The price of residential real estate in the City of Vancouver continues to increase at a staggering rate. This is especially true for single family homes; figures released by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver for February 2016 show a 27% year-over-year increase for single detached home prices in Metro Vancouver. Theories to explain the craziness of this market abound, with pundits typically pointing to historically low interest rates, a relatively small land base and the effect of foreign capital as all hurting affordability. … Continue Reading
On January 1, 2015, the City of Vancouver (the “City”) enacted a series of amendments to the Solid Waste By-law (No. 8417), which are intended to divert organic, biodegradable waste from the City’s landfills. The City’s approach mirrors that taken by a number of other Canadian municipalities (including Victoria, Nanaimo, Toronto, and Hamilton), as well as the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The amended bylaw requires all food waste to be disposed of via its own waste removal stream, separate from those for garbage and recyclable materials. While the collection services for single-unit residences and duplexes will … Continue Reading