West Vancouver Artist Honoured to Have Tapestry at Vancouver Art Gallery

West Vancouver artist Madeleine Chisholm is honoured to her tapestry up at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia exhibition. The exhibition celebrates furniture, ceramics, textiles, fashion and jewellery in BC during the mid-twentieth century.

In 1972, inspired by her young son who is mentally disabled, Madeleine Chisholm made a tapestry.

Madeleine Chisholm shares her thoughts on the tapestry:

“It’s called A Warm Place for my Son and my worries at the time were what on earth would happen to Micheal and I just wanted a good soft place for him in the world. That’s why it sort of changes and that’s why the colours are the way they that they are. They’re nice really hot warm colours”

Almost fifty years later Madeleine is honoured to have her tapestry on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Madeleine Chisholm shares her thoughts on the honour:

“I’m totally honoured that it’s there, especially after forty years it’s just really really neat.”

The tapestry will be on display until the end of the exhibition on January 3rd 2021.

Photo by Nathan Pond

Nanaimo Real Estate Market Seeing More Buyers From Vancouver

The Nanaimo real estate market is seeing an influx of buyers from Vancouver. Nanaimo and the rest of Vancouver Island has always been a popular place for city dwellers to retire, but now the small Vancouver Island City’s real estate market is experiencing more movement than previous years.

Nanaimo real estate agent Julien Prevost shares his thoughts:

“Really what’s happened is in March everything came to a grinding halt and its almost like the market was non existent the volume was down dramatically and the as soon as they announced reopening the market went crazy. So we are in a market that hasn’t been this busy since about 2017 and then year over year prices are probably up about seventeen percent. Volumes up dramatically, prices are up significantly I’d say.”

It is impossible to deny the Pandemics influence on the market. With the Island’s relative stability during the pandemic, some people being forced into early retirement and more people working from home, Nanaimo has become a destination for many Vancouverites looking for more affordable housing.

Julien Prevost continues:

“The Island did so well during COVID I know a lot of people I know a lot of people thought about moving here because of that. A lot of people have been forced in retirement a bit early and the Island is really a retirement community so people like we’re trying to get over here and for the first time ever young people who have really good jobs in bigger cities can now work from home. So they are selling their houses, townhomes and condos in Vancouver, coming over to get a way nicer home here. I’d say probably around fifty percent of my clients here are from Vancouver. So while a lot of people are struggling through the back end of the year, repercussions of COVID real estate has gone like nuts.”

BC Will Tighten Up Building Codes

In an effort to combat climate change, building codes in BC will be changing. The BC government will gradually increase building requirements and provide more incentives for builders to build more energy efficient homes and buildings that produce less emissions.

The more energy efficient buildings will have thicker walls and require more building materials. This means they will be more expensive.

BC carpenter Ryan Easthom shares his thoughts on some of the challenges:

“The first challenge is going to be the extra building costs upfront, with all the builders getting used to all the changes and codes with all the extra wood you’ll have to put in the house, it’ll really drive the price of the house upfront. The walls are going to be thicker so there is more insolation. People are going to be having to learn it pretty quickly, when you can’t do it the old way anymore and you’ve done it your whole life that way. The main challenges are going to be passing the air tightness tests, so if you do all this work and you don’t pass you don’t get the certificate which would really suck, because you put all this money in to make it a passive home. Say if somebody messes up along the way you’ve got to pinpoint that thing.”

It is not all bad news. The new buildings will be significantly cheaper to heat, making them more cost effective in the long run and of course they will be better for the environment.

Ryan Easthom continues:

There’s definitely some pros to it. The main one being less energy being used in the house and lower bills. You use a lot of healthier products with less chemicals and everything, that’s part of it and then you’re not using as much fossil fuels. We will be fazing out natural gas for just solar panels and everything.”

These changes to building codes have the goal that all new buildings will have net zero emissions by 2032.

Local Rehearsal Studio Gets Creative Amongst Pandemic

COVID 19 has affected us all. Many local businesses are struggling to stay afloat amongst the pandemic. With almost no live music venues open, increased costs, lower revenue and social distancing, businesses are facing new challenges. Pandoras Box Rehearsal Studios in East Vancouver is one of those local businesses that is persevering through the pandemic.

Pandoras Box Rehearsal Studio manager Rob Clements:

“The biggest challenge, I guess, keeping staff and customers safe. Implementing that has been tough you had to research, you had to develop a plan, you had to train and track all that. Of course the other challenge has been financial. Cashflow, super hard, your expenses are going up and your revenue is going down. Because of the way we had to implement protocols, there’s less revenue even if you’re full.”

With all these new challenges businesses are looking for creative new ways to attract and keep business.

Rob Clements:

“We’re a services company, so the big difference we’ve been look at and the way that a lot of musicians have reacted to is live streaming. So we have improved our services around live streaming, in hope that musicians would be adopting that more.”

Photo by Thomas Kelley from Unsplash