British Columbia This Week

What to Expect

With two shootings, one in Langley and another in Whistler, occurring this week, look to the Liberals to continue to make law and order an issue. Leader Kevin Falcon has previously accused the NDP of overseeing a “catch and release” justice system. Premier Horgan felt the need to get ahead of the issue, releasing a statement on the Langley shootings in which he and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said their “thoughts are with the victims of the horrific shootings” as well as condemning the “senseless act of violence against members of our community.”

The Week That Was

B.C. has signed an agreement with the Shxwhá:y Village to support cannabis economic development as allowed by section 119 of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

The Speculation and Vacancy Tax will be expanded to communities experiencing significant housing shortages that are located near already existing taxable areas.

As an additional effort to protect potential homebuyers, the province will be establishing a three-day protection period that will allow prospective buyers time to take important steps such as securing financial backing and conduct inspections, effective January 1, 2023. The protection period will also include a rescission (cancellation) fee of 0.25 per cent of the purchase price, or $250 for every $100,000, if the prospective buyer were to back out of the deal.

As with other provinces, B.C. is dedicating more focus to agriculture technology and innovation and is establishing a centre for Agritech Innovation with an investment of $6.5 million over a three-year period.

B.C. police issued multiple emergency alerts on Monday after the shootings in Langley and cautioned residents in the following areas deemed most at risk to public safety:

  • 200 Street and the Langley Bypass
  • Cascades Casino on Fraser Highway and 204 Street
  • The Langley bus loop at Logan Avenue and Glover Road

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