Archive for November, 2011
Date: Nov. 26, 2011
Location: The Center
Host: Greater Vancouver Overseas Chinese Students Commitee for Xinhai Revolution Centennial Performance Gala
Please download event poster for more information.
Detail Information in Chinese
This is a month-long series of exciting and delectable events in Alberta and British Columbia.
For the first time in Vancouver, the ITALIAN WINE AWARDS will be presented with guests of both the industry and public tastings voting for their favourite Italian red and white wines. The winning wines will be displayed and promoted throughout selected Liberty Wines stores in Vancouver and the awards will be presented at the Dine Italia event at Federico’s Supper Club on November 28th.
We are also proud to announce a MONTH-LONG “FLAVOURS OF ITALY” IMAGE PROMOTION in 50 selected BC Liquor Stores – check out some of the best-selling Italian labels in our Province!
DINE ITALIA – EXCLUSIVE “FLAVOURS OF ITALY” REGIONAL WINE-PAIRING DINNERS at some of Vancouver’s most renowned Italian restaurants with regional menus specially created by the chefs, all of whom have already been awarded (or who will receive next year) the Authentic Italian Hospitality Seal Award – “Ospitalita’ Italiana”.
The dinners will take place over the month of November and will feature regional specialties paired with wines exclusively from those regions with insights from both chefs and winemakers on the evening’s unique fare:
- Monday Nov. 7 – Dine LOMBARDIA at Cibo Trattoria (Sold Out)
- Tuesday Nov. 8 – Dine VENETO at CinCin (Sold Out)
- Thursday Nov. 17 – Dine SICILIA at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca
- Thursday Nov. 24 – Dine PIEMONTE at Quattro al Centro
- Monday Nov. 28 – Dine ITALIA at Federico’s Supper Club
We look forward to seeing you, buon appetito! Get your tickets now: http://www.cmymall.com/products.php?cid=21
Canadian Aboriginal & Asia Pacific Import & Export Trade Development Seminar & Workshop
Date: Friday& Saturday, December 2 – 3, 2011 (New Date from Nov 19 – 20)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Daily
Place: The Maritime Labour Centre, Boardroom, #3-1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Free parking available. Limited Seats available. First come first served.
RSVP at: http://www.vbnf.com/contactus.php or Please download the Complete Brochure and registration form.
Canada’s First Nations possess land reserves totaling nearly three million hectares. This land base represents an economic asset that will make a major contribution to enhancing and advancing the quality of life and standard of living of First Nations people and communities throughout Canada.
Indeed, there has been an explosion of First Nations entrepreneurship on and off-reserve as First Nations have opened casinos, shopping centres, industrial parks, golf courses and residential developments; they own trust companies, airlines, trucking firms, fisheries, sawmills and oil wells.
There is a lot for us to learn about Canadian Aboriginal people, including their values, standards, constitutions and leadership competencies. VBNF is fortunate to work with Wineexs Business Development & Management (WBDM), a registered and leading 100% Canadian Aboriginal owned and operated company located at Vancouver, BC, to create new and viable business opportunities relating to natural resources such as fishing, forestry and mining.
As such, WBDM has set-up an inaugural 2-day import and export trade development seminar and workshop to teach others how to do business with First Nations. This ground-breaking seminar and workshop will bring together Aboriginal and Asia Pacific community stakeholders and leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts and investors who exemplify best practices in their particular field to collaborate on the development of a new and unified import and export trade model and business network. Any business people or groups that who would like to do business with First Nations should attend.
In the course, you will learn:
- Who are the First Nations bands and organizations we are working with;
- How they want to do business with you;
- What kind of products and services are available;
- What products and services they need;
- When the products become available;
- How to create business opportunities with First Nations; and,
- Learn about the VBNF connections and investment opportunities.
- Canadian Aboriginal community stakeholders and leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts and investors;
- Asia-Pacific community stakeholders and leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts and investors;
- Local, regional, provincial, national and international social and economic development, management, leadership and stewardship professionals; and,
- Personal and professional development professionals.
Seminar Highlights Include:
- Discover and learn about the ground-breaking H.O.W.A.R.T. Model;
- Access invaluable, leading-edge technology, information and tools;
- Learn about the advances in First Nations import and export trade;
- Collaborate with Canadian Aboriginal and Asia-Pacific business leaders;
- Contribute to the development of a new import and export trade model;
- Meet and network with top business executives and industry professionals;
This year boomers started turning 65. Ten million of them, representing one third of the entire Canadian population, will reach retirement age over the next 15 years. Since they are the largest and wealthiest segment of the population, what they plan to do will have a strong impact on the economy, especially in the housing market.
Studies by several major banks have looked at the trends for boomers and have found that 39 per cent of boomers who plan to retire in the next three years still have a mortgage on their home, but two-thirds of boomers say they will retire mortgage-free. Forty per cent of boomers say they plan to move and of those, 41 per cent say they won’t need a new mortgage for their new home.
This is the generation that saw the value in their homes grow exponentially and this increase in value has formed a large part of their retirement savings plans. While saving money from a weekly pay cheque is still part of an overall saving strategy, home equity has also been a part of the strategy.
This will have a definite impact in the housing market. While it’s still a good time for first time home buyers, many of the mortgage rule changes earlier this year has made it more challenging for this segment to get into a home, especially with shorter amortizations and the end of zero down payment programs.
While economists have predicted a stable, balanced market over the next year with the Prime interest rate staying where it is until the end of 2012, variable rate discounts have disappeared and fixed rates are gradually increasing, which may impact first time buyers. The market may see a small surplus in homes resulting in more muted price appreciation as boomers down size. Prices may make it more affordable for first time home buyers and the move-up market.
A CIBC report also suggests that younger Canadians – those aged 25 to 34 – believe they will be able to retire based on savings they will accumulate over their working life. But boomers aged 55 to 64 are not so sure.
This same report suggests that many Canadians getting closer to retirement are relooking at the retirement savings goals they’ve set for themselves and are making adjustments. With interest rates low, coupled with a relatively stable economy, it may be a good time for boomers who have built equity in their homes to look at other mortgage options such as reverse mortgages.
These findings also demonstrate the importance of having a plan in place and making progress toward your goals every year, to give you the flexibility to make choices about how and when you retire. Whether you’re reaching retirement or just starting out, speaking to a mortgage agent should be part of a family’s overall retirement planning along with a financial planner. There are a number of strategies and options for paying down a mortgage and building a retirement nest egg.
Today, I bumped into Mayor Wayne Wright of New Westminster who was getting on the Skytrain to go to a meeting on low Income housing meeting at UBC. This is something I applause the Mayor as this is just something very important to all British Columbians as well as the whole Canada. I am very pleased to hear that the government is listening and is taking action to resolve the housing issues across Canada.
As VBNF has been promoting Low Income housing for the last few months, and the technology was picking up steam from different directions in the US, Canada, Asia and South America. It is about time, our government would start seeing the need and actually doing something about this.
Mayor Wayne Wright is a very busy man and he has been working very hard to bring new developments in New West. Just take a look at the waterfront area near the New West Skytrain station, the waterfront park development next to the Front Road. This will change the look of New West and will make it an attractive place to visit. I can’t wait to see it grow. I would like to see the modernized part of New West to bring new visitors and residents to improve the city. I live in New West and I like it here. The broad walk is a very nice and beautiful place for a stroll. Some people do fishing there for enjoyment. Dogs and kids were having fun running around with their adults.
Yet during this election time, he would take the time to attend meetings like this to take care the low income people across the country. He does care. Mayor Wright is not a young fellow but yet he is so energetic and so enthusiasm into public services. I admire him. I wish I have the same energy like him when I get to his age.
Mayor Wright did the right thing about the Head Tax for the Chinese. He took trips to China to bring more business into the City, to set up sister cities with China and bring more future to New West. I think he deserves another term so he can finish off what he started. Go with Mayor Wright. He is the Right man for the job. I am for sure to vote for him in the coming weekend. I hope you do too. I want him to finish up what he has been working so hard for.
During the summer, we have more fire work than other cities. Although it is a smaller scale but good enough for us who do not want to get into traffic jam in Vancouver to see the competition. New Westminster is a great place to live. Don’t believe me? Just stop by the Quay and take a walk on the broad walk, then ask anyone there. They will tell you the truth.
Low Income Housing for New Westminster
Since there is not a whole lot of land, the best way is to build multi-level building. During the train ride, I was able to give him a brief on the Murchtech technology and its saving and advantages to the Mayor. He likes it. He will study more and share the information with people he was going to meet at UBC. I will surely help him learn more about the Murchtech products and all the cost and time savings from traditional housing materials.
MurchTech Presentation Links:
* MurchTech Low Cost Housing Solution (Canada)
* Housing Solution for Earthquake, Tornado, Hurricane, Tsunami or other natural disaster areas
For more information, please contact us.
Today, VBNF attended the dinner gathering to say farewell to one of our Chinese leader in Vancouver, Mr. Shugen Liang, whose term is up that he will be going back to Beijing for another important job. The Consul General is a well liked leader/friend in both the Chinese business and social communities, not to mention that he is also leader representing China to other countries in Vancouver. He is a very, very busy man indeed.
He provided endless support to all the Chinese people living in Vancouver regardless where they come from, business or social needs. The Chinese loves him very much. I bet he must have been invited to many farewell functions by different groups during the last few weeks. While we are sorry to see him go. We have to admit that all good things will go to an end somehow and new good things will come again. We wish him well, get some rest and get a better job so he can help us more in the future.
Here is the link to see the photo show for the event.
Tags : Consul General of China, Mr. Shugen Liang