Urban

08/03/21
Author: 
Staff Reporter
Queensborough is at a higher risk of flooding. Record file photo

Mar 5, 2021

New provincial funding announced

New Democrat MLAs Aman Singh and Jennifer Whiteside are welcoming the announcement of $22,000 in funding to support the planning and development of an emergency evacuation route for the city.

02/03/21
Author: 
Katie DeRosa
Nov. 9, 2018 file photo of a sign at a renoviction demonstration by the Vancouver Tenants Union. In an effort to prevent illegal renovictions in B.C., a proposed law would require landlords to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch before they can issue an eviction notice relating to renovations. PHOTO BY FRANCIS GEORGIAN /PNG

Mar 02, 2021 

If passed, the new bill would ensure rent can only be increased at the rate of inflation, and landlords would have to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch before they can issue an eviction notice relating to renovations.

The B.C. government has proposed a law that would extend the rent freeze to the end of 2021, cap future rent increases to inflation and prevent illegal renovictions.

05/01/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Installing solar panels - Peteonline22/Wikimedia Commons

JANUARY 4, 2021

A Minnesota regional planning agency is turning to the power of the sun to help improve a desperately tight housing market for low-income renters in the Twin Cities.

11/12/20
Author: 
Theresa McManus
New Westminster city council has voted four to three in support of asking the New Westminster police board to submit a budget with a 0% increase for 2021. Record/File

Dec 8, 2020

Global calls for defunding the police have made their way to New Westminster.

At a budget workshop on Monday afternoon, council considered draft capital and operating budgets, which proposed a 4.9% property tax increase in 2021. But instead of directing the finance department to prepare a financial plan that incorporated that increase, council voted four to three in support of Coun. Nadine Nakagawa’s motion to send the police budget back to the police board and ask it to submit a budget with a 0% increase for 2021.

11/12/20
Author: 
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.

07/12/20
Author: 
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.

01/12/20
Author: 
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.

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