$7M Vancouver tear-down proof of housing crisis, protesters say

Plans to demolish a multimillion-dollar Vancouver home sparked protests on Sunday, with critics calling the tear-down a symbol of the city's "housing crisis.

See Full Article

"

Located in Vancouver's residential Shaughnessy area, the 2,225-square-metre (7,300-square-foot) home is less than 20 years old, and recently underwent renovations.

Between its prime location and the structure itself, the home is currently valued at approximately $7 million, according to a City of Vancouver property inquiry.

But, despite its mint condition and spacious interior, the owners have filed an application with the city to demolish the property and build a new home in its place.

On Sunday, dozens of protesters armed with picket signs gathered around the home to speak out against the plan.

"This is about the common good," Bev Watt told CTV Vancouver. "It's about the environment. It's about waste."

Those attending the rally said the home is just one example of the issues plaguing Vancouver's pricey housing market.

"It's greed. It's money," Watt said.

City Councillor Adriane Carr also spoke at the protest, where she called for changes to zoning bylaws.

"You're talking about a city that's in a housing crisis, where homes are being torn down, monster homes built, staying empty, and all of that escalates the prices," Carr said. "This is a crisis in Vancouver."

Not everybody agrees, however.

Some other Shaughnessy residents said they believed the homeowner should have a right to demolish or build on their own private property.

"I generally believe that people should be able to build a home that suits them," Richard Younker, who also lives in the area, said.

"I think that, if people have the money and the wherewithal to want to change a home, that they be able to do so."

With files from CTV Vancouver



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Death toll of April Stockholm truck attack rises to 5 after woman dies

    World News CTV News
    STOCKHOLM - A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five. The Stockholm police said in a statement the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalized in southern Sweden. Source
  • British police say they've foiled active terrorist plot

    World News CBC News
    British police said on Friday they had thwarted an active terrorism plot after a woman was shot during an armed raid on a house in north London. Armed counterterrorism officers using CS gas stormed a house in the Willesden area of the capital on Thursday evening which had been under surveillance, shooting a woman in her 20s. Source
  • Sweden truck attack death toll climbs to 5 after woman's death

    World News CBC News
    Swedish authorities say a woman in her 60s injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, raising the death toll to five. In a statement Friday, the Stockholm police said the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalized in southern Sweden. Source
  • Peaceful demonstrations held at UC Berkeley as Ann Coulter is a no-show

    World News CTV News
    BERKELEY, Calif. - Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. Source
  • South Korea hits back after Trump says country has to pay for THAAD

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Contradicting U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea said Friday it has no plan to renegotiate a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., or to pay for the U.S. missile defence system being deployed on its territory. Source
  • Witness says execution of 4th inmate in 8 days in Arkansas was problematic

    World News CBC News
    Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Source
  • Human rights group demands India prosecute 'cow protectors'

    World News CTV News
    NEW DELHI - A human rights group has expressed concern over rising brutal attacks in India by self-appointed "cow protectors" against Muslims and lower castes over rumours that they sold, bought or killed cows for beef. Source
  • South Korea baffled by Trump comments on missile defence, trade

    World News CBC News
    Contradicting U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea said Friday it has no plan to renegotiate a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., or to pay for the U.S. missile defence system being deployed on its territory. Source
  • Secret jail discovered in Philippine police station

    World News CTV News
    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine police relieved a station chief and his staff on Friday after human rights representatives discovered a secret jail cell inside the Manila station where a dozen detainees complained they were being held for extortion. Source
  • Arkansas completes execution schedule, kills 4th person in 8 days

    World News CTV News
    VARNER, Ark. - Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. Source