Re-open online sign up for mass rezoning public hearing immediately

Update: The City Clerk reopened online sign ups following my complaint.

Katrina Leckovic,
City Clerk,
City of Vancouver
By email at: [email protected]

18-Sep-2018

Dear Madam,

I’m disturbed to hear from citizens who were planning on speaking at the mass rezoning public hearing that you’ve closed online sign ups for the hearing last night, despite having advertised that online sign up would be open till 2PM today. This kind of action to stop citizens from exercising their right to be heard has no place in a democratic society.

It was clear from the beginning that the lame duck Vision Vancouver mayor and councillors were determined to rush this through council and ram these far reaching changes down citizens throats. Starting the public hearing at 3PM, when most people are at work, is just one way to make this happen. But your decision to close online sign ups last night after having told citizens that they had till 2PM today to sign up is plain wrong.

I demand that you reopen the online sign ups immediately and forthwith, and keep sign ups open till 2PM today. Please let me know when you have opened the hearings so that I communicate the news to the hundreds of citizens who’ve prevented from signing up to speak at the event.

Thank you,
Rohana Rezel

Vancouver Speculation Map

All the candidates are talking about “tackling speculation”, but what exactly is the state of speculation in our market right now?

Here’s a map of single family homes that came on the market in the last 12 months that were bought in the three years prior.

I have been tracking the market for the last two years. What I’ve observed, backed by my data, is that the nature of speculation has changed greatly due to the softening market. Speculators are no longer in it for the quick flips. Instead, they’re primary focusing on landbanking: buying properties they suspect would be rezoned in the near future, holding them until the City of Vancouver announced the rezoning, and then sell them for exorbitant profits.

Vision Vancouver donor1)https://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/SIGSearchResults.aspx?Contributor=ceetu&EndorsedSK=0&Endorsed=(ALL)&EventSK=0&EventAlias=(ALL)&FilerTypeSK=0&FilerType=(ALL)&Class=0&OfficeSK=0&Office=(ALL)&JurisdictionTypeSK=0&JurisdictionType=(ALL)&JurisdictionSK=0&Jurisdiction=(ALL)&FilerSK=0&Filer=(ALL)&DateTo=&DateFrom=&DFYear=&DFMonth=&DFDay=&DTYear=&DTMonth=&DTDay= Ceetu appears to have gotten lucky twice with their picks.

We need stop landbankers from artificially driving up land prices, and then free up the land they’re holding onto to build more affordable housing. Rental-only zoning along transit corridors would’ve cut out all the speculation we see in areas that fall under Cambie Corridor Plan. As a new step, the city needs to work with the province to introduce a landbanking tax that makes landbanking an unprofitable venture.

I believe Vancouver should take care of those who take care of our city and our citizens. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

References   [ + ]

1. https://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/SIGSearchResults.aspx?Contributor=ceetu&EndorsedSK=0&Endorsed=(ALL)&EventSK=0&EventAlias=(ALL)&FilerTypeSK=0&FilerType=(ALL)&Class=0&OfficeSK=0&Office=(ALL)&JurisdictionTypeSK=0&JurisdictionType=(ALL)&JurisdictionSK=0&Jurisdiction=(ALL)&FilerSK=0&Filer=(ALL)&DateTo=&DateFrom=&DFYear=&DFMonth=&DFDay=&DTYear=&DTMonth=&DTDay=

Airbnb violating MoU with City of Vancouver by not deactivating listings without licences

Update 6-Sep-2018:

After I published my blog post, some of the hosts have obtained licences and Airbnb has deactivated the remaining listings.

Airbnb is required to deactivate listings that don’t have a licence and keep them deactivated until such time the hosts get licences for them. But my Airbnb data scanner has picked up at least six listings that popped up today without a licence.

This is a clear violation of Section 1.3 of the Memorandum of Understanding Airbnb signed with the City, which states

1.3 For Hosts that have listed or list an STRA with Airbnb prior to April 18, 2018, Airbnb will give such Hosts until August 31, 2018 to input a STRA Licence Number. Thereafter, Airbnb will deactivate the listings of such Hosts from its platform until such time that a Host inputs a STRA Licence Number.

Airbnb is violating an MoU which is extremely favourable to the company. This just goes to show how little respect these predatory corporations have for the City of Vancouver.

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hosts’ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

 

I believe Vancouver should take care of those who take care of our city and our citizens. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

Landbanking hurting housing affordability in Vancouver

The numbered company 1161137 B. C. LTD bought 7239 Oak Street in May 2015 for $1.9M. The company held onto the land the city upzoned the neighbourhood under the Cambie Corridor Project. Once that was done, they assembled it with another nearby property, and have relisted the properties at $5.7M each.

This is just one example of landbanking, where speculators hoard large swathes of land, wait for a the city to increase density, and sell it to developers while making exhorbitant profits. Small local developers who want to build homes for working Vancouverites simply cannot afford to pay these sky high prices. The only people who can, are the likes of Westbank, Onni, Concord Pacific and Aquilini, who then build luxury condos that are meant as safety deposit boxes in the sky for the global rich.

Often the landbankers use corporations, sometimes numbered corporations, to do their landbanking. I analyzed homes that came for sale over the course of the last 12 months, and found at least 81 instances of corporations buying land and selling them within three years.

AddressOwnerList PriceList DateDate BoughtPrice BoughtYear Built
4777 2ND AVE W VANCOUVERJoyful Holdings Ltd$18,880,00012/03/201812/12/2017$14,128,0001930
1880 MARINE DR SW VANCOUVERGLASENBRIDGE INVESTMENTS LTD$14,800,00008/01/201808/03/2015$8,890,0002003
7843 CAMBIE ST VANCOUVERWDG INVESTMENT LTD.$12,000,00031/01/201821/06/2017$7,238,0001959
5676 ASH ST VANCOUVERCEETU ASH 5676 DEVELOPMENT (BT) LTD$10,000,00018/06/201803/02/2017$5,400,0001953
5530 BAILLIE ST VANCOUVERCeetu 5530 Baillie Development (BT) Ltd.$7,500,00019/06/201808/05/2017$5,000,0001961
1188 57TH AVE W VANCOUVER1188 ENTERPRISES LTD.$6,980,00028/08/201802/03/2016$3,760,0002008
1685 NELSON ST VANCOUVER1685 NELSON STREET HOLDINGS INC.$6,788,00016/02/201815/06/2017$4,280,0001905
506 63RD AVE W VANCOUVER1163755 BC LTD$6,298,00001/06/201805/02/2016$2,838,0001992
6388 MARGUERITE ST VANCOUVERGOLDEN MUSTANG HOLDING CORP.$6,158,00011/06/201821/05/2015$4,330,0001926
5909 ATHLONE ST VANCOUVERALIIA DEVELOPMENTS LTD$5,999,99926/06/201821/09/2015$4,185,0001931
1860 BARCLAY ST VANCOUVERWEST END PROPERTIES LTD.$5,980,00023/03/201809/03/2016$3,100,0001901
6618 ASH ST VANCOUVERMODERN GREEN TECHNOLOGY LTD.$5,900,00020/03/201816/06/2015$3,450,0002011
7239 OAK ST VANCOUVER1161137 B. C. LTD.,$5,680,00007/08/201819/05/2015$1,875,0001944
1075 DOUGLAS CRES VANCOUVER1063263 B.C. LTD., INC.NO. BC1063263$5,680,00010/05/201805/01/2016$3,250,0001910
2659 35TH AVE W VANCOUVERCANADA JENO ENTERPRISES LTD.$5,180,00018/01/201829/02/2016$4,388,0001915
1841 MARINE DR SE VANCOUVER1096238 B.C. LTD.$4,990,00022/11/201729/09/2016$1,777,0001912
3531 37TH AVE W VANCOUVERK-BROS DEVELOPMENTS CORPORATION$4,880,00029/01/201814/12/2015$4,350,0001924
1405 40TH AVE W VANCOUVERQINGHUI HOLDINGS LTD.$4,690,00016/08/201820/04/2016$4,300,0001926
2439 EDDINGTON DR VANCOUVER2439 EDDINGTON HOLDINGS LTD.$4,628,00027/08/201819/01/2016$3,379,0001989
4689 MACKENZIE ST VANCOUVER1079931 B.C. LTD., INC.NO. BC1079931$4,580,00020/09/201728/09/2017$4,450,0002007
6069 CARTIER ST VANCOUVER1039181 BC LTD$4,528,00007/02/201816/06/2015$3,100,0001937
3884 26TH AVE W VANCOUVERALTAS GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INC.$4,500,00001/03/201826/06/2016$3,900,0001925
2926 35TH AVE W VANCOUVERSONA DEVELOPMENT LTD$4,498,00009/02/201821/01/2016$3,800,0001988
3489 PUGET DR VANCOUVER1076872 B.C. LTD.$4,380,00030/10/201703/05/2016$3,860,0001952
2628 MARINE DR SW VANCOUVER1064867 BC LTD$4,288,00012/03/201823/03/2016$3,300,0001950
565 50TH AVE W VANCOUVER1145891 B.C. LTD., INC. NO. BC$4,280,00004/06/201805/01/2016$3,250,0001958
2706 2ND AVE W VANCOUVERCHUNGHUA INVESTMENT (CANADA) CO LTD$4,190,00012/09/201716/11/2016$3,800,0001913
3887 14TH AVE W VANCOUVER1164167 B.C. LTD$4,160,00014/08/201801/06/2015$3,200,0001927
4626 12TH AVE W VANCOUVERCHUNGHWA INVESTMENT (CANADA) CO. LTD.$4,150,00019/01/201820/12/2016$3,880,0001935
1739 52ND AVE W VANCOUVERCHANG CHENG INVESTMENT LTD$3,588,00024/01/201825/05/2015$2,468,0002004
8375 FRENCH ST VANCOUVER1079098 BC LTD$3,500,00022/06/201812/04/2016$2,220,0001947
3594 38TH AVE W VANCOUVERKANDA HOLDINGS LTD$3,488,00019/01/201808/08/2017$2,900,0001944
3536 1ST AVE W VANCOUVER8828 Holdings Ltd$3,339,00007/09/201717/09/2017$3,250,0001912
291 63RD AVE W VANCOUVERNEW TRADITION CONSTRUCTION LTD.$2,998,90001/03/201828/10/2016$2,010,0001959
4624 15TH AVE W VANCOUVERSEASKY HOLDING LTD, INC NO BC1029992$2,998,00006/02/201829/02/2016$2,850,0001944
4107 12TH AVE W VANCOUVERCIS HOMES LTD.$2,988,00010/10/201708/03/2017$2,700,0001920
2796 21ST AVE W VANCOUVERM LALL PROPERTIES LTD. INC. NO. BC 1028006$2,838,00019/02/201816/06/2016$2,598,0001940
2040 PANDORA ST VANCOUVER1074608 B.C. LTD.,$2,800,00020/09/201705/05/2016$2,000,0001913
2054 PANDORA ST VANCOUVER1074608 B.C. LTD.,$2,800,00020/09/201705/05/2016$2,000,0001912
2867 19TH AVE W VANCOUVERNew Tradition Construction LTD$2,699,90008/02/201829/06/2017$2,412,0001944
1370 10TH AVE E VANCOUVER1071932 B.C. LTD.$2,699,00029/03/201825/04/2016$1,750,0001910
292 63RD AVE W VANCOUVERRealution Investments Corp.$2,682,58009/07/201816/06/2015$1,650,0001994
3656 BLENHEIM ST VANCOUVERTakara Investments Ltd.$2,680,00005/04/201816/05/2016$2,380,0001928
1737 2ND AVE E VANCOUVER1890310 Ontario Inc.$2,650,00020/11/201712/01/2015$1,718,0001910
4586 8TH AVE W VANCOUVER1054618 B.C. LTD$2,550,00030/01/201825/11/2015$2,100,0001987
1826 12TH AVE W VANCOUVER1047469 BC LTD$2,499,90027/04/201824/03/2015$1,932,0001922
3077 16TH AVE W VANCOUVERRPQG HOLDINGS LTD.$2,480,00002/04/201808/12/2016$1,895,0001947
1578 58TH AVE E VANCOUVER1086844 B.C. LTD.$2,398,00007/02/201823/08/2016$1,650,0001954
266 21ST AVE E VANCOUVERHasson Holdings Inc$2,398,00020/11/201729/02/2016$2,265,0001928
2152 PARKER ST VANCOUVERHORST DAMMHOLZ REALTY LTD., INC. NO.$2,288,88801/02/201818/05/2017$1,580,0001982
2506 TRINITY ST VANCOUVERMARMAN DEVELOPMENTS LTD$2,275,00007/09/201702/03/2015$1,333,0001999
1275 24TH AVE E VANCOUVER1108940 BC Ltd. & Hucha Holdings Inc.$2,198,00023/04/201812/05/2016$1,560,0001926
6296 EAGLES DR VANCOUVERPARKHEIGHTS ENTERPRISES LTD$2,188,00005/10/201720/12/2017$2,150,0002007
845 17TH AVE W VANCOUVER1040394 B.C. LTD.$2,170,00020/03/201820/07/2015$1,767,0001944
2806 ETON ST VANCOUVERMARMAN DEVELOPMENTS LTD.$2,080,00004/06/201822/01/2016$2,000,0001951
2792 KITCHENER ST VANCOUVER1009503 B.C. LTD$1,988,00012/06/201822/07/2015$1,272,0001987
6108 KNIGHT ST VANCOUVERHuynh Holdings Inc.$1,988,00028/01/201806/03/2017$1,420,0001967
3369 NANAIMO ST VANCOUVERVLK HOLDINGD INC$1,899,00006/08/201822/03/2016$1,715,0001948
6708 BROOKS ST VANCOUVER6708 BROOKS STREET HOLDING INC$1,799,00005/02/201831/03/2017$1,600,0001958
2020 6TH AVE E VANCOUVER1126254 B.C. LTD.$1,798,00018/06/201813/05/2017$1,550,0001930
527 28TH AVE E VANCOUVERHASSON HOLDING INC.$1,798,00020/11/201702/05/2015$1,300,0001956
1151 UNION ST VANCOUVERUnion Street Investments Ltd$1,789,00022/05/201812/05/2015$810,0001905
1821 UPLAND DR VANCOUVERSONA DEVELOPMENT LTD.$1,788,00012/03/201810/05/2017$1,700,0001950
775 39TH AVE E VANCOUVER39TH ST PROPERTIES LTD., INC.NO. BC1073714$1,749,00019/09/201702/03/2016$1,635,0001986
1910 19TH AVE E VANCOUVERHomeward Bound Park View Dev. Inc$1,699,00018/03/201806/10/2016$1,359,0001923
6975 VIVIAN ST VANCOUVERCHRISTA VINA INVESTMENT LTD.$1,688,00030/04/201806/04/2016$1,645,0001957
1249 11TH AVE E VANCOUVERCAMBRIDGE MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORP$1,550,00010/10/201718/12/2017$1,420,0001910
1969 8TH AVE E VANCOUVER1041540 BC LTD.$1,549,00027/09/201717/01/2018$1,528,1221930
1372 49TH AVE E VANCOUVERKINGDOM INVESTMENTS INC.$1,498,00005/06/201810/09/2017$1,307,0001946
305 40TH AVE E VANCOUVER11162017 BC LTD$1,498,00028/11/201729/06/2017$1,300,0001947
695 12TH AVE E VANCOUVERQuantum One Investments INC$1,450,00026/02/201823/03/2017$1,030,0001950
2712 PANDORA ST VANCOUVERTAYVA INVESTMENTS INC$1,449,00020/11/201719/05/2016$1,295,0001908
4539 BEATRICE ST VANCOUVERHUYNH HOLDINGS INC.$1,440,00006/10/201706/10/2017$1,440,0001910
2052 49TH AVE E VANCOUVERBIRING BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION LTD.$1,399,00007/05/201802/05/2017$1,320,0001927
1022 ODLUM DR VANCOUVER1071251 BC LTD$1,398,00017/04/201804/04/2016$980,0001906
2771 MANITOBA ST VANCOUVER1099481 BC LTD INC.$1,379,90022/06/201805/04/2017$1,007,0001996
3658 TURNER ST VANCOUVERFOUR SEASONS NAILS & SPA LTD$1,369,00031/08/201830/03/2016$1,230,0001926
765 39TH AVE E VANCOUVER0971933 BC LTD$1,350,00008/08/201807/04/2016$1,249,0001950
811 12TH AVE E VANCOUVERA Q HOLDINGS LTD.$1,349,90009/07/201805/05/2015$750,0001936
3406 MONS DR VANCOUVER2781 Capital Inc.$1,300,00030/10/201707/05/2016$1,400,0001948
2059 CHARLES ST VANCOUVERCKL INVESTMENTS LTD$1,268,80025/09/201728/01/2017$940,0001949
3650 GEORGIA ST E VANCOUVERG-HO HOLDINGS LTD, INC NO BC1107764$1,249,00026/01/201825/07/2017$980,0001934

Joyful Holdings, the company at the top of my list, belongs to a Hong Kong property tycoon known as the “King of Shell Companies,” whose name appears in the Offshore Leaks database of tax haven clients1)https://thinkpol.ca/2018/03/13/hong-kong-tycoon-linked-offshore-tax-havens-flipping-18m-vancouver-house-shell-company/. Vision Vancouver donor2)https://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/SIGSearchResults.aspx?Contributor=ceetu&EndorsedSK=0&Endorsed=(ALL)&EventSK=0&EventAlias=(ALL)&FilerTypeSK=0&FilerType=(ALL)&Class=0&OfficeSK=0&Office=(ALL)&JurisdictionTypeSK=0&JurisdictionType=(ALL)&JurisdictionSK=0&Jurisdiction=(ALL)&FilerSK=0&Filer=(ALL)&DateTo=&DateFrom=&DFYear=&DFMonth=&DFDay=&DTYear=&DTMonth=&DTDay= Ceetu appears twice on the list.

We need stop landbankers from artificially driving up land prices, and then free up the land they’re holding onto to build more affordable housing. The city needs to work with the province to introduce a landbanking tax that makes landbanking an unprofitable venture.

I believe Vancouver should take care of those who take care of our city and our citizens. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

References   [ + ]

1. https://thinkpol.ca/2018/03/13/hong-kong-tycoon-linked-offshore-tax-havens-flipping-18m-vancouver-house-shell-company/
2. https://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/SIGSearchResults.aspx?Contributor=ceetu&EndorsedSK=0&Endorsed=(ALL)&EventSK=0&EventAlias=(ALL)&FilerTypeSK=0&FilerType=(ALL)&Class=0&OfficeSK=0&Office=(ALL)&JurisdictionTypeSK=0&JurisdictionType=(ALL)&JurisdictionSK=0&Jurisdiction=(ALL)&FilerSK=0&Filer=(ALL)&DateTo=&DateFrom=&DFYear=&DFMonth=&DFDay=&DTYear=&DTMonth=&DTDay=

Dear UK: You gifted the world human rights, please vote to protect them

Dear UK,

Theresa May today promised to rip human rights into shreds in the name of fighting terrorism – the very terrorism for which she’s at least partially responsible through her gutting of the police service, support of the illegal invasion of Iraq leading to the creation of ISIS, and her continued support of and weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, the number one promoter and financier of Jihadi terrorism.

The right to due process, a right that Theresa may wants to take away from you, is a right that is enshrined in the Magna Carta signed in 1215. For eight hundred years, many monarchs, wars, and political upheavals later, the right of due process remain one of your greatest gifts to human civilization.

It’ll be a tragedy to see those human rights die in their birthplace. But that’s precisely what will happen if, through omission or commission, the Conservatives are re-elected on Thursday.

But you have one final chance to protect those rights and freedoms.

Jeremy Corbyn warned us that gutting the police service would make it hard to prevent terror attacks. He also warned us that the invasion of Iraq would lead to a spiral of misery and conflict leading to terrorism. He warned us about the consequences of aiding and abetting repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia.

Even if one cynically dismisses Corbyn for being an idealist for wanting to achieve world peace, end poverty and save the planet, it’s worth bearing in mind that the man has risked his own freedom to protect the freedoms of others, such as the time when he was arrested for protesting against apartheid in South Africa.

On Thursday, you get to choose between man who has spent his entire adult life fighting for our fundamental freedoms, and a woman who feels that human rights are obstacles that need to be bulldozed away in posthaste to clear the glorious path to strength and stability.

I hope you chose freedom over fear.

Dear young people of Britain: Do the unexpected

So there we have it, we are heading into an election or, as Theresa May calls it, a dangerous and unnecessary exercise. Because as we all know, United Kingdom is one of the world’s greatest democracies and the greatest threat to that democracy is that we get to vote. But vote we will.

So that means if you live in a retirement home, prepare to be targeted. Because these days it’s all about targeting the vote. All the major parties have well publicized plans to target the ethnic vote, the women’s vote, the blue-collar vote, the corporate vote. If there were more than five paraplegic vegetarian Latin speakers in Orkney, they would be a target.

Everyone is targeted, except for one group, the youth vote.

There are more than three million young eligible voters in this country and as far as any of the political parties are concerned, you might as well all be dead.


It is the conventional wisdom of all political parties that young people will not vote. And the parties, they like it that way. It’s why your tuition keeps going up.

So please, if you’re between the age of 18 and 25 and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day and do what young people all around the world are dying to do.

Vote.

[With apologies to Rick Mercer

Photo Credit: Andrew Moss]

Telus apologized, but we’ll keep fighting for the sake of other victims

This morning I received a phone call and an email from Telus apologizing for their little unreturned equipment scam.

Hey Rohana,

As per phone conversation today, I am sending a confirmation email to advise that the equipment charges have been credited back and the account balance is now cleared. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may have cause, I do apologize that this was not able to be rectified earlier.

Thank you,
Jonathan

While my wife and I are relieved to learn that our ordeal might be coming to an end, this is not the end of effort to stamp out this scam. Over the past few days, we have talked to dozens of other Canadians who have fallen victim to this deceptive and fraudulent tactic by Telus. We’ve decided to keep on fighting until Telus apologizes to every single Canadian whom the company has harassed, threatened and ruined the credit of, and takes actions to make those victims whole again.

This is our intended course of action:

  • Report Telus to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)
  • Engage consumer protection agencies of Alberta and BC to identify strategies to protect consumers from the unreturned equipment scam
  • Engage the federal Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, whose minister is the minister responsible for the Telecommunications Act, to find ways to strengthen the regulatory framework to protect consumers from the unreturned equipment scam
  • Please get in touch with us with your stories, ideas, comments, and criticisms.

    We wish to thank all of you who supported us and offered us words of encouragement.

    Telus threatening scores of customers with bogus claims of “unreturned equipment”

    After Telus threatened and harassed my wife and me over a bogus claim that we had not returned all the equipment we rented from them, we did some digging and found out that scores of other customers have fallen victim to the same tactic by Telus. We will be reporting Telus to the The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre, as the company’s actions have all the hallmarks of an organized scam. March is fraud prevention month, after all.

    If you, too, have been threatened or harassed by Telus, please let us know, or, report Telus to the CAFC directly.

    Telus threatening to take us to collections over equipment we never rented from them

    Telus is threatening to take my wife and me to collections for equipment we never rented from them, even after we repeatedly sent them receipts to show that we purchased the equipment outright.

    The harassment has been going on since July of last year. We finally sent them a demand letter below:

    ———-
    TELUS Corporation
    510 W. Georgia St., 23rd floor
    Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3

    March 7th, 2017

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Re: TELUS Account Number: *******

    You entered into an agreement with us to provide Internet and TV services on or about April 12, 2015.

    We terminated the agreement as per terms of the agreement on or about July 22, 2016. We returned the equipment we rented from you, but kept the Telus Optik bow which we purchased ourselves, and clearly explained to the customer service representative (CSR) that the Telus Optik was owned outright by us and provided a receipt to prove our ownership.

    In an undated sent to us in early December 2016, you asked to return the Telus Optik box which we had already told you once was ours, or face a $150 charge. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we once again explained our situation, and your CSR agree to make a note and close our account for good.

    About two weeks later, you sent us an email once again asking us to return the Telus Optik box. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we once again explained our situation, and your CSR agree to make a note and close our account for good.

    Today we received letter dated March 03, 2017 threatening to take us to a “Collection Agency” (sic) if we failed to pay an undisclosed amount owing. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we were first transferred to a call center first in Guatemala, then in the Philippines, who indicated that they were unable to help us.
    We were finally transferred to a manager, who only wished to be identified as “Josh”, who told us that he would not be able to provide any assurances that the harassment will cease.

    In issuing a “NOTICE” demanding payment for something we do not owe, you have:
    1. Engaged in a “deceptive act or practice” as defined by s.4 the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BCPA)
    2. Engaged in “unconscionable acts or practices” as defined by s.8 of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia
    3. Breached the contract between you and us
    4. Violated other provisions of BCPA relating to illegal debt collection

    Based on the above, the I hereby demand the following from you:
    1. Immediate cancellation of illicit charge of $168 charged to our account and written confirmation that we owe you no money
    2. Payment of $3,000 as compensation for breach of contract
    3. Payment of $2,000 as restitution for unjust enrichment
    4. Payment of $5,000 as compensation for damages suffered as a result of your “Unconscionable acts or practices”, “deceptive acts or practices” and harassment.

    Please ensure that I receive by Friday 7 April 2017 the following:
    1. A formal written confirmation that you have cancelled the illicit charge of $168 charged to our account and written confirmation that we owe you no money
    2. Payment of $10,000. Please make cheques payable to  “         ”.
    3. Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) gives us the right to access their personal information held by businesses subject to this law. As such we are demanding that you provide us all private information you hold about us and all documentation relating to access of our private information by parties located outside Canada.

    Please note that if I have to commence legal proceedings in order to require your performance of the above actions, this letter will be tendered in court as evidence of your failure to attempt to resolve this matter. Further, you may be liable for any court costs, attorney fees and damages, including punitive damages.

    You might want to contact a lawyer to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.

    Yours sincerely,

    Definition of leitch

    leitch /lēCH/ v. Divide people along racial or religious lines by whipping up fear and hatred, often through the use of propaganda and misinformation, in order to gain or remain in political power.

    Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933 by leitching. Donald Trump leitched his way to the White House in 2016.

    leitch /lēCH/ n. A person who engages in leitching.

    Chris Alexander was called out as a leitch for insinuating that Canadian women who wear niqabs may be terrorists.

    beleitch /bəlēCH/ v. to completely believe in all propaganda and misinformation propagated by the leitches, without any proof being offered, often due to the inability to think critically

    Many Trump supporters beleitched that Obama was planning to take away their guns and declare Sharia law.

    beleitcher /bə’lēCHər/ n. A person who beleitches

    The beleitchers at The Rebel rally greeted Kelly Leitch with Nazi salutes.

    unleitch /un’lēCH/ v. Uniting people divided by the leitches by proving, through the use of facts, logic and reasoning, that assertions made by the letiches and beleitchers are false.

    Canadians lauded Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi for his efforts to unleitch Canada in the run up to the 2015 election as Harper’s leitching lead to racially motivated attacks against minorities.