Tag Archives: housing

(1059) Woods & basements

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Backlash.  We think that’s what you call it when an idea turns and inflicts a set of consequences.  In this case, it’s the sprawl so enthusiastically embraced in so many parts of southern Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s.  For lots of folks, SUVs and monster homes are still working well.  For others, not so much.  It seems a confluence of resources, inequality and a stunning lack of imagination are problematic indeed when it comes to community design.  To wit, recent pieces at cbc.ca/news.  Woods and basements, people.
Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods. Camps of men without any place to go are situated on Newmarket’s fringes
Hidden poverty lurks in basements of Vaughan monster homes, advocates say. ‘They see the beautiful homes in Vaughan and say, ‘There’s no problem here’

(1056) Survey strengthens call to license landlords

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Downright backwards is how it seems to us that landlords are not licensed in a major city where rents are very high.  How else to keep standards strong?  A new survey of tenants reveals neglect on the part of many Toronto landlords, adding gravity to the call for licensing.
State of disrepair: tenant survey bolsters call for landlord licensing. Cockroaches, bedbugs, poor ventilation, faulty elevators and lack of heat top list of problems in Toronto apartments
thestar.com

(1036) Permanent crisis

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We’d like to think a housing crisis is a remediable technical matter with objective solutions (not just market technical solutions, either).  Is that so unreasonable in a country as well off as Canada?  Probably, yeah.  Therefore, much to commend itself on this topic in this from-the-left essay on Jacobin.

The permanent crisis of housing. Under capitalism, housing is never secure for the workers

image: Jes via Flickr/CC

(1014) Peel Living state of (dis)repair

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The Thursday edition of sister newspapers The Brampton Guardian and The Mississauga News contain reportage of a serious case of neglect in publicly-funded housing.  This is the kind of high-value, socially conscious reporting from the midst of daily life in the region (the unit is in Brampton) that these papers should be all over.  Coasting along on real estate and car advertising is great but to survive in what is pretty much rapidly developing into a post-newspaper world local papers better get their hands on powerful content and keep on proving their relevance.  Fighting for people is one way to do that.

The situation is awful to read about.  Hopefully the coverage, two full pages in the print editions as well as digital attention, will make a difference.   Peel Region is home to some of Canada’s best housed and most privileged citizens.  Spend any time here at all and you come to know that isn’t the case for everyone.

Peel Living begins maintenance review and inspections to determine state of repair

(1010) Homeless & expecting

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At one time, you could be forgiven for thinking of homelessness as mainly about men living rough and drinking.  By the 1980s the definition of homelessness was clearly more complex.  It seems just about anyone is at risk, including in Toronto in 2016, pregnant women.

Homeless and pregnant in Toronto: one woman tells her story. About 120 homeless women give birth in Toronto every year. The challenge is how to help them
cbc.ca