Most Vancouver houses sold for below assessed value in February

By ThinkPol Staff More than half of all Vancouver detached houses sold for below assessment in February, with some going as low as 24% below, MLS sales data show. The MLS sales data, jealously guarded by the real estate industry,

Citizenship industry rife with fraud and criminality, immigration consultant warns

By Drew Penner Canada has much stricter barriers to entry than many citizens realize. Our average of around 250,000 yearly immigrants over the past decade suggested by the federal government’s advisory council to tick up to 300,000 or even 450,000

Single investor bought up 10 out of 91 townhouses as presales in Richmond project using numbered companies, court case reveals

By ThinkPol Staff A single investor, using numbered companies, bought up 10 out of the 91 townhouses as presales at a development project in Richmond, BC, according to a recently concluded BC Supreme Court case. In 1042056 B.C. Ltd. v.

Housing First helps homeless people with mental illness, addiction, Canadian studies confirm

By Marina Wang Studies published over the past year have found the Housing First strategy to be effective across age groups, as well as for persons with substance use disorders and mental illness. The Housing First strategy, first developed in

Most Vancouver houses sold below assessed in last three months

By ThinkPol Staff Just over half of all Metro Vancouver single family homes sold for below assessment, MLS sales data for the last three months show. And industry insider provided ThinkPol the sales data for Vancouver, Richmond, West Vancouver and

Vancouver investor buying up properties to run illegal Airbnb hotels

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver-based real estate investor is buying up properties in the city and turning them into illegal Airbnb hotels, even as the city grapples with a worsening housing crisis. An internet detective uncovered how the woman, who

Vancouverites urged to occupy Airbnb units and demand tenancy rights

By ThinkPol Staff Citing lack of action by the City of Vancouver in cracking down on illegal short term rental in the city, housing rights activists are urging Vancouverites to take matters into their own hands by occupying Airbnb units

Andrew Wilkinson: The big tobacco defender demonizing pot

By Drew Penner British Columbia’s Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s recent comments to the media on the “troublesome” nature of the weed business have raised concerns among some residents excited about the coming public influx of cannabis cash. The BC Liberal

West Vancouver mansion-owning satellite family to be deported after judge dismisses review

By ThinkPol Staff A so-called “satellite family” from China involved in immigration fraud, who bought a multimillion dollar mansion in West Vancouver after immigrating to Canada through the Quebec investor program, are to be deported after a judge threw out

BC Liberal staffer dismisses criticism of party as “fake news”

By Drew Penner Here at Thinkpol, we can’t help but admit we love a good ‘ole roundtable Reddit chat about our journalism, even when it comes in the form of a derisive sneer of our steadfast support for political integrity,