Category Archives: Business

Housing activist educating Vancouverites on Airbnb bylaws and how to report violators

By Lisa Tanh Many Vancouverites are still unaware of the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws and how to properly report violations, says a local housing activist. Ulrike Rodrigues, an East Vancouver resident, said she’s been receiving several messages

City of Surrey ignoring illegal Airbnb complaints

By Lisa Tanh The City of Surrey isn’t enforcing bylaws against illegal Airbnbs while not publicly announcing that such short-term rentals are unlawful despite years of complaints. Bruce, a Surrey resident who asked to not use his legal name for

Vancouver father battles Airbnb, questions city’s plan to pour $46 million into building affordable housing while doing little to crack down on short term rentals

By Drew Penner Brette Mullins is a father who’s had to look at switching jobs in order to provide better housing for his family. And then there are the menacing attacks. “I get threatening emails once and awhile,” he said,

Massive commercial operators continue to run illegal Airbnb hotels in Vancouver despite City of Vancouver’s “crack down”

Suite Living, who claim to be one of the largest furnished rental companies in Vancouver, has been promoting multiple STRs in Vancouver and Richmond through their website and Airbnb. Currently, it remains illegal to run STRs for less than 30

Vancouver vigilante tells illegal Airbnb operators to stop being “social parasites,” gets results

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver vigilante who sends private messages to illegal Airbnb operators in the city asking them to stop being “social parasites” has convinced at least one such host to put a unit back on the long term

Airbnb profile linked to Empty Homes Tax dodging scheme disappears as advocates pile on the pressure

By Drew Penner Affordable housing advocates are up in arms about a businesses they worry is harnessing the power of what they consider two of the Vancouver’s greatest woes – investment properties sitting empty and the rise of short-term vacation

Vancouverites urged to occupy Airbnb units and demand tenancy rights

By ThinkPol Staff Citing lack of action by the City of Vancouver in cracking down on illegal short term rental in the city, housing rights activists are urging Vancouverites to take matters into their own hands by occupying Airbnb units

Increasing property prices force Robson street businesses into bankruptcy

By Lisa Tanh Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says small business owners on Robson Street are struggling to pay their bills because of high-density upzoning and increased property prices. Last Thursday, Chandra Herbert spoke at the B.C. legislature on

BC Liberals continued to support alleged Ponzi operator that sponsored Christy Clark despite warnings

By ThinkPol Staff An alleged Ponzi operator who sponsored former British Columbia Premier Christy Clark’s junkets to China continued to enjoy the full support and backing of the former BC Liberal government despite red flags raised by auditors, according to

China’s government takes over BC’s biggest retirement home chain

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia’s biggest retirement home chain came under China’s government’s control today. Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group Co acquired Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts, which owns 24 homes in BC, Calgary and Montreal, after the Trudeau government controversially greenlighted the