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Vancouver Sun. As quoted in the article, Sept 6, 2018. Douglas Todd: The housing crisis is the top issue for British Columbians, but incomplete information and exaggerated rhetoric sour its discussion.

This is not to say there is nothing to debate in the B.C. NDP’s 30-point plan to ease the devastation of unaffordability, which it inherited from the laissez-faire Liberals’ 16 years in power. But it takes time to put together a complete picture.

Even as a journalist who for five years has covered the way extreme prices are crushing the hopes of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians, I learned new things from a recent Vancouver Sun and Province editorial board meeting with Attorney General David Eby.

The Point Grey MLA, whose riding is ground zero for the stratospheric prices that result in large part from the globalization of wealth, rang some of the earliest warning bells about the lack of affordability. And he’s been teaming up with Finance Minister Carole James to respond.

Data Point to Money Laundering Vulnerability in BC Real Estate Sector

Following the bombshell report detailing how Vancouver-area casinos became hubs for international money laundering, the second phase of B.C.‘s battle against dirty money is expected to target real estate.

While the real estate sector largely drives B.C.‘s economy, many members of the industry appear to have significant work to do on this front. According to data obtained by Postmedia News, Canada‘s financial intelligence watchdog found “significant” and “very significant” deficiencies in the anti-money laundering controls at 88 per cent of real estate entities they examined in B.C. over the last two years.

Eby reintroduces anti-SLAPP legislation killed by BC Liberals

Eby reintroduces anti-SLAPP legislation killed by BC Liberals May 15, 2018   Civil Liberties, Front Page, Government   1 Comment By ThinkPol Staff British Columbians will soon be able to once again speak up against big corporations on important issues without the fear of being silenced by …

Here’s the next weapon in the battle for BC Housing Affordability

March 30, Vancouver Sun. By Douglas Todd: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-heres-the-next-weapon-in-the-battle-for-b-c-housing-affordability As quoted in the article: Douglas Todd: Here’s the next weapon in the battle for B.C. housing affordability Attorney General David Eby is working on new rules to close the so-called bare …