Roughly 32,000 Canadians mark ‘bittersweet’ Remembrance Day in chilly national capital

Canadian leaders and packed crowds gathered at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Monday morning to remember those who have died for this country.

The commemorations began with the traditional Remembrance Day veterans’ march through the streets on a chilly sub-zero morning in the capital. A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Legion said the crowd size estimates they have received suggest roughly 32,000 people braved the cold and wind to show their respects.

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25 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Thanksgiving

1. Decorate Your Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than a heavily laden table; it’s a feeling of gratitude and appreciation that should spread through your entire home. When this autumn holiday rolls around this year, take a bit of time to decorate your home — both inside and out — to reflect the beauty and the spirit of thanks.

2. DIY Log Tea Light Centerpiece

Crackling firewarm color, and natural materials are just a few of the joys of the autumn season. Combine all of those factors into one delightful DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece or mantel decoration with this easy log tea light candle holder. You’ll find all the details at Jenna Burger Design.

3. Thanksgiving Garland

Don’t limit this glorious Thanksgiving garland to your mantel; you can also wind it around your staircase banister, hang it over a curtain rod, or drape it around your buffet. Each paper leaf is attached with a clothespin, making it simple for guests to remove a leaf, write what they are most thankful for, and then reattach the leaf to the garland. What a wonderful idea from Tatertots & Jello.

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Fraser Valley housing market slows down in 2018

SURREY, BC – After three consecutive years of total annual sales surpassing 20,000 units, 2018 saw the Fraser Valley real estate market return to more typical levels for both sales and inventory.

The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 15,586 sales in 2018, a 30.2 per cent decrease compared to 2017’s 22,338 sales and the lowest total sales for the Fraser Valley since 2013. The total dollar volume of MLS® transactions for the year was $11.8 billion, dropping from $15.7 billion sold during the year prior.

Of the total transactions that took place in 2018, 3,866 were townhouses and 4,296 were apartments. Each of those property types saw a significant decrease in sales compared to 2017, with total townhouse sales dropping 25.6 per cent year-over-year and apartments dropping 30.5 per cent.

“In terms of demand, this is around what we’re used to seeing for our region,” said John Barbisan, President of the Board. “There is still a great deal of interest for Fraser Valley real estate, but with prices moving slowly and more inventory becoming available, many consumers are taking a deliberate approach now that they can afford to.”

For inventory, a total of 32,058 new listings were received by the Board’s MLS® system in 2018. This was the fourth highest total for new inventory in the Board’s history.

In December the Board processed a total of 800 sales, the lowest for the month since 2012. Inventory in December finished at 5,454 active units, with a total of 978 new listings entering the market throughout the month.

Barbisan adds, “With buyers shifting into the driver’s seat and able to navigate the market more comfortably, it has become key for sellers to price effectively and leverage their home’s appeal to stand out and find success.”

“If you’re looking to enter the market in 2019, buying or selling, contact a local REALTOR® who can help you accomplish your goals in the new year.”

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Top 10 Fall Activities

When Vancouver’s leaves start turning, autumn is right around the corner. Summer may be gone, but we’re not looking back. After all, Vancouver has enough fall activities to keep you busy with fun-filled days of action-packed events, apple cider, Halloween frights — even a chocolate festival. Check out these 10 must-see fall activities in Vancouver this autumn and renew your love for autumn.

1. Take a Hike
If the colours are changing, then the best way to see them is to get outside and immerse yourself in nature. Whether you’re huffing and puffing up the Grouse Grind or leisurely strolling through Stanley Park, the crisp air and sweeping views will keep your body active and provide only-in-autumn photo ops. Check out for hiking trails this fall.

2. Soak Up Colour at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Heathers, autumn crocus, hydrangeas and more bloom during the fall at VanDusen Botanical Garden, giving visitors the simple pleasure of soaking up picture-perfect fall landscapes. Make sure to visit the Alma VanDusen Meadow Garden and stand before the fiery red Japanese maples.

3. Get Cultured at the Vancouver Art Gallery
It will get colder in the fall, but that’s exactly what art museums are made for. Vancouver Art Gallery’s 10,000-piece permanent holdings include works from historical and contemporary Vancouver artists and other contemporary art leaders, making a trip here a welcome cultural change from sunbathing at Kits Beach. Plus, the museum boasts one of the city’s top cafés, and chatting with friends over coffee is one fall activity you just have to partake in.

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

GROWING your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener — and to do it organically — you’ll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics.

“Feed the soil” is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed “fed” directly using synthetic fertilizers.

When taken to extremes, this kind of chemical force-feeding can gradually impoverish the soil. And turn it from a rich entity teeming with microorganisms insects and other life forms, into an inert growing medium that exists mainly to anchor the plants’ roots, and that provides little or no nutrition in its own right.

Although various fertilizers and mineral nutrients (agricultural lime, rock phosphate, greensand, etc.) should be added periodically to the organic garden, by far the most useful substance for building and maintaining a healthy, well-balanced soil is organic matter.You can add organic matter to your soil many different ways, such as compost, shredded leaves, animal manures or cover crops.

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