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Vote for next four years in BC

Today is voting day for BC. No matter which party you support, please go to vote.

The polls are open and British Columbians are on their way to school gyms and church basements across the province to pick their next government. Polling stations will be open on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Mountain Time zone. via CBC.ca

Some candidates’ party shown below:
B.C. Liberals
NDP
Greens
B.C. Conservatives

Tax-Free Saving Account of Canadian

Starting in 2009, a tax-free savings account (TFSA) is a new way for residents of Canada to set money aside tax free throughout their lifetimes.
Contributions to a TFSA are not deductible for income tax purposes and the income earned in the account (for example, investment income and capital gains) is tax-free, even when it is withdrawn. Interest on money borrowed in order to contribute to a TFSA is also not tax-deductible.
The above definition is copied from CRA site.
The person who is at least 18 and with valid SIN card and is a Canadian resident can have this kind of account.
For 2009, if you are eligible, you can contribute up to $5,000 to your TFSA. After 2009, the annual TFSA dollar limit will be indexed to the inflation rate.
It is one kind of Tax Free tools to save your money.
There is one issue of TFSA vs RRSP or other unregistered investment.
Capital Gain and /or Capital Loss

Daylight Saving Time Canada

Rule
Start: Second Sunday in March
End: First Sunday in November
Time: 2 am local time
Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time is extended one month and the schedule for the states of the United States that adopt daylight saving time will be:
2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March
to
2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.
Year DST Begins 2 a.m.(Second Sunday in March) DST Ends 2 a.m.(First Sunday in November)
2008 March 9 November 2
2009 March 8 November 1
2010 March 14 November 7
2011 March 13 November 6
2012 March 11 November 4
2013 March 10 November 3
2014 March 9 November 2
2015 March 8 November 1
vi

Burnaby Douglas riding voting result

There are facts of Burnaby Douglas Riding.
Language:
English: 50,820
French: 970
Non-official Languages: 57,125
Citizenship:
Immigrants: 52,475
Non Citizen: 12,740
It is not clear who will win in this riding.
NDP or Con?
Bill Siksay or Ronald Leung?
It is 21:30 PST now.
Bill Siksay to Ronald Leung is 14,521to 14,405. Very close.
I will update this page when the final result come.
Update: Final results is NDP win this seat.
Bill Siksay is MP again.
Liberal Bill Cunningham 9,177 19.4 19.4%
Communist George Gidora 205 0.4 0.4%
Conservative Ronald Leung 17,139 36.3 36.3%
Green Party Doug Perry 2,822 6.0 6.0%
NDP-New Democratic Party Bill Siksay 17,937 37.9 37.9%
Total number of valid votes: 47,280

Canada Votes 2008

I will vote this afternoon for Canada.
It is Burnaby – Douglas. Let me see the riding profile.

This is an urban riding, located east of Vancouver on the southern shore of Burrard Inlet. It contains that part of Burnaby bounded in the east, north and west by the city limits and on the south by the Kingsway.
According to the 2006 census, more than 47 per cent of this riding’s residents are immigrants. About 30 per cent are of Chinese origin.
Burnaby-Douglas has a diverse economy, which includes retail trade, manufacturing and other services. Simon Fraser University is here. Residents are well-educated – almost 30 per cent over age 25 have a university certificate or degree. The average family income is $78,973 and the unemployment rate is 6.7 per cent.
This riding was created in 1996, drawing three-quarters of its population from the old Burnaby-Kingsway riding. In 2004, it retained 85 per cent of its population and added about 7,500 people from Vancouver South-Burnaby.
Population: 112,119 (2006 census; an increase of 3.0% since 2001)

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One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network

I would like to introduce this network for every Canadian adult.
I joined this network and have my blood information on its database.
The first step to do is to go to One Match site. Filling the online form and wait them contact you.
Basicly you will get an phone call to confirm you really want to join it and make sure you know what you do.
Then you will receive a mail with a test swab pack including return envelope.
The test kit has instruction and it is easy for you to collect test sample yourself.
I have an photo of it.
stem-cell-swab

Just use the swab to touch the inner cheek to get sample by four times. And mail it out.
The network will let lab to doing the test and try to match it with others’.
If match, you can save a life.
Do not fear the process to retrive the stem cell. It is a hi-tech age. Stem cells can be obtained from the circulating blood.

Weather Feed from Google

Tyler Hall mentioned that Google has a weather feed.
I tried it. It is so good.
Let me introduce it. Xuuuuuuuu!!!!, it is a secrete.
Burnaby BC, Canada weather code
http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=Burnaby,BC&hl=en
It can set language. This is Chinese version.
http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=Burnaby,BC&hl=zh-cn

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Top Ten Tax Changes for 2005

In Tax Tips for Canadians “for Dummies” 2006 edition, one chapter is focused on Tax Changes for 2005 Tax year.
I trust over 50% Canadian donot know about it.
The followingis highlight these ten changes.
1) Tax credit for adoption expenses
For 2005 the total amounts claimed by the parents cannot exceed the lesser of the actual adoption expenses and $10,000. Eligible adoption expenses include fees paid to an adoption agency, travel and accommodation costs for the parents and child, court, legal and administration fees, and document translation fees.
2) Increased retirement savings limits
The maximum amount you may contribute to your RRSP will increase in future years (although you are still limited to 18% of your earned income). The limit for 2005 is $16,500. The limits are scheduled to rise to: $18,000 for 2006, $19,000 for 2007, $20,000 for 2008, $21,000 for 2009, $22,000 for 2010, from 2011 the limit based on the indexed to inflation.
3) Increased investment choices for retirement savings
The 30% foreign property investment limit is eliminated from 2005. That means 100% foreign property in the RRSP/RRIF is allowed.
4) Improved tax assistance for disabled persons
Since June 2005, the maximum Child Disability Benefit supplement to the Child Tax Benefit has been $2,000.

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Digital Voice Services

This is a IP phone provider based on Great Vancouver, BC Canada.
Let’s see how it works.
howitworks_illustration

For my parents in Shanghai, I think it is better to buy it and send the adapter to them. Connect it to the high speed internet and plug the regualar phone set.
I can call them with (604) area code to them as a local phone call.
This is a way I will use it. Another one is I use it instead of my currently Telus phone service.
Their rate is cheaper than that of Telus.

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