Theresa McManus
Wesgroup is hoping to build a 34-storey rental building, which includes 423 units - including 96 that are at less-than-market rates - at 100 Braid St. Contributed

Dec. 9, 2020

Tower grows in height and switches from strata to rental units

Wesgroup Properties has received the green light to build a 34-storey tower in Sapperton – provided it contains rental units.

Jen St. Denis
The City of Vancouver now owns the Regent and Balmoral hotels in the Downtown Eastside. Photo by Christopher Cheung.

Dec. 4, 2020

The buildings were neglected for years. The city had been trying to expropriate them, and records show it’s now the owner.

The City of Vancouver now owns the Regent and Balmoral hotels, Downtown Eastside buildings the city had been trying to expropriate after years of neglect and decay, The Tyee has learned.

Land title records list the city as the current owner of 159 E. Hastings — the Balmoral — and 160 E. Hastings — the Regent.

Tess Kalinowski
Rechev Brown

Mon., Nov. 30, 2020

Grocery clerk Rechev Browne is a pandemic hero, an essential worker who can’t afford to live in the city he serves.

He earns about $44,000 a year at an Etobicoke store.

Last December, Browne, 34, decided he could no longer afford to pay $1,150 a month to share a house with three other people. So he has moved back in with his mom in a two-bedroom apartment near Keele St. and Wilson Ave.


“It’s way cheaper for us this way,” he said.

Geoff Dembicki
Experts in Canada and beyond see overlapping solutions to two crises: housing affordability and climate change. This series talks to more than 20 of them. Illustration for The Tyee by Nora Kelly.

Nov. 30, 2020

First in a five-part series exploring the case for a Green New Deal for Housing.

The Thorn
(Photo: A recent climate protest action by the Sustainabiliteens)

On Tuesday, Vancouver City Council passed an amended version of the recommendations of the October 22 report on the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Against the opposition of a number of NPA councillors on most points, the 370-page CEAP report was passed item by item at a vote late Tuesday evening.


In Europe, cycling caught on in a big way this year as COVID-19 discouraged cars and crowded public transit. Some cities' leaders hope to make the habit permanent and make congestion a thing of the past.

One of my heroes is a minor socialist politician you’ve never heard of – Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores.

He’s the mayor of Pontevedra, Spain, and he has a spiritual loathing for cars. He ended his city’s status as a “car warehouse” – his words – more than 20 years ago, and the results were spectacular. Pontevedra is cleaner, safer and thriving like never before.

Frances Bula
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the boarded up shops along Robson Street in downtown Vancouver on May 4, 2020.  JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Special to The Globe and Mail

November 2, 2020 

Vancouver’s climate-emergency response plan relies too much on new fees for average residents and on expensive regulation for buildings, says a public policy professor who is a member of provincial and national groups working on solutions to climate change.


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