Category Archives: Front Page

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

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

Ontario election: Ford scrutinized for lack of campaign platform, Horwarth under pressure to go for a win

By Marina Wang Leaders of the Ontario Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats squared off in the final election debate on Sunday evening. Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne and New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath repeatedly prodded at Progressive Conservative leader Doug

Ontario election: New poll finds Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats neck-to-neck, with liberals trailing behind

By Marina Wang With the Ontario provincial election less than two weeks away, a new poll has found that the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, according to popular vote.

Vancouver Airbnb hosts caught using fake licences

By Lisa Tanh Several local Airbnb hosts have been caught abusing the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws. Concerned citizens took to Twitter to expose a number of hosts who are using one short-term rental business licence for multiple

“Vancouver’s becoming a safety deposit box for the global rich!” – developer seeking billions in tax dollars for affordable housing pitches city’s “hot real estate” to buyers in China

By ThinkPol Staff with files from Lisa Tanh “Vancouver is becoming a safe deposit for the global rich!” Those are the words[1]Original: http://www.westbankcorp.cn/media/141.html Archive:http://archive.is/jdxTy used to promote Vancouver real estate in China by luxury real estate developer Westbank, whose owner

Dilapidated homes, leaky condos and crumbling mansions: Skilled trades shortage paints a bleak picture in Vancouver

By Lisa Tanh A local tradesman is struggling to find help maintaining “normal family homes” because of Metro Vancouver’s extreme skilled trades shortage. Breton Crellin, who has been working in construction for over a decade, said he’s constantly being flagged