In a nutshell, despite the outcry about increased density, the populations of the two North Vancouvers have only seen marginal increases, and West Vancouver has actually lost people.
In their editorial the News makes a very specific and succinct point:
The most commonly blamed culprits are our growing population and residential redevelopment. But, it seems we may have made a wrongful conviction. According to stats released by the province ... there are fewer people living on the North Shore today than there were a year ago.
According to BC Stats, in a region where growth and densification are the norm, we’re the laggards despite how it may appear. ...
It’s time we started having a more evidence-based debate about the problems of and solutions for the North Shore.If the North Shore is actually losing people it's a significant story, and one that should frighten any of our local politicians. I don't think it impossible that the population decline in West Vancouver could make its way across the Capilano River.
As the story in the News suggests, we still need to wait for next batch of statistics to emerge if we're going to have better idea why these changes are happening.
In the meantime, I'm going to agree with the News: lets make decisions based on facts, not emotion, and in the context of this site, let's debate facts, not speculation.