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Aug. 4, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
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Dispute with Landlord Questions

My understanding of landlords deducting amounts from deposits for damage is they can only do so if an inspection of the unit was done at the time of move in and time of move out, and the tenant has agreed to the deduction in writing. You should be able to make a claim for loss of use of your balcony too. This is an example given at the bottom of the first link below. Don't know how much you could claim. Maybe calculate area of balcony as % of total apartment area x rent x number of months.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies/ending-a-tenancy/claims-for-damages-or-loss

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies/ending-a-tenancy/returning-deposits

May 23, 2016, 3:31 p.m.
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Squamish Housing Prices

^^^ sounds to me like the lawyers are to blame, not the foreign investors

March 8, 2016, 11:37 p.m.
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Remote riding - do you ride with supplementary communications?

Garmin acquires Delorme http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160303005155/en/Garmin%C2%AE-completes-acquisition-DeLorme%C2%AE

Let's hope this means regular garmins will at some point come equipped with two-way communications, or at minimum that the Inreach is given a more user-friendly interface. Of course this may make both the new Garmin and Inreach I just bought last year obsolete. But I am probably ok with that.

Jan. 22, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
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Might be the end of US Netflix in CA?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/netflix-is-carrying-out-its-threat-to-block-vpn-users-nflx/ar-BBoyG4X?li=BBnbfcL[HTML_REMOVED]ocid=mailsignoutmd

It appears Netflix was serious about restricting access to users who access the service from a different country.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it would crack down on VPN use.

Using a VPN, which stands for Virtual Personal Network, meant that someone in the UK could access the US version of Netflix, for example.

This is important for users because the deals for TV and film rights differ from country to country, meaning that some versions — such as the US one — have a wider range of content.

Netflix has previously been fairly blasé about letting users do this, making the crackdown a big change in policy.

The reason for this ambivalence was simple: The company had a lot of customers who paid for the service because they could watch shows elsewhere. China, for example, has 20 million Netflix users despite the service not officially being available, all of whom access the service with a VPN.

At the time of the announcement, Netflix said "in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are" and it seems this is coming true.

This is a dramatic change from the comments made by Neil Hunt, Netflix's chief product officer, a year ago. "The claims that we have changed our policy on VPN are false," said Hunt. "People who are using a VPN to access our service from outside of the area will find that it still works exactly as it has always done."

However, uFlix, a VPN that operates out of Australia, is reporting that some users cannot access any non-Australian versions of the service. Anyone who tries gets this message: "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again."

There was speculation after Netflix announced the change that the company couldn't follow through on it. However, the report from uFlix seems to contradict this assessment.

How Netflix managed to crack down on VPN use when it had previously stated it couldn't is unclear. The company might be targetting specific VPNs, such as uFlix in Australia.

Jan. 12, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
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Trump playing 'Born In The USA' at rallies to taunt Cruz

Say what you want about Trump, at least he provides entertainment

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-playing-born-in-the-usa-at-rallies-to-taunt-cruz/ar-CCrvfS?li=BBnbcA1[HTML_REMOVED]ocid=mailsignoutmd

Jan. 5, 2016, 8:41 a.m.
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NSMB NHL 2015-16 Thread

Post season? They are tanking for Matthews

The good news is after a puck to Daniel's teeth, we can now tell the twins apart if they smile

Nov. 25, 2015, 7:16 p.m.
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tool

Not sure why it would sell out in SD so fast. Last time they played here a couple years ago, same venue, I don't think it sold out as I bought tix through ticketmaster a few days before. I'll wait and hopefully score a CL deal close to the show.

Nov. 17, 2015, 8:25 p.m.
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buying a used frame from US&A

I bought my first V10 frame from a guy in Norcal. Had it mailed up here, shipping was only $50 or so, had to pay the brokerage fee + GST. All in it was C$1900 for a pretty much new frame. To this day that is probably my favorite DH bike I have owned.

Unless things have changed you should only have to pay duty on a complete bike or a complete wheelset, that used to be 6%. Not sure if this applies if goods are used. You should not have to pay duty on any other bike parts. It is worth knowing the customs tariff code for bike parts so you can educate customs brokers and CBP if need be.

Nov. 6, 2015, 2:11 p.m.
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Beer

Busy week coming up….

https://www.sdbw.org/schedule

Nov. 6, 2015, 1:56 p.m.
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Obama Turns Down Keystone

Not a huge fan of the Keystone pipleline. But I would much rather have Keystone go ahead than the Northern Gateway project with supertankers trying to navigate narrow inlets.

Nov. 5, 2015, 8:14 p.m.
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NSMB NHL 2015-16 Thread

Mcdavid injury will definitely make the calder race more interesting. Not that either McDavid or Eichel was running away with it, but it definitely opens it up to all the other rookies who are doing well so far.

Oct. 28, 2015, 10:37 a.m.
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The South Chilcotin

oh boy. Do yourself a favour. If you enjoy the area educate yourself about the current regulatory climate and delete this video. Delete all your footage. Pretend you never ever shot or edited anything like this.

OP might want to take down some photos too especially ones with comments like this and enough tags that everyone and their dog can find them:

http://www.pikore.com/m/1076112860217711635_1637555102

"This was definitely one of the most pivotal trips of my life: riding out there established a new context for what an epic day is, but also showed me the potential of going places where there are no trails or trails aren't needed."

Other arguments aside, tracks laid through scree are a huge eye sore in an otherwise pristine environment that make bikers look like total douchebags to all other users. Stick to the trails, please, and do not take the privilege of riding in the Chilcotins for granted. After living in the US for a few years I have experienced loss of access to a few of our best alpine/backcountry rides. You guys have it good up there, please don't fuck it up for everyone in pursuit of instagram glory!!!

July 31, 2015, 8:01 a.m.
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Trip planning.

I went to Belize/Guatemala in early October a few years back. If you've only got a couple weeks this is a good option as the distances within country are short and there is tons to do. That time period is pretty good too… after hurricane season and before peak tourist season, enough people around that activities are running but nothing was packed and accommodations were easy to find. Snorkeling and scuba there are great. Easy flights to get there too.

June 30, 2015, 10:09 p.m.
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woah - Bieksa traded...

Without bieksa, who will Ferkland torment next year?

June 16, 2015, 9:09 p.m.
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california drought

You don't believe that the entire agriculture industry has any effect on water losses?

Apparently pot farms are wreaking havoc on water supplies in Norcal because there is so much cultivation and water theft, wells and entire aquifers are starting to go dry in some places.

A couple crops in CA that have become more widespread recently are rice and alfalfa. I've read these take massive amounts of water as flood irrigation is common, while most of these crops are exported over to Asia rather than domestic consumption.

I wouldn't say that most Yanks don't get it, though. Some don't, but most do. The big problem here is the system of water rights where long-time senior rights holders of stream water can take as much as they want at zero cost, while less senior rights holders get nothing.

I think this system is written into the State's constitution, though even if it were not I don't think the politicians have the backbone to reform. The drought would probably be long over before all the lawsuits would be settled.

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