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Canada’s Conservatives under fire for promoting “election rigging” conspiracy theories echoing Trump

The Conservative Party of Canada is coming under heavy criticism for promoting conspiracy theories about “election rigging” a day after riots incited by similar statements by US President Donald Trump left five people dead. A fundraising page on the official

Vancouver mourns death of housing advocate Ulrike Rodrigues

Vancouver housing advocate Ulrike Rodrigues, who fought to stop Airbnb and other short-term rentals platforms displacing renters, has died at the age of 59 from neurological complications, her family announced today. Rodrigues, who founded the “Homes not Hotels” movement in

Vancouver City manager runs thriving Airbnb on island facing housing crunch

Vancouver’s City manager is running a thriving Airbnb on Cortes Island – a small island dealing with a crushing housing crisis caused by homeowners listing properties on short-term rentals instead of renting them long term to residents. Sadhu Aufochs Johnston

Canada on the hook for Chinese firms’ pandemic losses under trade agreement O’Toole championed

Chinese companies could sue Canada over losses incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic under the terms of a trade agreement championed by opposition leader Erin O’Toole when he was part of the Harper government. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative

Townhouse prices reaching all time high as condo prices fall in Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver townhouse prices are projected to reach an all time high in December 2020 as condo prices slide, the early real estate data for the month show. The OpenHousing Home Price Index for townhouse properties – calculated using the

Insurance agents obstructed justice by coaching investor to lie to regulators, BCSC panel finds

A British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) panel has found that a Burnaby insurance agent and his marketing director obstructed justice when they coached an investor to lie to regulators in order to get his money back. The panel has made

Big chunk of Airbnb revenue comes from illegal activities, regulator hears ahead of IPO

By Sean Bennett A ‘substantial portion’ of Airbnb’s annual revenue comes from facilitating illegal rentals, according to an open letter delivered to the regulator in September ahead of the short-term rental platform going public on the stock market. A collection

Metro Vancouver townhouse prices soar in November

Metro Vancouver townhouse prices rallied in November 2020, amid a pandemic-fueled push for somewhat affordable larger homes. The OpenHousing Home Price Index for townhouse properties – calculated using the generally-accepted and transparent repeat sales or Case-Shiller method[1]https://faculty.wharton.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Brown_2013_House_Price_Index_Methodology_1.pdf – rose 9.22%

Airbnb asked Canada for a bailout. Canada slapped Airbnb with a tax.

It’s about to get a lot more expensive to stay at short-term rentals in Canada as Ottawa announced a new tax on Airbnb and other short-term accommodation platforms. “In order to ensure that the GST/HST applies consistently and effectively with

Canada to tax foreign homeowners

Canada will start taxing foreign nationals who use Canadian homes to park their wealth, according to the federal government’s fiscal update released on Monday. “Too often, the price of homes is out of reach for Canadians, in particular for those