Category Archives: Policy

“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

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

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’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

Wanted: Rusty RV to run Airbnb outside Vancouver Mayor’s house

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouverite has put up a Craigslist ad for an RV or trailer to rent outside of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s house because they want him to understand how legalizing Airbnb hurts residents in the city. The

Pressure mounts on City of Vancouver’s Kaye Krishna to resign over Airbnb fiasco

By ThinkPol Staff Pressure is mounting on Kaye Krishna to stand down as the Vancouver official responsible for the Airbnb file. Critics allege that she has not done enough to crackdown on short term rentals mushrooming in a city grappling

Workers denied opportunity to speak at TFWP review

The Liberal-dominated House Committee denied workers an opportunity speak at the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) review and only listened to employers and organizations representing employers, the opposition New Democrats stated in the dissenting report on the controversial program, where

Foreign pilots free to fly Canadian aircraft after Ottawa quietly removes restrictions

Canada has become the only industrialized nation in the world that allows foreign licenced pilots, some of whom may have obtained their licenses without ever having flown a plane, to operate local commercial aircraft, after Ottawa quietly altered the regulations

Open Letter to Minister of Health: Two years ago today the Health Accord expired

March 31st, 2016 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health 70 Colombine Driveway, Tunney’s Pasture Postal Location: 0906C Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Dear Minister Philpott, Twelve years ago today Canada’s First Ministers signed a Health Accord reaffirming their continued commitment

Civil society cautiously optimistic of federal budget

Civil society groups are welcoming federal budget with cautious optimism while insisting that more needs to be done to undo damage from Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decade in power. “This budget provides something that’s been missing for a long