“No” – Government dismisses Airbnb request to bail out hosts in Canada with one word

“No.” That’s the Government of Canada’s one-word response to Airbnb’s request to bail out hosts who are struggling to survive amid cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York Adam

Airbnb stops offering cash refunds for COVID-19 cancellations as platform cuts costs to survive pandemic

Airbnb is no longer offering full cash refunds for guests who have had to cancel their stay due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, as the short term rental platform takes drastic measures to survive travel slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Airbnb asks government to bail out hosts in Canada

Airbnb spent the last decade ruthlessly going after all levels of government to remove or water down housing rules that stand in the way of long term rental units being turned into irregular hotels. Airbnb hosts labelled government attempts to

Canada failing to fight tax cheats, watchdog warns

Canadians have seen few signs that the federal government is meaningfully cracking down on international tax avoidance and evasion, a tax fairness watchdog warned on the fourth anniversary of the Panama Papers leak. “Other countries have taken tax evaders to

COVID-19: Airbnb hosts selling properties as bookings vanish

Vancouver couple Sarah Gebauer and Yannick Jovan Simovic made good money short-term renting their basement suite and laneway house on Airbnb. But the couple’s property at 615 W 23rd Avenue is now on sale for $2.7 million as many short

Realtor peddles supplements claiming to help protect against COVID-19 as the pandemic slows down real estate market activity

A Vancouver-area realtor is peddling “immune boosting” supplements touted as helping protect against COVID-19 as the coronavirus pandemic slows down activity in Lower Mainland’s hot housing market. “We call our IMMUNE-TAMIN the next level of immune system boosters,” Melissa Wu’s

Australia rolls out COVID-19 vaccine trial for healthcare workers

Australia will roll out a randomized clinical trial of a vaccine aimed at protecting healthcare workers from the COVID-19 coronavirus, Melbourne researchers announced on Wednesday. Professor Kathryn North AC, Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, announced its

Vancouver Airbnb host turns COVID-19 pandemic into opportunity

One Vancouver Airbnb host is turning COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity even as other short term rental operators are scrambling to stay afloat amid mounting cancellations. Cammy Wang is marketing her Airbnb listing at 6950 Yew Street as a

China: Banner celebrates COVID-19 pandemic in US and Japan

Images of a banner in Shenyang, China, with the message “eagerly celebrating the pandemic in the United States and wishing the pandemic in little Japan to last for a long time,” have garnered an outpouring of anger. Local citizens posted

Nearly half a million sign petition calling for WHO head’s resignation for kowtowing to China and bungling COVID-19 response

Nearly half a million people have signed a petition demanding the resignation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general accusing Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of kowtowing to China and mishandling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Torontonian hair stylist Osuka Yip started