Family of 15-year-old who died after Vancouver shooting 'saddened and exhausted,' pastor says

The family of a 15-year-old bystander who died after being shot Saturday night in Vancouver is "stunned, saddened and exhausted," according to the pastor of the church they attended. The boy died Monday afternoon after being on life support for hours, the BC Coroners Service confirmed. Pastor Caleb Choi of Coquitlam Christ Church of China said the boy and his family were members of [...]

16 January 2018

What effect does collapse of U.K.-based Carillion have on B.C.-based Rokstad Power?

In the immediate aftermath of the announced liquidation of global construction and services giant Carillion PLC, it is unclear what the effect will be on its Canadian operations, including local Rokstad Power.Darcy Leach, Rokstad’s corporate and legal affairs director, said Monday the B.C.-based company is monitoring the situation closely but does not at this time know what will happen [...]

16 January 2018

Preparing for disruption – risks and benefits

In the past decade, disruption has gone from being an annual or semi-annual event to something that happens weekly – sometimes even daily. That is making it difficult for businesses, professionals and governments alike to keep up – and stay competitive and relevant.Some see this new age of technological disruption as an opportunity. They eagerly anticipate how new devices and applicati [...]

09 January 2018

Bentall construction tragedy remembered as work-related injuries up in 2016 over previous year

The family comes every year to remember the tragic death of a husband and father — carpenter Donald Davis.Just 34, he and three other workers fell to their deaths on Jan. 7, 1981, when a platform 36 floors up collapsed during construction of the Bentall Centre Tower IV.Carpenters Gunther Couvreux, Brian Stevenson and Yrjo Mitrunen also died that day.“It’s important for us to be here, [...]

09 January 2018

Metro Vancouver housing prices to rise in 2018

The BC Real Estate Association’s (BCREA) fourth-quarter housing forecast said housing sales will slow in 2018, but prices will rise. “In 2018, there are going to be some headwinds in the housing market, primarily some higher interest rates, also tighter mortgage qualifications applying a stress test to conventional mortgages,” said BCREA chief economist Cameron Muir.“We [...]

22 December 2017

Vancouver real estate: White Spot site on West Georgia sells for whopping $245 million

The high-profile White Spot site on West Georgia has been sold for a reported $245 million, which is among the highest prices paid for residential real estate in Vancouver, according to real estate officials involved in the sale.The restaurant site and adjacent parking lots are zoned for at just under 398,000 square feet of residential space. At a sale price of $245 million, that works out to more [...]

22 December 2017

This is what analysts think will affect home prices in 2018

Analysts are predicting a cooler housing market in 2018, with falling prices in the first few months of the year. But what is it that will pull prices downwards? It’s impending mortgage rule changes that are to blame, according to a recent Reuters poll of Canadian analysts. Beginning January 1, a new mortgage stress test will require all uninsured mortgage borrowers to qualify against th [...]

21 December 2017

International visitors power Canadian tourism boom

Canada’s tourism sector has been doing extremely well all year thanks in part to festivities to mark the country’s 150th year as a nation but it is not only travellers from within Canada or even the U.S. that is driving the boom.A December 20 report from the Conference Board of Canada crunched numbers to find that tourism growth from countries outside Canada and the U.S. is substanti [...]

21 December 2017

Coquitlam, Burnaby industrial set records

With some of the largest residential and retail developments underway, Burnaby and Coquitlam are headlined as among the hottest housing markets in Metro Vancouver – but the record-setting industrial sector is also turning heads.Burnaby set an industrial sales record two years ago as 73 properties traded hands for $230 million: in the first eight months of 2017, the 22 deals had already [...]

21 December 2017

Meetings Industry Report Ranks Vancouver Top Destination in North America

Vancouver is North America’s highest-rated destination for a business meeting, according to STR’s DestinationMAP (Meeting Assessment Program), a comprehensive study of meeting professionals and the meetings market in North America.This year, out of 40 North American cities the data and analytics company surveyed, Vancouver was the highest-rated business meeting site (8.9 out of 10), [...]

19 December 2017

Change of scenery: Patrick Chan rejuvenated by move to Vancouver

Days after missing the Skate Canada International podium for the first time in eight years, and with only a few months left of his competitive career, Patrick Chan felt stuck.He craved a change of scenery, and a better sense of balance. So he headed west, where he travelled for a couple of weeks before settling in Vancouver."I felt like I had the blues a bit, I just couldn't push myself to go to t [...]

19 December 2017

Social housing in posh Vancouver postal code? Not so fast

If Hector Bremner had his way, mansions in tony West Point Grey would be flanked by six-storey flats flush with students, seniors and social housing recipients.The new Non-Partisan Association councillor introduced a motion at city hall on Tuesday to rezone one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the country to permit thousands of affordable rental homes in the area. But the motion was e [...]

13 December 2017

Parking restrictions compound construction woes for West End businesses

After watching their revenue dwindle through nearly two years of road construction, some business owners in Vancouver's West End say new parking issues are just making things worse. The storefront of Bicycle Sports Pacific at Burrard and Pacific has become much more accessible to customers now that upgrades to the intersection are nearly complete, according to manager Bob Gifford. But [...]

13 December 2017