policy rate in June, this report provides ample evidence in support of that move. 

Link: https://mailchi.mp/bcrea/canadian-inflation-march-2024-april-16-2024

For more information, please contact: Gino Pezzani.

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Vancouver, BC – April, 2024. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,460 residential unit sales were recorded in Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) systems in March 2024, a decline of 9.5 per cent from March 2023. The average MLS® residential price in BC in March 2024 was up 6.5 per cent at $1.02 million, compared to an average price of $958,051 in March 2023. The total sales dollar volume was $6.6 billion, a decrease of 3.6 per cent from the same time the previous year.  

"March capped off a slow start to the first quarter of 2024," said BCREA Chief Economist, Brendon Ogmundson. "Despite a steep decline in fixed mortgage rates, buyers appear to be waiting on the Bank of Canada to lower its policy rate before jumping back into the market."
 
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 13 per cent to $15.8 billion, compared with the same period in 2023. Residential unit sales were up 6.4 per cent to 15,938 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 6.5 per cent to $995,149.  

For more information, please contact: Gino Pezzani.

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Vitamin K, often overlooked yet crucial for health, plays a key role in many ways. It's vital for coagulating blood, preventing excessive bleeding and strengthening bones by regulating calcium. It also shows potential in preventing arterial calcification and reducing heart disease risk.

Rich sources of it are green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard, as well as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and certain vegetable oils. Smaller amounts of it are found in fish, meat, eggs and dairy. Vitamin K deficiency is rare, but people on blood thinners should monitor their intake carefully.

Consulting a healthcare provider, especially when considering supplements or if on medication, ensures a balanced Vitamin K intake is aligned with overall health needs. Essential yet understated, Vitamin K is a key component of a well-rounded diet and overall health maintenance.

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