From Vancouver to Pyeongchang, Virtue and Moir made Olympic figure skating history

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history Tuesday, winning their fifth career medal at the Pyeongchang Games.No other skaters have collected that much hardware on Olympic ice.As they lower the curtain on their remarkable career, here is a look at their medal performances:ICE DANCE GOLDVancouver 2010 [...]

21 February 2018

Walmart courts urban Vancouver customers with launch of fresh grocery delivery service

TORONTO — Walmart Canada Corp. is ramping up its food selling business in the West with the launch of online fresh grocery delivery in Vancouver as supermarkets across the country step up their fight against Amazon.com Inc.Walmart, which began delivering groceries to residents in the Toronto area last year, announced Wednesday that it will launch fresh grocery delivery in Vancouve [...]

21 February 2018

Vancouver Airport Authority’s customs-kiosk business sets sail

Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) last month notched a business breakthrough and what it calls a world’s first when an America Cruise Ferries operation installed two VAA-made customs kiosks aboard one of its ferries. The kiosks enable passengers on Ferries del Caribe’s daily Dominican Republic-to-Puerto Rico route to get through customs faster, allowing them to use a touch screen [...]

20 February 2018

Canadian Cannabis Business Flies 100,000 Plants to Vancouver Amid Real Estate Shortage

As the start date for legal recreational weed in Canada looms near, cannabis startups are scrambling to acquire ample real estate to grow enough weed to satisfy the impending demand. Brokerage firm Jones Lang LaSalle Canada estimates that the eight largest cannabis cultivators in the country will need more than 8 million square feet of space by 2020, according to Bloomberg. On top [...]

20 February 2018

$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

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15 February 2018

Real EstateHome prices rise on gains in Vancouver, Victoria

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15 February 2018

BusinessVancouver Airport Authority’s customs-kiosk business sets sail

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20 February 2018

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As the start date for legal recreational weed in Canada looms near, cannabis startups are scramb [...]

20 February 2018

Toronto Walmart courts urban Vancouver customers with launch of fresh grocery delivery service

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21 February 2018