$500K is no longer enough to buy a new condo in Vancouver, survey finds

A national condo survey was unable to find any new condos selling for less than half a million dollars in Vancouver. The survey, conducted by Atlus Group, compared what $500,000 would buy in new condo markets across Canada in 2017. Vancouver was the only city in which researchers were not able to find any units at that price point or below. "Buyers would need to go into nearby m [...]

15 February 2018

Home prices rise on gains in Vancouver, Victoria

Canada's housing market saw prices rise on a national basis in January, but the growth was almost entirely due to strength in Vancouver and Victoria. The Teranet-National Bank National Composite House Price Index, which measures sale prices in 11 major markets, rose 0.3 per cent in January over December. Teranet said the price bounce was not widespread, however, with only four markets [...]

15 February 2018

Musician Craig "Mac Pontiac" Doyle dead at 51

Local musician and entrepreneur Craig Doyle has passed away at the age of 51.Friends of the singer-songwriter, better known as Mac Pontiac, tell the Straight that Doyle had recently undergone a minor heart procedure, and was given a clean bill of health after a visit to the hospital this weekend. He died on Sunday (February 11).As Mac Pontiac, Doyle was a fixture in Vancouver’s [...]

14 February 2018

Vancouver council approves Northeast False Creek development

The concept plan for a substantial new downtown Vancouver neighbourhood got the go-ahead at city hall Tuesday, after councillors agreed that Northeast False Creek should get more subsidized rental housing, more consultation with the Chinese community and an Indigenous name. But it took hours of debate, as councillors argued over the multiple issues raised by the plan for the area, whic [...]

14 February 2018

Coquitlam man dead after altercation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Police say a man found in distress in front of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Tuesday night has died.The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Coquitlam resident Martin James MacDonald.Police and ambulance were called to E. Hastings Street near Hawks Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after a passerby discovered the victim unconscious at a bus stop.Police say MacDonal [...]

12 February 2018

In Vancouver, at the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme ‘harm reduction’ efforts that may guide US

Beneath a blue tarp that blocks out a grey sky, Jordanna Coleman inhales the smoke from a heated mixture of heroin and methamphetamine, sucking the addictive vapour deep into her lungs.The drugs and pipe, acquired elsewhere, are hers. But the shelter, the equipment she uses to prepare her fix and the volunteers standing by to respond if she overdoses are provided by a small non-profit gr [...]

12 February 2018

B.C. minimum wage hike announced in North Vancouver

B.C.’s minimum wage earners are getting a pay hike this June and one ever year after until they’re making $15.20 an hour in 2021. Premier John Horgan and Labour Minister Harry Bains made the announcement from a North Vancouver coffee shop on Thursday that their government, with the support of the B.C. Green Party, would be upping the wages of the lowest earners to $12.65 per hour on [...]

09 February 2018

Company posting Chinese-only bus ad wants help on immigrant business integration

The company that posted a controversial Chinese-only bus ad in Richmond last month is now asking the B.C. government to address disconnections between many Chinese businesses and the local community. TenKK, a Richmond-based business consulting firm, sent a public letter to the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology last week, asking for better support for Chinese investors and entr [...]

09 February 2018

Gap between housing supply and demand largest in Toronto and Vancouver: CMHC

Toronto and Vancouver's real estate markets have responded to surging prices and a growing demand for homes with a supply of new housing that is "significantly weaker than other Canadian metropolitan areas." The disparity between supply and demand has been largest in the two cities, but "we do not fully know why this is the case," said the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corpora [...]

08 February 2018

Eight B.C. properties ranked among top 15 hotels in Canada

Eight of the top 15 hotels in Canada are located right here in B.C., according to a new ranking released this week.U.S. News & World Report this week released its 2018 rankings for the best hotels around the world, and British Columbia properties snagged eight of the top 15 spots in Canada.Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia took first place in the consumer ranking, while Tofino’s Wickaninn [...]

08 February 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines adds non-stop Vancouver-Tofino service

A new daily non-stop flight between Vancouver and Tofino has been added to Pacific Coastal Airlines’ spring schedule. The new flight starts April 3, though the spring schedule will begin March 4 and be in effect until June 3. The new flight will operate seven days a week, leaving Vancouver International’s south terminal at 3:15 p.m. and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport at 4 [...]

07 February 2018

Good Business Practices in Budapest

My family hasn’t produced great businessmen. Despite it, we always recognized great talent in that field. Take my fecund maternal grandfather Josef. Having fathered seven children, he thought that the family was now big enough to take care of itself, though not at the cost of his stopping all the fun. While on a business trip to Budapest in November 1904, he stayed, as usual, at [...]

07 February 2018

Obituary: Real-estate analyst Richard Wozny fought for justice on housing and taxes

One of B.C.’s leading real-estate analysts, Richard Wozny, whose passion for housing justice was set out in a Jan. 27 column in The Vancouver Sun, died on Wednesday, surrounded by family. He was 62.Wozny, who had been receiving treatment for non-smoking lung cancer for 18 months, received wide praise for devoting his fading energy to exposing the dangers of excessive, largely untaxed forei [...]

06 February 2018

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