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Nov. 20, 2016, 5:10 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

The other thing is and don't know whose formula this is but "they" figure 33% of pre tax income is about right for renters. wtf? keep 'em paycheque to paycheque so they're compliant workers?

Not only compliant workers, but people who are too busy and tired to pay much attention to politics. They spend their time working and worrying, maybe more than one job. No time to care. Voting? What's that?

They are also beholden to the banks, and to their jobs

Nov. 20, 2016, 8:22 a.m.
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https://betterdwelling.com/city/vancouver/10-of-homes-being-resold-in-vancouver-have-never-been-lived-in/

I hate to divert attention away from the ALR discussion, because I feel it is a crucial discussion we should all be having right now, but this is interesting too.

Nov. 19, 2016, 7:37 p.m.
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Actually, I'm finding that things like this are turning me into a "racist" when I've never had those thoughts before.

I think a lot of people are finding this to be the case. People have had enough of globalization, and are feeling a bit marginalized in their own countries. That's why the world now has POTUS Trump

Nov. 19, 2016, 7:34 p.m.
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This is the 2015/2016 report for the South Coast, with the newly appointed Frank Leonard in charge. You can see that he approved 7 outright exclusions, and a total of 20 changes.

I think Mr. Bullock may be onto something with his claim that the Liberals removed him to facilitate removal of lands from the ALR. Much more profitable as investment property than stinkin' useless dirty old farmland. Who needs to eat anyway.

Nov. 19, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
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This is the South Coast part of the annual ALC report for 2014/2015 when Richard Bullock was in charge. He was fired in may 2015 by the Liberal gov't. He believes he was fired because he categorically refused to exclude land from the ALR. You can see from the report that he approved no applications on the South Coast.

Nov. 19, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
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As a caucasian, Im not allowed to be up in arms about things of this nature.

Of course you are. This is not a race issue, and I get it that you're probably being facetious, but this is the exact attitude of fear that has allowed this problem to get so bad. I'm white (ya, I said it) but that does not automatically make me racist.

If I can't stand up for my country, for the things I hold dear, and for whatever passes for our Canadian culture, that's a pretty sadstate of affairs. I don't care who is turning our farmland into hotels for their rich buddies, it has to stop. Once the soil is removed or destroyed, there's no getting it back.

I also don't care who is evading taxes and claiming shit they aren't entitled to, on our tax dollars. That needs to stop as well. They are bankrupting our nation in order to enrich themselves and the BC and Fed. Liberals.

Nov. 19, 2016, 3:08 p.m.
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/farmland-and-real-estate-in-british-columbia/article32923810/

Completely infuriating. Everyone should be up in arms about this. It's an immediate threat to our food security, never even mind the shifty tax evasion going on!

Oct. 5, 2016, 6:09 a.m.
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Many Canadians didn't like the socialization of the risks taken by those who will no longer meet the stress tests. So pain for those risk takers, but they're not the masses who re-elect governments. If lots of condo projects don't get built b/c foreign buyers bail for another jurisdiction, the fall-out to watch for is the trades job losses. BC's economy is hinged on the business of building and selling housing, and we're the #1 provincial economy right now. How scary is that?

Pretty scary over-all, and especially scary since I work in residential/commercial construction.
Even though I might lose my job because of this real estate debacle, I'm still rooting for this change though. It's overdue.

Oct. 4, 2016, 7:13 p.m.
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So Feds just tossed the principal residence exemption for non-residents. … What will this do for transactions in process?

Bumpy ride ahead..

More interesting than that will be what happens with the new mortgage regulations. People put downpayments on pre-sale condos based on pre-approval at today's stress testing, which is based on the lowest lending rate. Meanwhile, when their closing date comes, they will have to requalify at the new regulation, which is based on the 5 year rates. They may not qualify, if they originally maxed out, or what if the condo drops in value between now and closing?

Interesting times ahead for sure.

Sept. 25, 2016, 3:10 p.m.
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great article, but…

"The writer of this article, Martyn Brown, was chief of staff to ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell."

the author has been part of the system that allowed this debacle to unfold so i don't think he in the position now to be placing blame on governments.

True, he was part of Gordo's gongshow, but that doesn't necssarily mean he was supportive of the sell-out of our province at that time, and he clearly is not at this time. You could say the same of anybody who becomes disenchanted with a system, or who finally sees things for what they really are. His past employment does in no way diminish what he has to say now.

I used to work in a slaughterhouse that directly supportd the mistreatment of animals on a grand scale. Having experienced that first-hand, I now have my own chickens to produce the eggs I consume and I do my utmost to source my proteins from nonfactory sources that considers the animals' welfare.

Should I not be allowed to rally against animal abuses in factory farming because at one time I was part of that system?

Sept. 25, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
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http://www.straight.com/news/702206/martyn-brown-essay-bcs-housing-crisis-and-what-do-about-it

A pretty long read, but worthwhile. (pre-15% tax implementation)

Also interesting is the fact that PEI has had limits on foreign real estate ownership in place since 1972. This clearly shows that the power to do this lies within provincial jurisdiction, contrary to the incessant drivel Christy and Mike keep spewing.

http://www.irac.pe.ca/document.aspx?file=legislation/LandsProtAct.asp

Frustrating, to say the least.

Sept. 24, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
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Make Vancouver Great Again ?

I hope you're not insinuating that our affordability crisis is a race issue by adapting the slogan of a narrow-minded bigot and applying it to Vancouver.

Sept. 24, 2016, 9:45 a.m.
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well, our illustrious prime minister recently announced that he will be entering discussions with China to put an extradition treaty in place. Since Canada is one of 3 countries without one, we have become a "safe" place to hide corrupt money, namely from China.

My hope is that the mere mention of a potential extradition treaty will be enough to finally spook these money launderers away from using Canada as a mattress, and (best case scenario) cause a panicky sell-off of real estate, thereby crashing our artificially inflated housing market, bringing it down to normal levels where the tax paying citizens can almost afford it again.

Probably wishful thinking.

March 4, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
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Recommend a good lawyer...family law

You are a better person than me, I'd have handed him a sharp knife and said "do it" but then I have limited tolerance for psychologically malipulative bullshit, in hindsight if he'd off'd himself you wouldn't be in this dilemma right now

How very true. I don't tolerate manipulation well either, but I really didn't think I could live with myself if he really did it.
Now I know better.

March 3, 2016, 9:36 p.m.
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Recommend a good lawyer...family law

When you said he is suing you, did he just file thru the law courts or is it from a law firm?

He filed against me through a lawyer in the Supreme court.

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