The effect, as mapped by Andy Yan of Bing Thom Architects:
A cause(?), as laid out by Sam Cooper and Dan Fumano of The Province (go read it all):
In late December 2014 Vancouver realtor Liang Ming Wei walked into the frenetic dining hall of Floata in Chinatown.
With hundreds of diners and waiters racing around with steaming plates of dim sum, the Keefer Street restaurant was perfect for an obscure transfer.
Wei had arranged for three million yuan to be deposited in a Chinese bank and transferred to a Richmond currency exchange. Exchange owner Tony Xu called Wei and told the realtor his client’s cash had arrived and it was converted to $521,470 Canadian.
It was 10 times the legal amount individuals are allowed to transfer from China. And it was 50 times over the $10,000 limit that must be reported under Canada’s anti-money-laundering laws...
So, what do you think our fine Premier and her wizards will come up with as a 'top priority' on this file in their upcoming budget (and don't forget that Ms. Taylor will be in the room when the sausage is made this time)?