Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail

Frances Bula

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Recent articles by Frances:

Vancouver’s vacancy tax is capturing some of the wrong people

Many Vancouver property owners complain the vacancy tax is too rigid, too broad and too punitive → Read More

Critics pan police report estimating money spent on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Vancouver police are calling for a new body to oversee, scrutinize and co-ordinate all the social services that go into the Downtown Eastside, but among the many critics of the report were the provincial Public Safety Minister, and Vancouver’s new mayor → Read More

B.C. farmland crusader calls it a career after 51 years on Richmond city council

Since first being elected to council in 1968, Harold Steves has earned praise from opponents and supporters alike for his conservation and environmental work → Read More

Vancouver council prioritizes hiring police officers, psychiatric nurses to tackle prolific crime

New mayor’s chief of staff says plan to hire 100 new police officers, 100 new psychiatric nurses will require co-ordination with the province, Vancouver Coastal Health and the city’s police department → Read More

Vancouver has an affordable-housing problem. Can Vienna’s success offer solutions?

Implementing European affordable-housing models in Canada would require overcoming global economic challenges and all the unique obstacles that are particular to this country → Read More

RCMP officer killed after stabbing in Burnaby, B.C.

The province’s Independent Investigations Office has also been called in → Read More

Vancouver mayor-elect Ken Sim prioritizing hiring police officers and mental health nurses

Sims says there will be no decisions about next year’s budget or tax increases until Vancouver’s financial documents are thoroughly vetted → Read More

B.C. voters choose change as new mayors elected across the province

More than 36 incumbent mayors have lost elections in cities across B.C., signalling an impatience on key issues of public safety and housing affordability → Read More

New wave of millennial candidates enter civic politics

These young suburban politicians aren’t shy about talking about their hopes for more densely packed housing and lots of transit → Read More

Voters queue up across British Columbia to cast ballots in local elections

Some races have been hotly contested, including those in Vancouver and Surrey, as well as in Victoria where incumbent mayor Lisa Helps is not running again → Read More

Homelessness dominates challenges facing Vancouver’s park board candidates

Tough issues await the winners of the seven park-board seats, a job that pays $18,743.38 a year and has become gruelling and fractious → Read More

Vancouver heads to the polls on Oct. 15. A guide to parties’ platforms

Find out where the parties stand on issues such as housing, public order, mental health and drug supply ahead of the Oct. 15 vote → Read More

Ballot confusion ahead for Vancouver voters in upcoming municipal election

Confused Vancouver voters have been trying to navigate an increasingly Byzantine election and figure out what kind of council they want → Read More

Vancouver tent encampment leaves city to figure out better way to confront housing crisis

Many tents are still on Hastings Street, and the goal of keeping all sidewalks clear hasn’t been reached, but tensions have eased as the city appears to take a different approach → Read More

Vancouver mayoral candidates at odds over how to help mentally ill and homeless residents

The move toward wading into funding health services seems to be the dominant view among Vancouver’s mayoral candidates → Read More

What happens to public art when it’s no longer wanted?

In the 1970s, Vancouver buildings filled up with paintings, murals, mosaics, tapestries, and even statues. But some of it disappeared, and no one seems to know where → Read More

Several Vancouver developers say they have been asked to contribute to Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s re-election campaign

Several prominent Vancouver developers confirm Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s campaign has asked them to solicit donations on his behalf, with fundraising targets specified for them → Read More

Housing platforms the election issue in Vancouver in October

It is unclear what any of Vancouver’s mayoral candidates will be able to do regarding housing, since there is no guarantee any of them will get the council votes to pass new policies → Read More

Federal loan of $1.4-billion key to keeping Indigenous development all rentals, co-developer says

Others in the development industry also say it seems likely the giant Senakw development by the Squamish Nation would have had to reduce the number of rentals without the loan, which was announced Tuesday → Read More

CMHC offers largest loan ever to B.C. First Nation condo project

Ottawa pledges loan of $1.4-billion to help a Vancouver-area First Nation build rental apartments, but experts say it’s being offered under rules that would allow rents that are too high to be called affordable → Read More