Immigration scams, tax evasion and mortgage fraud: Court case reveals Vancouver foreign buyers’ dirty tricks

By ThinkPol Staff A legal wrangle between two families from China over multi-million dollar homes in Vancouver Westside and the funds transferred to buy them offer a rare glimpse into the questionable strategies used by foreign buyers in the lower

Speculator attempts to flip Richmond condo for nearly 3x within 6 months

By ThinkPol Staff A speculator is attempting to flip a Richmond condo bought just six months ago for nearly three times the amount paid for it. This is according to data gathered by Corrupt Gregor[1]https://twitter.com/corruptgregor, the twitter user who reports

Twitter account targets flippers speculating on Vancouver’s housing market

By ThinkPol Staff A social media account is targeting flippers speculating on Vancouver’s housing market by reporting them to Canada’s tax agency. Corrupt Gregor[1]https://twitter.com/CorruptGregor has so far reported to the Canada Revenue Agency the owners of five properties, which are

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

California, Oregon and Washington joining Canada? The west coast dream, one year on

By Drew Penner They live in the land of dreamers, but there’s at least one reverie U.S. West Coasters have a hard time believing in – joining Canada. That’s what we discovered when we headed south to ask Americans about

BC woman sues HP after notebook computer catches fire

By ThinkPol Staff A British Columbia woman is suing the world’s leading personal computer manufacturer HP over allegations that her notebook computer overheated causing a fire that destroyed her belongings and forced her out of her rental suite. Shelby Barr,

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

Bosa, Magnum sued for fraud, misrepresentation

By Lindsey Lloyd An international commercial builder and a Canadian commercial real estate agent have allegedly sold Vancouver office space under false pretenses, a lawsuit claims. A B.C. numbered company filed a civil claim this month against Bosa Development, Magnum