Local Income Taxpayers Only Pre-Sales (LITOPS)

My speech at the City of Vancouver Public Hearing on rezoning applications for a condo project where I asked the Vancouver City Council to limit pre-sales to local income taxpayers. Your council has been approving rezoning applications, just like the one before us, at a breakneck rate. Tens of thousands of new homes have been […]

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Giving Ian Gillespie tax dollars to fix the housing crisis would be like giving a fentanyl dealer public money to buy naloxone kits to sell back to his clients

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister, Please don’t hand over $14B of our tax dollars to Westbank’s Ian Gillespie I’m dismayed and distressed to hear that the Government of Canada is considering handing $14 billion in taxpayer dollars to real estate developer […]

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City of Vancouver MOU lets Airbnb off the hook

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced last week with much fanfare that the City of Vancouver has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbnb to help the city crackdown on illegal short term rentals. I got a hold of the full text of the MOU1)https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fhQagqnZxXHX2DGmAysApgO5xYN0OSaa/view?usp=sharing through a Freedom of Information request. Buried inside the five pages […]

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Prof Pavlov’s “City of Vancouver currently has the highest property taxes in Canada” graph is a lie

Update II: Prof. Pavlov has finally published his materials and methods, almost a month after his graph was published. In the words of great scientist Carl Sagan “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, and Prof. Pavlov’s original graph was an extraordinary claim with an extraordinary lack of evidence. But I’m happy that he has finally made […]

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Letter to City of Vancouver: Accepting Property Use Complaints over Twitter

To: Mayor Gregor Robertson Connie Pavone, Executive Assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jessie Adcock, CTO Kaye Krishna, General manager of Development, Buildings, and Licensing Dear Sir and Mesdames, I learnt yesterday that the City of Vancouver has abruptly decided to stop accepting property use bylaw infraction complaints sent to @CityofVancouver Twitter account. A […]

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