Speculators targeting Richmond farmland threaten local food supply

By Lisa Tanh Speculative development is raising Richmond’s farmland prices and slowing down local food production says a grassroot organization fighting against this issue. Laura Gillanders, a Richmond resident and coordinator of FarmWatch, an organization that is focused on preserving

“Go after the money launderers, illegal real estate flippers, scammers, tax evaders” ‒ British Columbians respond to budget consultation

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbians want the government to go after money launderers, tax evaders, speculators and other fraudsters operating in the province’s real estate market, public responses to the governing NDP’s 2018 budget consultation show. Premier John Horgan’s government

City of Vancouver staff asked to talk to PR team before responding to citizens

By ThinkPol Staff City of Vancouver staff are asked to talk to the city hall’s army of well-paid spin doctors before responding to citizens on social media, according to information released through a Freedom of Information request. “A reminder: please

BC Greens piling pressure on NDP to ban foreign buyers in budget

By ThinkPol Staff The BC Green Party is piling pressure on the NDP minority government its propping up to follow New Zealand’s example and restrict foreign real estate ownership in the province in the upcoming budget. “Recently, we proposed we

BC can legally seize lawbreaking foreign buyers’ homes, lawyer says

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia government can legally seize the homes of a group of foreign buyers whose immigration fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, money laundering and a host of other illegal activities came to light in a recent

BC Green leader calls for seizing homes of foreign buyers involved in immigration fraud, tax evasion, money laundering

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia’s Green Party Leader has called for seizing the homes of a group of foreign buyers whose immigration fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and a host of other illegal activities came to light in a recent

Petition calls for housing speculation tax in BC budget and crackdown on money laundering, shady realtors

By ThinkPol Staff A petition has been launched to urge British Columbia’s NDP-led government to introduce a housing speculation tax along with a special taskforce to crackdown on money laundering and unethical practices by realtors in Metro Vancouver’s real estate

Realtor aided and abetted foreign buyers’ immigration fraud and forgery, judgement reveals

By ThinkPol staff A Vancouver realtor and his wife aided and abetted foreign buyers in committing immigration fraud and forgery, according a recently delivered judgement in a case between two feuding families from China battling over the ownership of multiple

Equifax facing BC class action over data breach

By ThinkPol Staff A British Columbian has launched a proposed provincial class action suit against the credit reporting bureau Equifax over the data breach that compromised personal information of thousands of Canadians. Joshua Temple of Tofino, BC, is bringing this

Unpaid tech workers frustrated over province’s “slow” response to Istuary scandal

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouver tech company that owes over a hundred employees millions of dollars has yet to pay up, and the workers are expressing frustration at the “slow” pace of the province’s efforts to recover unpaid wages. Istuary