Headlines: May 7th, 2019

Caden Fanshaw, Tiana Mohebi/ May 7, 2019

New report shows 1 in 3 Modern Family Homeowners Prioritize Transit-Friendly Neighbourhoods

A report released today by the Mustel Group and Sotheby’s International Realty Canada shed light on the growing trend of transit friendliness for young homebuyers.

The report states that there’s a dominant trend in young families buying homes in close proximity to transit options. The report highlights 28% of young families had transit-friendliness in their top three priorities when choosing a home.

More importantly, this 28% defeats the mere 17% of young homebuyers who purchase homes based on car convienience.

Young Canadian homebuyers consider ways of transit like this metro train when choosing a home.

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An aerial view from King George in Surrey, BC.

(CIty of Surrey)

Surrey Mayor’s State of the City Address

This morning, Surrey mayor Doug McCallum spoke out about his top priorities for the city in the upcoming year. The two hot topics of discussion McCallum covered were SkyTrain expansion and police force changes.

He says he hopes that by 2021, SkyTrain expansions into Newton and South Surrey could possibly begin.

McCallum continues pushing for the switch from RCMP to a municipal police force despite no formal application to do so.

Aside from these major topics, the mayor is also hoping to invest in a world-class track & field stadium at Bear Creek Park and also have no retail marijuana sales.

District of North Vancouver moves one step closer to a plastic straw ban

City councillors unanimously voted Monday night to investigate the ban of single use plastics like plastic bags and straws.

Councillor Megan Curren led the charge to implement the ban, which could now be a few months away.

This motion comes after the City of Vancouver took a vote to ban straws last year however, recently the city put the plan on hold to allow businesses more time to make the switch.

Plastics Europe, one of the world’s largest plastic producers, reports that in 2015, the world was producing 322 million tons of plastic.