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Condon: Govt should supply housing for up to 40 percent of Vancouver wage earners

By Patrick Condon, Professor of Urban Design, UBC I am now of the mind that since the real estate market has been effectively globalized, and since the global market for real estate is also distorted by black money seeking a

Woman suing Twelve West over rape and cover up speaks up as nightclub denies incident

Editor’s note: The sexual assault survivor in this story has withdrawn their consent to make their identity public. ThinkPol respects their decision to do so, and as such, has decided to remove this story from publication.

Neighbour finds ‘Vancouver special’ turned into commercial Airbnb hotel

By Lisa Tanh An East Vancouver resident has discovered a ‘Vancouver special’ in her neighbourhood that has been turned into a commercial Airbnb hotel. Ulrike Rodrigues, who lives in the Mount Pleasant area, said a nearby Vancouver special “went through

Vancouver to curb “fierce” demand by local and foreign housing speculators

By Lisa Tanh The practice of purchasing property to turn a profit was a main concern for several city councillors during the Housing Vancouver Strategy presentation. Speculative investment, the purchase of property based on anticipated price growth, has the biggest

Vancouverites urge Ottawa to do more for Rohingya refugees

By Lisa Tanh with reports from Danica Walker Vancouverites are calling out to the federal government to do more to help with the Rohingya refugee crisis. Last month, the federal government announced the launch of its Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund,

More than 1 in 3 Yaletown condo sales appear to be flips

By ThinkPol Staff More than a third of all condos currently listed for sale in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood appear to be attempts at flipping by speculators. ThinkPol analyzed all 128 of the currently available MLS listings for condominiums in Yaletown

Airbnb neighbour damages your property? Insurance won’t help

By Lisa Tanh A freehold property owner in Vancouver claims Wawanesa Insurance will not cover damage incurred by neighbouring Airbnb operators. Last week, Shane Richardson, a freehold property owner in Vancouver, renewed his home insurance with Wawanesa Insurance, one of

Vancouver real estate board threatens ThinkPol with lawsuit to protect foreign buyer privacy

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is threatening ThinkPol with legal action after we broke the story about how developer Westbank pre-sold nearly one in four Kensington Garden condos, which were heavily marketed overseas, to flippers. Chris Bennett at the law

Krishna’s report to the Council on short term rentals, Airbnb-commissioned report done by her former lobbying company show similarities

By ThinkPol Staff ThinkPol has obtained an unpublished report by Kaye Krishna’s former lobbying company that show similarities to the report the Vancouver official presented to the council on the impact of short term rentals. Vancouver’s General manager of Development,

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