Housing

B.C. unveils housing plan that raises foreign buyers levy and taxes speculators

By The Canadian Press
February 20, 2018 - 2:28pm Updated: February 20, 2018 - 5:50pm

VICTORIA — British Columbia is raising its foreign buyers tax and expanding it to areas outside of Vancouver, while bringing in a new levy on speculators, as part of a sweeping plan to improve affordability in the province's overheated housing market.

Chase River PAC chair Christina Scott talking to Mayor Bill McKay at an open house for the controversial Chase River housing development.
Chase River PAC chair Christina Scott talking to Mayor Bill McKay at an open house for the controversial Chase River housing development. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

City of Nanaimo rejects Chase River location for $7 million supportive housing initiative

By Spencer Sterritt
February 19, 2018 - 10:23pm Updated: February 19, 2018 - 11:00pm

NANAIMO — The decision to reject the chosen location of a supportive housing project in Nanaimo's south end was met with applause Monday night.

The online resource database bc211, where people are guided to the services they need, heard from nearly 900 people in less than a year.
The online resource database bc211, where people are guided to the services they need, heard from nearly 900 people in less than a year. bc211

Housing, homelessness top queries for new Island social services database

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
February 9, 2018 - 5:35pm Updated: February 13, 2018 - 11:12am

NANAIMO — Housing concerns on Vancouver Island have been a primary reason people have leaned on a new online resource database.

The City's John Horn and mayor Bill McKay facing an incensed crowd at a recent open house in Chase River.
The City's John Horn and mayor Bill McKay facing an incensed crowd at a recent open house in Chase River. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

City will explore other locations for controversial housing project in Chase River

By Dominic Abassi
February 5, 2018 - 10:59pm

NANAIMO — After facing stiff opposition from Chase River residents, Nanaimo Council agreed to take a longer look at the location of a supportive housing project.

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