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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on March 19th, 2020

On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely am I to get coronavirus? Probably about a 9: What its like to live in a Toronto homeless shelter right now

Ive been on the street for a little over a year, and Im currently living in a shelter in a church basement. It was originally supposed to hold around 30 people, and now 62 people are staying there. Let me put it this way: if the health department came, they would shut it down. We have cockroaches crawling on the tables in our eating area. Bedbugs, too, but thats inevitable. I measured the space between the beds, and its a little over three feet. I can basically scratch my neighbours nose. That doesnt feel like enough distance when coronavirus is transmitted through droplets. We have one hand sanitizer dispenser in the entire place. Cleanliness is also a problem, because lots of people here have less-than-ideal hygiene practices. If you bring it up, theyre like, Dont tell me what to do. Off the top of my head, I cant think of any solution other than to burn the place down and start over.

The director of the shelter gave us a bit of a speech the other day. He said, Well do the best we can to keep you safe, and everything is going to go on per usual. Well, that doesnt really address anything, does it? I cant self-isolate. Im not even allowed to stay in the shelter: they wake us up at 6 a.m. and kick us out for the rest of the day. All it would take is one more shift, two more shelter staff, to let us stay inside for the day. Thats what happened at Christmas. There were two extra people working during the day. The world didnt come to an end. John Tory, Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, theyre all self-isolating. What about us? Im a Vietnam vet, and it takes a lot to scare me. This scares me.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely am I to get coronavirus? Probably about a 9. Im 68. Ive had a lot of medical problems in the past year, like deep-vein thrombosis, and Ive been told to stay in bed, to get as much rest as I can. Its not an option. There arent that many places to go right now. I usually spend time at the library, but those are closed. The recreation centres are closed, too. Even the dining room of McDonalds is closed. My friend went to McDonalds this morning and tried to pay in cash, and they told him they just wanted cards. And if I want to talk to my doctor, the only way is through the phone. Right now Im not living, Im existing. And with this virus, I dont know how much longer I can exist.

Theres a group of us in the shelter who try to help each other, given the limited resources we have. If somebodys got a headache or a stomachache, then somebody might give them some Tylenol or Tums. My friend Malcolm has been amazing. Hes given me money and has been there for me when no one else was. We call each other brothers. If it wasnt for him I probably would have shot myself by now. Hes saved my life.

I dont feel like the shelter staff listen to me when I express concern about coronavirus. They see me as a troublemaker. Whenever something happens, Im the person residents come to. They know Im not afraid to go talk to staff and bring up whatever the problem is.

Several people have told me that theyre concerned about coronavirus, and that the homeless people are going to be blamed for its spread. Its not impossible, because people always look for somebody to blame. Thats human nature. And who do you blame? The weakest and most vulnerable people. The only way to solve this would be to give hotel rooms to the homeless. Thats the only way well be able to self-quarantine.

Im well-educated. Im not usually at a loss for words, but I dont have the words for this mess were in. I think it was Diogenes who said that a society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable people, and so far were failing.

As told to Isabel B. Slone

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 7th, 2020

March 6, 2020 9:00 PM | News

Several Winnipeg businesses were honoured Friday night for their ambitious, innovative, and generous spirit in their respective sectors.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce recognized eight businesses at the 11th annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala at Club Regent Event Centre.

Chosen by volunteer judges drawn from the business community, the winners are:

A patented self-sterilizing bed that treats and prevents bedbugs in a non-toxic, non-disruptive manner is a product that has transformed lives people are able to sleep at night, attend work regularly and invite people to visit their homes without shame.

The generation and energy management technology has not yet gone mainstream, however, and that is where CORE steps in sharing its world-class experiences, proprietary technology and global reach on every project it develops.

As Winnipegs knowledge keeper for living an ecologically conscientious life, this environmental non-profits three decades of community service has directly prepared Winnipeggers to join the global fight against climate change.

One of only a handful of independent financial advisory firms in Canada, Lawton Partners Wealth Management goes beyond dictating solutions to their clients, having modernized their processes and given their team the professional development support they need to thrive.

Barriers such as no employment history, a criminal record and experience with the child welfare system can harm peoples job prospects. Social enterprise BUILD exists for these Winnipeggers and since 2006, has trained people for long-term, meaningful careers in the trades.

Encore Performance Seatings luxury, power-reclining movie theatre seats and design solutions are helping the industry not only survive but also thrive in an age of disruption.

Since 2012, Synonym Art Consultation has curated and facilitated over 100 installations and events to make contemporary art more accessible. Through their mural and culture festival, they are cultivating a grassroots contemporary street art movement.

Established in 1983, Johnston Group saw the opportunity to bring employee benefits to smaller businesses. Today, Johnston Group provides employee benefit solutions to over 30,000 small businesses, 300 larger organizations, and 350 Indigenous organizations across Canada.

Nominations for the 2021 Spirit of Winnipeg Awards will open in the fall.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 6th, 2020

Good morning, Ottawa! Currently it is -1 with light snow, which will continue into the afternoon while reaching a high of 1. Dont forget that Daylight Savings begins Sunday. Remember to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night. Its time to spring forward despite the snow.Here are your top headlines today:

There were more than 120 Canadians who were evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan and placed in quarantine for two weeks in Cornwall. Read and listen to the last of those who were released today from Cornwall at CBC Ottawa.

After six months of treatment for ovarian cancer, Coun Diane Deans says she believes that she will beat it at her annual Womens day conference. Read more about what she has to say at the Ottawa Citizen.

On Wednesday, OC Transpo workers were cleared out of head office after bed bugs were found. A pest management company found bed bugs in certain specific areas of the office. Global News reports.

The coffee chain has decided to stop using reusable cups in an effort to minimize the chances of contracting the virus. This decision has Tim Hortons delaying the distribution of 1.8 million reusable cups they were going to give out for Roll Up The Rim this year. Other coffee companies are doing the same sort of thing. Read more on this at CTV News Ottawa.

This is the third straight month of employment growth in Canada. Even so there are signs the economy is slowing in the report which shows a slight increase in the unemployment rate to 5.6 per cent. Read more on this at the Financial Post.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 3rd, 2020

Airbnb Canada is asking the City of Saskatoon to rethink a rule that would require hoststo producewrittenpermission from their condominium boards stating they can launchan Airbnb inside their condos.

But Nathan Rotman, Airbnb Canada's deputy director of public policy, saysexplicit approval from condo boards that already have condominium bylaws is an "unnecessary and repetitive burden."

"If the condo bylaws are legallybindingdocuments, there's no reason that a repetitive, added layer of regulation should be put in place," Rotman said.

The feedback came during a public hearing last week on the city's proposed new regime for regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnbs.

The city wants condo owners seeking to start a short-term rental in their property to secure a letter from their condo board blessing the enterprise (or not).

Rotman cited a more hands-off system in place in Vancouver, where condo owners self-declare to the city simply whether their building's bylaws allow for Airbnbs.

"You check off 'yes or no' and then it is a private matter between the board and others," Rotman said.

Jeff Jackson, a previous chair of the city's municipal planning commission and a former Airbnb host in a condo building, was more blunt about requiring a condo board letter.

"[It's] quite frankly a waste of time," Jackson said. "If condo boards don't want to allow them, they will enact a bylaw for their condo corporation. I know this being on two condo boards. No need for city hall to be involved, at all."

Councillor Randy Donauer said "the less regulation we can get into the business place, the better."

Donauerthen askedthe city's manager of licensing and permitting, Mark Wilson, why the city wants a letter of approval from condo boards.

Wilson said some condo associations aren't even sure which of their units are home to Airbnbs. Mayor Charlie Clark guessed that as many as 90 per cent of condos in the city don't have Airbnb-specific rules "because it's pretty new."

Letters of permission would allow the city to stay informed about each building's condo rules, Wilson said.

They would also allow condo boards to make flexible, case-by-case assessments about would-be Airbnb hosts, Wilson added.

Wilson said the city heard from condo boards who say they have no problem with responsible renters but Airbnbs have been a problem in the same building when another renter is irresponsible.

As both Wilson and Jackson suggested, if an Airbnb condo turned problematic, the condo board could signal to the city that it no longer approves of the business.

Councillor Bev Duboissaid she's heard from condo boards "that don't have a clue what to do."

"They don't know if it's something that the city deals with," she said.

Jackson suggestedhosts should play a key role in policing Airbnbs.

"As a [former] Airbnb host myself, I made sure that my neighbours next to me, across from me and above me all had my cell phone number," Jackson said.

"If there were any concerns, I don't want to hear about it tomorrow,I want to hear about it today. So I think that we [hosts] need to be active. We can't always look to the city to manage this for us."

Keith Pearson, who said he was a former bylaw officer in Kelowna, B.C., struck a different tone in telling the city to be careful about whatever regime it approves for Airbnbs.

"My main concern because I live in a condo is bedbugs," Pearson said.

Councillors also heard concerns about a proposal to regulate short-term rentals through discretionary use applications, as well as the way the city consulted the public.

The city will now report back to council on an alternative idea:regulating short-term rentals through a business licencing process.

That report is expected to land on councillors' desks in April.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 26th, 2020

Canada's bed bug problem is worse than ever, as experts say the pesky little bloodsuckers are multiplying in record numbers in cities and smaller communities across the country.

Pest control experts say the frequency of bed bug reports has shot up 20 per cent since last year, as the blood-sucking, rapidly-reproducing insects have continued to spread. Mike Heimbach of Abell Pest Control says that increase has been a steady, "compounding growth" in the last six years. And it shows no sign of letting up.

"They've really got a good foothold in Canada and the United States, and we don't see that changing any time soon," Heimbach told CTV's Canada AM on Monday morning. He added that while the bugs were initially an urban problem, they've spread to rural and less-populated areas in recent years.

Heimbach also stressed that bed bug infestations have no link to socioeconomic status.

"Anyone can get bed bugs," he said. "The challenge that we see is that certain people can't afford to get rid of them."

A bed bug is about the size, shape and colour of an apple seed, three millimetres long and oval-shaped, with reddish-brown colouring. When found hiding in the seams of mattresses, the insects are visible to the naked eye. They only emerge to feed late at night. Their bite is similar to a mosquito bite, Heimbach said, leaving behind an itchy welt in the spot where they draw blood from the skin.

The insects spread by hitchhiking in bags and on clothes, but they can also be hiding in discarded furniture and electronics that people unwittingly bring into their homes.

Aside from the small, red bites, there are other identifiable signs of a bed bug infestation. Heimbach said a quick check of your mattress seams and headboard can reveal many telling signs, from leftover insect husks and little black droppings, to blood spots on the mattress.

"They know how to live unseen," Heimbach said. Spotting one of the bugs is, of course, another sign of infestation, he said.

"The key is to learn to identify them and to act quickly if you get them."

Attempting to get rid of bed bugs yourself with over-the-counter bed bug sprays can actually make the problem worse, Heimbach said, as the spray can agitate the insects and drive them to spread out, widening the infestation.

"You can't get rid of them," he said. "You have to call an exterminator."

Heimbach called it a "real skill" to stop a bed bug infestation, as it requires the use of special vacuums, steam, residual spray, and diatomaceous earth.

Peak bed bug season is typically between June and October, when weather is warmest and the insects reproduce fastest, Heimbach said. Bed bugs like to hide in bags and on clothing, making them easily transferrable and more likely to spread in the high-travel summer season.

Bed bug numbers have been steadily on the rise in recent years, going up by an estimated eight per cent annually, Heimbach said.

"The problem, I think, is growing," he said.

Ontario's bed bug information site offers tips for identifying and dealing with a bed bug infestation at home. The site also offers tips for avoiding a bed bug infestation in the first place.

It recommends keeping your home clean and vacuumed, and advises you seal all cracks and crevices in your house so no bugs can get in. Thoroughly inspect any used clothing you buy, and don't bring home discarded furniture or electronics, as they are prime hiding places for bed bugs.

When travelling, check the bed in your hotel room for blood spots and other signs of bed bugs. Also keep clothes in oversized sealable plastic bags to avoid picking up bed bug hitchhikers, and inspect your luggage before you leave.

And if you do find bed bugs at home, Heimbach has one bit of advice: call an expert.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 19th, 2020

Radio-Canada employees must wait even more impatiently to move into their new offices since the brown tower on Ren-Lvesque Boulevard has recently been struggling with bedbugs.

The Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal is now added to the list of federal buildings, after those in Ottawa and Gatineau, which have faced a bed bug problem.

Following [sic] the detection of traces of bedbugs inside in the past few weeks, we conducted an inspection of the building over the weekend in the presence of dogs detection and a certified exterminator , we can read in an internal note sent to employees and obtained by Le Journal yesterday.

According to what it is possible to learn there, the inspection made it possible to detect the presence of traces of bedbugs in certain targeted places of the tower.

We are not talking about an infestation here, but rather isolated cases. Several floors were free of bedbugs, he added.

The Crown corporation confirmed that a decontamination treatment with steam had been carried out immediately in the limited areas. She also assured that the follow-up would be done with the affected employees.

Rest assured that management takes the situation very seriously and that a preventive bed bug detection plan will be deployed to prevent this from happening again, the e-mail concluded.

The official move date to the new offices located nearby is not yet known.

The building was to be ready on January 1 st. However, Radio-Canada is already in court with its owner. She believes that she should not have to pay her monthly rent of $ 1.8 million since the project is not considered complete.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on February 19th, 2020

Pests cockroaches, bedbugs, and mice appeared to be on the risein Toronto Community Housing buildings last year, according to two new reports.

In one document, the public housing agency's staff say demand for pest control treatments jumped almost 18 per cent in 2019, compared to the previous year.

Andthe problems became more acute as the year wore on, according to a separate TCH report.

None of which comes as a surprise to Catherine Wilkinson, a 20-year TCH resident who until recently was a tenant representative on the board.

"Some tenants are actually suicidal, where they take medication to cope, particularly when it comes to bed bugs," she said in a deputation to the board's tenant committee two weeks ago.

"I don't think our tenants should have to live with these pests and we need to do everything to make sure that they don't."

TCH declined to speak on camera with CBC Toronto about the reasons behind 2019's increased demand for anti-bug and rodent treatments. But in an emailed statement, the agency blamed, in part, a city-wide surge in rat and mouse populations.

The problem is "due to increased construction," according to the corporation.

"Toronto Community Housing is committed to delivering clean, safe buildings and improving living conditions for tenants," the statement reads in part.

"As part of our prevention focus, [TCH] has increased its treatments standards by carrying out three treatments in a unit rather than two."

In one of two reports to this week's meeting of the TCH board, chief operating officer Sheila Penny presents numbers that show about 62,000 anti-pest treatments at TCH units by the end of 2019. That compares to about 53,000 in the previous year.

In particular, beg bugs appear to be leading the charge. The numbers show about 5,700 treatments in the first quarter of the year. In the last quarter, there were almost 7,000, and a year-end total of about 25,000 treatments.

Next up were cockroaches with a total of about 16,300 treatments by the end of 2019. Mouse treatments trailed at 11,300 treatments that year. Treatments for a final category of pest, "other,"totalled about 8,300 by the end of 2019. TCH says that includes ants and pigeons.

Ilona Batawas one of the tenants who asked for help with pests in 2019. She said her Oak Street apartment became infested just after a neighbour moved out.

"There was a lot of cockroaches," she told CBC Toronto. "I mean, my kitchen was running with them."

Bata, who's on disability, said TCH did one spraying, but there was no follow-up. She said a personal care worker disinfected her kitchen, which solved the problem.

Bata said tenants should do more to keep their apartments clear of pests.

"My trick is I don't let nobody in my apartment, because people bring in bed bugs; people from the street, people from different apartments," she said. "If they have bedbugs they're going to bring them in and share them with you."

The report is to be presented at the Feb. 20 board meeting.

The TCH statement points out that in 2018, the agency "spent about $2.4 million and we've increased our spending in 2019 as a result of our enhanced proactive response, including full building assessments and treatments, as well as enhanced measures such as heat treatments (sometimes used in units for health reasons) and canine detection."

The cost of the 2018 mitigation effortwasn't immediately available, the statement says.

Penny's reportsaysstaff responding to pest control complaints discovered other problems, which they were then able to address:

"Of all the units visited by the Environmental Health Unit in 2019, more than 425 households demonstrated a need for additional supports, including access to resources to support de-cluttering and preparation for treatment, furniture replacement, or extreme cleaning services," her report notes.

"It is staff's experience that there continues to be an upward trend in support needs for tenants."

The report also points out that the number of pest control treatments in the agency's rent-geared-to-income units "was substantially greater than those completed in market rental units." No reason is given for the difference.

Penny's report concludes by warning the board that "the organization potentially faces orders/costs related to any perceived mismanagement including potential awards of rent abatement at the Landlord and Tenant Board, Municipal Licensing and Standards ...orders for failure to maintain the premises "pest free,"and Health Protection orders from Toronto Public Health."

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 16th, 2020

When the eviction notices arrived for all six apartments in Mohammed Amfizguys building on Dec. 27, he and most of his neighbours resolved to challenge them so they could stay.

But he and his wife also started looking around at other apartments in Parc-Extension, he said just in case.

They quickly found that units are scarce, and the rent for what is available is double to nearly triple what had until recently been the going $600-plus per month in the neighbourhood.

Now, with their Feb. 28 eviction hearing at the Rgie du logement approaching, the couples worry about where the family will live come June seems to have spread to their three children, who are concerned about possibly having to change schools.

Theyre asking me questions every day, Amfizguy, who works as a technician for a telecommunications company, said of his children, aged seven, 11 and 12. Papa, are we going to leave the neighbourhood and lose our friends?

The building where Amfizguys family has been living since 2013 was sold in the fall. The new landlord notified the building tenants that he intends to enlarge the units substantially, one of the three conditions permitting a building owner to evict a renter under Quebec law.

Parc-Extension, which is a largely immigrant neighbourhood of about 30,000 residents sandwiched between Acadie Blvd. and the railway that borders Jarry Park, and running from the Metropolitan Expressway down to just below Beaumont Ave., has long been one of the poorest postal codes in Canada.

But rents here, like in other neighbourhoods, started to rise when the apartment vacancy rate across the city dropped below two per cent two years ago.

And since the Universit de Montrals new science campus was inaugurated on the other side of the railway tracks that run below Beaumont in the fall, the neighbourhood has been thrust into an accelerated gentrification process.

It has brought corresponding interest from condo and luxury apartment developers to build on whatever space is available, and a spike in eviction notices as existing landlords try to cash in on the influx of students and professionals, the local housing group says.

We definitely notice a very stark increase in the number of people facing evictions, Amy Darwish, a community organizer with the Comit daction de Parc-Extension, said. She added that the vacancy rate in Parc-Extension is around one per cent, substantially below the already critically low 1.5 per cent for Montreal as a whole.

In past years, usually around this time of year, we were seeing people coming in with problems relating to their living conditions problems with cockroaches, with bedbugs and mice.

However, in the past month alone, the group has been contacted by 30 tenants whove received eviction notices in about 20 apartment buildings in Parc-Extension, she said. The number is unheard of for the group, she added.

Those are just the situations that were aware of, Darwish said. In a lot of instances, tenants will either not be aware that they can oppose an eviction, or will be facing so much harassment from their landlord that theyll just accept to sign a deal and leave.

The situation is particularly stressful for families who need two or more bedrooms, given that the vacancy rate in the neighbourhood for larger units seems to be even lower than the overall average, Darwish said.

The pressure is high for Amfizguys neighbour, Hicham Darwano, whose wife is expecting their second child in March.

Shes more stressed about where were going to be able to live than about giving birth, he said of his wife.

They currently pay $605 a month for their 4, Darwano said. Rents for equivalent units in their neighbourhood run about $1,200 to $1,400.

The cheapest rent they can find outside the neighbourhood is around $1,000, and it means moving 60 kilometres from work, he said. He has a masters degree in environmental chemistry, he said, but works as a phone accessory salesman because hes unable to find a job in his field.

As a result, Darwano said hell have to consider renting a 3 if their eviction goes through, even though his family is about to expand.

The evictions are across the district, the Comit daction de Parc-Extension says. Theyre also in all types of buildings multiplexes and apartment buildings.

The new university campus is located in Outremont borough, at the border with VilleraySt-MichelParc-Extension borough. But a passageway was built leading from the campus to the mtro station on the other side of the railway tracks, and that has opened Parc-Extension to a clientele thats prepared to pay higher rents, Darwish said.

Renovictions, a term coined by housing groups to refer towhen a landlord pressures a tenant to leave so an apartment can be renovated and rented for substantially more, is also happening in the neighbourhood, she said.

By law, a landlord in Quebec can only evict to enlarge, subdivide or change the vocation of a dwelling.

But tenants can also be legally forced to leave due to repossession, either because the landlord is claiming the dwelling for himself or herself, or to move in an immediate family member or dependent.

However, there are new rules that restrict the right to evict or repossess when the tenant is over the age of 70.

The rules and obligations are different with eviction and repossession.

A tenant who wants to contest an eviction notice must open a file at the Rgie du logementwithin 30 days of receiving the notice, otherwise she or he is deemed to have accepted. The landlord need only to prove to the Rgie that he or she truly intends to divide, enlarge or legally change the vocation of the unit to win.

Contrary to the eviction process, a tenant who doesnt respond within 30 days to a landlords written notice of repossession is deemed to have refused it. The obligation is then the landlords to apply to the Rgie du logement within 30 days of the tenants refusal or within 30 days of the expiry of the period given to the tenant to respond.

Thats the situation for Aziz Khlifi, a Parc-Extension resident whos in limbo as he waits to see if his landlord will apply to the rental board to repossess his apartment after sending him a notice in late December. He says the landlord told him he wants to move into the building, and into his particular flat.

I have stress at work, stress at home, the father of two said. If I were still a bachelor, it would be less of a problem. I could share an apartment with a roommate if I had to. But with kids, you need space and you need to manage on a budget.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 9th, 2020


VANCOUVER When Gregor Robertson took over as mayor of Vancouver, he said he had not anticipated the financial collapse of a planned home when the Winter Olympics and Paralymics approached in 2010.

Olympic Village, a community of around 1,100 condominium units along the edge of False Creek of the city, is expected to house 3,000 athletes and add much needed affordable housing supplies to the city.

But it didnt go as planned, he said in an interview.


It took me more than 14 months before the Games started and the Olympic Village was in total financial decline, and that project was not on track to be completed for the Games, he said.

The 2010 Olympic Games coincided with the recession. The $ 1.1 billion project went under guardianship and the city raised $ 690 million in debt to keep it alive, but Robertson said it had paid off.

In the end it all worked out. Its a great neighborhood in Vancouver with a great legacy for the city.

The 10th anniversary of the Olympic Games is on Wednesday and Robertson is one of many public figures who, looking in the rear-view mirror, expressed mixed feelings about the experience, but ultimately said it was worth it.

The games came with significant infrastructure investments such as the Canada Line SkyTrain, a fast transit line that connects downtown Vancouver with the airport in Richmond. Athletic facilities built for the Games are now valued community and leisure centers. And the Sea-to-Sky Highway that winds to Whistler was considerably improved, giving the region north of Vancouver more tourism.

Ten years later, the legacy of those investments proves a blessing for the community, but some payouts took longer than expected.

I think the Vancouver Olympics really launched on the world stage and strengthened our reputation as a city that can host major events that had a dynamic economy and a varied population, said Robertson.

Quantifying the economic impact is virtually impossible, said James Raymond, senior research manager at the Vancouver Economic Commission.

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers was published in the year after the Olympic Games discovered that the Vancouver organizing committee continued to spend under $ 2 billion. It was estimated that the Games contributed $ 2.3 billion to GDP, resulted in $ 1.26 billion in local development projects, and attracted 650,000 visitors in one month alone.

The city said in April 2010 that it had spent $ 550 million and used another $ 174.9 million from other levels of government, and considered it an investment that a sustainable legacy of city assets for the use of our citizens for years to come. created .

Raymond said the benefits have gone far beyond those numbers. From his perspective, Vancouver has organized one of the most successful Olympic Games in recent history.

Unlike other host cities with ghost facilities that languish unused after the Games, the Vancouver Olympic infrastructure continues to flourish, said Raymond, whose visits to host cities include Seoul, Barcelona, Sidney and Athens.

He brings his own daughter to ballet class in a community center that organized curling events and now has a popular pool and farmers market.

It has only brought life and energy to that one neighborhood, he said.

The brand value of Vancouver also increased thanks to the Games and probably contributed to foreign investments by companies such as Amazon and MasterCard that are expanding their technology activities in the city and attracting international events to the Vancouver Convention Center, Raymond said.

He calls the Vancouver organizing committee the legacy in mind in his investment decision.

Vancouver has shown really well that the Olympics can be fantastic for your city, he said.

Its about scaling things the right way and the legacy as the most important thing to think about.

John Furlong, CEO of the committee, said that during planning, members made it a priority to consider how infrastructure fits into the long-term vision of the community.

There was only one project the ski jump location that the team determined was unlikely to sustain itself, so the committee said ongoing funding.

More important is his opinion that he calls the human legacy and how it contributed to Vancouvers reputation.

The Vancouver 2010 Games were confronted with extraordinary obstacles and hardships on the way and had to overcome many things. So in many ways it was important that the project was seen as a metaphor for what is possible, Furlong said.

The city has this kind of look in the eyes and the feeling that it can handle anything.

Leaders from two First Nations said they were enthusiastic and hopeful to participate in the Games.

Lilwat Chief Dean Nelson and Squamish Nations Gibby Jacob both said their communities were receiving land on which they still have not been able to build but are considering long-term investments.

Jacob said that a $ 30 million shared cultural center in Whistler was more of a financial burden than expected, but now operates in the black. Nelson added that many local youth are employed in the center and it allows them to share their history.

Nelson, who taught in 2010, said it was fun for his students to hold Olympic presentations in schools and a snowboard team that was formed in 2010 is still driving.

The Games also put forward anti-poverty lawyers who considered spending as frivolous.

Vancouver Coun. Jean Swanson helped the Poverty Olympics in the run-up to the Games to draw attention to inequality in the city.

We had our own mascots, we had our own national anthem, we had our own games. My favorite was the wide jump over the bed bugs-affected mattress, she said.

The message was clear then and she is now there, she said, If the money spent on the Olympics was spent on ending poverty, we could do it.

But the Games also came with some benefit for the poor, she said. Swanson endorses the pressure of lawyers with the decision of the provincial government to build 14 permanent supporting residential buildings with approximately 100 units each in the region.

On the other hand, Swanson said she believes the Olympic Games have strengthened Vancouvers international profile as a real estate destination, contributing to a housing crisis that peaked years after the Games.

Robertson also linked international attention to the misery of the townhouse, while the reputation boost it gave the city should not be underestimated.

We were previously seen as a non-fun city with limited economic prospects, known only for resources. And now we are known as one of the greenest, technically educated culturally diverse cities in the world, said Robertson.

That is a huge added value and I think it is easy to remember some of the real estate challenges or complications, but I think it was generally a big advantage for Vancouver and Canada.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 9, 2020.


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10 years later: Vancouver looks back on its Olympic moment with mixed feelings - Daily Gaming Worlld

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Dr. Bob Davis

Target Specialty Products, a service provider of pest and turf and ornamental solutions in the United States and Canada, will hold a 1-hour webinar on Friday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. PDT. As part of its Business Growth Webinar Series of 2020, the topic is Understanding Innovation: A Scientific Approach to Pest Management.

BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions has sponsored this months webinar. Dr. Bob Davis, BCE, technical services representative for BASF, will share explore why innovation is critical to human success and how it can help to combat many global issues.

His presentation will cover innovation processes and examples of how pest management professionals can use innovations to help protect the health, well-being and quality of life for society.

Dr. Davis earned his bachelors, masters and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. His graduate work focused on testing and evaluating termite control materials and techniques. Davis has been in the industry for more than 30 years, including positions as fisheries biologist, pest control operator, pest control technician, extension research specialist, graduate research assistant, technical director for ABC Pest & Lawn Services of Austin, Texas, and technical field representative for Aventis and Bayer Environmental Sciences.

Pest management professionals interested in attending can register for the upcoming webinar here.

This is Targets second webinar of 202o. The first was a webinar, sponsored by Nisus Corp., where Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE, shared his knowledge about the biology of some pests and modes of action in the insecticides used during his presentation, Battling Insecticide Resistance.

Targets Business Growth Webinar Series addressed insecticide formulationsthis past fall and solutions fortough summer pestsand bed bugs this past summer. Clickhereto be added to Targets mailing list and notified of future educational opportunities.

Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Target Specialty Products operates 44 locations across the United States and Canada.

Target to offer webinar on understanding innovation in pest management - Pest Management Professional magazine

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