Vancouver’s Trump International Tower Grand Opening arrives amid controversy

March 1st, 2017

In 2013, Underhill & Underhill commenced the legal surveys for The Holborn Group’s Trump International Hotel & Tower®, Vancouver.

Yesterday, alternative facts and fake news arrived in Vancouver to herald the Grand Opening of the new Tower. Tweets and news stories were flying off the page in the reality challenged, post-truth world that occupies the abyss between Trump and the media. The free press (see links below) generated by the event for Holborn’s project was only slightly marred by this challenged relationship.


One CBC headline shouted, “Trump’s ’69-storey’ Vancouver tower is only 63 storeys.” Trump is well known for “inflating” the floor count of his buildings. He even claims he was the first to come up with the idea. But in the Lower Mainland of BC, this is the kind of headline that makes a BC Land Surveyor go “Hmmm? What about those floors that nobody likes? You know, like 13, or anything ending in a 4?” Those floor numbers get removed so prospective purchasers will not be confronted with their superstitions – if they have any. The removal of the 13th floor from the sequence will increase the top floor by one. Floors ending in 4 are much more numerous. In a building the height of the Trump, there would be many. Removing these floor numbers would inflate the count too.

Advising the CBC reporter of the more probable reason for the inflated Tower height resulted in further fact checking and rapid editing and revision of the story. No fake news here, no alternative facts, no truthers, no truthiness, just the truth as best as can be ascertained from the available evidence. This Hour has 22 Minutes did a bit on the floor issue. It starts at 7:52 of the linked video: S24|E19 This Hour has 22 Minutes – March 7, 2017


Below is a sampling of the news releases on February 28th, 2017, from around the World. Despite Donald Trump Jr.’s opening comment at the press conference,

“I’d like to thank the press,” he said before quickly adding: “Just kidding. Good to see you here. I’m shocked. I’m absolutely shocked.”,

they did manage to invite all the press they could. The links below are a sampling of what effect this had.


“There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.” – Brendan Behan


Trump’s ’69-storey’ Vancouver tower is only 63 storeys – CBC

Protests, ‘alternative facts’ accompany Trump Tower opening – CTV News

The Trump Tower that drew the city’s ire to open today in diverse Vancouver – The Financial Post | Bloomberg News

Trump Tower opens in Vancouver amid protests, with Trump brothers and Tiffany Trump on hand – The Georgia Straight

At Vancouver’s Trump Tower grand opening, two worlds collide – Global News

Vancouver politicians to skip official Trump Tower opening – The Globe and Mail

Trump Siblings Greeted With Protests At Vancouver Tower Opening – The Huffington Post | CP

‘It’s got bad karma’: Vancouver politicians snub Trump tower opening celebrated by Trump sons – The National Post | Bloomberg News

Protests erupt at Vancouver’s Trump Tower ahead of grand opening – The Toronto Star

Vancouver Trump tower: Protesters greet U.S. president’s sons at hotel opening – The Vancouver Sun


Trump sons open newest hotel in Vancouver – ABC News Go | AP

Amid protests, Trump’s sons open hotel in Vancouver – CBS News | AP

Ethics concerns shadow new Trump hotel in Vancouver – CNN | Money VIDEO

Protests expected as Trump opens newest hotel in Vancouver – Fox News | AP

A Trump tower is opening in Vancouver, and not everyone in town is happy about it – LA Times

Trump Sons Face Protesters at Opening of Vancouver Hotel – NBC News | AP

Malaysian Tycoon Stresses Over Vancouver Project With Trump – New York Times | The Associated Press

Chilly welcome for new Trump Tower in Vancouver – USA Today | AP

‘It’s got bad karma’: Vancouver officials shun Trump-branded hotel grand opening – The Washington Post


A cool welcome for Vancouver Trump Tower’s grand opening – The BBC

Tycoon who partnered with Trump for Canada tower deal said he was ‘terrified’ and felt ‘trapped’ when Trump entered politics – as Don Jr. and Eric jet to first overseas hotel opening since their dad got elected – The Daily Mail | AP

Vancouver up in arms as Trump family launches high-rise tower – The Guardian


Protests held as Trump family opens new hotel in Vancouver – The Jerusalem Post | Reuters

Welcome to Vancouver: Trump sons open tower amid protests, city-hall boycott and ‘terrified’ developer – South China Morning Post | AP