Category Archives: Business

Vancouver twitter account targets ‘rogue’ realtors

By ThinkPol Staff Inspired by Vancouver’s Airbnb-fighting Twitter user VISTRO, a social media account has started naming and shaming realtors who appear to breaching industry regulations. BrettdrC[1]https://twitter.com/brettdrc is outing realtors who are running Airbnb hotels in Vancouver in breach of

Spooked by VISTRO, Vancouver hosts ditch Airbnb

Spooked by an Airbnb-fighting Twitter account, Vancouver’s hosts are taking their listings off the short term rental platform. VISTRO, which stands for Vancouver’s Illegal Short Term Rental Operators, has so far reported approximate 50 Airbnb units to the City of Vancouver.

Airbnb will grow 5x in Vancouver if legalized, CFP warns

By Lisa Tanh Vancouver will go from 6,000 to 30,000 Airbnb units if the city legalizes the service impacting affordable rents for long-term housing says a certified financial planner. Last Tuesday, the city hosted a public hearing on regulating short-term

Vivagrand lawsuits offer glimpse into murky world of condo pre-sales

By ThinkPol Staff A series of lawsuits by Vivagrand Developments against the buyers of its Langara West condo project is offering a rare glimpse into the murky world of condo pre-sales. Vivagrand is suing 19 out of the 72 buyers

City of Vancouver resumes accepting @VISTRO11’s complaints following outcry

By Will Young When a Twitter user began reporting Aribnb listings to the City of Vancouver with their addresses, the social media staff behind @CityOfVancouver initially accepted the complaints. But then the City staff suddenly decided to demand personal information

3 in 4 Vancouver Airbnb units run by commercial hosts

By Amy Chen Three in four Airbnb units available in Vancouver are operated by commercial hosts, an analysis of the platform’s listings show. An analysis of 416 randomly extracted listings showed that 317 of them belonged to hosts who were

Westbank pre-sold nearly 1 in 4 Kensington Garden condos — heavily marketed overseas — to flippers

By Amy Chen Prominent Vancouver property developer Westbank pre-sold nearly a quarter of all units of its Kensington Garden project — aggressively marketed in Hong Kong — to flippers, according to documents sent to ThinkPol. An industry insider sent ThinkPol

Coquitlam woman sues McDonald’s over hot tea spill

By Will Young A Coquitlam, BC-woman has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s claiming an employee spilled “scalding” hot tea on her causing her severe injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Tamerin Elliott is seeking general damages, special damages and costs from

Magnetic brain stimulation company CEO’s West Vancouver home with eight mortgages facing foreclosure actions

By Amy Chen The CEO of a company that developed a device that promises to cure depression using magnetic brain stimulation is facing foreclosure actions on his West Vancouver home, which carries eight mortgages. Jetmov filed a petition against Heather

Publicly listed cannabis company CEO accused of fraud sues for defamation

By Amy Chen A CEO of a Vancouver-based publicly listed medical marijuana grower has filed a defamation suit against a government official who accused him of fraud, court records show. Dennis Petke, President and CEO of Alliance Growers Corp (CSE: