Friday, July 27, 2018
Vancouver political watchers were on the edge of their seats as the first of three towers proposed to slice into the Vancouver skyline’s long-protected view of the mountains met with a council decision Tuesday July 22. As expected by some, the... Keep Reading
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Integrity of office and public trust. Yesterday morning I tweeted news that the City's top properties guy: Bill Aujla, manager of Real Estate and Facilities had tendered his resignation to go and work for the Aquilini Group as VP of Real Estate. The... Keep Reading
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Fallout over the BOFFO-Kettle deal that would have seen a new drop-in and supportive housing along with close to 200 market condos built atop an assembled parcel of private and public owned land and Commercial and Venables. As I commented to the Sun... Keep Reading
Sunday, May 27, 2018
A recent tweet from the mayor's office caught my eye .@Cityofvancouver data shows 95% of EHT declarations were made from Canada, 2% from US, 3% from other countries (reflects where the property owner was located at the time they made their... Keep Reading
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Want to avoid Vancouver’s Empty Home Tax? Find the right strata. The extended empty home reporting deadline is approaching. There's been plenty of advertising. But did you know EHT specifically exempts condos where strata rules restrict rentals?... Keep Reading
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Vancouver City Council proposes province tax property flippers... But NPA voted against. ICYMI, as the BC Budget was being delivered, the rest of Vancouver City Council passed Adriane Carr's "Call for Bold Provincial Actions to Tackle Housing... Keep Reading
Friday, February 2, 2018
Union of BC Municipalities have released a Housing Strategy for BC that consolidates some excellent recommendations - more rental housing - demand management - comprehensive homeless strategy - all government collaboration - manage prices through... Keep Reading
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Know your rights. Under the City's Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy, formally evicting long term tenants for "minor repairs" necessitates at a minimum 4months free rent and moving expenses (in the case of a 10year tenant). It seems in the... Keep Reading
Friday, October 20, 2017
During this recent by-election, I really focused on what the city can actually do — within their mandated and legal role. Zoning and land-use decisions are the big tools at the city's disposal. The outrageous land valuation increase detailed in this... Keep Reading
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
I released a new video today, describing our Green Party goal for a new deal on housing, and announcing five bold quick start actions the City could immediately pursue to ease Vancouver’s housing crisis.   We need to shift development in... Keep Reading
Friday, August 25, 2017
A massive development rezoning, estimated worth over a billion dollars in market value. The luxury tower project being proposed by a well-connected and influential developer will reportedly deliver close to $90 million in public benefits spread out... Keep Reading
Thursday, August 24, 2017
To be clear, these annual rent increases are a direct result of over a decade of inept housing policy by the former BC Liberal government. The failure to reign in a housing market increasingly disconnected from local incomes is 100% on the Clark... Keep Reading
Monday, August 7, 2017
Ever wonder why so much of our city's (dwindling) affordable rental stock are of a 50's-60's-early 70s vintage? The City tries to incentivize rentals with density bonuses, the Province tries to support rentals with subsidies — what's been missing is... Keep Reading
Friday, August 4, 2017
Concord Pacific nets some positive press over a handful of affordable art studios, but the “inclusionary zoning” sleight-of-hand is mostly about clever marketing and is deserving of some deeper analysis beyond the clickbait. The story about the... Keep Reading
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Summer 2017, and the mayor is only now hearing concerns about overseas pre-sales & insider trading of #VanRE condos? We (Vancouver Greens) called out this issue in 2014, the BC Greens called for taxing pre-sales in the BC Election earlier this... Keep Reading
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Thoughts on new micro-suite development on 100 block West Pender by Vancouver's Affordable Housing Agency. The conditions of this rezoning are consistent with how Vision Vancouver redefined "social housing" in their 2014 DTES Plan. For this... Keep Reading
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
As I post this, authorities are still determining the loss of life from the smouldering remnants of the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London. Videos and images of the early morning towering inferno leave little doubt that the final tally of... Keep Reading
Friday, December 23, 2016
I don't want to knock the City of Vancouver's recent work to build modular mobile housing for people at risk of homelessness — but this article illustrates how we might have missed the mark with that particular project. Vancouver's units —proper... Keep Reading
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