If major cities are to be money mills for real estate investors – especially overseas ones – affordable housing for working people needs to be considered necessary infrastructure and supported appropriately.
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Canada’s largest circulation newspaper ( or is it second largest, we don’t remember exactly and in a dying industry does it matter who is first ) shows us how to make a really fantastic contribution to the discussion of one of the most pressing public issues.
The Globe and Mail suggests ‘hacking’ Vancouver housing crisis by living in your car
If you go down this road here are some pointers:
(103) A man’s home is his castle …and frequently also his shitbox!
Hey Globe and Mail, look who was on this, like, six hundred postings ago…
(262) Living in a van in Van
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Vancouver sometimes seems to have taken such an awful turn into economic weirdness it is hard to know what to do with it. Transit hubs and higher densities are supposed to be helpful things, markers of adaptation. In Vancouver’s real estate-driven reality they are causing harm.
Cheap rentals near transit hubs face wave of demolition.
Metro Van density plans invite wrecking ball to three lower-income neighbourhoods
Canada’s market-driven housing environment makes things rocky for too many people. In Vancouver, it’s starting to look impossibly difficult for a young family to get established.
Making room for families in the city
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This is a piece of real journalism. A record of little details from less-than-glamorous places and how they fit the larger picture. We need more…
A Metro Vancouver midnight transit odyssey. With $7.5 billion transport plan at stake, The Tyee joins a hospital cleaner on her nightly commute home
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Seeing and hearing those in poverty is so important. Artists have a way of amplifying the signal – thanks quite often to lived experience. Bif Naked lends a hand to the Welfare Food Challenge. Twenty-one dollars a week for food: three bucks a day. Welcome to welfare living in Vancouver.
Bif Naked takes on challenge to highlight low welfare rates in B.C.
globalnews.ca with video 2:06
image: Bif Naked via Instagram
Mothers and children in poverty. What a topic for British Columbia, now “leading” the country in child poverty. Hopefully we won’t just look to BC for high numbers but solutions to the problem, and soon. If there is one place to get social conditions right it is with children – how’s that for a statement of the obvious? For this item a writer headed down to south Langara to learn from a single mom there.
No Easy Numbers for Single Mom Poverty. BC figures show sharp fall in their median income. But variable data hides the real story. The Tyee
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What better way to start the Year of the Horse than by reading about a million dollar restitution arrangement imposed upon a Vancouver pay day lender that was charging illegal high rates of interest?
Cash Store ordered to pay $1M For illegal payday loans
See also: (236) Broke USA [Book review]
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