Métro Vancouver

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.

Vancouver Home Sales Plunged Nearly 33% In September

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Home sales in Metro Vancouver in September plunged by 32.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

For months the government had been in denial over the issue: overblown, isolated to a few neighbourhoods, it said. Since then its approach has gone from "the market will correct itself," to a "bold action plan," to legislating a retroactive 15 per cent tax on foreign ownership.

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.

The Problems With TransLink Mayors' Road Pricing Plan

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The road pricing debate has taken two forms in the Lower Mainland, both of which should worry taxpayers. The first idea, suggested by Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, is to put a $1 toll on every bridge in the region. However, the math simply doesn't work.

What Distinguishes Vancouver From Other North American Markets

Sonny Wong | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sonny Wong

Forget weather, housing prices, lifestyle, green initiatives and other external factors and complaints. Yes, they are all variables but when it comes to consumer spending, there's one big variable driving the market almost to the exclusion of anything else: China and the Chinese.

7 Hikers Stranded Near Cypress Mountain

CP | The Canadian Press/HuffPost B.C. | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

One person is in medical distress.

The Biggest Real Estate Challenge Facing Metro Vancouver You've Never Heard Of

Port Metro Vancouver | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Port Metro Vancouver

Most people probably don't ever think about local industrial land. It's often tucked away in corners of communities -- out of sight, out of mind. But the fact is our industrial land supply -- or lack thereof -- is critical to the future of every person, family and community in B.C.

'Walkable' Neighbourhoods Lower Odds Of Obesity: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The study explores the relationship between body mass index and neighbourhood walkability.

Forget The Bonus, The Real Money Is In Severance Pay

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Former chief administrator Penny Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across Vancouver when they learned of it.

Metro Vancouver Encourages Potty Training For Adults

CBC | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"Bathrooms. Not a good place for a selfie."

Lawn Watering Banned In Metro Vancouver As Restrictions Tighten

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - For Metro Vancouver lawns, brown is the new green.Metro Vancouver, the authority that governs the water supply for 21 cities and municipal...

Transit Vote's Yes Campaign Spent Almost $6 Million

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

But one critic calls the spending "outrageous" and a "waste of taxpayer money."

Why I'm Voting Yes in the Transit Referendum

Ramesh Ranjan | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Ramesh Ranjan

This referendum isn't about TransLink's internal spending habits. It's on whether we want to fund public transit to the extent that it'll positively impact our generation and generations onward.

Families Need To Make Even More To Survive In Metro Vancouver

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Living wage" for a family of four has gone up 58 cents from 2014...

Majority Pays, But Minority Benefits In Metro Vancouver Transit Plebiscite

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

According to the plan, not all residents in the region are created equal. If you're a motorist, for instance, you won't get much love.

Services Like Uber Leave Metro Vancouver's Transit Plan in the Past

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The Vancouver Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation has an ambitious 30-year vision (starting with a 10-year plan) that would dramatically expand mass transit in Vancouver. Yet recent developments in personal transportation raise questions about long-term plans to build fixed point-to-point transit systems.

Calling the Fraser Institute "Anti-Tax" Is Overly Simplistic

Mark Milke | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Taxes are indeed needed to fund important government services, critical both to a well-functioning economy and more generally, civilization. But there is a point when a larger, more interventionist government, combined with a heavier tax burden, can stunt economic growth and social outcomes, or achieve those outcomes only at great additional cost.

B.C. Mayors Slam Kinder Morgan Over Unanswered Questions

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Kinder Morgan has come under fire from two Metro Vancouver mayors for failing to answer hundreds of questions about a proposed $5.4-billio...

Metro Vancouver Transit Tax Debate: Transparency Is Key For 'Yes' Side

Mike Klassen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

The Mayors' Council could break from past unsuccessful referenda by getting a Yes vote this spring. But they have to get to work now and most importantly, use openness to earn the voters' trust.

Metro Vancouver Transit Officer, Former Partner Charged With Assault

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

They have been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Metro Vancouver Mayors Ramp Up Transit Tax 'Yes' Campaign

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A 0.5 per cent tax would be harmonized with the provincial sales tax.

Rejecting TransLink Referendum Won't Make Problems Disappear

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The Yes side may have great intellectual arguments, but the No side has one big emotional one. It's spelled T-r-a-n-s-L-i-n-k. And at the end of the day it may be the only one that counts.

4 Hit By Vehicles In Separate Incidents In Metro Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Police say a man is dead and three people are injured after all four were struck by vehicles in separate incidents around Metro Vancouver ...

Health Violations Close 222 Metro Vancouver Restaurants In 2014

CBC | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia

More than 200 restaurants in Metro Vancouver were forced to temporarily shut down in 2014 for violating Public Health Act regulations. Unsanitary co...