Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Housing-Crisis)

The B-C government is cracking down on tax evasion in the condominium market as part of its measures to ease the province's housing crisis.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says proposed legislation would also give municipalities stronger zoning tools to protect and improve the supply of rental housing.

Developers will be required to collect and report buyer information on the purchases of pre-sale condominiums, to ensure the proper amount of tax is paid when the units are sold.

Finance Minister Carole James says the prices of pre-sale condominiums can be inflated by those who buy and sell the properties without ever living in them or paying capital gains tax. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Pedestrian-Struck-VPD)

A Vancouver police spokesman says members of the public should be aware of potential dangers when they're out and about.

Sergeant Jason Robillard (row-bee-arr) says there's no way to predict when a vehicle might enter a public space, like the van that drove onto a Toronto sidewalk yesterday, killing 10 people.

He says police have been working with city staff to create permanent barriers to protect crowds from vehicle attacks, and they also have operational plans prepared in case of such an attack.

Robillard says people should pay attention to what's going on around them -- whether they're walking on a public street or inside a restaurant -- and should call police if they see something suspicious. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Parole-Appeal)

A decision that denies parole to a sexual offender in B-C who has been in prison for almost two decades has been upheld by the Parole Board of Canada's appeal division.

Adam Laboucan became the country's youngest dangerous offender in 1999.

He was 17 when he was handed an indeterminate prison sentence for sexually assaulting a three-month-old boy in Quesnel.

Laboucan -- who now identifies as female and goes by the name Tara Desousa -- was denied parole in November after the board said it was concerned she was unable to manage her anger. …

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