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NDP, Greens divided on pace of child care improvements in B.C. election campaign

VANCOUVER—A policy difference over child care between the NDP and Greens has emerged in the B.C. election, with each party blaming the other for failing to do more on the issue in the last minority government.

NDP Leader John Horgan recommitted to bring $10-a-day child care to British Columbia and blamed the Greens for not supporting his efforts to achieve the party’s promise from the 2017 election.

But Green Leader Sonia Furstenau said her party has been pushing the NDP for child-care legislation, but Horgan chose to call an election for Oct. 24 instead of continuing to work with the Greens.

She said both parties share similar child care goals, but the Greens also want early childhood education included in the public system.

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson campaigned Thursday in key ridings in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, telling voters he wants the party to prove itself in areas won by the NDP three years ago.

He said a Liberal government would introduce an affordable child-care plan with costs that would vary according to family resources.

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US new-home sales surge to fastest pace since 2006 as housing market shines through pandemic



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  • Sales of new US homes accelerated by 4.8% in August, to an annual rate of 1 million units, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
  • That rate was the highest since 2006 and marked four consecutive months of increasing sales.
  • The agency’s estimate of new homes for sale fell to 282,000, reflecting 3.3 months of supply at the current pace of sales. That’s the shortest period in data going back to 1963.
  • Though the housing market has been one of the few bright spots in the virus-rattled economy, some fear that dwindling supply will soon halt the sector’s rally.
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The US housing market extended its winning streak into August as Americans continued taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates.

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Sales of new homes leaped by 4.8%, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.01 million units, the Census Bureau announced Thursday. The rate was the highest since 2006 and marked four months of increases. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected the rate to drop last month to 890,000 units.

New homes’ median sale price fell from the year-ago period, to $312,800. The average sale price was $369,000.

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July’s jump was revised higher, to a 14.7% gain.

The Thursday report also revealed a growing strain in housing supply. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale fell to 282,000 from 291,000. The latest reading represented a supply of 3.3 months at the housing market’s current rate of sales, the shortest period in data going back to 1963.

The housing market has been

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Painting Contractors – Keeping Pace With Changing Trends

The painting industry has been undergoing changes over the past few years. Gone are the days when home painting was just confined to painting dull walls with colors. With changing trends, painting contractors are now offering more than painting services.

Nowadays, when you visit a painting contractor, you would be given a host of options for your color finish like faux finishes, murals or trim packs on wood. Of course, these exclusive services are offered by good companies who keep track of changing trend and strive to come out with extraordinary performance every time.

Painting, home or commercial, has now become a work of art. The emphasis is not just to paint the walls but to create a beautiful ambiance. A good painting company will give you all the necessary ideas to help enhance the appearance of your home. Paint finishes are largely responsible for making or marring the look and feel of the walls. Some of the popular finishes today include Parchment Sponging Tuscany Patina Color washing Metals Antiquing Venetian Plasters Murals. A painting contractor who is well versed in the latest trends would be good enough to deliver the right stuff.

More efficient paint contractors also offer interior decoration services. This is a big advantage as you do not have to go hunting for carpenters and laborers for such works as ceiling carving, cabinetry, woodwork, wallpaper work etc. Paint contractors also offer creative details which might save you money in the long run.

Many painting contractors also offer creative deals such as "painter for a day", or a "2 room interior special". This is what makes them unique. So the next time you go hunting for a painting contractor, be determined to ask them about the kind of paint finish and the additional services they offer. …

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