• Canyon Lights: Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Peak of Christmas: Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain
  • Farmer Markets: Winter Farmer Market’s start January 7
  • Robson Square Ice Skating: Free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm
  • International Boat Show: BC Place Stadium and Granville Island Jan 18
  • Chinese New Year: Celebrations on January 28
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (January 20 to February 5)
  • Hot Chocolate Festival: Special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 19 until February 14)
  • Lunarfest: Free festival outdoors at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza at the corner of West Georgia and Hornby (February 12-14)
  • BC Family Day: Special family-friendly activities at various locations on the second Monday of the month (February 13).
  • Chutzpah Festival: Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival (February 16 to March 13)
  • Talking Stick Festival: Small festival featuring indigenous art and performances throughout the region
  • International Wine Festival: Featuring over 150 wines from over a dozen different countries (February 11-19)
  • Valentine’s Day: Treat your sweetheart or a loved one to something special (February 14)
  • Northwest Comedy Fest: Performances taking place at various venues around town (February 16-25)
  • Winterruption: Weekend of dance, theatre, music, film, art and crafts at Granville Island (February 17-19)
  • BC Home and Garden Show: Trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium (February 22-26)

New CCRA TAX Trap: Principal Residence Exemption Rule Change

Article By: Jimmy Le-Tang, Chartered Professional Accountant

You may or may not have heard about recent tax changes regarding the principal residence exemption available on the sale of a taxpayer’s principal residence (residents of Canada only.) The recent changes are significant and I would consider them to be a TAX TRAP because the new rules now require positive action by the taxpayer to claim the exemption and failing to claim the exemption will result in taxes being reassessed on the taxable capital gain.

The ”One-Plus” Rule 
The “one-plus” rule enables a taxpayer to purchase a home in a given year and sell their former home in the same calendar year and still be able to claim both residences in the same year as their principal residence. In other words, the “one-plus” rule enables an overlap of one year whereby both residences would still qualify for the principal residence exemption. If both properties are owned for more than one year then one of those properties would be disqualified from claiming the principal residence for the years in excess of one.

Full article: link 

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Client Appreciation Day at the Track

These are a few pics from my second annual Client Appreciation Day at the Track . This is a great day to support a worthy cause , which I support by purchasing Hot Laps with Race Car drivers in Super cars for my valued clients. Needless to say it is a day filled with good times, great experiences and ultimately amazing memories . Hope to see you at the Track!

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What is the world’s largest number?

Things that make you go Hmmm…

What is the world’s largest number?

In order to calculate massive quantities , American Edward Kasner coined the “googol”, which is a one followed by one hundred zero’s . But the “googolplex is now the largest number and is a one followed by a billion zeros, which allows us to calculate that the number of electrons passing through a forty-watt bulb in a minute roughly equals the number of drops of water flowing over Niagara Falls in a century.