Brave New World

This summer is turning out to be a summer like no other I can remember. Everywhere, there is an element of hope, of wanting to believe that society is coming together and that we are on the road to remembering what summer feels like without any thought of social distancing.

There are all the familiar notes of summer pulsing with life: the sound of giggles wafting from tanned children, piles of ripe fruit sitting in colorful displays at the entrance of grocery stores, music pouring out from picnic radios, and evening sunsets that linger late into twilight.

Certainly, we cannot overlook the reality of recent, tragic events of the pandemic; but I am asking that we all face this summer with the bravery to move into a new normal that simultaneously acknowledges what we went through while looking to what we are capable of doing.

We are capable of connecting— the past few months proved we are able to connect online, by video, by phone, and by mail. We are capable of reaching out to those in need and lending help. We are capable of learning: everywhere, there are free online classes and new summer novels to savor. Most of all, we are capable of loving, of reaching out to friends and family in this brave new world of having realized what matters most.

This summer is ours to enjoy. These hot days are ours to bask in the glory of possibility… don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

Gino Pezzani

JUST LISTED!! #11-168 SIXTH Street, New Westminster

Canadian Housing Starts – June, 2019

Canadian housing starts decreased by 13 per cent on a monthly basis in May to 202,337 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). This decline follows a strong rebound reported in the previous month. The trend in Canadian housing starts was down, averaging 202,000 units SAAR over the past six months, which is still a robust trend.

In BC, total housing starts were up 8 per cent on a monthly basis to 53,352 units SAAR. Total starts were up 31 per cent compared to May of last year. On a monthly basis, starts of multiple units were up 12 per cent to 46,020 units SAAR, while single detached starts fell by 11 per cent to 7,332 units SAAR.

Looking at census metropolitan areas in BC:

  • Total starts in Vancouver were up 25 per cent on a monthly basis in May at 42,667 units SAAR, as multiple unit starts rose by 29 per cent from the previous month. Compared to last year in May, housing starts in Vancouver were up 60 per cent.
  • In Victoria, housing starts were down by 57 per cent on a monthly basis to 2,311 units SAAR, mostly due to a decline from last month’s spike in multiple unit starts. Compared to a year ago, housing starts are down 28 per cent.
  • In Kelowna, starts increased by 28 per cent on a monthly basis, though were still relatively low at just 1,025 units SAAR. Year-over-year, total starts were down by 72 per cent as inventory of unsold units accumulate, constraining further new construction projects. This is the risk we outlined when the provincial speculation tax was introduced.
  • Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission were up by 76 per cent in May at 1,772 units SAAR. However, on a year-over-year basis, new home construction was up more than double due to strong multiple unit starts.

For more information, please contact:  Gino Pezzani.

2231 Oak St. Vancouver, BC – SPARK PAGE

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Demonstrate Professional Maturity

Being a good employee means setting an example of maturity for others. Show your managers that you’re a grown-up by practicing these important leadership behaviors:

  • Support organizational policies. Don’t gripe about your organization’s rules and procedures in front of others, even when you disagree with them. If necessary, work for change from the inside.
  • Help your peers. Pitch in and help whenever you can—for the other person’s good, and for the good of your organization.
  • Champion change. All organizations need to innovate and grow to survive. Be the person leading the charge, not the malcontent resisting it.
  • Control your temper. Remain professional no matter how frustrated you feel. People naturally respect and emulate others with self-control.