Blog by Betsy Carstairs

Hot Water Tank Survey

November 26th, 2008

I recently had a crash course in searching for a new water tank to be installed. It took just about all day to locate a reasonably priced tank & install … here’s what our research turned up:


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Cornucopia 2008 - Part 3

November 20th, 2008

Monday was my 60th birthday and 20 of us were driven up to North Arm Farms in Pemberton to drink more wine and eat yet more delicious food.




Was it possible for food and drink to have gotten any better than the previous 2 days?!?! YES!!! OUTSTANDING!!


The mayor of Pemberton and owner of North Arm Farms talked to us about the importance of embracing or ...

Cornucopia 2008 - Part 2

November 19th, 2008

Day 2 was a rare vintage celebration!


This was an extra special tasting of 12 varieties of rare wines ending with David Scholefield sharing a bottle of port – one of the vary few precious bottles that survived the fire that razed his home and wine cellar to the ground in March 2008. A very special moment indeed that brought tears to the eyes of some of the participants.


Cornucopia 2008 - Part 1

November 13th, 2008

Cornucopia 2008 – Part 1


Another successful Cornucopia celebration at Whistler this year! Last Sunday’s palate experience was the Chef’s Table Luncheon at the Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille with Executive Chef Mario Fernadez & wines exquisitely paired & poured by Christa-Lee McWatters Bond from Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.


One of the highlights was the Sumac Ridge 2006 B ...

Getting Ready for Winter

November 12th, 2008

Today's informative blog comes to us with compliments from Heather Woods a mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres: 

Winterizing Your Home

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Now is a good time to prepare your home for winter, with the temperatures beginning to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape througho ...


November 6th, 2008

With technology advancing at such a fast pace, why is it that the life expectancy of a hot water tank has shrunk from 35 years to 10 years???


The house I bought in 1980 had the original hot water tank and at 35 years old it was still running flawlessly. I don’t understand why they now make tanks with 1/3 the life span especially when this adds huge debris to landfill sites.


LOT #2 BEST POINT INDIAN ARM, North Vancouver, British Columbia

November 5th, 2008

I just sold this LAND at LOT #2 BEST POINT INDIAN ARM, North Vancouver, British Columbia .

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Mortgages vs RRSP's

November 5th, 2008

I received the following article from Heather Woods and found it interesting as I am, like everyone else, wondering should I pay down my mortgage or contribute to my RRSP - which is the best value for my dollar???


One of the biggest debates around the Canadian personal finance world is the battle between contributing to your RRSP or using the money to pay down your m ...