Thursday, February 20, 2014

David Thomas - What next now that investor visa is cancelled?

Hollyburn Country Club, February 20th 2014:   4TALKS series continued this morning with David Thomas, Immigration Lawyer, updating the group about the changes taking place with the Investor and entrepreneur class visa.  Both have recently been cancelled and all applicants have had their monies returned.

He has presented to realtor groups recently on this topic and has anecdotal evidence that some mainland Chinese buyers are opting for a wait and see before making offers on properties.  However, the writing was on the wall for some time before this announcement and despite the halting of visas in July 2011, property buying has continued unabated.  The Government appears to recognise that there is a skills shortage and has been busy recruiting young skilled tradespeople from countries like Ireland.  The message appears to be we need skills not money?

For further information please look for David Thomas, Immigration Lawyer on the North Shore on google.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Paul Browne, Realtor - Is Vancouver Property Really that Unaffordable?

Paul Browne at the Lobby Restaurant,
Pinnacle Hotel at the 4TC event.
January at 4TC is the month we welcome back Paul Browne, our resident local and knowledgeable realtor.  During the run up to this meeting, there was talk in the papers about the unaffordability of Vancouver.  We asked Paul to comment on this and also give us a flavour as to where the markets went in 2013 and what to expect in 2014.

For further comments please email 4TC for an introduction to Paul.

Introducing 4TALKS - shorter chats over a coffee on up to the minute news and ideas


"4Talk" is a new idea for 4TC where we invite you to ad hoc and hastily arranged meetings over a coffee that are in response to recent news or opportunities that are of interest to members.  Gives us a chance to mull over and discuss more in depth.  4TC continues in its usual format - see newsletters for further details.

David Thomas on the cancellation of the Investor and entrepreneur class visa

Last week the Federal Government announced that it intends to terminate the Immigrant Investor Program and the Entrepreneur Program and to return applications/refund the processing fees paid  "by certain federal Immigrant Investor Program and Entrepreneur Program applicants...".  The following is an extract from the Economic Action Plan 2014 tabled yesterday:

"To eliminate the existing backlog, which is diverting resources away from better performing economic immigration streams, the Government intends to return applications and refund associated fees paid by certain federal Immigrant Investor Program and Entrepreneur Program applicants who applied on or before Budget Day."
 
Meanwhile late last week by coincidence it was reported that:
 
A South China Morning Post investigation into Canada's immigration programme for millionaire investors has revealed the extraordinary extent to which it has become devoted to a single outcome: Helping rich mainland Chinese settle in Vancouver.

Immigration Department data obtained by the Post suggests there was a backlog of more than 45,000 rich Chinese waiting for approval of their applications to move to British Columbia as of January last year. They are estimated to have a minimum combined wealth of C$12.9 billion (HK$90 billion).

 
So if you are interested to debate what this means, join David Thomas, Immigration Lawyer and myself for coffee at Hollyburn Country Club on Thursday 20th February at 9.00am

To attend this event please RSVP by clicking this button.




Friday, February 22, 2013

The Liquidator - Pub Night



The "Liquidator" is a reality TV show broadcast internationally, but based in Vancouver, featuring Jeff Schwartz  

It airs at 6pm on Thursdays on the OLN network and, now in its 2nd season, has become a hit amongst viewers both here in North America and Europe.  Jeff will share some of the crazy stories both on and off camera that have made his business of buying and selling pretty much anything, a local success story.

Find out how becoming a TV celebrity has impacted his business and personal life.  See from a business point of view whether it has been worth the long hours necessary to get the production right.  Will he do a third season, and what of the future?

I will be chatting to Jeff in an informal setting of the back room of the Red Lion and as usual we will get into a lively Q&A session.

Also, Sarah Davis of Wealthy School Revolution to talk about her husband's recent successful appearance on Dragon's Den and how that has helped propel the business forward.

Where:    Red Lion Pub Dundarave, West Van
Date:       Thursday February 28th
Time:       7.30 fpr 8pm
Cost:       $5 (plus your bar bill)
Guests:   Guests warmly welcomed as usual.

Monday, October 15, 2012

John Cummins Leader BC Conservatives

John Cummins
Lunch Tuesday October 23rd,

 4TC continues its "Meet the Leaders" series of lunches. We are delighted to welcome John Cummins, the leader of BC Conservatives, who will outline his agenda for the forth coming election and this will be a unique opportunity for 4TC members to compare and contrast the differing policies from the NDP. John has served as an MP in Ottawa for 17 years and according to his website seeks to scrap the carbon tax, ban corporate and union donations and fix the “catch and release” Justice system. With a potential split in the Liberal vote this will be of strategic interest to voters.


Lunch Details:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lunch with Adrian Dix, MLA and leader of the BC NDP party


Tuesday September 25th, 2012 at noon 



Welcome to the fall lineup of the 4th Tuesday Club ("4TC").  We are delighted to be able to bring you the leaders of the two main BC provincial opposition parties, Adrian Dix (NDP) and John Cummins (Conservative).  And with a Provincial election in the first half of 2013, what better time to meet them and get to know them in the intimate settings of the 4TC lunch.  This month Adrian Dix (pictured), and next month John Cummins (see below)  

So what will the NDP mean for the Province and for Vancouver?  How will their policies shape business, jobs, health care, schools and other services?


On October 23rd at noon we are delighted to welcome John Cummins, the leader of BC Conservatives, who will outline his agenda for the forth coming election and this will be a unique opportunity for 4TC members to compare and contrast the differing policies from the NDP.  John has served as an MP in Ottawa for 17 years and according to his website seeks to scrap the carbon tax, ban corporate and union donations and fix the “catch and release” Justice system.  With a potential split in the Liberal vote this will be of strategic interest to voters.




Further details contact the organiser of the 4th Tuesday Club at jon.borrill@gmail.com


July Harbour Cruise

Thanks to Joe Johnston and M&P Yachts for hosting our 4TC lunch aboard the fabulous Meridian Yacht.


A great turnout and an informative look around the Harbour.  Thanks to Hank Gregory for his research on Harbour Air and the seaplane terminal, to Beatriz Fontana for the in depth review of the North Vancouver Sulfur piles, to Kam Tafreshi for looking at Seaspan operations for us and Tarah Stafford and her guest Ben talking about the oil refinery and tanker traffic.

Vancouver Ports Authority can provide much more information about the myriad of operations both in and around Vancouver that make such an important contribution to our economy.

Summer(?) Evening on the Beach?

Thanks to those hardy souls who braved a cooler than expected evening for the first 4th Tuesday family beach picnic on English Bay.   The sunset was good and those who braved the cool winds enjoyed themselves.  Thanks to Beatriz for the photos.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NEW Spin Off to 4TC

Are you struggling to find work at the moment? Difficult times for many I know.  4TC has a number of members in need of help and support and the benefit of a network is that we may be able to match opportunities to those looking for them.  I would like to arrange a spin off group that will meet for coffee and a chat.  The idea is to share their story, compare notes,  pick up new ideas, help others, feel that a problem shared is a problem halved.  Nothing magical to offer but 4TC does touch most of Vancouver through our 1st, 2nd and 3rd connections.  Contact me directly if you are interested in joining this ad hoc group.