COPE housing activists gather in front of a Chip Wilson book signing attended by NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim

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      One of the city's wealthiest residents had some unexpected visitors show up at a book-signing event in Kitsilano.

      It came after the Coalition of Progressive Electors released its housing emergency action plan at the corner of Yew Street and West 3rd Avenue.

      The crowd from COPE also held a protest against renovictions in the neighbourhood.

      From there, COPE council candidate Derrick O'Keefe and some housing activists walked up to West 4th Avenue, where billionaire Chip Wilson was autographing Little Black Stretchy Pants: The Unauthorized Story of lululemon.

      Lo and behold, as the COPE demonstrators were on-scene, NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim appeared to pick up his copy from the lululemon founder.

      "I can't believe that while Kitsilano tenants are holding a rally to raise awareness about renovictions, Ken Sim would be literally down the street hanging out with Chip Wilson," COPE's Jean Swanson said in a news release.

      Earlier this year, Wilson's home on Point Grey Road was assessed at $78.8 million, making it the most valuable residential property in B.C.

      COPE politicians want the province to amend the Vancouver Charter to allow the city government to impose a property surtax on homes valued above $5 million, with the proceeds funding affordable housing.

      "Let's just say if you have a $78-million piece of property, that's going to generate a significant amount of money. And we need to have the people who can pay—pay their fair share—so we can end this housing crisis in Vancouver," O'Keefe said on Facebook. "That's what the COPE campaign is all about."

      COPE candidates are trying to raise awareness about Wilson's real-estate investments in Vancouver.

      In 2011, he founded Low Tide Properties. It owns land in False Creek Flats, Gastown, Grandview-Boundary, Kitsilano, Lower Lonsdale, and Mount Pleasant, according to the company website.

      In 2016, Low Tide Properties placed an employment ad that stated it owned 30 properties, which were collectively valued at more than $200 million. 

      At that time, the company's stated objective was to have a portfolio worth $1.5 billion by 2026.

      Wilson supported Sim in seeking the NPA mayoral nomination.

      If Sim becomes mayor after the Saturday (October 20) election, he would have just one of 11 votes around the council table dealing with any rezoning applications that might be filed by Low Tide Properties.