Category Archives: Government

“Go after the money launderers, illegal real estate flippers, scammers, tax evaders” ‒ British Columbians respond to budget consultation

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbians want the government to go after money launderers, tax evaders, speculators and other fraudsters operating in the province’s real estate market, public responses to the governing NDP’s 2018 budget consultation show. Premier John Horgan’s government

City of Vancouver staff asked to talk to PR team before responding to citizens

By ThinkPol Staff City of Vancouver staff are asked to talk to the city hall’s army of well-paid spin doctors before responding to citizens on social media, according to information released through a Freedom of Information request. “A reminder: please

BC Greens piling pressure on NDP to ban foreign buyers in budget

By ThinkPol Staff The BC Green Party is piling pressure on the NDP minority government its propping up to follow New Zealand’s example and restrict foreign real estate ownership in the province in the upcoming budget. “Recently, we proposed we

Petition calls for housing speculation tax in BC budget and crackdown on money laundering, shady realtors

By ThinkPol Staff A petition has been launched to urge British Columbia’s NDP-led government to introduce a housing speculation tax along with a special taskforce to crackdown on money laundering and unethical practices by realtors in Metro Vancouver’s real estate

Unpaid tech workers frustrated over province’s “slow” response to Istuary scandal

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouver tech company that owes over a hundred employees millions of dollars has yet to pay up, and the workers are expressing frustration at the “slow” pace of the province’s efforts to recover unpaid wages. Istuary

Ottawa vague on helping City of Vancouver curb housing speculation

By Lisa Tanh The Government of Canada is releasing few details about federal measures to help City of Vancouver monitor and curb speculation in the housing market. On Nov. 29, Vancouver City Council approved their planning, urban design and sustainability

Canada moves a step closer to legalizing witchcraft, sorcery and fortune telling

By Will Young If you have ever dressed as Harry Potter or the Wicked Witch of the East for Halloween in Canada, you have committed a criminal offence. Section 365 of Canada’s criminal code currently makes it an offence to

Globalization fuels inequality, but social spending could soften the blow – OECD study

By Will Young Economic globalization, specifically international trade, leads to greater inequality with a country, but higher social protection spending may create a cushioning effect against rising income differences, according an OECD study. In Economic globalisation, inequality and the role

BC Liberals urged to return dirty donations from fraudster

The BC Liberal party is being asked to return “dirty” donations once again. Following fraud charges against prominent BC Liberal donor Paul Oei, the Liberal Party are being asked to return all of his donations. IntegrityBC, a non-partisan and non-profit organization, discovered

Canada’s “rip it and ship it” economy ill-prepared to shift towards sustainability, report finds

By Will Young Canada’s “rip it and ship it” economy that emphasizes extraction over of value-added processing and manufacturing has left the national lagging badly in innovation, in materials efficiency and recycling, according to an OECD report released today. OECD’s