BCBusiness Brief | Canada’s Health-spending Plans, 2012 Tech Trends and Vancouver’s ‘Micro-lofts’

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Flaherty Lays Out Health-spending Plans til 2024

The Conservative government has surprised the provinces by unveiling its long-term funding plan for health and social transfers, presenting finance ministers with a multi-billion spending plan that runs until the year 2024.

Source: The Globe and Mail


Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012

From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology.

The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries – bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers – crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined.

Source: CNN


Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside ‘Micro-lofts’

Vancouver’s historic Burns Block has been refitted with Canada’s smallest self-contained apartments, a development on the cutting edge of the rental-housing market.

All 30 new suites are between 226 and 291 square feet with a kitchen – minus the oven – and a full bathroom.

Source: The Vancouver Sun


Canada’s Perpetual Housing Boom

Canada’s housing boom is among the most long-lived in the Western world at 13 years, but the next few years could chip away at the gains that have seen the average house increase in value by 85 per cent since 1998.

Source: The Globe and Mail

No Keystone, No Problem, Says Harper

Canada could sell its oil to China and other overseas markets with or without approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a year-end television interview, Harper indicated he had doubts the $7-billion pipeline would receive political approval from U.S. President Barack Obama, and that Canada should be looking outside the United States for markets.

Source: Times Colonist