Morning Headlines – November 28th

Graham Cox / November 28, 2018

Condos in Vancouver along False Creek in downtown.
(blazzzinred / jaybanks.ca)

Survey indicates Vancouver rent is continuing to rise

The recent Rental Market Survey from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows that rent in Vancouver is on the rise while vacancy rates remain near 1%.

In the report, CMHC said the average apartment increased by 6.2%, which is more than the allowable 4.0% in British Columbia. This number includes increases for both existing tenants and units that turned over.

The survey also stressed that the vacancy rates remain low because there is a strong demand resulting from low unemployment rates and a strong local economy.

According to the report, British Columbia had the highest rent increase across Canada, while Vancouver’s average rental cost for two-bedroom units topped the list as well.

Mother and infant killed in reported grizzly bear attack in Yukon

Yukon RCMP are investigating a suspected grizzly attack that left Valerie Theoret and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, dead.

Gjermund Roesholt, Theoret’s and father of Adele, was out checking a trap near their remote cabin in the Einarson Laker area when he was charged by a grizzly bear. He said he shot and killed the bear then returned to the cabin, where he found the bodies.

Authorities said it appeared the mother and child had been out for a walk when the incident occurred.

Members of the Twitter community tweeted that Theoret was a teacher on maternity leave, describing her as ‘inspiring.’

Cabins along the edge of Einarson Lake, the area of the suspected grizzly bear attack
(Ross River)

Mobile devices across Canada will be triggered for an emergency alert test
(Pixabay)

National public alert test set to reach devices across Canada

Canada is once again testing its national public alert system at 1:55 pm PST on Wednesday.

Alert Ready is the organization that is trigging the alert, sending it to TV, radio, and wireless devices. Officials have said that not every device will receive the alert for a variety of reasons including cell tower coverage and device compatibility.

Alert Ready has also said that if you have specific questions about alerts they are best directed towards your service provider.

The last time this system was tested back in May, there were several glitches and failures across the country.