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Office Vacancy Rates In Vancouver Highest They Have Been In Almost 10 Years

In the second quarter of 2014 the vacancy rates in Vancouver rose from 8.7 percent the 9.3 percent. Currently they are at the highest levels they have been since 2005. There are More »

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Importance of Service Coalitions

Before we can talk about the importance of service coalitions and the impact they can have let’s first define what a service coalition is. A service coalition is an organization of stakeholders More »

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Grass Roots Investing in Canada

  The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot is visiting in Canada at the moment. One Australian newspaper has reported that Abbot is scheduled to meet with several fund managers in order to More »

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Services sector is the world’s largest employer

The services sector is the world’s largest employer, and produces 70 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). In the United States, services generate more than 75 percent of of the national More »

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Canada’s Conservative Goverment Introduces New Legislation

On Wed, June 5th, Canada’s Conservative government introduced legislation that will protect minors from those buying and selling sex in public errors. The law now makes it illegal for sex trade workers More »

Canadian Services Local Moving

Moving is one of the most stressful times in the average persons life. Whether you are moving across the country or planning a local move, the organization, planning, and work involved can More »

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Ecomonic Growth & Employment

Services: The Growth Engine‘Services constitute two-thirds of the world economy and the fastestgrowing component of world trade. They are core drivers of economic growth, employment and development in every part of the More »

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Change in Publication Service

Leader of the Treasury Board, Ottawa – The Honourable Tony Clement, today announced the Federal Government of Canada has created update operations and digital publishing its standard for several files included in More »

Office Vacancy Rates In Vancouver Highest They Have Been In Almost 10 Years

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In the second quarter of 2014 the vacancy rates in Vancouver rose from 8.7 percent the 9.3 percent. Currently they are at the highest levels they have been since 2005. There are three things that have lead to these high vacancy rates. A lack of demand for office space, high office inventory and the slowdown that’s currently taking place in the mining industry.

Another reason for the spike in vacancy rates is the fact technology and digital media companies are looking for small, unique spaces. These are in very short supply. Those in the technology industry want office space in areas such as Railtown and Gastown. This is because they have a very distinctive look and feel. This contributes to the rising vacancy in Vancouver.

Is BC’s Local Business Suffering?

The sad news is the vacancy rate is expected to continue to rise. As more lease deals expire and new office space hits the market this trend won’t be slowing down anytime soon. The new Burnaby’s Metrotower III only added to this problem. It is 411,000 square feet of inventory. The problem is only 111,000 is occupied. That leaves 300,000 square feet vacant.

There were two big lease deals that came through thanks to Sony Picture Imageworks and Microsoft. Both decided they wanted to expand into the city of Vancouver. That of course was a great thing for the city as it shows it is a growing hub for technology.

More good news would be the reports showing the natural resources sector is recovering. Because it is recovering more and more firms are looking for office space. That means the vacancy rates should slowly start to decline.

Right now British Columbia seems to be headed for a liquefied natural gas boom. As a result firms in the energy sector are looking for office space in the Vancouver area.

When you couple this with the fact landlords are doing all they can to get prospective tenants to move into their buildings, I think its safe to say things will start to pick up in the near future. There will still be high vacancy rates but they will slowly come down as the overall economy continues to recover.

Importance of Service Coalitions

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Before we can talk about the importance of service coalitions and the impact they can have let’s first define what a service coalition is. A service coalition is an organization of stakeholders that is somehow related to the services sector.

These types of coalitions are nothing new as they have been around since the early 80′s. The stakeholders usually have very diverse interests. However, they do have one thing in common and that is their desire to further develop the services industry.

The coalition engagement helps the stakeholders accomplish their objectives in a more efficient manner. There are many great benefits that come along with having a service coalition that functions the right way.

Some of them include awareness building, issues being represented to the government on behalf of the stakeholders, enhanced competitiveness of the services and private sector businesses, promoting services exports and so much more.

Service coalitions can have an impact on governments, negotiators, service associations, private sector operators and the general public. So as you can see, their reach is far and wide. What they do effects people from all walks of life.

The International Coalition Movement

As stated before, service coalitions started in the early 80′s. The first international services coalition to be established was the USCSI or US Coalition Of Service Industries. Just about all service coalitions in developed countries focus on two things. Lobbying the government and raising the profile of the services sector.

Usually they are lobbying to promote liberalization in this sector. For example, service coalitions are heavily involved in the negotiation process. Their number one goal is to increase the market share their members have and they are willing to do almost anything to make sure that happens. They will provide position papers or deal with the negotiators directly if that’s what needs to be done.

To raise the profile of the services sector they will provide statistics and any other information that shows how important this sector is. They try to encourage and persuade the government to change policies and create incentives that will help make the sector more competitive.

These pronouncements are usually very common when the world’s leaders get together to discuss issues effecting the entire world.

Grass Roots Investing in Canada

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The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot is visiting in Canada at the moment. One Australian newspaper has reported that Abbot is scheduled to meet with several fund managers in order to encourage investment in Australia.  Some of the largest fund managers that Mr Abbot has set up meetings with include  Sun Life Financial, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, Barrick Gold, Barclays Canada, Saputo and Cameco. While investing overseas can give you exposure to different industries and economic cycles and help give your investment portfolio diversification, the fact is, that investing in your own country holds the biggest advantage. You know it better and you are less likely to made errors.

Investing in where you live – both as the nation you live in, and the home you reside in still remains one of the most popular choices for Canadians.  The subject of Vancouver’s real estate market is watched closely by many worldwide. Housing in Vancouver has become one of the most expensive in the world, outstripping international cities like New York, London and Paris. According to the Bank of Canada, the average selling price of a home in Vancouver is now nearly 11 times the average Vancouver family’s household income, a multiple similar to those seen in Hong Kong and Sydney. Click here for more information

Vancouver urban planner Andy Yan, with Bing Thom Architects, believes Vancouver has become a ‘hedge city” where wealthy foreigners park their cash in a politically stable and comfortable city where they feel safe to invest in homes they may use only sporadically. As word spreads about the city, more of the global super-rich move in and gobble up properties from real estate developers who are more than willing to sell at highly inflated prices.

Amidst the speculation and outcry of the Vancouver housing market, it remains the safest and most grass roots type of investment an individual can make. If you are planning a move within the lower mainland, continue with the “buying local” trend and hire  locally owned vancouver movers such as Crescentmovers.ca for all of your relocation needs.

Services sector is the world’s largest employer

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The services sector is the world’s largest employer, and produces 70 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). In the United States, services generate more than 75 percent of of the national economic output and provide 80 percent of private sector jobs. According to the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative, if U.S. business services achieved the same export potential as U.S. manufactured goods, then U.S. exports as a whole could increase by $800 billion.
The TISA has the opportunity to address major and fundamental barriers to trade in services affecting the United States and the globe. Some barriers to services trade include limited movement of data across borders, unfair competition from state-owned enterprises, lack of transparency and need for due process of law, and forced local ownership and discrimination in obtaining business licenses and permits.
An international services agreement has the potential to create trading conditions that enable services industries to achieve their full potential. The TISA can be one of the most important economic contributions of this century-for the United States and the globe.
Connie Carter, Ph.D. is the Senior Policy Analyst at the CDPC and a graduate of the UVIC Department of Sociology. She received a Bombardier Fellowship for her work analyzing citizen groups and government policy-makers as they responded to the issue of crystal meth use in BC in the early 2000s.
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On June 6, 2013, the Conservative government tabled amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that creates 20 additional conditions required for applications for supervised consumption services. Entitled the “Respect for Communities Act”, these amendments essentially give police, public safety officials, and municipalities a veto over health services. The tabling of these amendments is clearly an attempt to head off applications expected within the year from a number of Canadian cities. Media coverage was swift and mixed. But the both the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association quickly condemned the legislation and chastised the government for letting fear trump sound scientific evidence. Immediately following the release the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and PIVOT Legal Society issued a media release challenging these amendments.
The new requirements will not only be costly and time consuming but they will likely prevent the expansion of these much-needed services. The intention of the legislation seems to be to give a broad range of community members an opportunity to comment on any proposal to create a service. There’s a sense of grievance in the government’s press releases that somehow communities have been excluded from playing a role in deciding the fate of these services. It seems ironic given the heavy-handed approach used by the Harper government, that suddenly they care about what communities think. What’s more likely is that they care about what the opponents of these services think. Of course communities should play a part in these discussions. But we can’t let one group of people, guided by fear and ignorance, prevent the implementation of life-saving and cost-effective services.

Canada’s Conservative Goverment Introduces New Legislation

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On Wed, June 5th, Canada’s Conservative government introduced legislation that will protect minors from those buying and selling sex in public errors. The law now makes it illegal for sex trade workers to buy or sell their services near minors. However, critics claim that it will only makes prostitutes more vulnerable. This law has been proposed by Steven Harper as the response to Canada’s highest court striking down the country’s anti-prostitution laws last year.

Last year three prostitutes made a case to the Supreme court requesting reconsideration of the law on keeping a brothel, making a living from prostitution, and street soliciting. The Supreme Court ruling upheld the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal and ruled that, among other findings, there would not be a the ban on brothels on the grounds that it endangered sex workers by forcing them onto the streets. Unfortunately the ruling didn’t take effect, because the court gave Parliament a year to respond with new legislation.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the new law would target pimps and “the perverts.””We are criminalizing the purchase of sexual services and in very specific instances the sale in areas where young people under the age of 18 could be present,” MacKay said.

It is presumed that the courts will be asked to interpret individual circumstances where someone is charged for selling sex near minors. It will be left to the discretion of the police officer whether he or she decides to enforce this new law.

The new law fills already full courthouses & jails

The law also would ban advertising the sale of sexual services in print media or on the Internet. An act that was previously legal, and now illegal will use greater police resources, fill the already full courts and overpopulate the prison system.

Emilie Laliberte, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, said the new law “let down all Canadian sex workers,” and she predicted it would end up before the Supreme Court again in a few years.

Sex-trade workers in Canada stepped up their fight for safer working conditions following the serial killings of prostitutes by Robert Pickton in British Columbia. Pickton was convicted in 2007 of killing six women whose remains were found on his farm outside Vancouver. Years earlier, authorities had closed down a Vancouver house for sex workers that many had considered a safe haven just as the disappearance of several prostitutes began raising fears that a serial killer was prowling the streets.

Canadian Services Local Moving

Moving is one of the most stressful times in the average persons life. Whether you are moving across the country or planning a local move, the organization, planning, and work involved can be stressful. Changes are the only thing that stays eternally in a persons life. To share this burden of moving, we have professional Canadian services such as movers to help during a cumbersome move.

A Canadian moving services can include secure storage, moving quality cardboard boxes and packing supplies as well as professional packers on staff.
The process of moving and relocating requires lot of time, focus and attention to detail. If you are looking for a prepared, professional and punctual moving service – please contact our best vancouver movers team of specialists. If you are looking to hire a professional moving company in vancouver contact our highly regarded movers for a reliable and honest company with years of experience.

Our services offer both national and inner city relocation. Our movers are highly professional, have out standing reviews and have 30 years of satisfied customers. Before you chose a moving company First, you need to be able to have a quality relocation service. To find the quality service that you need, simply look at the companies closely. Compare company history, consumer reviews that you’ll find on the web as well as taking the time to look them up on the Better Business Bureau’s website. Are their customers satisfied?

Next, you need to be able to communicate with them. Do they provide you with the understanding attitude that you need? Do they allow you to tell them what it is that you are after? If they plan to provide service to you, they need to be able to communicate with you about your needs, availabilities and worries that you may have. A good relocation service will provide these aspects.

 

Ecomonic Growth & Employment

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Services: The Growth Engine‘Services constitute two-thirds of the world economy and the fastestgrowing component of world trade. They are core drivers of economic growth, employment and development in every part of the world.
What are Coalitions?A service coalition is an organization of stakeholders related to the services sector who may have diverse sub-sectoral interests, but who share common industry-wide objectives – namely the development of the service industry.

A coalition government includes members of different political parties and normally appears during crises such as war or political breakdown.
The 27th Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Constitutional Convention held in Montréal between May 5 and 9. It was led by President Debi Daviau, and the PIPSC (professional institute of public service) was able to attend for the first time since 2011. The theme for the Global Services Summit focused on services moving forward; the opportunities, the challenges, and the future of the global services market.

The three key discussions that week were as follows:

Constitution and Structure – Chief Operating Officer and Executive Secretary Eddie Gillis
General Resolutions – Vice-President Shirley Friesen
Economic and Social Policy – President Debi Daviau

By actively participating in these committees and networking with other delegates from across Canada, representatives continued the critical work of building bridges on matters regarding international trade agreements affecting services industries with a focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade in Services Agreement, and bilateral free trade agreements

The most publicly visible of the week’s events was the May 8 Rally Against Austerity, in which hundreds of flag-bearing union delegates and supporters from like-minded organizations vociferously denounced the federal government’s unrelenting attacks on Canada’s public infrastructure and public servants. The gathering also focused the spotlight on cuts and service reductions at Canada Post, which will reduce the crown corporation to a shell of its former self. President Daviau was honoured to be the “master of ceremonies” for the rally.

Change in Publication Service

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Leader of the Treasury Board, Ottawa – The Honourable Tony Clement, today announced the Federal Government of Canada has created update operations and digital publishing its standard for several files included in a continuing dedication to lessen expenses.

“Our Government is devoted to providing Canadians within the most effective and economical method data,” said Minister Clement. ” From on digital writing would be the standard for several government agencies, somewhat lowering the quantity of large-volume printing and also the expenses related to it.”

The Federal Government of Canada invested about $19 million about warehousing and the publishing, submission of communications products. Through these methods, these expenses will be reduced by the Federal Government.

Guides it’s still obtainable in print platforms that are ready and you will be published on demand. Guides associated with safety, health and security may continue being provided in-print forms.

The Methods for Writing, that are today essentially, help the Fiscal Action Plan 2013 dedication of the Federal Government to update submission and the manufacturing of government publications by producing printing guides and moving to digital publishing the exception.