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cuisine specialty at the end of the ‘Restaurants’ section in the Yellow Pages. The following is a list of areas where specialty businesses are located. Chinese On the downtown east side of Vancouver (Main and Pender streets) there are many Chinese grocers, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, appliance stores, and Chinese herbal medicine businesses. Japanese Located north-east of the Chinese markets (at Powell and East Hastings Streets) is a smaller group of Japanese grocers and produce markets. In addition, there are a few grocers located in other areas of the city and many restaurants that specialize in sushi. Some Safeway stores (large supermarkets) carry limited sushi making supplies. Indian Two blocks from Langara College, on Main Street, there is a diverse collection of markets, restaurants, clothing stores and hardware stores that specialize in Indian products. In addition, Indian restaurants can be found throughout Vancouver. Gratuities in Restaurants Across Canada, it is normal to leave a gratuity or ‘tip,’ at the end of a meal, for the person who serves you in a restaurant. þ Tips are normally calculated at 10% to 15% of the total bill. An appropriate way to calculate a tip is to double the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is 5%. þ Tipping is intended to be a supplement for people working in hospitality positions because they are usually earning minimum wage. It is also a way to indicate that you are pleased with the service you received. þ You do not need to tip when you are in a fast food restaurant. Fruit and Vegetables Throughout the city, many independent businesses sell fresh produce. A number are located near Langara College on Main Street, Fraser Street, and Victoria Drive. Garage Sales and Used Goods Are you looking for a winter coat? Perhaps a lamp for your room? Stores that sell used goods, and garage sales, provide economical and fun alternatives for buying items that you might not otherwise be able to afford. þ Garage sales occur throughout the year and are advertised in local and community newspapers, and by handmade signs that are posted near garage sale locations. þ Used clothing and housewares are also sold from stores. For more information look in the Yellow Pages phonebook
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-30- under ‘Clothing & Accessories - Consignment & Resale’, or ‘Secondhand Dealers.’ Some secondhand stores located in or near Vancouver are: T Salvation Army Thrift Store T Value Village MEDICAL INSURANCE o matter where you go in the world, you can experience illness or injury at any time. In British Columbia, health care focuses on prevention and early detection of illness. You should seek care before you are in a crisis or emergency health situation. Insurance ensures that a majority of your health-related expenses are covered. þ Having an appropriate level of medical insurance coverage is the law for everyone living in British Columbia.
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