The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the health-care system that leave those without identification documents vulnerable.
People looking for a potential partners online highly value a sense of humour but immigrants struggle with local jokes.
Without sufficient safe shelter space and universal testing, cities are forcing homeless people into encampments, limiting their ability to stay safe and violating international human rights laws.
During COVID-19, boarded-up storefronts host various new types of inspirational, informational and decorative murals that should be read critically as representing political agendas for the future.
A public inquiry into money laundering underway in British Columbia holds out hope for reform, but the problems run deep.
It's time to tackle the shortage of public housing head-on, rather than skirt around the problem. Public housing is the single most cost-effective way to turn around the rise in homelessness.
In 1914, a ship carrying more than 300 immigrants from India wasn't allowed to dock in Vancouver. A new mural tells an unverified story about Indigenous paddlers bringing food to the stranded ship.
Combining big data sources about bike-share trips with anonymized data from traditional survey research can best capture who is using bike-share programs.
A literary scholar from British Columbia offers some of her favourite "left coast" summer reads.
People on the minimum wage can afford only 2% of private rentals and only 1% if on the pension. Affordable housing requirements are often mandatory overseas, but Victoria is relying on negotiation.
The number of seniors experiencing homelessness in Vancouver has increased in recent years, according to the city’s Homeless Count.
Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants.
Buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Efforts to reduce emissions should no longer be voluntary.
It's easy to over-estimate crowding and traffic in highly visible downtown cores and underestimate the vast growth happening in the suburban edges of our metropolitan regions.
Cities overseas that have been able to overcome the affordable housing challenges facing cities like Melbourne have adopted a coordinated and systemic approach to scaling up solutions that work.
Rapacious gentrification in Vancouver is part of the story and struggle for queer residents but queer pop-ups offer some respite.
Vancouver lost out to Calgary as Canada's most livable city this year. Why? Is it the high cost of housing or is it the city's 'neighbourhood first' method that sometimes creates business instability?
Low-income women suffer evictions and violence in Canada's most "livable" cities.
Canada's millennials want to own homes in the country's most expensive cities, Toronto and Vancouver. Here's how they're managing to do so, but is it sustainable?
Canada's National Housing Strategy leaves a large segment of the population that must find a way to afford housing in the private market. More initiatives are needed to help first-time home buyers.