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'Recessionary conditions' pushing home prices lower in B.C., report says
The new Central 1 report forecasts an 11 per cent drop in B.C. home sales for 2019, while the median provincial home price is projected to decline for the first time in seven years.
Province not prepared to ease policies as housing market sputters
Some lifelong Vancouver residents claim they're being 'taxed out' of their homes as assessment values take a dive. B.C.'s finance minister maintains the government is 'monitoring the situation' and insists their housing measures are having a net positive effect by cooling the real estate market.
B.C. Legislature Clerk Craig James retires as spending report finds he committed misconduct
Clerk Craig James has retired effective immediately after the release of an investigative report into a spending scandal at the B.C. Legislature.
B.C. won't regulate gas prices or cap taxes, so what can the premier's demand for an inquiry really achieve?
Premier John Horgan has asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to investigate what's behind a recent spike in gas prices. It's not clear what will come from it since the province has already said capping taxes and regulating gas prices are not the answer.
'Blame John Horgan' billboard drives political blame game over gas prices
The B.C. Liberals claim high gas prices are John Horgan's fault, but experts say the province has little ability to substantively control fuel prices.
First Nations leaders at odds over potential pipeline ownership
The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has sent a letter warning of possible financial risks associated with the Trans Mountain expansion to other First Nations that are considering investing in the project.
Province tightens party bus rules but not enough, says mother of child killed in accident
The B.C. government is introducing new party bus rules ahead of the 2019 grad season.
B.C.'s real estate professionals on what they need to stop money laundering in housing
Key players in B.C.'s real estate industry have put forward several recommendations they say will help in the fight against money laundering. The provincial government is welcoming the joint suggestions as it reviews a pair of reports before cabinet decides whether to launch a public inquiry.
'This isn't a team sport': B.C. premier staying neutral on Alberta election race
Premier John Horgan says he's not worrying about the outcome of Alberta's election on Tuesday. UCP candidate Jason Kenney has threatened to enact "turn off the taps" legislation if he becomes Alberta's next premier — and B.C., in response, has said it's prepared to request a court injunction if necessary.
B.C. pleased with Ottawa's move to lift federal booze barriers
B.C. is welcoming federal legislation that would lift national restrictions on interprovincial alcohol sales. It would leave individual provinces to come up with their own frameworks.
Ontario teachers who face losing their jobs are 'more than welcome' in B.C., minister says
As Ontario plans to eliminate 3,475 full-time positions, B.C., which has been grappling with a teacher shortage for years, is inviting anyone looking for a job out east to head west instead.
'Let's do this': Langley mom takes condo smoking fight to legislature
A mother brought her baby girl to the B.C. Legislature Thursday to present politicians with a 17,000 signature petition to ban smoking in multi-unit buildings. She and Langley MLA Mary Polak are meeting with the ministers of housing and health to discuss possible changes to the rules.
Didn't fill out your form? Expect a speculation tax bill in the mail
Although 94 per cent of B.C. homeowners filled out their B.C. Speculation and Vacancy Tax form by the March 31st deadline, the remaining four per cent who didn't can expect a bill, even though the province estimates fewer than half are speculators.
Here's why companies say ride-hailing for B.C. is 'nearly impossible'
Ride-share companies are pushing for a standard Class 5 licence, but the province insists it is sticking with a commercial Class 4 requirement. Uber and Lyft say they're disappointed, adding it will make it much more difficult to attract drivers in B.C.
Cooler housing market is dragging down B.C.'s economic growth, report says
B.C.'s economic growth is expected to slow over the next three years, according to Central 1 Credit Union's latest outlook. It says a weaker housing market is the main contributor, driven by recent policy changes. Finance Minister Carole James says the province is thriving and her government's plan is working.