Despite all the announcements on housing affordability from the new David Eby government in Victoria, a recent report by one of Canada’s largest banks shows things on the ground have never been worse. The NDP has tried desperately to stake out a position of having done something about housing affordability during its first five years in office, as well as the first two months under Eby. “No doubt the interest rates have a big part to play in the prices and where the housing goes,” said Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon. The new affordability report plays well for the Liberals, whose repeated calls for the NDP to show “results” in areas of affordability, housing and health care have proven effective attacks against the government’s credibility. It’s not clear how bad things will continue to get on housing affordability in 2023.
Acknowledging the unconstitutional nature of this measure, Legault invoked the Charter’s notwithstanding clause to forestall judicial review. He has made clear there is no intention of seeking a referendum on sovereignty, wisely, since there is little support for such a step. Then two weeks ago, Danielle Smith replaced Jason Kenney as head of the United Conservative Party and premier of Alberta. Canada has become one of the most admired nations due, in part, to our ability to overcome formidable obstacles. Yet unity of purpose is a value that neither Legault or Smith see any value in.3 months ago Times Colonist
Fix the Pat Bay Highway with overpassesI have been driving the Pat Bay Highway from Victoria to North Saanich and back every working day for 15 years. Observations at the Mount Newton Cross Road intersection indicate that highway traffic lights at the time were on a two-minute, 40-second cycle. Ray MorganVictoriaWe are doing just fine under the monarchyRe: “Is the Crown really a unifying force in Canada?” commentary, Oct. 22. Re: “Is the Crown really a unifying force in Canada?” commentary, Oct. 22. Bill YearwoodVictoriaSEND US YOUR LETTERS• Email: [email protected]• Mail: Letters to the editor, Times Colonist, 201-655 Tyee Rd., Victoria, B.C.3 months ago Times Colonist
VANCOUVER — Another messy defensive performance proved costly for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. VANCOUVER — Another messy defensive performance proved costly for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. The Canucks tried to claw their way back after surrendering four first-period goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but couldn't make up the deficit and ultimately fell 5-2. And when you're down four, it's pretty difficult to catch up.”The trouble started with a milestone goal for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos just 4:40 into the game. The result marked the second time in a week that the Lightning beat the Canucks, following a 5-4 decision in Tampa on Jan. 12.14 days ago Times Colonist
Sharlene Gustafson of Abbotsford suffered major injuries following a farm vehicle accident in July 2019. On the day in question, Gustafson, Blanes and his son Ryan were trimming a large holly bush. Once the trimming was complete, MacFarlane arrived in a Gator, a small four-wheeled, off-road farm utility vehicle. Gustafson suffered broken bones in her neck, ribs, sternum and pelvis. “The consequences have been terrible for Ms. Gustafson,” the judge said in his ruling, noting she has lost the use of her legs.3 months ago Times Colonist
This month’s municipal elections may reshape our political landscape in more ways than one. Part of the reason for this stay-at-home trend may be the huge candidate lists that confront voters in our municipal elections. One option might be to raise the $100 deposit that candidates for municipal office must put up. The longer-term question is what this housecleaning at the municipal level might portend for the next provincial election. For Eby has been the minister responsible for dealing with the two predicaments that most inflamed municipal voters, unaffordable housing and repeat criminal offenders.3 months ago Times Colonist
VANCOUVER — The Michelin Guide has deemed eight Vancouver restaurants each worthy of one of its prestigious culinary stars. VANCOUVER — The Michelin Guide has deemed eight Vancouver restaurants each worthy of one of its prestigious culinary stars. A single Michelin star also went to the sushi bar Masayoshi and the Québécois bistro St. Lawrence. Michelin’s Vancouver guide follows a Toronto-focused list in September that minted Canada’s first two-star restaurant and bestowed single stars on a dozen eateries. Royce Chwin added that although the partnership means Destination Vancouver will tout the Michelin accolades of certain restaurants, it does not preclude the organization from also promoting other eateries.3 months ago Times Colonist
An act of kindness for a stranger turned into a bizarre story for Leah Flatman of Saanich, now living in MontrealHaving grown up in Saanich, Leah Flatman knew the big city of Montreal would be different. The passer-by shakes the woman off, so the soberly dressed old lady, her arms full of flowers, turns to Flatman instead. Except when Flatman gets the woman into the church, it turns out there are two more flights of stairs. So the service starts, with the preacher preaching, the mourners gently weeping and the elderly woman rummaging through her purse, mining for Kleenex. O Canada begins to play, so Flatman starts pulling on the string to raise the flag.3 months ago Times Colonist