Rental advocacy doesn’t seem like the easiest gig in Canada these days, even though there’s plenty to work with.
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Housing rights group says crisis in Quebec remains a problem
New Westminster renovictions leave low-income renters feeling desperate. Company says building hasn’t seen significant work since 1970 and renovations are necessary
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Forget Vancouver, BC’s future will be decided by the suburbs. With big city problems creeping into the land of cul-de-sacs and single-family homes, suburban swing ridings are set to determine the outcome of the provincial election
Some insight from recent US experience?
Environment as politics. New drawings of the relations between residential density and voting behaviour
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‘Shocking’ homeless count needs provincial help, says mayor. 199 homeless children, more than 70 makeshift camps and ‘unprecedented surge’ in homelessness in region
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Three staggering charts show how big the gap between rich and poor is growing in British Columbia
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Look, it isn’t that we hate Vancouver but that town is gonna pop an aorta any day now …and it won’t have anyone to blame but itself.
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives produces Policy Notes as a reinforcement and alternative to its longer reports. This recent one from the BC office looks in at a topic well in the precinct of anyone concerned with suburban poverty.
…well, at least a federal minister is talking at us about precariousness, nay he appears to be advocating it.
Finance Minister says Canadians should get used to short-term employment. Calling it ‘job churn,’ Minister Bill Morneau told Niagara Falls crowd to expect a number of career changes in a person’s life
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Counterfactual propositions are most times best avoided. We all are hungry for glimpses of the future, sure. That part is okay. There’s just too much risk of distraction in many a creative “what if” scenario, too much room for wild swings of positive or negative projection. Let’s make an exception today for this dystopic reflection on an imagined socioeconomic existence for Vancouver, BC. Yikes! This can’t be a future anybody wants a part of.
How Vancouver’s housing segregation became policy: a 2040 look back. Decades from now, researchers reflect with shock, pity on what led to creation of regional, economically unequal ‘bantustans’
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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.
Burnaby’s low-income residents face evictions amid development boom
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