China meddling in Vancouver election to protect its billion dollar assets in the city

Vancouverites woke up on Saturday to the chilling news that People’s Republic of China was meddling in the city’s municipal election. Vancouver Police Department announced an investigation into a vote buying scheme organized by a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) front group was underway1)https://thebreaker.news/news/wechat-wenzhou/. Canada Wenzhou Friendship, a group with ties to CCP United Front2)https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/10/16/vancouver-society-at-centre-of-vote-buying-allegations-has-ties-to-chinese-government.html, was […]

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Vancouver election lottery: the winners and the losers

Who got lucky and who didn’t with the random ballot lottery? Here’s my quick analysis. Elizabeth Taylor (VANCOUVER 1st) emerged the luckiest, moving up 60 places compared to where she would’ve been in an alphabetically ordered ballot. She entered the race lucky with a memorable name. Lady luck must really like her. Glynnis Chan (YES […]

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My priorities

End global speculation in our housing market Rental-only zoning along transit corridors VPD real estate crime unit Community owned housing on public land Locals-only presales Work with province to tax landbankers Crackdown on Airbnb Complete ban against Airbnb until Airbnb agrees to: Automatic licence verification Platform accountability Enforce existing $1000/per day fines against all violators […]

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Don’t let a callous City Hall bulldoze our neighbourhoods

Update 8:30AM: Vision Vancouver is playing dirty again! The online sign ups for public hearings are supposed to end an hour before the hearings open. But they closed the hearings for mass rezoning the night before. If you haven’t already registered, please go to the city hall in person before 2:30PM and register to speak. […]

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578 new Airbnb listings added in the last 10 days

Vancouver’s chief licencing officer announced with much fanfare that the number of Airbnb listings in the city have dropped from around 6,600 in April to just 3,742 in September. But in just 10 days since the City of Vancouver’s September 5 announcement, hosts have added 578 news listings, bringing the total to 4,320. Out of […]

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Vancouver has a fake Airbnb licence problem

Airbnb hosts seem to be getting around the new City of Vancouver’s licensing requirements by using brazenly fake licences. Some fine examples include “12345678str”, “000000000” and “Exampp”. 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: Introduce licence auto-verification, […]

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