Bigger, bolder, higher: Vancouver’s push for density has builders rejigging their plans

Rendering of the original Raphael building.Cape Group When Vancouver developer Zack Ross heard that the Broadway Plan had been approved, he immediately ordered all work stopped at the site of a 95-unit apartment building on East 2nd Avenue, in the False Creek Flats area. Instead of a five-storey building, Mr. Ross now had the potential … Read more

Shuvinai Ashoona explores new forms in Vancouver at Granville gallery residency

Children looking into classroom by artist Shuvinai Ashoona. Ashoona has been in Vancouver for a month, working at the New Leaf Editions print studio on Granville Island.Handout When visitors dropped by a Vancouver print studio to see Kinngait artist Shuvinai Ashoona this week she was too busy drawing to chat. Instead, her recent efforts, dangling … Read more

In Toronto, home buyers hone their tactics; rise of the ‘stink bid’

Realtor Andre Kutyan received a ‘stink bid’ for the house at 388 Elm Road in Toronto.Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. In the slouching Toronto-area real estate market, figuring out which seller is motivated to sell at a discount is a game patient buyers are prepared to play. One of the tactics is the deployment of … Read more

Canadian cities are finally rediscovering their neglected waterfronts

The beach at Montreal’s Old Port on July 6, 2012.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press On a soft, hazy late summer evening this week, Calgarians flocked outdoors to take advantage of what could be one of the last warm-weather weekends of the season. Many of them headed down to the river. Calgary stands on the Bow, which … Read more

Vancouver social housing complex residents face demo-viction over redevelopment plan

Linsea O’Shea sits outside her home where she is facing demo-viction at the three-storey Alma Blackwell housing project in Vancouver on Sept. 4.Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail Linsea O’Shea has lived in a highly affordable three-bedroom rental unit on the east side of Vancouver for almost 20 years. The single mother raised her three kids … Read more

Group opposing development on Vancouver’s Jericho Lands pushes for changes

Murray Hendren and Susan Fisher are part of the Jericho Coalition who are concerned about the debate around development on the Jericho Lands in Vancouver.Jimmy Jeong/The Globe and Mail Imagine a new 35-acre community of midrises built out of mass timber – a place that restricts cars and has a significant share of truly affordable … Read more

Letters to the editor: ‘The dismissal of Lisa LaFlamme … is an old trick frequently employed by corporations to wield executive power.’ Why was CTV anchor let go? Plus other letters to the editor for Aug. 22

Lisa LaFlamme with her Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National in Toronto on Aug. 17.George Pimentel/The Canadian Press Keep your Opinions sharp and informed. Get the Opinion newsletter. Sign up today. news break Re Bell Executive Won’t Specify To Staff Why LaFlamme Was Let Go (Aug. 19): The repeated assertions of a female … Read more

Opinion: Ottawa’s unrealistic emissions plan could drive away investment

An oil & gas pump jack in Alberta on May 6, 2020.Todd Korol/Reuters Kendall Dilling is President of the Pathways Alliance. Canada’s oil sands industry recognizes we are one of our country’s largest greenhouse-gas emitters, and that we have a major role to play in helping meet the national climate-change commitment of net-zero emissions by … Read more

Opinion: Ontario’s shockingly low social assistance rates are failing Toronto families

Maria Rio is the director of development at the Stop Community Food Center, a non-profit in Toronto’s west end offering emergency food access services, community-building programs and urban agriculture. Right now in Toronto too many families are forced to make the impossible choice between paying rent or buying food. The 2021 Who’s Hungry report published … Read more

Vancouver offers to extend leases to residents of 13 buildings in False Creek South

MiJoung Kim and her husband Rob Renger spending time in their False Creek South neighborhood in Vancouver on August 12, 2022.Jimmy Jeong/The Globe and Mail After years of uncertainty, the owners of 13 strata leasehold buildings in Vancouver’s False Creek South neighborhood have been offered extensions on their leases with the city. The local government … Read more