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The Opening of Visa-Free Travel From Mexico to Canada
The Atlantic

Canada announced Tuesday it would drop visa requirements for Mexican visitors as of December 2016. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made the announcement in Ottawa, ahead of the North American leaders' summit.

US, Mexico & Canada Coordinate Clean Power Initiatives
The Washington Post

The leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico will pledge today to source half their overall electricity with clean power by 2025, according to administration officials. The new commitment includes not just renewables but also nuclear and carbon capture and storage plants and energy efficiency.

June 27 to July 5 is Overseas Citizens Voters Week

Among the many freedoms U.S. citizens enjoy is the right to vote from wherever they are. During this election year, Americans living in Mexico can easily make absentee voting part of their 4th of July festivities - with resources from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Secure Your Retirement - Buy a Second Home in Mexico
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico

What if there was a way to generate income now, secure capital for the future, enjoy incredible vacations and set up an incredible and affordable retirement lifestyle plan? There is. All of this can be achieved with purchasing a second home in Mexico. The experts at MEXLend explain.

14,000-Year-Old Mammoth Bones Discovered Near CDMX

14,000-year-old Mammoth bones have been discovered near Mexico City, in what archaeologists describe as the country's find of the decade. The fossilized remains were found two meters below the ground while drains were being installed in a street in the town of Tultepec.

Southwest's LAX Service Gives Mexico Resorts a Boost

Currently, Southwest Airlines serves 4 Mexican destinations from 8 US cities. But the low fare carrier is anticipating the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to San Jose del Cabo, Cancun and Vallarta by month's end.

San Miguel Sets the Table for Annual Food Festival

The San Miguel de Allende Food Festival is this celebrated colonial town's biggest annual festival, and the 2016 edition, July 15-17, will feature 50 national and international chefs, tasting menus, wine tastings, entertainment and the festival's main event, the Chefs Table.

Mexico Looks for Help in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Targets
The Globe and Mail

Mexico is looking to attract financing from Canada and the United States to help it meet greenhouse gas reduction targets as leaders from the three North American nations prepare to endorse continental cooperation on climate change during their meeting in Ottawa.

Real Estate Development Underway on Mexico's Costalegre
MLS Vallarta

Information regarding Costalegre is hard to come by. The principal players tend to keep anything concerning the region to themselves, partly to protect their privacy and, to some degree, inhibit development. But, as the government works on infrastructure, development is underway.

U.S. News Travels' Top 10 Mexico Vacation Destinations

Finding a reason to travel to Mexico isn't difficult. However, picking the perfect place to spend your summer vacation is another story. Fortunately, US News has just released their Top 10 Best Mexico Vacations rankings - and it comes as no surprise that Puerto Vallarta is on the list.

What You Need to Know About Banking in Mexico
Ron Morgan Properties

Whether living in Mexico as a full-time resident or visiting your vacation home in Vallarta, opening a bank account is a smart idea for numerous reasons, like avoiding costly currency exchange fees. Here is an overview of what you need to know when opening a Mexican bank account.

Western Union Makes Sending Money to Mexico Easier
Business Wire

Western Union Company has grown its reach in Mexico with the ability to send money from the U.S. directly into nearly all bank accounts in Mexico. U.S. customers can now send money into bank accounts in Mexico via the Western Union mobile app, website and retail agent locations.

XII National Clean Beaches Convention Postponed
Riviera Nayarit CVB

The National Water Commission announced Saturday that the XII National Clean Beaches Convention, which was set to take place June 22-25 in Nuevo Vallarta, has been postponed due to conflicting schedules. The good news is that President Peña Nieto will preside over the inauguration.

Mexico City Uber Regulation Stuck in Neutral
Voice of America

A Mexico City government fund aimed at collecting 1.5 percent of revenue from car-hailing services such as Uber still has not been created, nearly a year after the metropolis became the first Latin American city to regulate rideshare apps.

Mexico's Justice System Gets an Extreme Makeover

On Saturday, Mexico went from a mostly closed system of written proceedings to one that opens up trials to the public and grants people accused of a crime more rights. The oral hearings are the final stage of nationwide criminal justice system reforms passed in 2008.

News from the Associated Realty of the Americas
The Settlement Company

Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) is a small group of successful real estate practitioners spread across North America. There are 2 representatives of Mexico in AREA. They are Linda Neil (La Paz) & Jay West (Los Cabos). Linda has been appointed to the 2016 Advisory Board.

BMW Breaks Ground on its First Plant in Mexico

BMW will expand production of its bestselling vehicle, the 3-Series sedan, to North America when it opens its newest plant north of Mexico City in 2019. The German automaker broke ground Thursday for its plant in San Luis Potosí, where they'll invest $1 billion in a state-of-the-art facility.

Mexico Homeowner's Associations: What you Should Know
MLS Vallarta

Most people looking to buy a primary or second home in Mexico tend to center their search around their individual needs and preferences. When a property that fulfills the criteria is found, few bother to find out how the homeowner's association (HOA) functions. But they should.

Four Tips to Help You Make This Father's Day Memorable

Regardless of the country or culture, the love of fathers crosses international borders. As Father’s Day approaches, for the U.S., Mexico, and a few other countries, remember to share your appreciation of your dad on his special day, which this year falls on Sunday, June 19.

The What and Why of the Mexican Real Estate Trust
MEXlend Mortgages for Mexico

Buying real estate in Mexico is a little different than at home, and the Fideicomiso (Bank Trust) is perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of purchasing property in Mexico. MEXLend, the premier mortgage broker in Mexico, explains the What and Why of the Mexican Real Estate Trust.

Anti-Graft Legislation Advances in Mexico's Congress
Wall Street Journal

Mexico's Senate passed Wednesday an anti-corruption bill requiring public servants to make their assets, tax returns and economic interests public. The bill is part of legislation for implementing constitutional changes made in April of last year to tackle corruption in government.

Govt Official Fired Over Orlando Shooting Facebook Post

A mid-level official from Jalisco's Ministry of Social Development was fired after he posted a discriminatory comment on Facebook about the shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead. Governor Aristóteles Sandoval also posted a Facebook message, announcing his decision to fire the offender.

Helping to Sustain Mexico's Corn Heritage and Farmers

While serving as a host and translator at the G9 Chefs Summit in Pocantico Hills, New York in 2013, Masienda founder Jorge Gaviria heard chefs discuss responsibly sourced ingredients. This inspired him to travel to Mexico and learn about the country's rare heirloom corn varieties.

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