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[URBAN NOTE] “Class-action lawsuit filed against B.C.’s foreign buyer property tax”

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CBC News’ Eric Rankin reports on a class action lawsuit filed against British Columbia for its tax on foreign home buyers. This sounds like it could have some legs.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of virtually all non-Canadians who have been forced to pay an extra 15 per cent under amendments to the Property Transfer tax act.

If the lawsuit is certified by the courts and succeeds, the province could be forced to repay hundreds of millions of dollars — much of the expected revenue now earmarked to pay for affordable housing for British Columbians.

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The lead plaintiff in the case is Jing Li, 29, a university student from the People’s Republic of China, now living in Burnaby.

In August, Jing told CBC News she was caught in a financial crunch by the imposition of the additional tax.

In mid-July, she cobbled together a 10 per cent deposit on a $560,000 townhouse in Langley by borrowing from her parents and friends in China.

Twelve days later, the new levy was imposed.

The tax added $84,000 to the price of the property. If she backs out of the deal, she will lose her non-refundable deposit of $56,000.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • 3 Quarks Daily considers quantitative measures of linguistic diversity.
  • Bad Astronomy and the Planetary Society Weblog are both skeptical of the rumours of a 2015 SETI detection, while Marginal Revolution does not reach a conclusion.
  • blogTO shares an image of the condo tower that will rise above the former site of the World’s Biggest Bookstore.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on preliminary discussions of Stardot.
  • Dangerous Minds shares video of a 1982 Depeche Mode performance on Swedish television.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the question of galactic habitability.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog writes about the role of bullying in the enforcement of gender.
  • Language Log notes how bigoted language can infect an AI.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a map charting water flows in Germany.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers revelations that Greek statues were painted.
  • Noel Maurer wonders why Peña and Trump re meeting.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the import of the late Soviet “parade of sovereignties”.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Antipope hosts a guest blogger with an interesting vision for a new iteration of cyberpunk.
  • Beyond the Beyond’s Bruce Sterling shares a link to a report on Saudi Arabian water resources.
  • Centauri Dreams shares a study of nearby brown dwarf WISE 0855.
  • Crooked Timber notes the amoral technocracy of the Speers.
  • Dangerous Minds shares vintage postcards from a century ago warning against the threat of feminism.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the import of carbon to oxygen ratios in exoplanet formation.
  • ImaGeo notes the discovery of new dwarf planet RR245.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Australians scientists have declared an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country, conditionally.
  • Language Hat links to a site for learning sign languages.
  • Language Log tests an alleged Finnish joke about Russian occupations for linguistic plausibility.
  • The LRB Blog notes that Prime Minister Theresa May is not a victory for feminism.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the depopulation of Japan and looks at Britain’s low productivity.
  • Otto Pohl announces his impending move to academia in Kurdistan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog looks at Ukrainian emigration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russian austerity will hurt Russia’s regions.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg reports on the problems of France’s Burgundy wine region, looks at the impact of Brexit on the economy of South Africa, and thinks Airbnb will survive San Francisco.
  • Bloomberg View considers what the European Union will do next, looks at the EU’s failure to capture hearts and minds, and notes that young Britons are now trapped.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on the problems of Sobeys.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on Cuban agriculture.
  • MacLean’s examines the reasons for Québec separatists’ disinterest in Brexit.
  • National Geographic notes the suspension of Florida’s bear hunts.
  • The National Post suggests Canada could take up the slack in NATO left by the United Kingdom.
  • Open Democracy considers tabloid-driven nationalism in the former Soviet Union and features Owen Jones talking about the need for post-Brexit Britain (or England) to change.

[NEWS] Some early Brexit reaction links

  • Bloomberg notes the leaders of the other 27 member-state governments will be meeting soon to discuss their response, while China calls for calm.
  • In the blogosphere, Crooked Timber, Joe. My. God., Marginal Revolution and the Volokh Conspiracy react.
  • Bloomberg View calls for civil negotiations, and notes the need for EU reform.
  • MacLean’s notes that the UK might well find itself staying anyway.
  • Open Democracy calls for a “reverse Greenland”, allowing Scotland to stay after the United Kingdom leaves.
  • Charlie Stross mourns what will be happening to his country.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 24, 2016 at 11:32 am

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Beyond the Beyond references Vincent Cerf’s concern about the fragility of new media.
  • Crooked Timber considers the politics inherent in monetary unions.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a paper suggesting Alpha Centauri A is quite evolved.
  • Discover‘s Dead Things wonders if Georgia is the birthplace of wine.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the claim of a Florida public employee that the rainbow flag creates a hostile work environment.
  • Language Hat looks at records of ancient Greek music.
  • The LRB Blog considers the politics of hate in the United Kingdom.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders which European financial centres would win at the expense of London.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests the United Kingdom should merge with Canada.
  • Registan notes domestic terrorism in Kazakhstan.
  • Torontoist looks at queer people who opt not to celebrate Pride with the crowds.
  • Towleroad looks at a Thai gym for trans men.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy makes the case for sports boycotts.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the fragility of the post-Soviet order, in Ukraine and in Russia.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Astronomy Now notes a white dwarf star that is consuming what looks to be limestone debris from one of its planets. Is this a sign of marine life?
  • Bloomberg notes Rolls-Royce’s opposition to Brexit, notes how international sanctions are hurting Hezbollah, looks at China’s massive spending on infrastructure, notes how Donald Trump has barred the Washington Post from covering his campaign, reports that Sydney and Melbourne have applied extra fees for foreig home-buyers, and notes how a China-funded push to expand sugar production in Ethiopia has hit snags.
  • Bloomberg View looks at the extent to which Germany does not dominate the European Union.
  • CBC notes how anti-gay bigotry is connected to the Orlando shooting, and reports on Peter Mackay’s regrets that Canada did not buy new fighter jets.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that the world’s nuclear arsenal has become smaller but is undergoing modernization.
  • MacLean’s considers barriers to interprovincial trade in Canada and reports on the outrage of a juror on the Stanford sex assault case at the light sentence imposed by the judge.
  • National Geographic looks at the mangrove swamp of Iran’s Qeshm Island.
  • Open Democracy takes issue with the idea that the intervention in Libya was a success, notes reasons for Scotland’s relative liking of the European Union, and looks at the Iranian events of June 1981.
  • Universe Today notes that mammals were flourishing even before the dinosaurs departed.