Fact-checking Vancouver’s Swamp Drainers

Swampy facts: the dark, broken, and ugly side of housing talk in Vancouver.

Nathan Lauster Jens von Bergmann

11 minute read

Down south of the border, a politician who shall remain nameless campaigned on “draining the swamp” of Washington D.C., trafficked in countless conspiracies, and lied his way into office. His lies painted a picture of a United States turned dark, corrupt and menacing. He promised to fix it, Making American Great Again, mostly by shutting down globalization and kicking out the immigrants. In Canada, we like to think we’re immune to this kind of rhetoric.

Aboriginal overrepresentation in correctional services and police checks

The long legacy of Canadian aboriginal relations

Jens von Bergmann

4 minute read

In the past weeks I got interested in several news stories on aboriginal youth admissions to correctional services, adult incarceration rates and frequency of getting carded. I have this habit that when something interests me I go grab the original data and take a look myself. Having done this three times on related issues within a fairly short timeframe I decided to throw my code snippets together into a blog post.

Interprovincial Migration

Playing with the cansim package to access and process NDM data.

Jens von Bergmann

3 minute read

CANSIM switched over to the New Dissemination Model (NDM) this past weekend. What this means is that we now have better organized CANSIM data. Yay. But it also broke my R package to easily access and process cansim data. Not so yay. Luckily it was an easy fix to switch things over to the NDM, and the cleaning of data gets even easier. And I also build in functionality to access tables through the old trusty cansim numbers.

Teardowns and Emissions

Analysing the impact of Vancouver's teardown cycle on carbon emissions.

Jens von Bergmann

15 minute read

Demolitions Middle Finger

Last year we took a detailed look at Single Family teardowns in Vancouver, that is houses in RS or “Single Family” zoning that got torn down. We focused exclusively on those homes in RS zoning because these have to be replaced by another, often bigger, Single Family home. Using historical data we build a probabilistic model to predict future teardowns in Vancouver. If you haven’t taken the time yet to read through the data story, you probably should do that right now.

Real Estate Industry

Digging through NAICS definitions.

Jens von Bergmann

5 minute read

I keep seeing people circulate claims of the type: The Real Estate Industry makes up x% of British Columbia’s GDP, and apparently I am the last person left that doesn’t know what that actually means. So I decided it’s time for me to catch up. Yesterday I saw a chart that came with a source, a good opportunity to sit down and reproduce it to figure out what the “Real Estate Industry” is, or in this case how to measure the “Addiction to Housing Boom”.