By Kieran Leavitt StarMetro Edmonton Mon., Jan. 21, 2019 EDMONTON—The latest battle in Alberta is being fought over a basement suite. An Ottawa lawyer ignited a social-media firestorm Friday when he tweeted out allegations that UCP leader Jason Kenney had claimed his mother’s retirement home as his primary residence while working as an MP in Ottawa—and collecting government subsidies as a result—but didn’t actually live there. Lawyer and political activist Kyle Morrow tweeted out several documents that he said raised questions about Kenney’s mother’s retirement village bungalow at Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence in south Calgary, which the longtime politician claimed as his primary residence from 2013 to 2015. Both the UCP and Kenney have strongly denied the allegations, saying Kenney stayed in the finished basement of his widowed mother’s bungalow in order to help out while in town. “Jason … [Read more...] about What you need to know about the residency allegations made against Jason Kenney
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By David Barstow The New York Times Susanne Craig Russ Buettner Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 President Donald Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But The Times’ investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million (U.S.) from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day. Much of this money came to Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts … [Read more...] about Donald Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father, investigation reveals
Los Angeles county is close to building one backyard unit for the homeless as part of its $550,000 pilot program, but the remaining units could be further behind. Despite interest from both landlords and homeless residents, the county faces a number of logistical and legal barriers. While the county continues its efforts, the city is looking to secure funding for its own backyard pilot program. Los Angeles sits at the epicenter of California’s homelessness crisis. In the last six years, homelessness has risen by 75% across most of LA county, while the city itself has more homeless residents than Seattle and San Francisco combined. As the state directs more attention to solving this problem through affordable housing, LA has ramped up its own efforts to house the unsheltered. One of the latest, and most innovative, solutions is the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or small, secondary units located on a residential property … [Read more...] about People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis.
SOME 15 years ago, Koh Libong off the Trang coast in Thailand’s southwest, was often unable to accommodate even the relatively small number of tourists that visited. Fortunately for them, the local residents were generous enough to offer their own homes for them to bed down. And so what began as lending a helping hand evolved into the Libong Island Tourism Homestay group. Prachum Charoenrit, then a member of Koh Libong’s Subdistrict Administrative Organisation, remembers the early days well. Back then, the island had a single resort with a capacity for 60 people and a regulation that banned construction on land without title deeds, explains Prachum, who is today the village head of Moo 4, Ban Batu Pute. “It was fairly chaotic during the high season. We let visitors stay at our houses and eat with us,” the 42-year-old village head says with a smile, adding that after discussion, the villagers decided to form a homestay group. … [Read more...] about Living like a local
By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Fri., May 18, 2018 Stephen Hertel and husband Daniel Rawlins were in the market for a house but couldn’t come close to affording what they wanted in Toronto. So they joined a growing number of first-time urban buyers, and they kept driving — right past the suburbs — all the way to cottage country. The four-seasons lakefront cottage they bought in October on Moore Lake near Minden for about $500,000, has a finished basement, a double-car garage, a gourmet kitchen and a dock. Only about 150 metres off a plowed road, it has internet and satellite. “We looked at houses in Toronto, and we left the downtown core. We went east of the Don Valley. We just couldn’t afford it. We couldn’t get anything for less than $800,000. Even then there was a bidding war,” he said. Hertel, 49, who works four days on and four days off as a campus cop at the University of Toronto, and Rawlins, 44, a … [Read more...] about Why priced-out city-dwellers are eyeing cottage country instead