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Neighbours express worries, as Vancouver unveils plans for large detox centre

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – People living near Clark Drive and East 1st Avenue in Vancouver are being invited Monday night to look at plans for a new …

Western Canada

Mortgage renewals tougher - Mortgage Matters

According to a new CIBC report, nearly half of all mortgages in Canada are up for renewal this year, which is more than any year in history.<p>What you …

Canadian Real Estate

'They're not objective at all': Educators dispute Fraser Institute's B.C. school rankings

The Fraser Institute has released its rankings for elementary and secondary schools in B.C. — but one educator has criticized them as misleading.<p>This …

Education

Years after oil spills, money still owed to Vancouver, aquarium and Heiltsuk Nation

Despite "polluter pay" laws in Canada, local governments and agencies are still waiting to recover costs incurred during two significant fuel spills …

First Nations

400 B.C. businesses sign letter opposing Trans Mountain expansion

While many in the B.C. business community have thrown their support behind Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, others in the …

Canada

Tenants 'terrified' as developers apply to rezone their Burnaby rental apartments

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Nine months after Burnaby council adopted its Downtown Metrotown Plan, hundreds of people are about to lose their homes.<p>Angry …

Housing

City officially legalizes short-term rentals in Vancouver

In what it says is part of its efforts to address the estimated 6,600 illegal short-term rentals in Vancouver, City Council has enacted a new bylaw …

Western Canada

Non-market housing part of plans for towers in Metrotown, Burnaby

Anthem Properties Group Ltd. is proposing two new highrise residential buildings for Metrotown and will tear down three three-storey walk-ups and 177 …

Housing

Rental task force not enough: Burnaby housing activist

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced this week the provincial government will be launching a <b>task force to improve tenancy laws</b>, but for renters in …

Housing

Get Free Bubble Tea At This Burnaby Cafe's Grand Opening This April

Food<p>There’s regular tea, and then there’s bubble tea. If you’re a fan of the latter, you’re in for a treat!<p>A new cafe called Boba Boy is giving away …

Ice Cream

‘Renovicted’ tenants could get 12 months’ rent if renovations don’t take place under new rules

The B.C. government is proposing multiple changes to try to better protect tenants from the so-called “renovictions.”<p>Tenants will now have four …

Housing

Three more towers proposed for Metrotown neighbourhood in Burnaby

The skyline at Metrotown could continue to rise should three new high rise buildings be approved, removing four three-storey walk-ups and 211 units …

Skyscrapers

6 Insider Secrets That Only Contractors Know (But Won't Tell You)

If you are a homeowner, odds are that you have tried DIY repairs to save money. If you are not aware of the secrets that the pros use, you are more …

Home Improvement

The 10 Best Neighbourhoods in Vancouver

And a ranking of the other 13.<p>March 23, 2018<p>By Vancouver Magazine / Photo: Ariana Gillrie; illustration by Rob Dobi<p><b>Choosing the Best Neighbourhoods:</b> …

Vancouver

BC environment minister defends gas price hike, points to other savings

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The first of four annual hikes to BC’s carbon tax has pushed the price of gas even higher this week. So, how does that …

Gasoline

B.C. MPs Elizabeth May, Kennedy Stewart arrested at Kinder Morgan facility

Two Members of Parliament have been arrested at the Kinder Morgan facility on Burnaby Mountain after they defied a court injunction that banned …

Canada

Billions in B.C. assets caught up in high-profile Chinese fraud case

China says the former chairman of Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group defrauded mom-and-pop retail investors of more than US$10 billion and the …

China

124 homes approved for Cambie Street next to Queen Elizabeth Park

Last week, Vancouver City Council approved rezoning applications for two residential buildings at the southeast corner of the intersection of Cambie …

Architecture

New market rental housing project breaks ground in Coquitlam

Developers and city officials in Coquitlam celebrated the start of construction of a long-awaited market rental housing project Saturday.<p>The …

Dozens ticketed for illegal suites in Coquitlam

A crackdown on illegal secondary suites in Coquitlam has displaced tenants and led to an increase in the number of building bylaw fines issued by the …

Canadian dollar sinks to 76.41 cents US — lowest level since June 2017

Disappointing economic data, NAFTA fears and the prospect of slower rate hikes have all weighed on the loonie<p>The Canadian dollar continued its slide …

Buying vs. renting in Vancouver — moneywise, it doesn’t make much difference: analysis

You could buy a home, or you could rent one.<p>In Vancouver, the return on your investment wouldn’t be much different either way.<p>That’s according to an …

Big telcos set to hit many Canadians with internet price hikes

Rogers, Bell to raise rates, while Telus ends bundle discount<p>Canadians' thirst for fast, reliable internet service has surged in recent years, and so …

West Vancouver's skewed house price to income ratio 1 to 25

Statistics that point out a higher than average percentage of high-end homes owned by non-residents in West Vancouver and prices that are far out of …

Alberta threatens to cut off oil exports to B.C. if Trans Mountain obstruction continues

Alberta signaled Thursday it’s prepared to escalate its fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline by cutting off oil exports if …

Vancouver woman being charged Empty Homes Tax for land with no home on it

A Vancouver woman said she’s being unfairly targeted by the city and its Empty Homes Tax over a property she owns in the Kerrisdale area.<p>It’s not …

The census found 25K empty homes in Vancouver. Empty homes tax filings show 1/3 that

There are just under 8,500 empty or under-utilized homes in Vancouver, according to the city’s Empty Homes Tax.<p>The figure amounts to just under …

Proposed plan for Cambie Corridor Phase 3 to be presented at information sessions

Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Plan is nearing completion. The proposed plan, which will tie the area together with more diverse housing options, …

More than 2,000 Vancouver property owners fail to declare status for empty homes tax

Owners had until March 5 to tell city whether properties were vacant or underutilized<p>More than 2,000 property owners in Vancouver failed to notify …

Vaughn Palmer: Readers stunned by impact of B.C.'s new 'speculation tax'

VICTORIA — When the New Democrats launched their tax on real estate speculation last month, Premier John Horgan was adamant about not treating …