We all need to start paying much more attention to what is happening at city halls across this province or unfair taxation and profligate spending will continue to undermine our communities.
The most obvious sign we aren`t paying attention is that we aren`t voting in municipal elections. While 60 per cent of us are voting for our federal politicians and half of us are voting provincially, only a third bothered to vote in the last municipal elections.
Housing in Metro Vancouver is prohibitively expensive. There. Said that.
Now, can we please move on?
It`s a non-issue.
It`s a distraction that municipal candidates are wasting too much of their time on in their campaigns because ` while they would eagerly tap into the collective angst and, let`s be honest, the simmering prejudices the issue inspires ` there is practically nothing they can do about it. They are lying if they say they can.
Vancouver housing prices head towards new record high
Vancouver`s hot real estate market won`t be cooling off any time soon, says Canada`s national housing agency.
Housing prices in the Vancouver region are headed for a record high this year, and signs point to a continuing upward trend in Canada`s most expensive property market, fuelled by steady population growth and economic stability.
A homeless mother of four is again calling for greater awareness of affordable housing problems facing northern B.C. after a five month homeless stint which has led her to seek a new path in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
During her nomadic adventures Anna Martin had been living with her family out of a van in campgrounds and emergency shelters while looking for a low income home or apartment ` first in Hazelton, then Terrace where they camped out at the city-owned Ferry Island campground for a period, Prince Rupert, Prince George and now across the border into Alberta.
Less red tape, taxes and fees in Chilliwack make it stand out on the provincial landscape for commercial development.
Chilliwack was just cited for its low fees and tax regime, and a very quick turnaround process for permits, in the 2014 municipal report card issued by Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).
Rise in migration to B.C. setting up scenario for housing price boost
British Columbia is starting to become a magnet again for people from other provinces, a trend that bodes well for Vancouver housing prices.
In the first half of this year, B.C. had a net gain of 3,270 people from other provinces. It marks a reversal of fortune for B.C., which saw a net loss in interprovincial migration of 4,596 residents for the full 12 months of 2012 and another net loss of 832 people last year.
Young Vancouverites fleeing to more affordable pastures
Young people are increasingly leaving Vancouver to pursue better career opportunities and more affordable lifestyles.
While the Vancouver census metropolitan area continues to experience population growth, Statistics Canada numbers show that the Lower Mainland is actually losing residents aged 20 to 30 to other provinces.
For some British Columbians, the debate over the Site C project will bring back memories of a time when former Premier W.A.C. Bennett built a legacy of hydroelectric power that continues to benefit generations of British Columbians today.
It is no secret that opposition to large, visionary projects has always been the norm in our province. In the case of a project such as Site C, we are fortunate we have almost 50 years of experience from which to weigh the pros and cons.