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SFU Public Square presents: City Conversations—March 15

March 15, 2018

Is B.C. the Wild West? Housing Loans, Money Laundering, Numbered Companies, and More

Private individuals, including known drug dealers, loan money to home purchasers, charging interest as high as 120 percent a year. In a single month, thirteen million dollars in $20 bills flowed through a provincially licensed casino. Companies whose names are strings of numbers, with no identifiable owners of record, buy and sell billions of dollars worth of properties. Real estate agents flip houses without the owners’ knowledge.

Is British Columbia the Wild West of illegal and irresponsible activities in Canada? Do these questionable practices exist within crown corporations and other provincial ministries? How do we stop this?

Our guides along this trail of questionable practices are Kathy Tomlinson, investigative reporter for The Globe and Mail, and Dr. Peter German, President of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. Then it’s your turn to ask questions, express your opinions and make observations.

Seating, as usual, will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early. Don’t forget your lunch!

When: 12:30–1:30 PM | Thursday, March 15, 2018


Room 2270
515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus

No reservations, but come a bit early to be sure of a seat. 

This SFU City Conversation is a presentation of SFU Public Square, sponsored by SFU Vancouver and SFU's City Program.

As a reminder, from here on forward, SFU City Conversations will be a monthly event, taking place on the third Thursday of each month. But, don’t worry, we will always remind you! If you are not already, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all things City Conversations.