More than 1 in 3 Yaletown condo sales appear to be flips

By ThinkPol Staff More than a third of all condos currently listed for sale in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood appear to be attempts at flipping by speculators. ThinkPol analyzed all 128 of the currently available MLS listings for condominiums in Yaletown

1 in 4 Vancouver Westside home sales appear to be flips

By ThinkPol Staff More than a quarter of homes currently listed for sale in Vancouver’s most expensive neighbourhood appear to be attempts at flipping by speculators. After receiving a tip off from an industry insider, ThinkPol analyzed all 525 currently

Increasing supply in a housing bubble linked to a bigger crash

By ThinkPol Staff The BC government has promised to tackle the housing affordability crisis in Metro Vancouver by “aggressively” increasing supply. A new study coming out of Princeton suggests that the NDP government may want to reconsider that strategy. In

Professors delivering pizza to make ends meet

By Lisa Tanh with reports from Jennifer Wilson Canada is climbing into the top tier of educational rankings, but at the cost of drowning non-regular faculty and sessional instructors into debt. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Fair Employment

Airbnb neighbour damages your property? Insurance won’t help

By Lisa Tanh A freehold property owner in Vancouver claims Wawanesa Insurance will not cover damage incurred by neighbouring Airbnb operators. Last week, Shane Richardson, a freehold property owner in Vancouver, renewed his home insurance with Wawanesa Insurance, one of

Sun on the run, ex-lovers settle as Istuary office auctioned off

By ThinkPol Staff The CEO of the Vancouver tech startup alleged to be a Ponzi scheme is on the run in China, according to court documents filed by an investor who is suing the company. Vancouver Lawyer Joe Carangi, who

UN body alarmed by mining spill disasters worldwide

By David Boughton A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) urges mining companies around the world to address the increase in mining waste spills. The report, Mine Tailings Storage: Safety is No Accident[1]http://www.grida.no/publications/383, specifically looked at mine

Vancouver real estate board threatens ThinkPol with lawsuit to protect foreign buyer privacy

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is threatening ThinkPol with legal action after we broke the story about how developer Westbank pre-sold nearly one in four Kensington Garden condos, which were heavily marketed overseas, to flippers. Chris Bennett at the law

Krishna’s report to the Council on short term rentals, Airbnb-commissioned report done by her former lobbying company show similarities

By ThinkPol Staff ThinkPol has obtained an unpublished report by Kaye Krishna’s former lobbying company that show similarities to the report the Vancouver official presented to the council on the impact of short term rentals. Vancouver’s General manager of Development,

Wanted: Rusty RV to run Airbnb outside Vancouver Mayor’s house

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouverite has put up a Craigslist ad for an RV or trailer to rent outside of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s house because they want him to understand how legalizing Airbnb hurts residents in the city. The