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Can you believe that in 2022 that Racist language exists on the titles for properties located all over British Columbia? This racist information, or rather title charges on the ownership papers for properties has existed for decades and has been known about for decades and is still out there.

Today's post is about this outrageous fact that in 2022 we still have language like this on the ownership papers of properties across British Columbia. While it is not on every property and the majority of them don't have that many still do. We're going to chat all about this. And more on today’s post. So if you're with me, let's get into it!

So this whole notion of racist charges on the titles of property in British Columbia just came back into light about a week or so ago when the news caught wind of a young lady who has a family in West Vancouver and some language that she stumbled across on the title of her property. While she knew it was there, she was aware of it when she bought the property. This lady is of Asian descent, which is a direct contravention of exactly what.

It says on the title of the property that she owns. Now, these racist charges haven't been enforceable since about 1978. But let's get into what the problem is and how they ended up there.

In the first place, while this derogatory and terrible language on the charges of people's titles are all across British Columbia, there was or is one area in particular that seems to have a much more concentrated amount of them, and that is the British properties in West Vancouver. If you've never heard of the British Properties, it's really quite an interesting story.

It's got to do with the Guinness Beer Company. Yes, the Guinness Beer Company helping pay for the Lions Gate Bridge connecting downtown Vancouver into West Vancouver in exchange for some very premium property which at that time wasn't developed. If you want to learn all about that story, which is really interesting, I have linked it below in the description. 

Now, this area is home to multi million dollar just stunners. They've got a lot of views of downtown Vancouver and just the Straight, and It's a really quite a beautiful area. It was marketed predominantly to white Caucasian Settlers in the 1930s and back in the good old days, the good old days maybe weren't so good because they were quite restrictive in terms of who they would allow to live in this neighborhood. And they registered charges on the titles of these properties to prevent certain people from being able to live there unless they were a servant. A servant. How terrible is that? 

These charges on the titles of these properties would read something similar to this language: 

“The guarantee shall not sell, assign or transfer the said lands or any interest therein to any person or persons of the African or Asiatic race or of African or Asiatic descent.” 

There also could be language on some of these still that said no Jewish people or no Chinese people. This is still out there and is still a problem. The lady on the news was even more upset by this, and so she should be, because right above where this horrible term is on the title of the property, it was referring to not keeping livestock on the property, like almost insinuating that these people are lesser than livestock. Now, as I mentioned, these covenants are completely void. They're unenforceable. They're horrible. So they should be. And since 1978, they haven't been enforceable, which is obviously very good, but they’re. Still out there, and that's highly problematic.

Anybody that's aware of these can have these struck for free by the land title's office. But it's not quite as easy as just doing that because first of all, you need to know that they're there, and then, of course, you have to go through the process of getting it all removed. West Vancouver, in this instance, inquired about the cost of removing such charges from the titles of any properties located in to see what it might cost. And the number was pretty big, and they estimated to be in and around $1 million. So West Vancouver has actually reached out to the province to ask them to take on this project to help eliminate this type of wording.

These types of total horrible terms and clauses in these titles get rid of them. They've also tried to bring in British Pacific Properties, which is a company that is still around and still developing properties in the area, who was originally responsible for this type of offensive and terrible language on the title of these properties. And the good news is they've said they want to help. They do want to be part of the solution. So we'll have to wait and see how far that goes. 

So it's just a short one for today. But I figured I would share this story with everyone in the Blog world out there because it's a little sad. We don't want to discriminate against anybody that wants to buy a home. And everyone should have a right to feel comfortable in the home they buy in the neighborhood they choose to live in. I hope this can be resolved not only in West Vancouver, but for any other properties in British Columbia that have similar problems all over BC, although It is not overly common in a lot of areas, but it is definitely all over because I've seen them in my travels as well.

So let's hope that this can be rectified and fixed sooner than later. That's it for today’s post. Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear your comments below on what you think could be done to help fix this problem or the excitement that maybe this has just been brought to light and hopefully a solution is towards the near future. So anyways guys, thanks you and looking forward to seeing you on the next post. 

Take care. Bye.

For information on the history of the British Properties and the Lions Gate Bridge, check it out here.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Gate_Bride

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