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

Support for Liberals in a steady decline

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party continue to lose support from Canadians, with their lead in the polls now smaller than at any time since the 2015 election. An Abacus Data poll from October 23rd shows an election today would

Vigilante Twitter account outs Airbnb addresses, reports them to City and CRA

By Will Young, with files from Amy Chen VANCOUVER, BC — A vigilante Twitter account is identifying the street addresses of units listed on Airbnb and reporting them to the City of Vancouver and the Canada Revenue Agency. The Twitter

3 in 4 Vancouver Airbnb units run by commercial hosts

By Amy Chen Three in four Airbnb units available in Vancouver are operated by commercial hosts, an analysis of the platform’s listings show. An analysis of 416 randomly extracted listings showed that 317 of them belonged to hosts who were

Canadians blame parents for children’s in-app purchases

By David Boughton Children using their parents’ phones is nothing new. But what happens when a child racks up tens or hundreds of dollars of purchases while using downloaded applications? That’s the question an Angus Reid public opinion poll asked

Westbank pre-sold nearly 1 in 4 Kensington Garden condos — heavily marketed overseas — to flippers

By Amy Chen Prominent Vancouver property developer Westbank pre-sold nearly a quarter of all units of its Kensington Garden project — aggressively marketed in Hong Kong — to flippers, according to documents sent to ThinkPol. An industry insider sent ThinkPol

Vancouver nightlife: Survivors share stories of rape, insiders decry “dark cloud” of sexual violence

By Will Young Survivors of sexual assault carried out by leading figures in Vancouver’s nightlife scene are sharing their stories and insiders are speaking out against a “dark cloud” of sexual violence hanging over the industry. A number of survivors

Prominent Vancouverites may be breaking the law running illegal Airbnb operations

A doctor, an engineer and a professor are among the prominent Vancouverites who appear to be breaking the law by running short term rentals on Airbnb. While short term rentals are illegal under Vancouver’s by-laws, lax enforcement has seen them grow

Canadian Government pressured to recognize human rights abuses in Mexico

By David Boughton The government of Canada came under pressure last week to increase its response to the escalating human rights crisis in Mexico. Nine Mexican human rights experts were in Ottawa outlining the problems and looking for support. The

Vancouver nightclub sued over rape, destroying evidence

By Will Young A Kamloops, BC woman who says she was drugged and brutally raped at Vancouver’s Twelve West nightclub sued the business Thursday for negligence and destroying evidence of the incident. (ThinkPol does not identify victims of sexual assault