Cindy Meston was born and grew up in Abbotsford and Vancouver, and bought her downtown Vancouver condo 19 years ago.
She estimates she uses it for about five months a year when she returns from Austin, Texas, where she lives and works as a professor. Three months in the summer. One month at Christmas. Another during spring break.
And there begins her reasoning, and a range of others as well, against what the B.C. NDP government is proposing with its so-called speculation tax.
They each have varying details of background and residence, when they bought and what they own, how much and why they use their property.