Monthly Archives: October 2015

Unwanted Population Growth in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC is a beautiful city ringed by mountains and rainforests, bordered by beaches right on the Pacific Ocean, and filled with modern architecture. The population of this popular city is expected to grow by 30,000 people a year or by 1.2 million people by 2041. The only problem is, most of the city’s residents dont want it to grow.

Connor BaldwinAccording to a recent poll by the Canadian Association for Canadian Studies, 93% of Vancouverites feel that their city is either too big already or just the right size. This could be a problem as there are no restrictions on where new immigrants can live in Canada, so most of them move to the big cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

Vancouver already has a very dense population, with over 65% of the city dedicated to residential housing. New development is projected to add capacity for about 250,000 new residents, far less than how many are projected to move there.

Another issue is housing costs. Already living costs are comparable to large cities like New York City and London. With the upsurge in immigration surpassing new development, those costs are sure to rise. It is understandable, then, why so many residents of this large metro area are reluctant to welcome new residents. The only issue now is if the government of Canada will listen to these concerns and act accordingly or continue to let new people in unrestricted.

Connor Baldwin is a resident of Vancouver who works for a mountain sports firm in public relations. He loves to discover the natural beauty of his home province of British Columbia.

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Posted by on October 14, 2015 in Connor Baldwin



Wildlife Native to Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, British Columbia is home to a large variety of wildlife. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting wildlife that are native to this Canadian province.

Connor BaldwinThe Kermode Bear – known for its white fur, this bear is actually a species of black bear. The white fur is caused by a recessive gene, similar to the one that causes blue eyes in humans. These bears only reside in the temperate rainforests off the coast of British Columbia in Canada. Like black bears, they hibernate during the winter. They also shed their thick white fur each spring. Their diet consists of plants, berries, and the salmon that are plentiful in the streams around their habitat.

The Canada Lynx – these interesting cats look like a large housecat on stilts. They have broad faces, long legs, and fur that resembles a beard. They have broad, flat paws that are well-adapted to walking in the snowy areas in which they reside. They are normally found in forested areas all across Canada. They are very territorial and the males are often only seen among other lynxes during mating season. Not swift runners, they mostly hunt at night and use stealth to catch their prey. That have natural predators, but their biggest threat is from trappers who prize the cats for their fur.

The Wolverine – wolverines are not actually related to wolves at all. Their closest relatives are weasels. They have tiny eyes and short round ears and a small round face. Though small, these creatures have powerful jaws and claws that they use for hunting and scaring away predators. They live in remote tundra regions and forests, preferring to stay secluded. Opportunistic eaters, they will hunt mammals as small as mice to as big as caribou. Often, instead of hunting, they will try to scare away larger predators like bears in order to score a meal.

Connor Baldwin lives in Vancouver, BC where he takes an active interest in the native wildlife of the area. He works in public relations for a mountain sports firm

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in News, Sports