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Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


#Don’thave1million? How Can You Buy Lower Mainland Real Estate

#donthave1million is a popular Twitter hashtag these days, and with good reason. Lower Mainland real estate is extremely expensive. In fact, it’s arguably been out of touch with income fundamentals since 2006. I sympathize with people who grew up here or who have lived here a long time and who despair of ever being able […]

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Whose Property Is It Anyway?

Vancouver is changing, and certainly not always for the better. Everyday someone new moves into the Lower Mainland, and they bring something unique to contribute, whether they come from Alberta or Albania. You can’t limit the contributions to the obvious things like food or music. You also have to factor in the energy that comes […]

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More on Affordable Housing

Housing affordability is a hot topic these days, with several people (for example, Gregor Robertson and Charlie Smith) adding heat without creating light. Bob Ransford asks two important questions in a recent Vancouver Sun piece that got me thinking and that can help clarify the situation: Improving housing affordability and diversity are the stated goals […]

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Affordable Housing in Vancouver

Michael Geller, Frances Bula and Lisa Boldt were on with Bill Good this morning discussing housing affordability in Vancouver. The thrust of the conversation seemed to be that an increase in housing supply would translate into more affordable housing. The scent of redistribution was also in the air – variations on the concept of directing […]

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Landlord Slapped by RTB

The Vancouver Sun reports today that “notorious landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota” was hit with. $115,000 administrative penalty for failing to maintain a healthy building. It’s the first administrative penalty the RTB has issued, according to the Sun. And Rich Coleman, the minister responsible for the RTB, is unable to confirm that the penalty was levied, […]

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Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a complex challenge. Nobody’s solved it yet as far as I know. I think that’s because we don’t look at the whole picture, and without looking at the whole picture we can’t really even decide what the problem is. It’s likely, and in fact probable, that what some people see as a […]

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HST Results-What Do They Mean?

The results from the HST vote are in and the Yes side won. The tax brought in with little consultation and in conflict with pre-election promises must now be reversed. Why did this happen? What does it mean? In the first place I think we can agree that the HST is a better tax than […]

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The Wildest Place in America

On the ferry this weekend I ran across an interesting magazine cover. The headline read “The Wildest Place in America”. It was accompanied by a picture of a Kermode bear. I immediately thought “Wow. They must have Kermodes in Alaska too”. How else would a BC bear turn up in a story on the wildest […]

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The US Government – Business As Usual

Kelly McParland writes in the Post that majority government saved Canada when we faced a debt rating downgrade, but that the US suffers from paralyzingly partisanship, and so will not be able to do what Canada did. He cites the S&P report from last Friday which states, in part, that “The political brinksmanship of recent […]

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Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt, And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad so I had one more for dessert, Then I stumbled to my closet for my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt, Then I washed my face and combed my hair […]

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