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Condo Smarts: Shift workers have the right to enjoy a quiet day

Condo Smarts: Shift workers have the right to enjoy a quiet day

Pet owners have a responsibility to everyone else in their building to reasonably comply with the bylaws, and noise and nuisance are one of those bylaws.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Sunflowers are useful as well as beautiful

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Sunflowers are useful as well as beautiful

The flowers attract pollinators and other beneficial insects, and they come in an almost-overwhelming number of varieties.
House Beautiful: Renovations bring Government House into modern age

House Beautiful: Renovations bring Government House into modern age

Take a peek inside B.C.'s Government House, which underwent an extensive refurbishment during the COVID-19 lockdown, bringing it into the 21st century.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Ozette potato once grown by Indigenous people

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Ozette potato once grown by Indigenous people

Dear Helen : Have you heard of, or read about, the Ozette potato, once grown by Indigenous people on their territories prior to colonization, being grown again in British Columbia? I read about it, and wonder where I might purchase seed potatoes of t
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Bush bean thrives despite late planting

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Bush bean thrives despite late planting

The weather patterns we know so well may no longer exist, and constant adaptation will become the new “norm”
Condo Smarts: The law specifies eligible voters at annual meetings

Condo Smarts: The law specifies eligible voters at annual meetings

The Strata Property Act sets out very specific conditions on how voting eligibility is determined at general meetings in relationship to accounts
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Weary with drought but fall raspberries are a bonus

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Weary with drought but fall raspberries are a bonus

“Raspberry breaks” became a feature of gardening sessions with friends as we stopped work to feast on the berries
Condo Smarts: Solid bylaw with checklist might motivate snowbirds to winterize units

Condo Smarts: Solid bylaw with checklist might motivate snowbirds to winterize units

Unfortunately, we cannot regulate common sense, but we can enforce neglect. Most strata corporations never exercise the provision in the standard or amended bylaws that permits a strata corporation to conduct inspections on strata lots.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Plant bulbs in tiers to grow lots of flowers in a small space

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Plant bulbs in tiers to grow lots of flowers in a small space

This method is especially helpful for people who have only containers or very small spaces for gardening.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Grateful for gardening sessions and dinners with friends

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Grateful for gardening sessions and dinners with friends

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
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