Black Tambourine

A dark season. I welcome the heavy rains to reflect what it feels like on the inside. It’s hard to keep it in, let the feelings flow past like fish in a stream they say. But I am drowning. Tired of treading. I hear about renters forced out of town, employers struggling to keep staff. What is to become of us. Long commutes are inefficient. I hear talk of how Montreal regulates rent fairly and wonder if such a thing could exist here.

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Anonymous

Oct 19, 2023 at 4:07pm

Nobody cares, that has always been the issue. Unless it directly comes to your door is doesn't affect you. That my friend is the problem facing the world ! The reason no one cares until it's too late

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Anonymous

Oct 19, 2023 at 8:48pm

The Czech Republic is still a Bohemian chic and affordable, Bangkok never sleeps and Bali, is cool. Move to one of those countries, start a business, or work from a laptop. Thailand has a digital nomad visa. Vancouver has always been overrated and overpriced, and that's not going to change.

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You show your ignorance Anonymous

Oct 20, 2023 at 3:23pm

My parents bought a house in ‘69 for $40,000.
I rented my first place, in ‘87 in the West End, for under $300.
Hardly “overpriced”.
Both places were nice, not rundown.

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@Anonymous

Oct 20, 2023 at 5:11pm

Been going on about this for years, I live in Thailand.
Can rent 1 bedroom apartments in nice buildings, with gyms and pools etc for $200 a month.
I bought a villa with a pool and ocean view, for 1/4 the price of a one bedroom apartment in Burnaby...

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@OP

Oct 21, 2023 at 6:03pm

Yes Quebec does have a rent control, but doesn't really factor in.

-Toronto is Canada’s main economic centre and largest location for head offices, so more people move there over Montreal.
-Wages are 20% higher in Toronto than Montreal, plus provincial income taxes are 3x higher in Quebec than Ontario.
-the French language requirement in Quebec is a barrier, as considerably fewer people speak it than English
-the weather there in winter is horrible

What this all boils down to is supply and demand- fewer people wanting to live there means less competition for housing and thus lower prices.

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@Anonymous

Oct 22, 2023 at 2:13am

66 countries offer Digital Nomad visas.

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