Housing measures designed to stabilize the distorted real estate market have gone too far, according to lifelong Vancouver resident Ric Pow. He and his wife are selling the Point Grey house they've lived in for 17 years — and not by choice, he claims.

"In 2002 when we moved in, our taxes were about $5,000," he said. "We just got our tax assessment for this year and it's going to be $30,000. Frankly, that's money we just can't afford."

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Swirling currents, frigid ocean water and sea lions. Those are some of the challenges a group of students on Vancouver Island are voluntarily taking on as they end their year with a dramatic open-water swim.

On May 25, seven students from Pearson College plan to swim six kilometres through the choppy waters between the small island at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and the dock in front of the school, located on Pedder Bay in Metchosin, B.C.

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