Michelle Obama mocks Donald Trump’s microphone woes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — She didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but Michelle Obama had some fun at the Republican presidential nominee’s expense during a campaign event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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    Praising Clinton, Mrs. Obama said, “She doesn’t cry foul” and tapped her microphone. It was an apparent swipe at Trump, who said the microphone he used during the first presidential debate was defective.

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    “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” Mrs. Obama said. “That’s the kind of president they will be. And trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they’re in office.”

    Mrs. Obama encouraged the crowd of 1,400 to vote — and to get others to vote, too.

    READ MORE: Donald Trump had audio ‘issues’ during debate, commission says

    “This election, it’s about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation,” Mrs. Obama said.

    “Hillary Clinton has it all. She is the real deal. I know she is more than ready, more than able to be an outstanding president for us all.”

    President Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but lost the state to Mitt Romney in 2012. Mrs. Obama plans to campaign in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon.

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Nova Scotia teachers reject second tentative agreement

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Nova Scotia’s 9,000 public school teachers have voted to reject a second tentative agreement reached between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and the province.

According to the union, 70 per cent of members voted against the agreement Tuesday night, compared to 61 per cent for the previous vote. Voter turnout remained the same at 94 per cent.

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“Our public school members are highly engaged in the process of democracy and have used their voice in rejecting this tentative agreement,” NSTU president Liette Doucet said in a statement.

“It’s clear that the improvements negotiated were not enough for our members, and the concerns of poor working conditions and not being valued as professionals influenced members as they voted against this agreement.”

READ MORE: 2nd tentative agreement in jeopardy days before Nova Scotia teachers set to vote

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey responded to the results stating she is “very disappointed” to learn of the outcome.

The collective bargaining process has run its course. This is the second time we reached a tentative agreement with different bargaining teams from the NSTU that was rejected by the membership. We will not be returning to the table, we now await the union’s decision,” Casey said in a release.

This marks the second time in a year that union membership vote against a deal and against their union leadership.

A similar deal was rejected in December, with teachers citing working conditions as the main sticking point.

Doucet said they have heard loud and clear from their members and will work closely with them in the coming weeks.

“We expect that the conciliator will now file a report that will state that the parties were unable to reach an agreement. We will meet with our provincial executive to explore our options under the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Act,” she said.

“Looking at the option of seeking a strike vote from members will be one of our considerations.”

READ MORE: Nova Scotia government has been ‘fair’ to teachers: Stephen McNeil

Doucet also expressed worry about the implications the vote will have on Bill 148.

“With the rejection of this tentative agreement, we fear that government will finally proclaim Bill 148, which could affect all public sector workers.”

The province-wide electronic vote was held on Tuesday night.

WATCH: Cheeseburger rice pie recipe

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A collision of two classic meals results in an epic flavour combination. This cheesy, beefy pie has a novel rice crust and is loaded with traditional burger flavour that will satisfy a hungry crowd of all ages.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

1 cup (250 mL) long grain U.S. white rice
1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (50 mL) ketchup
3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared yellow mustard

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1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs, divided
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
Sliced dill pickles and/or tomatoes (optional)

Prepare rice according to package directions. Spread out on a plate until cool enough to handle. Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish pie plate.

Meanwhile, crumble beef into a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until browned and no pink remains. Transfer beef mixture to a paper-towel lined colander to drain; cool slightly.

Beat one egg and mix with cooled rice, ½ cup (125 mL) cheese, the salt and pepper until well combined. Press into bottom and up sides of prepared pie plate.

Transfer beef mixture to a bowl and stir in onion, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and remaining egg. Spread evenly in rice crust. (Pie can be assembled to this point and reserved for 1 day in the refrigerator.)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake pie for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and pie is hot in centre. Garnish with pickles and tomato slices (if using).

Makes 6 servings.

• Pickle lovers can chop the pickles and mix them right into the meat mixture.
• Big Mac fans can drizzle Thousand Islands-style dressing over the pie before serving.
• Double the recipe and freeze the second unbaked pie (well wrapped) for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
• Use long grain U.S. brown rice for additional fibre.

PER SERVING (1/6th pie): 401 calories, 18 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 653 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 4 g sugars, 27 g protein. % RDI: 20% calcium, 20% iron, 8% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C.

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Canadian government claims residential school lawyer committed fraud over fees

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The Canadian government says a law firm that represented thousands of residential school survivors should have to pay back legal fees because it inflated its billings.

But the government’s argument that accuses the Merchant Law Group of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation won’t go any further unless Saskatchewan’s highest court agrees to reinstate the case.

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    Lawyers for Canada’s attorney general told the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Tuesday that the government would not have entered into an agreement a decade ago to pay the firm $25 million if it had known there were concerns about how much time the company spent working on residential school claims.

    “What we’re saying is we wouldn’t have agreed to that amount if we had known the truth, so we want some damages for that,” lawyer Kelly Keenan told the three Appeal Court judges.

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    The Appeal Court reserved its decision, which will not affect payments for survivors.

    The case goes back about a decade, when courts in each province approved the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

    In the Saskatchewan settlement approval hearing, Canada argued that the agreement did not require that it pay Merchant Law Group a minimum of $25 million. But Justice Dennis Ball disagreed and found the amount reasonable, noting that substantial time had been spent on the case and the complexity of the litigation.

    Canada’s appeal was dismissed by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in March 2007.

    Canada went back to court in December 2007, arguing it shouldn’t have to pay Merchant until a verification process to review the firm’s billing records was complete.

    Justice Neil Gabrielson, who was overseeing implementation of the settlement agreement in Saskatchewan, ruled in 2008 that the verification process was not complete but that Canada must pay.

    The federal government filed a new lawsuit against Merchant Law Group in January 2015 to try to get the money back.

    Justice Brian Barrington-Foote tossed out the claim, saying Canada did not have the information it now claims to have about Merchant’s billing records, but that it was well aware of the possibility there had been misrepresentations and agreed to pay $25 million regardless.

    Keenan said no one knew there was fraud in 2006 or 2008.

    “Canada’s claim is about what arrangement it would have entered into, not whether the arrangement it entered into was fair and reasonable,” she said.

    The review process was done after the agreement was signed,

    Keenan said, and it found Merchant’s billing records were “replete with the illegitimate time entries and excessive disbursement records.”

    Merchant’s lawyer, Gordon Kuski, said the government knew there were concerns about billing and went into negotiations with its eyes wide open.

    “Each of the courts were fully informed and hip about the concerns but, pursuant to the contract, found out that the $25 million was fair and responsible,” Kuski told the Appeal Court on Tuesday.

    He also said dragging the case into court again is an abuse of process.<

    “The torturous journey that MLG has been on since 2006, relative to this matter, and here 10 years later -they're being vexed by the same issue.”

    Kuski said the government can't have its money back.

    “The court ordered that we were entitled to it,” he said.

    “I mean there has to be some end to litigation.”

South Carolina governor orders mass evacuation ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – People along the East Coast entered better-safe-than-sorry mode Tuesday, flocking to hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations as Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, threatening to become the first hurricane to hit the state’s Atlantic coast in over a decade.

The storm was on track to rake the Southeastern coast and trek north. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she planned to issue an evacuation order Wednesday so that 1 million people can safely leave the coast.

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Matthew, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 145 mph, pummeled parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and is expected to head north over Cuba and the Bahamas before nearing the Florida coast by Thursday. At least nine people in the Caribbean have died.

READ MORE: Death toll from Hurricane Matthew hits 9 as storm batters Haiti

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for a 230-mile stretch from Deerfield Beach near Fort Lauderdale to the Daytona Beach area, meaning hurricane force winds of 74 mph or higher could occur within two days.

WATCH: Florida residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Matthew approaches

In South Florida, lines at grocery stores were heavier than usual and some essentials were in short supply. When Simone Corrado and her husband tried to buy water at their Publix in Davie near Fort Lauderdale, they mostly found empty shelves. There were a few bottles of high-end water brands, but there was so much empty shelf space that Corrado lay down and fully stretched out on the bottom shelf.

“I got scared because all that was left at Publix was just the pricey water,” said Corrado, who lived through 1992’s catastrophic Hurricane Andrew, which practically levelled the nearby city of Homestead. “They really put the fear into you here. On the television screen every few minutes is the ‘beep, beep, beep’ storm alert.”

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Gov. Rick Scott, speaking in the Daytona area, warned residents they must be prepared to take a direct hit and evacuation orders could be issued as early as Tuesday. Scott said his biggest worry is that residents won’t take seriously the threat from Matthew, especially since so many newer residents have never lived through a hurricane.

“Don’t take a chance. Leave before it’s too late,” he said. “We have to be prepared to be hit by a catastrophic hurricane.”

Hurricane Hermine became the first to strike Florida since Wilma in 2005 when it hit the eastern Panhandle on Sept. 2 as a Category 1 storm, causing one death, storm surge damage to beachfront homes and downed trees and powerlines. That 11-year lull between storms hitting Florida was the longest on record.

The last storm to hit the Atlantic side of Florida was Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 on its way to devastating the Gulf coast.

Wilma made landfall as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, killing five people as it pushed from southwest Florida, through the Everglades and into the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach area, causing an estimated $21 billion in damage and leaving thousands of residents without power for more than a week. It concluded a two-year span when a record eight hurricanes hit the state.

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Governors in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina declared states of emergency, and the White House said President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign and health care events in Florida on Wednesday and would instead visit the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an update.

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Some airlines let passengers change travel plans without penalty if their trip might be affected by Matthew.

Near Miami Beach, The Home Depot in Davie briefly ran out of propane for gas barbecues and the supply of batteries was dwindling. People bought plywood to cover windows, tarps to put over outdoor furniture and coolers for food storage.

Anesthesiologist Darby Lipka lugged a 20-pound propane tank across the parking lot, saying he had already purchased food and water. He installed hurricane windows years ago so he wouldn’t need to erect shutters

“I am just trying to be prepared,” he said.

Dane Vaala, a diesel mechanic, was loading plywood onto his pickup. He needed it so he could stand on his awning to install upper floor shutters at his home. He moved to Florida from Montana in 2007, so Matthew would be his first storm. He had loaded up on canned food and water.

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“I’m not too concerned – it doesn’t really bother me much,” he said. “But it is better to prep.”

Haley said state officials would reverse lanes on major evacuation routes in South Carolina. It would be the first major evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when the governor at the time didn’t reverse the lanes and Interstate 26 became a parking lot. A typically two-hour drive from Charleston to Columbia turned into 24-hour nightmare.

“We’ve been though winter storms. We’ve been through a 1,000-year flood. A hurricane is different. I don’t want anyone to look at the last couple of tragedies we’ve gone through and think this is similar,” Haley said.

Alberta self-defence class gains interest after brutal attack of Lethbridge woman

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Editor’s note: The victim’s identity has been removed from this story once the suspect was charged in keeping with Global policy to not identify victims of sexual assault.

A former Lethbridge police officer, who now runs his own self-defence business, says he’s seen a spike in his services ever since a Lethbridge woman was savagely attacked and left for dead while walking to work on Friday.

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“As of this morning, I have 10 people interested in taking the classes in the near future,” Dan Walton, the owner Savoy Six Advisor Group, said. “Anytime an incident happens inside the city there is a peak for training.”

Police in Lethbridge are calling on citizens to be vigilant when it comes to their personal safety as they continue to investigate the attack on a 25-year-old woman.

READ MORE:  ‘It’s just shocking’: friends speak after Lethbridge woman brutally attacked on city street

Police haven’t said if the attack was random or targeted and Walton said the situation has created a sense of panic among women.

Sarai Greening has taken Walton’s class five times and  said she plans on teaching the course. Five years ago, Greening’s mom told her that her older sister was raped when she was a teenager.

“She is 19 years older than me, but when she was 14, she got raped in her own home while my mom was away,” Greening said. “I thought it would be a good idea to learn a bunch of things so I can defend myself.”

Greening said when she found out her older sister was raped, she immediately enrolled herself into the classes.

Walton also said his own experience prompted his interest in self defence.

“When I was 10 years old, I was almost abducted in Edmonton,” he said. “I got away and that’s why I am passion about teaching self defence.”

40 ‘disturbing’ anti-Muslim posters spur outpouring of support at University of Calgary

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WARNING: This story contains graphic language. Discretion is advised.

University of Calgary staff say they’ve never seen anything like the 40 or so posters spread across the main campus with the words “Dear Muslims” followed by an expletive-ridden list of practices and ending with “keep your barbaric ways right where they belong…in your 7th-century homelands.”

A student first spotted one of the posters at around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and notified campus security staff, who began removing them. Staff said most students didn’t see the posters in person, but instead on social media.

A censored version of one of the anti-Muslim posters removed from the University of Calgary campus Oct. 4, 2016.

Obtained by Global News

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    “It’s not something we ever expect,” Muslim Students’ Association president Umair Tazeem said. “And it’s not something we see often. So whenever we do see it, it’s definitely sad to see and it’s definitely unfortunate.

    “If you have any concerns with Islam, come speak to me about it. I’m not that different than you.”

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    Anyone who finds a poster is asked to hand it over to security on campus.

    Kelsy Norman said he found three different posters on various campus buildings, tore them down and threw them in the trash.

    “When I stopped and read it, I realized it was actually hate speech,” he said. “It was anti-Muslim propaganda.”

    Norman called campus security and was told staff members were aware and removing the posters.

    “Campus is an area that is very inclusive, it’s a place for people to talk freely about ideas, think critically of them…I just don’t feel this is the best way to talk critically of Islam and Muslims.”

    A rally was held at noon to show “solidarity and support” and various Muslim student organizations were enlisted to provide support services available through the campus wellness centre.

    “We want this, really, to have a positive outcome and to show the resiliency at the University of Calgary,” university president Elizabeth Cannon said. “We hope that the perpetrators can be identified, and held to account.”

    The manager of the school’s faith and spirituality centre said an interreligious student alliance would be launched this month.

    “We… invite student clubs to join together in shared values, understanding and solidarity,” Adriana Tulissi said in a statement.

    Premier Rachel Notley spoke out about the posters and said she was troubled by them and added she hoped people would speak out against hatred.

    “We embrace inclusion and acceptance and mutual understanding. That’s the kind of province that we’re building and you know what – it makes our province stronger when we commit to building that,” she told reporters.

    READ MORE: University of Alberta removes disturbing ‘racist’ posters from campus

    University security staff are working with Calgary police to examine CCTV footage to try to identify and locate suspect(s). Police said it’s too early to categorize the incident as a hate crime, but it will be investigated.

    “These are disturbing, extremely offensive posters that in no way reflect the inclusive, diverse and caring culture of this university,” Cannon said.

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Pedestrian killed after being struck by bus near West Edmonton Mall

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Police closed off several blocks in west Edmonton Tuesday afternoon after a city bus struck and killed a pedestrian near West Edmonton Mall.

Police said the pedestrian was struck at 87 Avenue and 169 Street at around 2:15 pm. Officers shut down 87 Avenue between 165 Street and 170 Street for several hours as officers investigated. Just before 8 p.m., police reopened the road.

According to police, an 83-year-old woman was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital where she later died.

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The identity of the victim has not been released.

According to police, witnesses said the woman was lawfully crossing in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by the bus.

Katherine Ross said she was walking in the area when the pedestrian was hit. She said the indicator was a flashing hand and the pedestrian was two-thirds of the way across the crosswalk when she was struck.

“I just heard, ‘slam’ – it sounded like a car hitting another car. It was really, really loud,” Ross said. “I just looked to the side of me and I just saw her slide to the ground.”

The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union released a statement about the incident Wednesday afternoon. Steve Bradshaw said he and the members of ATU Local 569 extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victim.

“We sincerely regret this tragic loss of life,” Bradshaw said. “We also want to send our strongest support and heartfelt sympathy to the transit operator who is deeply traumatized by this event.

“This needless loss of life and deep trauma were precipitated by the unacceptably large and needless blind spots obstructing the drivers’ view. Every 10 days, somewhere in North America, a pedestrian is severely injured or killed because of these blind spots. There are inexpensive and easy engineering solutions to this problem. The carnage has to stop.”

Bradshaw said the union is working with the City of Edmonton to ensure new buses have improved design. He hopes the city will also find ways to retrofit the existing fleet to improve safety.

A bus at the scene, which had a cracked windshield, was cordoned off by police tape Tuesday afternoon.

Edmonton Transit said it is cooperating with police and peer support will be provided for the driver of the bus. Police did not say whether the driver would be facing charges.

On Tuesday evening, Mayor Don Iveson released a statement to express his condolences to the family and friends of the woman killed.

“On behalf of my council colleagues and the City of Edmonton, we offer our condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian involved in a fatality earlier today,” Iveson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”

A pedestrian was killed Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 after being struck by an ETS bus in west Edmonton.

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A pedestrian was killed Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 after being struck by an ETS bus in west Edmonton.

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A pedestrian was killed Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 after being struck by an ETS bus in west Edmonton.

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Presidential nominee Gary Johnson: you can’t go to war with places you don’t know exist

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Less than a week after stumbling when asked to name a foreign leader, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is trying to spin his gaffe as a potential strength for office.

In an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday morning, the former New Mexico governor claimed having a remote understanding of foreign policy could prevent the U.S. from entering into combat.

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“You know what? The fact that somebody can dot the Is and cross the Ts on a foreign leader or a geographic location, that then allows them to put our military in harm’s way,” Johnson said, before mentioning the U.S. needs to avoid conflict so no more service people are afflicted with PTSD.

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“We wonder why our men in service and women suffer from PTSD in the first place,” he continued. “We elect people who can dot the Is and cross the Ts on these names and geographic locations as opposed to the underlying philosophy, which is, let’s stop getting involved in these regime changes.”

In some of the most recent polls conducted ahead of the U.S. election, 9 per cent of Americans are prepared to vote for Johnson on Nov. 8.

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Johnson’s lack of foreign affairs knowledge first came to the forefront a month ago, when he was asked about the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“What’s Aleppo?” was his response, showing a startling lack of awareness of one of the most populous and hardest-hit cities in the war-torn country.

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That question was just the tip of the iceberg for Johnson, who had a self-described “Aleppo moment” last week when he was asked about which foreign leaders he admired the most.

The presidential hopeful was unable to name a single foreign leader, which he blamed on “brain freeze.”

In Tuesday’s interview, he claimed to have never been in politics before —; despite his term as governor. He also stated he could still not name a foreign leader he admired.

WATCH: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson: ‘What is Aleppo?’

“Five days after the interview, Andrea, I still can’t think of a world leader that I respect,” Johnson said.

“I mean, having never been involved in politics before, I will tell you I held a lot of people in this country on pedestals thinking they were role models. I got to meet them up front and personal and found out they were empty suits. They weren’t about issues. They weren’t about doing what was best. They were about getting re-elected.”

Vancouver’s rental vacancy rate is near zero. Here are 7 ideas to help lift it

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The challenge of finding a home to rent in Vancouver can hardly be overstated.

The overall vacancy rate in the Vancouver area was 0.7 per cent in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) last rental market report, which reflects rates as of October 2016.

It’s zero for some housing types in certain parts of the region.

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And the actual cost of renting is no less burdensome for the people who live here.

The median cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment was pegged at $1,950 per month in August, with two-bedroom apartments going for $2,600, according to the blog Quantitative Rhetoric, which regularly analyzes rental data using a popular online renting marketplace.

But how to solve the problem? Vancouverites and others have floated a few solutions.

Some are promises, some are in progress. All are aimed at making it just a little easier to find a place to live in the region.

Here are seven ideas to help lift Vancouver’s rental vacancy rate a little further above zero:

A ‘flipping levy’ on all homes sold within three years of a purchase

Judy Graves.


Vancouver city council candidate Judy Graves has proposed a “flipping levy” on any home that’s been sold within three years of its purchase.

It would apply a 50 per cent tax to any speculative profit made on the home within a year of its sale, and then a 35 per cent tax to the profits in years two and three.

An empty homes tax

This heritage home at 5503 Blenheim Street is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, July, 27, 2016.

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The City of Vancouver has approved an empty homes tax that amounts to one per cent of the value of any units that are not principal residences that are occupied for at least six months of the year.

The tax has been characterized as an “ATM fee” by Andy Yan, a planner and director of the SFU City Program.

A speculation tax

Premier John Horgan gives a thumbs up after giving an oath with Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon as he’s sworn-in as Premier during a ceremony with his provincial cabinet at Government House in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

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In their election platform, the BC NDP proposed a tax on real estate speculation.

It would levy two per cent on the value of homes that are owned by people who don’t otherwise provincial taxes.

However, the tax was absent from the provincial government’s budget update on Monday, as the NDP prepares to talk housing issues with the Green Party.

A luxury property surtax

This home, located on Cedar Crescent in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy, is in one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, according to a new survey.

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Judy Graves has also proposed a “property surtax” on Vancouver’s most expensive homes.

There would be a 1.5 per cent tax on the wealthiest one per cent of Vancouver homeowners, and a 0.5 per cent tax on the richest five per cent of homeowners in the city.

A ‘mansion tax’

Jean Swanson puts on a t-shirt while preparing for a demonstration to announce the Poverty Olympics and torch relay near the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics countdown clock in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday January 17, 2010.


Meanwhile, Vancouver city council candidate Jean Swanson has proposed a “Mansion Tax.”

Swanson didn’t specify how high the tax would be on her website, but in promoting the idea, she cited a “tax on the wealthy” in Seattle. It’s a 2.25 per cent income tax on people who make total income of $250,000, and on married couples who make over $500,000.

Revenues from a mansion tax could help pay for the construction of 2,138 units of modular housing on city-owned lots, she said.

Such a project would have capital costs of about $160 million, Swanson added.

Short-term rental regulations

A “for rent” sign in Vancouver.

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The City of Vancouver has looked at implementing new rules for short-term rentals.

Under the rules, which will be subject to a public hearing in the fall, people who hope to rent their homes may have to pay $49 for an annual licence, as well as a one-time application fee of $54.

A four-year rent freeze

Young families say their generation has been priced out of the Vancouver condo market, making it impossible to get housing anywhere near the city.

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Jean Swanson has also proposed a rent freeze, which would see city council take the position that there would be no increase in the cost of renting a unit over the next four years.

Council would “ask the provincial government to set the maximum allowable rent increase at zero per cent for the next four years within the City of Vancouver and lobby fiercely to get this change,” she said on her website.

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