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Vancouver poised to take next steps on empty homes tax

Vancouver is on track to implement a tax on empty and underutilized homes before the end of the year, Council will hear next week. The proposed tax targets Vancouver’s known 10,800 empty homes,...
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National revenue minister asks CRA to investigate B.C. real estate speculators

The Globe and Mail reported over the weekend that some foreign investors allegedly profit in buying homes in B.C. while evading taxes.

Hundreds enjoy tai chi on Vancouver's sunny waterfront

More than 300 practitioners of Taoist Tai Chi® arts gathered on Vancouver's busy waterfront on Saturday to show hundreds of residents and tourists how they stay healthy and flexible. On a...

Vancouver artist explores the impact of cellphones on our lives

Do you check your cellphone before you get out of bed in the morning?

100-year-old runner from India inspires at Americas Masters Games in Vancouver

It took 100-year-old Indian runner Man Kaur almost a minute and a half to complete the 100-metre race, but she never broke her stride. And when she crossed the finish line Monday at the Americas...
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Vancouver has record decline in housing affordability in first half of 2016: RBC

Royal Bank says the first half of this year marked the biggest six-month drop in housing affordability in the Vancouver area since at least the early 1990s. The bank says its cost-of-ownership...

New app Biko rewards Vancouver's cyclists

A new mobile application, Biko, is on a mission to pay Vancouver cyclists by turning kilometres biked into rewards earned from local businesses. By downloading the free app on their smartphones...
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PHOTOS: Vancouver's Kinder Morgan expansion protest

More than 300 people piped up against the pipelines at a Trans Mountain expansion rally in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday afternoon.

Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales volume down 1.3% in July

The Canadian Real Estate Association says July marked the third consecutive month of fewer housing sales. The association says the number of transactions fell 1.3 per cent nationally between June and...

Government to rebuild immigration detention facilities in Vancouver, Laval

Immigration holding facilities in Vancouver and Laval, Que., will be replaced as part of a $138-million overhaul intended to improve detention conditions for newcomers to Canada. The federal...