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Vancouver Detached Home Prices Drop again in November
A good example of this is in the city of Vancouver where the average sales price of a detached home shows a drop of 2.3% year-over-year in November, and the median shows a decline of 4.2%. Both of these are unrealistic, and real prices declines from the peak in 2016 are off about 15-25% depending on the price point. To better illustrate the price declines we used a 3-month moving average. This now shows an 18% decline from peak prices set in April 2016.
housing  vancouver 
3 days ago
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Yes, the crank broke clean off when I was riding. Have an order in through Side Sadd…
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The US, Japan, Europe and Hong Kong have yet to wake up to China’s trash import ban | South China Morning Post
A research team from the University of Georgia in the United States has calculated that China has taken in more than 45 per cent of the world’s plastic waste since 1992, and over a half of some other forms of solid waste. China imported more than six million tonnes of trash just in 2016, in addition to producing more than 50 million tonnes itself. If such trends continue, China’s imported trash ban could leave up to 111 million tonnes of plastic waste stranded, come 2030.

The reality is that, for the better part of the past three decades, as countries like Japan and Germany were boasting to the world about the radical new initiatives they were taking to recycle their waste and reduce pollution, their dirty little secret was that the vast majority of their nasty waste was simply being shipped to China.

Through 2016, before China’s import ban came into force, US recyclers employing over 155,000 people exported 37 million tonnes of waste, worth US$16.5 billion – and one-third of this went to China, amounting to 4,000 shipping containers per day. One California recycler alone – with the suspiciously Chinese name of America Chung Nam – sent out 333,900 containers as exports. At home, the US recycled just 9 per cent of its plastic waste, with most simply going into landfills.
waste  china  recycling 
9 days ago
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RT : Initial reactions to BC's new plan . Lots of good stuff in here. Telling that NDP-Green partnershi…
climate  cleanbc 
10 days ago
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I'm working on a longer piece but has some good observations on today's BC climate plan announcement in…
10 days ago
Draft City of Vancouver 2019 budget delivers $78 million social-housing windfall | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly
In 2019, the city intends to spend $36.6 million buying land for social and affordable housing. This is the biggest allocation from its $78-million proposed capital budget for housing.
vancouver  budget  housing 
10 days ago
Legal Action – David Gooderham
On December 3, 2018, I am bringing an application in the Supreme Court of British Columbia for leave to raise a common law defence, known as the “defence of necessity”, in a criminal proceeding related to the Trans Mountain pipeline project. I am charged with criminal contempt for having blocked an access road at the Westridge Marine Terminal, located on the shoreline of Burrard Inlet, on August 20, 2018. My co-accused in this application is Jennifer Nathan, also charged as a result of her action in March 2018. We are bringing this application together.
pipelines  protest  kinder-morgan 
11 days ago
Rachel Notley: Alberta faces a momentous decision on oil production | Edmonton Journal
Together, we will get our carbon into the atmosphere at a better price point.
11 days ago
The Ontario Climate Change Plan: An Assessment | FES Profile – Mark Winfield
A closer look at Ontario's new climate plan by York's Mark Winfield:
ontario  mitigation 
12 days ago
The secret in B.C.'s forests | National Observer
Both the 2017 and 2018 wildfires burned more than 1.2 million hectares of the province, eight times more than the 10-year-average. B.C.’s 2017 fires caused an estimated 190 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. 2018 will be similar.

According to the last annual inventory (quietly released in December 2017) B.C.’s total emissions were about 63 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015. Uncounted annual emissions from destructive logging were about 47 million tonnes in the last few years. In addition, there were roughly 8 million tonnes annually from slash burning in past years (they disappeared as "under review" in the last data released).

Fire emissions have skyrocketed and we must now expect to add roughly 190 million tonnes to the annual tally, for a yearly total of about 245 million tonnes of uncounted forest emissions (47+8+190). Our suffering forests were only capable of absorbing 28 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015. The numbers we are able to access demonstrate that we can expect about 217 (47+8+190-28) million tonnes of "uncounted" annual carbon dioxide emissions from B.C.’s forests, once data becomes available.
bc  ghgs  forests  extremeweather 
12 days ago
Opinion: What Vancouver’s impressive Empty Homes Tax revenue tells us
For anyone doing the math, a $38 million take from 2,538 vacant homes averages out at just shy of $15,000 tax paid per vacant home. Which is about what you’d pay on an empty home valued at $1.5 million, as the tax is one per cent of assessed value. This would suggest – although it is by no means definitive – that the average empty home is worth about $1.5 million, which is around the average home price in general. This tells us that not all, and not even most, empty homes are high-end mansions sitting vacant – that in fact, empty homes run the whole spectrum of the market.

Another factor to consider is what $38 million will get the city. Most of the revenue will be used for affordable housing initiatives — $8 million has already been allocated — but it will also cover one-time implementation costs ($7.5 million) and first-year operating costs ($2.5 million). Assuming the City’s projections are correct, it will have $28 million to spend on affordable housing from year one revenues. If we use the provincial government formula, evidenced by its recent affordable housing spend announcement, of about $100K per new unit, that’s enough for 280 new below-market homes. Not nearly enough, but not to be sniffed at either – and perhaps the revenues will be more next year without the upfront costs.
vancouver  bc  housing 
15 days ago
More low- and middle-income affordable housing on its way across B.C.
The 4,900 homes will be built under the provincial government’s $1.9 billion Community Housing Fund, which aims to build a total of 14,000 affordable rental homes over 10 years. This in turn is part of the province's 10-year commitment to build 114,000 affordable homes for British Columbians, which also includes social housing, supportive housing, shelter homes, student housing and owner-purchase units.

This initial set of affordable rental projects, which has already gone through a request-for-proposals process, will be built by non-profit housing and co-ops over the next two to three years, according to the province. The 4,900 homes will cost the province around $492 million of its $1.9 billion fund.
bc  housing 
15 days ago
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