What’s in a name? Study criticizes planning of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by examining place names

By Marina Wang A new study uses critical toponymy, or the historical and political implications of place-naming, as a lens to critique Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s Local Area Planning Process (LAPP). The study examined how various naming conventions around the neighborhood

Rare, ancient mammal named after David Bowie’s alter ego

By: Marina Wang Researchers in Brazil have newly described a species of ancient mammal and named the creature Brasilestes stardusti, after Ziggy Stardust as a tribute to David Bowie’s alter ego. The new species was based on a fossil discovered in

New study finds most supplements have little to no effect on heart health

By: Marina Wang Common belief holds that supplementary vitamins can boost overall health and longevity, but a new study has found that to be largely untrue—at least when it comes to heart health. According to a review published in the

Ontario election: Progressive Conservatives take majority government

By Marina Wang Within 15 minutes of the polls closing, Doug Ford, leader of the Progressive Conservatives, was projected to be the next premier of Ontario. Six minutes later, the Progressive Conservatives were declared a majority government. The Progressive Conservatives,

Researchers use genetic algorithm to predict city growth

By Marina Wang Inspired by natural biological systems, researchers are using an evolutionary genetics algorithm to predict the future skylines of cities. The model uses historic and economic data as input and then models the number of buildings as well

BC gaming industry says it’s ready for money laundering crackdown

By Drew Penner If you talk to the guys behind gambling and scratch tickets in British Columbia they’ll proudly point out they pad the provincial government with more revenue than the gas tax, forestry or natural gas does. But they’re

Ontario election: Some voters can actually choose “None of the Above” in upcoming election

By Marina Wang Voters in the Thornhill riding in the Greater Toronto Area can look to the bottom of the candidate list and check off a square marked “Above, Znoneofthe” for the June 7 election. A 48-year-old man has legally

Most Vancouver houses sold below assessment in May

By ThinkPol Staff The number of Vancouver detached houses selling below assessed value in May outnumbered those selling for more, with some going as low as 32% below, making it the fourth month in row that a majority of Vancouver

David Eby invites opponents to protest at his housing town hall

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia Attorney General David Eby is inviting opponents to protest outside his Housing Town Hall 2.0 scheduled for Monday. “There is adequate protest space outside, and we expect media to attend and cover any protest that

On the Fringes: Surrey’s Affordability Defence Strategy

By Drew Penner The general wisdom on a place like Surrey is that it has escaped the worst ravages of Airbnb ascendancy, maintaining its identity as a place Canadians new and old can go to make serious strides towards financial