Letters to the Province, January 13, 2022: Historic Art Deco Boardroom Restoration: An Inspiring Story

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Re: A historic Art Deco boardroom adds a unique touch to Vancouver’s gleaming new tower

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John Mackie’s article was a very nice distraction on the cover of The Province last week. Congratulations, that project required teamwork. A vision, a family historian, plus a guy who must be an incredible craftsman. Ryan Bahris of Extraordinary Contracting League.

I’ve never heard of Bahris before, but I’m glad his input and talents were a big part of the article. Given the way we build things today where materials are delivered in such a way that they simply need to be assembled, it’s nice to know that the talents that Bahris has are still around.

When I was in high school in the 1960s, there was a singular push to make sure you went to college. Society seemed to value that more than going to trade school. Who doesn’t have total admiration for a person who shows up at their home or office and is a highly skilled craftsman?

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Thanks again John Mackie

Dave Watt, West Vancouver

Another tax

Re: UBC professor’s report says tax on homes over $1 million could be key to making housing more affordable

The cost to build a home is essentially the “fire sale price” in a remote home sale, since no one would sell for less than the cost to build. Perhaps instead of the “UBC/CMHC brainiacs” finding new ways to increase homeowner costs, they should turn their attention to municipal fees that drive up the cost of construction. In Vancouver, studies indicate that municipal fees exceed $250,000 for construction, all going back to the government. Why not set your sights on these taxpayers?

Instead, they call housing an investment with the hyperbole of stealing from future generations, etc., and sanitize it by calling it “price” instead of “tax”, which is what it is. Face it, most homes in Vancouver are valued at over $1 million, so it’s just another tax that almost all homeowners will pay.

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Homes are subject to property, speculation, vacancy and property purchase taxes each time a home is sold, as well as a tax on luxury homes. The taxes, which are paid in after-tax dollars, are forcing people out of their homes. Our houses are a protection against poverty in our old age because we know that CPP/OEA is not enough to feed us and pay a mortgage. And now they think another tax will cool the market. Why not eliminate all the taxes that they have created and that have not worked before accumulating more?

The reason people invest in their homes, and we need to live somewhere, is because we don’t have the gold-plated pensions that these bureaucrats have to support us in old age. It is our home, not an investment.

Fran Berry, Vancouver


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