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Hefty fines recommended for bad B.C. Realtors

VANCOUVER – A panel struck to restore faith in British Columbia’s besieged real estate industry is calling for hefty fines of up to $500,000 for misconduct and measures to end aggressive sales tactics.

The advisory group was launched by the Real Estate Council of B.C. in February amid allegations that some agents were deceiving clients to rack up commissions and inflate prices in Metro Vancouver’s overheated housing market.

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The panel released a sweeping report on Tuesday with 28 recommendations, including that the province hike maximum misconduct fines to $250,000 for individual Realtors and $500,000 for brokerages — a significant increase from current maximum fines of $10,000 and $20,000.

Carolyn Rogers, the superintendent of real estate, chaired the advisory group. She said it didn’t examine affordability, but skyrocketing prices have impacted the council’s role as a regulator and the recommendations addressed that issue.

“Any time there is extreme price fluctuation, you have people who rush into the market who try and make a quick buck,” she told a news conference.

“The regulatory regime for real estate services was designed for people who buy and sell homes, not people who are buying and selling investments. That is a different market. It requires different regulatory rules, approaches and powers.”

The real estate council is the industry-funded body that oversees licensed agents. It’s made up of 14 industry members and three government appointees, but the panel recommended the portion of non-industry members be increased to 50 per cent.

The panel also called for a ban on agents representing buyers and sellers in the same transaction, for any profits received from misconduct to be returned to the client, and for a confidential whistleblower hotline.

Rogers said the panel often began meetings by discussing predatory sales tactics they had seen, such as Realtors approaching homeowners on their property. It recommended council increase efforts to end marketing practices that target vulnerable people, particularly seniors and immigrants.

Executive officer Robert Fawcett said the council has established a committee to implement the 21 recommendations that were directed to it.

“For many British Columbians, buying or selling a home is the biggest financial transaction they will make in their lives,” he said. “They count on real estate professionals to provide them with the information, guidance and advice they can trust.”

The province is responsible for the remaining seven recommendations. Finance Minister Michael de Jong said actions to strengthen consumer protection would be announced Wednesday.

“The report is a comprehensive examination of the practices and challenges plaguing the real estate industry right now, and paints a troubling picture,” he said.

The panel also examined the role of the province’s 11 private real estate boards. The overlapping functions of the boards and the council have caused public confusion, and the council should take sole responsibility for investigating misconduct, the report said.

Dan Morrison, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, said he welcomed all the recommendations, especially the opportunity to clarify the role of the boards.

“The differences between what we do as a real estate board and what the council does — the better job we can do of making that clear to everybody, the better off we’ll both be.”

The advisory group didn’t consider the issue of self-regulation. Rogers said the decision to take away self-regulation rests with the province, but she’s confident the recommendations will create a more independent council.

David Eby, the provincial NDP’s housing critic, called the document an “incredibly damning” report into a failed regulator and demanded an end to self-regulation of the industry.

“When you add it all together, it is no surprise that they have recommended the near wholesale replacement of the board,” he said. “I am surprised that they didn’t come to the inevitable conclusion, which is that self-regulation has failed here.”

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Canadians will be consulted on first new housing strategy in decades: housing minister

VICTORIA – Canada’s housing minister says he and his provincial and territorial counterparts are working toward the country’s first national housing strategy in four decades.

Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday that Canadians will have their say on a long-term strategy for the country through online consultations and other means.

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Discussions involving Indigenous communities and housing experts will be convened by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in the summer and early fall, when the ministers will meet again, the group said in a joint statement.

READ MORE: Federal government announces $150 million for B.C. affordable housing

Duclos said the ministers settled on an agenda to build a national housing strategy.

“No one government can address those housing needs alone,” he said. “Today is a demonstration that we are there to listen and address the housing needs that Canadians have frankly expressed over the last few months and last few years.”

Duclos, who is also responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., was drowned out by chanting protesters earlier Tuesday when he invited himself to a homeless rights rally in Victoria.

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About two dozen protesters demanded to know the Liberal government’s plan to build more social housing across the country.

Duclos said he wanted to hear people’s views on housing and homelessness but the crowd yelled, “Trudeau lies, people die.”

“I’m here exactly for the same reasons as you are here,” said Duclos, who appeared to be on a lunch break when he walked up to the protesters who gathered outside of a hotel where the ministers were meeting.

Ivan Drury of the Alliance Against Displacement said homelessness is at record levels across Canada and the protesters are calling on the federal government to build 77,000 units of social housing every year.

READ MORE: Feds being asked to rethink how Canada counts, tracks homeless

He spoke into a microphone in front of Duclos.

“How much money are you giving to social housing?” said Drury. “The Liberals aren’t building any social housing. It’s a lie.”

Duclos said the federal government is spending $2.3 billion on housing over the next two years, which includes social, transition, shelter, market and homeless housing.

He complimented the protesters for their passion and energy before walking away amid the chants.

The protest coincided with a B.C. Supreme Court hearing Tuesday to shut down a homeless camp at Victoria’s courthouse though a judge has reserved his decision.

Patrik Laine to miss Winnipeg Jets Development Camp

WINNIPEG —; The Winnipeg Jets unveiled the roster for next week’s Development Camp and one notable name was missing.

The Jets recent second overall draft pick Patrik Laine will not take part in any of the on-ice activities after undergoing what the Jets called “minor surgery on his knee” earlier this month following the NHL Combine.

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34 players will suit up for the five-day camp. St. Adolphe’s Austin Lotz is one of five goalies who will attend. First round draft pick Logan Stanley will be there, as will third and fourth round picks Luke Green and Jacob Cederholm. In addition to Laine, recent sixth round draft pick Mikhail Berdin is also not on the roster.

U.S. College sensation Kyle Connor will skate after signing with the Jets at the conclusion of his season. Axel Blomqvist, Brendan Lemieux, Michael Spacek, Jack Roslovic, Jiri Fronk and Jimmy Lodge are also among the 18 forwards who will attend.

RELATED: ‘He’s going to be a special player’ Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele on new teammate Patrik Laine

The roster is broken into two different groups. Camp opens on July 3 and includes an intrasquad game on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00pm at the MTS Iceplex. Tickets for the game will cost $10.

2016 Winnipeg Jets Development Camp Schedule (MTS Iceplex)

Sunday, July 3 – Group B 1:15pm – Group A 2:30pm

Monday, July 4 – Group A & B – 9:45am

Tuesday, July 5 – Intrasquad Game 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 6 – Group B 10:15am – Group A 11:30am

Thursday, July 7 – Group A & B – 10:30am

Development Camp Roster

GOALTENDERS: (Group A) Eric Brassard, Brett Magnus; (Group B) Nick Kassoff, Austin Lotz, Olivier Mantha

DEFENCEMEN: (A) Jack Glover, Jan Kostalek, Alec McCrea, Tucker Poolman, Corey Schueneman, Logan Stanley; (B) Jacob Cederholm, Luke Green, Sami Niku, Nelson Nogier, Justin Woods

FORWARDS: (A) Mason Appleton, Axel Blomqvist, Kyle Connor, Matteo Gennaro, Jansen Harkins, Brendan Lemieux, Michael Spacek, Jordy Stallard; (B) Jack Roslovic, Scott Davidson, Erik Foley, C.J. Franklin, Jiri Fronk, Jimmy Lodge, Tom Marchin, Jacob Pritchard, Louie Rowe, Matt Ustaski

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: June 2016

Every day on Global Regina at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format and at least 920 pixels wide.

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tami Dirks.

June 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Stephanie Styles.

June 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of a red-winged blackbird by Paul Godfrey.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of a Clydesdale horse by Kayla Weber out in Waldheim, Sask.

June 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Patuanak, Sask. by Anton Larivière.

June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Balgonie, Sask. by Kayla Brennan.

June 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Derek Sylvestre at Lac La Loche, Sask.

June 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Stacey Dupuis at Estevan, Sask.

June 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Joy Flaman of a Blue Heron at Moosomin Lake, Sask.

June 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Josh Kowerchuk in Maidstone, Sask.

June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rhyland Cottingham.

June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Marissa Alarcon of Cochin, Sask.

June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Regina by Grant Sloan.

June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Bethune, Sask. by Tara Langlois.

June 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pearl LaRiviere.

June 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by our videographer, Dave Parsons in Regina, Sask.

June 24th: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Lillestrom, Sask. by Juan Cardama.

June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a moose cooling off was taken by Kirsten Morin.

June 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Echo Lake, Sask. by Larry Hubich.

June 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Bethune, Sask. by John McKay.


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Canadian cattle industry says Mexico lifting ban is ‘satisfying’

Mexico’s lifting of a more than decade-long ban on some cattle imports will mean a big boost to Canadian exports, said the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

“When we get our production levels back up to where they used to be, we can be doing $250 million a year or more into the Mexican market, no problem,” said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations at the association.

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    Mexico imposed a ban on Canadian beef imports in 2003 over fears of mad cow disease, and while some restrictions were lifted within a year, a ban on cattle over 30 months old is still in place.

    In the two years before the ban, Canada exported around $270 million to $290 million of beef to Mexico, with cattle over 30 months of age making up close to a quarter of the total.

    Meanwhile, Canadian beef exports to Mexico averaged $136 million annually between 2011 and 2015.

    Masswohl said Tuesday’s announcement that the Mexican government would lift the ban on Oct. 1 will mean Canada’s exports to the country can rebound.

    He said it also ends one of the few remaining global trade restrictions related to mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

    “It’s satisfying that something that you’ve worked on for years and years to finally be achieved,” said Masswohl. “We’ve been trying to get rid of all the BSE trade restrictions in all the markets, and it’s getting down to be a pretty short list of what’s left now.”

    He said Taiwan and China are the remaining holdouts, though China does allow some younger boneless beef imports.