Tag Archives: Vancouver

(1134) BC election 2017


Election time in British Columbia sees suburban issues, and mixed feelings, in the foreground.
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
vanmag.com

Some insight from recent US experience?

Environment as politics. New drawings of the relations between residential density and voting behaviour
placesjournal.org
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(1007) Bantustanada 2040

Vancouver MapCounterfactual 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’
thetyee.ca

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(983) Unaffordable

Vancouver
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
theglobeandmail.com
Race and real estate. How hot Chinese money is making Vancouver unliveable
theguardian.com

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(838) Globe on “hacking” housing crisis in Van

8393677938_77c6bd92ff_zCanada’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
rabble.ca

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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(835) No negative impact in first living wage municipality

5637921189_56b63e6a47_zA Vancouver municipality enacts a mandatory living wage in 2011.  City official says the results have been good.

Mandatory living wage a success in first Canadian municipality to adopt the practice. The Vancouver suburb was the first municipality in Canada to introduce a living wage in 2011 and the city says it hasn’t seen any negative impacts
metronews.ca

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