Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
Portland, Oregon - (Stephanie Yao Long/Staff)

Another reason why Canadian municipalities need to acquire the power to levy taxes beyond simple property taxes.

               -- Gene McGuckin

Mar. 26, 2021

Patrick Condon
The proposed zoning change could transform much of the city. Will land speculation drive rents beyond affordability? Image via Shutterstock.

Nov. 2, 2021

The bylaw is sold as a way to create new rentals. Council should insist what’s built reflects real incomes.


Aproposal to rezone about half of the city for rental housing finally lands on council floor for public hearing today, Nov. 2. It has a seemingly benign title:  A Bylaw to amend Zoning and Development Bylaw No. 3575 Regarding Residential Rental Tenure in C-2 Districts and New Residential Rental District Schedules.

Ann Grant

[Note: Mine was just one of many, sometimes very eloquent, presentations to Council on the topic Future of False Creek South: Advancing a Conceptual Development Plan and Addressing Lease Expiries.  The meeting extended over three days because of the large number of presentation, (over 170 signed up to speak), and only very few were in favour of the plan.  The presentations may be viewed/heard on the videos of the Council here starting on Oct.

Dannielle Piper
Vancouver Skyline (Christer Waara/CBC)
Oct 21, 2021
As all eyes turn to COP 26 in Glasgow, we hear the case for cities to get more money and power as they find themselves on the frontlines of climate change. 36:23 listen here

Given that the majority of the global population lives in urban centres, cities are responsible for organizing many of the activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, such as public transportation, land use planning and construction.

CBC Radio

Sep 22, 2021


Demonstrators take part in a protest on Sept. 11 against the soaring living costs of tenants in Berlin. In a referendum later this week, voters will be asked if they support expropriating more than 200,000 rental housing units from the city's biggest landlords. (Paul Zinken/AFP/Getty)

Chris Campbell
1 / 4 RCMP in Burnaby are using a lift bucket to reach Trans Mountain protesters in trees in Burnaby.Cornelia Naylor

Sept. 22, 2021

Trees have been occupied for more than a year

RCMP tactical team members started to move in Wednesday morning in an attempt to remove Trans Mountain protesters from trees in the path of the pipeline in Burnaby.

Protesters have been occupying trees in the area for more than a year, but more people set up what have been called “skypods” in the past 10 days on land west of North Road and south of Highway 1 in Burnaby.

RCMP read out a court injunction barring anyone from blocking the path of pipeline work.

Jen St. Denis
Attorney General David Eby acknowledges problems with BC’s SRO hotels: ‘We have people who are housed in these SROs who live in parks in the summer because they’re so unlivable, and that’s an unacceptable situation.’ Photo by Darryl Dyck, the Canadian Press.
Sep.t 20, 2021

A series of Tyee stories highlighted problems at single-room occupancy hotels in Vancouver. David Eby says the government is responding.

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer @mitchellbeer
 Indigenous protest - Rob87438/Wikimedia Commons

Sept. 2, 2021

Blockades, lobbying, media campaigns, and other forms of advocacy grounded in Indigenous rights have stopped or delayed nearly 1.6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or nearly 25% of the combined emissions of the United States and Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International conclude in a blockbuster report issued Wednesday.


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