Opening of Trump Tower Vancouver riddled with "alternative facts" about building

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      The opening of Trump Tower was riddled with "alternative facts", which local media have pointed out as erroneous.

      In a news release, the company stated that it is 69-storeys high and the tallest in the city.

      According to a development permit referenced by CBC News, the building is only 63 storeys—above ground.

      The publicized storey count factors in underground floors, such as parking, whereas the City of Vancouver zoning and development bylaw states that "a storey shall not include a basement or cellar".

      Adding to the confusion, CBC News also pointed out that the building skips floor 13 as well as any floor ending in 4 (4, 14, 24, etc.). Those numbers are linked to bad luck in Western and Eastern superstitions respectively.

      Nonetheless, although the building may have the most storeys, it is actually the second tallest building in Vancouver after Living Shangri-La.

      On February 27, a Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver social-media post stated "The 69-story tower will be the first property to open in the city in over 6 years." (The term story is used in American English to denote the floor of a building but storey is used in Canadian English and other forms of English.)  

      Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver

      Anyone who has witnessed the fevered pace of construction and development in Vancouver's overheated real-estate market is aware that numerous properties have opened within that time frame.

      CTV News pointed out that an initial news release and Trump Organization CEO Eric Danzinger stated that the hotel was the first hotel to open in Vancouver in the last six years. However, Hotel Blu Vancouver opened on Robson Street in 2014. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Georgia also reopened as the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in June 2011 after renovations that year.

      The website now states that it is the "first luxury hotel to open in the city in over six years".

      Metro News Vancouver noted that at the opening ceremony, Danzinger also talked about Vancouver hosting the Winter Olympics in 2010 and Canada winning the gold in hockey. He said that's probably why the world's biggest hockey stick is in Vancouver.

      According to Guinness World Records, the world's largest hockey stick was in Vancouver for Expo 86 but has been displayed in Duncan, B.C., since 1988.