Liberals, Tories unite to kill right to housing bill

By ThinkPol Staff The Liberal and Conservative parties voted together on Wednesday in Canada’s House of Commons to kill a bill that would have added the right to housing to the Canadian Bill of Rights. Bill C-325, An Act to

Report rogue realtors – Vancouver real estate board

By ThinkPol Staff In response to a social media account naming and shaming realtors who appear to breaching industry regulations, the Vancouver real estate board is encouraging the public to report them to appropriate authorities. Inspired by Vancouver’s Airbnb-fighting Twitter

Vancouver official denies Airbnb involvement, defends decision to stop taking Twitter complaints

By Lisa Tanh The head of Vancouver’s Development, Buildings, and Licensing department says tweeting about illegal short-term rentals in the city raises security and privacy issues. As of yesterday, the city of Vancouver’s VanConnect[1]http://vancouver.ca/vanconnect.aspx desktop and mobile app, added a

Halfway between elections, Canadians unsure of new federal leaders

By David Boughton At the midpoint of the 2015 and 2019 elections, Canadians continue to approve of Justin Trudeau, while they’ve yet to form much of an opinion of the other two leaders. A recent Abacus Data poll shows the

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.

Canadians’ perceptions of sexual harassment not aligned with reality

Canadians appear unaware of how often women face sexual harassment, with a new Abacus Data poll showing a significant gap between perception and reality. The poll also shows a disparity between the opinions of men and women as well as between

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