“Cougar sighting” near B.C. elementary school was actually a fat house cat
A cougar sighting in proximity to a Vancouver-area elementary school ended up being nothing more than a fluffy friend.
A supposed sighting of a 150-pound cougar was, in reality, “a large domestic cat.”
Meghan Markle made an appearance at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to discuss women’s issues according to Global News.
A Facebook post complete with pictures read, “Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,”
Queen Elizabeth confirmed that Markle and Prince Harry would be splitting their time between the U.K. and Canada last week and the two wasted no time settling in.
The move to Canada comes after the royal’s decision to step away from their official duties and take a more relaxed role in the royal family. The couple claiming that they want to be “financially independent” and hope to create a more “progressive new role” within the royal family.
The Queen gave her thoughts as well as her blessings about the decision to move. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent a lot of time on the west coast since their sojourn began, although they have yet to confirm exactly where they will call home within Canada. However, the couple did choose to spend Christmas with their son, Archie Harrison on Vancouver Island.
Many people in Vancouver were impressed with Markle’s attempt to integrate herself into the Vancouver community.
“What an awesome place for her to come and discuss these kinds of issues. She is so lucky to be speaking to the passionate women of the DTESWC,” one user said.
“Well if this is where the exited royals are going to be maybe having them around will be a wonderful thing. No bling in sight. I bet her mother-in-law would have been happy to see this. Raising awareness where it is needed is always a good thing,” another user wrote on Facebook.
Good news, Vancouverites!
The average price of a home in the Greater Vancouver Area has fallen yet again in December of 2019, as the latest housing figures show prices dropped 4.8 percent year-over-year, meaning homes in Vancouver are now, on average, $1.1 million dollars.
That decrease came after a hefty 5.2 percent drop in last year’s third quarter, compared in 2018’s figures at that same time, according to Royal LePage.
Price drops were experienced across numerous types of housing; the median price for a two-storey Greater Vancouver home dropped by 4.7 percent to 1.4 million, with bungalow housing prices falling 6.7 percent to $1.1 million. Condo prices also fell to $645,607.
Prices in the Greater Toronto Area have continued to dip as well, with prices dropping in value roughly 5.3 percent compared to last month to the average number of $854,000, according to The GTA’s home price index.
In comparison, November 2019 saw average home prices in Calgary down 2.3 percent, compared to the previous year.
Below is a map that outlines the average housing prices, provincially.
A woman in Vancouver has to pay her ex-boyfriend $200,000 for defaming him online using websites like Instagram.
A ruling by the Supreme Court of British Columbia points to Noelle Halcrow making several posts online claiming that Brandon Rook had a STD, he was an alcoholic, was unfaithful and was a failed businessman. According to the ruling, Halcrow’s acts took place from August 2016 to August 2017.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the couple were together for a total of about six months. When Rook ended the relationship, Halcrow started making the posts to four websites including Instagram. The two were in an earlier relationship in 2015 that was also ended by Rook.
Justice Elliott Myers of The Supreme Court of B.C., said, “the courts have recognized that the internet can be used as an exceedingly effective tool to harm reputations. This is one such case.”
Halcrow claimed that she did not make the posts herself and claimed that they were made by friends and other people. She provided no evidence.
Myers Ruled, “I do not accept this and find that she mounted a campaign against Mr. Rook that was as relentless as it was extensive. I also conclude that she was motivated by malice.”
Justice Myers used four main points to justify his rejection of the claim.
- Halcrow’s IP address was used to create the accounts that the posts came from.
- Rook could prove that Halcrow was threatening him with the posts over multiple text messages.
- Halcrow’s texts and posts had very prominent similarities
- Nobody else would have had the same motives as Halcrow
Justice Myers took note of other similar cases in order to make his decision on the amount Halcrow would have to award Rook in damages.
An angry Vancouver man is claiming that a taxi driver kept his phone for a $100 ransom on New Year’s Day.
Robert Morris was leaving a New Year’s Eve party with some friends. They called a Yellow Cab to take them from North Burnaby to East Vancouver around 1:30 a.m.
After arriving at his destination Morris noticed that he forgot his phone in the taxi. He called the driver with a friends phone.
When talking to Global News, Morris said, “We called him 30 seconds later and he said he was very busy, but if I gave him $100 he would drop my phone off,” he added, “I was disgusted. I was mind blown. I was like, are you joking me?”
Morris called around more 50 times without an answer.
The taxi driver was finished work at 6 a.m. and gave the phone to another driver. Yellow Cab Claimed that this was a common occurrence.
Morris was eventually able to get in touch with the second driver who he claimed asked for $100 as well.
Morris made sure he was filming the situation when he eventually met up with the second driver to get his phone. He said he could use the footage to expose the driver.
Carolyn Bauer, the Vancouver Taxi Association spokesperson, said she was unable to give a filmed interview because she did not have the time. She denied that either of the drivers asked Morris for $100 to deliver his phone.
Bauer added that Morris’s first driver had too many rides with other New Year’s Eve customers to deliver the phone. She also noted that the second driver said they could drop off the phone for a $20 minimum charge. The charge is company policy but Morris did not agree to the offer.
Morris called the policy “absolutely ridiculous.”
He also told Global News, “I don’t think anyone should ever do that. It’s not good customer service.”
When Morris requested an apology from Yellow Cab, they responded that they believe the drivers did not do anything wrong and they will be standing by them.