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Apr
11
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Our beautiful coastal lifestyle is reflected with our pristine oceans and lakes, glorious mountains, and endless parks. However, basketball has not been an activity that the North Coast is known for. Last month, the Globe and Mail had an interesting article about a tiny Queen Charlotte Islands basketball team competing against seemingly insurmountable odds. The senior boys team named "the Saints" from Queen Charlotte Secondary, located in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), had the opportunity to prove what true grit and strength is made of by competing in the extremely competitive AAAA provincial basketball tournament. Haida Gwaii is a distant island off the North Coast has a population of 1,600 with only 142 students who attend the local secondary school. However, they have been able to form a close knit team of boys who have developed incredible basketball skills that has allowed them to enter the foray of competitive tournaments. In fact, almost half of the Grade 11 and Grade 12 students play on the basketball team! To foster the player's love for the sport, the coach keeps the high school gym open for his players until 11pm each night so they can practice and have a safe place to keep busy in the evenings.
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Apr
04
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One of the biggest changes in real estate that I have noticed over the past 34 years of being a real estate agent, is the advent of social media. Back in the 1980's, realtors who would conduct their business in the back room of a bar seemed commonplace. Smoking and drinking with clients was a socially accepted practice and contracts were written only in English. Today, realtors live in a "purgatory" whereby any misstep captured by a handy Iphone can live forever and damage not only their business, but their credibility as well. How apt was the quote attributed to his late father, Peter Toigo, who said "You only have one name and it takes a lifetime to build it, and one mistake to ruin it" . I was very intrigued by this quote as it is similar to my own philosophy about life. Born to Italian immigrant parents in Powell River, Peter Toigo and his family purchased a grocery store when he was just 17, and Peter acted as butcher for many years at the store. As he became a successful businessman, Toigo purchased the White Spot franchise in 1982 from General Foods (who had purchased it when Nat Bailey retired in 1968). Things were not all rosy in life for Toigo. In fact, only 4 years after acquiring White Spot, the company was sued by 2 patrons who claimed damages for botulism poisoning relating to a beef dip. The court ruling made it easier for diners to sue restaurants for "breach of contract".
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Mar
28
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With Bob Hope's Palm Springs home being listed for sale last year for an astonishing $50 million and then put on MLS and reduced to $36 million in January 2014, I thought that you might enjoy learning a little more about the history of Bob Hope and his amazing home. Bob Hope's futuristic home is considered by many to be part volcano and part space ship and is lovingly been nicknamed the "UFO" and "tortoise". Built to overlook the Coachella Valley, the home was designed by John Lautner in 1973 and was finally completed in 1980. Still not satisfied with the results, Bob Hope's wife, Delores, hired another designer to rework some of the interior, and Lautner was rightfully upset and did not like to discuss his involvement with this home afterwards.
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