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Linked: A Housing Speculation Tax and Transportation Funding, Sept 18

September 18, 2014

The two hot issues in the Lower Mainland are the cost of housing, and how to fund Translink. Some argue for a tax on non-resident buyers of housing that flip their units for profit. Indeed, many new condos are marketed in Hong Kong which, ironically, taxes such practices there. Might such a tax help fund Translink, which provides public transit and major road operations in Metro Vancouver?

In 2011, the Black Press newspapers Surrey and North Delta Leader made this 'radical proposal' in an editorial. Is it time to resurrect that innovative idea? Chris Bryan, Editor, Burnaby NewsLeader & New Westminster NewsLeader, and SFU City Program Director Gordon Price will start a conversation exploring the possibilities and challenges. Then it's your turn to question and comment. It's a conversation, and you are part of it. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.

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