Govt ideas international potential buyers tax in bid to build inexpensive housing

TORONTO — The Liberal governing administration suggests it will acquire ways about the following calendar year to tax overseas householders who stay outside the house of Canada as element of a strategy to reduced housing prices.

It is an plan that has been increasing in popularity more than the previous several several years in provinces such as British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, but some authorities dilemma how helpful this kind of a system would be.

The govt suggests the approach will advantage very first-time homebuyers and set additional homes on the market place by taxing home owners who use Canada to passively retail store prosperity in housing.

Tsur Somerville, an affiliate professor at the Sauder School of Business enterprise at the College of British Columbia, claims foreign customers are not a nationwide dilemma for household affordability, pointing to Canadian getaway locations that motivate customer expending.

Andrey Pavlov, professor of finance at the Beedie College of Company at Simon Fraser College, claims the proposed taxes are also unlikely to increase the revenue desired to offset federal government investing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained past yr his govt would introduce these a tax, praising a equivalent evaluate in British Columbia all through his most modern election marketing campaign.

This report by The Canadian Press was initial released Dec. 1, 2020.

The Canadian Push

rnrnDr. Bonnie Henry first referenced the concern that vaccination efforts could be "sabotaged" in her briefing Wednesday, reiterating this concern Thursday.rnrn"We want to make sure that it's not tampered with and we want to make sure that we have appropriate precautions in place so that people are able to come and go freely, and to handle the vaccine safely."rnrnThere has been a concerted effort to interrupt the cold chain for example and sabotage immunization programs.rnrnThe first round of the COVID-19 vaccine will be arriving in British Columbia, and it will be distributed at two locations. But Henry has only said that the doses will be going to one place in the Fraser Health region, and another in the Vancouver Coastal region -- keeping details confidential due to these safety concerns.rn

rnrnrnHenry's remarks come in the wake of a warning from INTERPOL which issuedu00a0a so-called Orange Alert for law enforcement in its 194 member countries.rnrnThe concern, INTERPOL said, is that criminal organizations may being manufacturing and selling counterfeit vaccines, or may even try to steal real ones and then sell them on the black market, online and in physical locations.rnrnThe global policing agency says the COVID-19 pandemic has u201calready triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behaviour."","post_title":"B.C. RCMP called in to protect COVID-19 vaccine, help with delivery","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"rcmp-covid-19-vaccine-protection-delivery","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-12-10 22:14:03","post_modified_gmt":"2020-12-11 06:14:03","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"B.C. RCMP called in to protect COVID-19 vaccine, help with deli...","post_thumbnail":"","ID":3368540,"post_author":"1017","post_date":"2020-12-10 15:12:35","post_date_gmt":"2020-12-10 23:12:35","post_content":"VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) -- Twenty-eight British Columbians lost their lives to COVID-19 in a single day.rnrnDuring Thursday's provincial update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry called it one of the most "tragic days," of the pandemic. She explained all but two of the people who died were residents in long-term carernrn"These are friends. These are people who have interesting and challenging lives and have had spent these last 10 months dealing with the challenges that we are all facing with this pandemic," she said.rnrnResidents in long-term care will be one of the first groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when possible.rnrn 723 infections were also reported as the province surpassed 40,000 confirmed cases.rnrnThe number of patients in hospital because of the virus remains high at 346. Eighty-three people are in critical care. However, for the second time this week, there weren't any new outbreaks in health-care facilities.rn

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rnMeanwhile, Health Minister Adrian Dix also touched on the fact that fake text messages going out to people about positive COVID-19 tests.rn rnrnrn"This is happening worldwide, and [is] not unique to B.C. If you are not tested, the message is obviously fake. If you have a positive test result you will be contacted by public health," he said.","post_title":"B.C. reports deadliest COVID-19 day with 28 deaths","post_excerpt":"B.C. reported 28 COVID-19 deaths, shattering previous daily records, while Dr. Bonnie Henry noted the majority of them were residents in long-term care.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"covid-19-28-deaths-bc","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-12-10 21:30:55","post_modified_gmt":"2020-12-11 05:30:55","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"B.C. reports deadliest COVID-19 day with 28 deaths","post_thumbnail":"","ID":3368673,"post_author":"1007","post_date":"2020-12-10 21:08:40","post_date_gmt":"2020-12-11 05:08:40","post_content":"ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) -- An Abbotsford mom who gave birth to a baby boy one month ago while in the ICU and on a ventilator due to complications from COVID-19 still has not met her son.rnrn37-year-old Gillian McIntosh remains in an induced coma at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, according to a statement from her family. Her condition has not changed since she was rushed into an emergency C-section on Nov. 10. The last time she communicated with her husband Dave was that night, in a text telling him she was being taken into surgery.rnrn"It is very difficult to post regular updates when there isnu2019t much that is new to report. It can be hard to type those same words day after day and stay positive," writes McIntosh's sister-in-law Andrea Hildebrandt in an update on a GoFundMe page.rnrn"The medical staff have been very clear that the road ahead is a long one. We appreciate their clarity, it helps us to keep our thoughts positive but realistic."rnrnThe family is keeping in touch with video calls.rnrn"Dave continues to hold Zoom calls at Gillianu2019s bedside in hopes that his voice will provide her with reassurance and comfort. This is an emotionally difficult thing for a spouse to have to do but Iu2019m proud of him for doing it."rn

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rnThe baby boy was born two weeks early, and spent several days in the N-ICU. But Hildebrandt says he now is "strong and healthy," adding he has gained an entire pound since coming home.rnrn"He brings an element of joy in a challenging time," the statement reads.rnrnOver $90,000 has been raised to help the family, and money is only one way people have rallied to support the family.rnrn"We are GRATEFUL! Grateful for the abundance of care from our community. There are formula, diapers, baking, cash, and other amazing gifts that youu2019re dropping off for my brother and his family and the outpouring of donations and kind messages via the GoFundMe campaign... the list goes on, as does our sincere gratitude," Hildebrandt writes.rnrnThe baby has been named, but the family is keeping that information private.rnrn"Itu2019s the ONE thing Dave hopes to save for Gillian to know before everyone else knows. After all, you all got to know it was a boy before she did!"","post_title":"Abbotsford mom who gave birth while in ICU remains in coma due to COVID-19","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"abbotsford-mom-covid-19-baby","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-12-10 21:09:48","post_modified_gmt":"2020-12-11 05:09:48","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"Abbotsford mom who gave birth while in ICU remains in coma due ...","post_thumbnail":"","ID":3368716,"post_author":"125","post_date":"2020-12-10 22:34:09","post_date_gmt":"2020-12-11 06:34:09","post_content":"FORT ST. JAMES (NEWS 1130) -- Local paramedics are overwhelmed and a nearby First Nation is now in lockdown, following an outbreak of COVID-19 in Fort St James, northwest of Prince GeorgernrnAccording to a statement from Northern Health Thursday, there has been a "surge" in confirmed cases across the region including "approximately 40 active cases in the First Nations and non-First Nations communities in the Omineca Region which includes Fort St. James."rnrnTwenty people are in the hospital, putting a strain on the few resources available.rnrnDr. Bonnie Henry, addressing the outbreak in her briefing, said some vulnerable people have been moved out of the community to get them closer to health care centres.rnrnThe Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation has decided to go into lockdown for the next two weeks to "get this event under control, and get the infection rate down."rn
COVID announcement from Chief Prince December 9th, 2020rnrnPosted by Nak'azdli Whut'en onu00a0Wednesday, December 9, 2020
rn rnrn rnrnThe outbreak has prompted BC Emergency Health Services to send a rapid response team of paramedics, to help respond to what is characterized as an extremely high call volume for ambulances.","post_title":"Fort St. James COVID-19 cases continue to 'surge,' overwhelm health system","post_excerpt":"Local paramedics are overwhelmed and a nearby First Nation is now in lockdown, following an outbreak of COVID-19 in Fort St James, northwest of Prince George. ","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"covid-19-fort-st-james","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-12-10 22:43:51","post_modified_gmt":"2020-12-11 06:43:51","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"Fort St. James COVID-19 cases continue to 'surge,' overwhelm he...","post_thumbnail":""] /* ]]> */