If you are among the more than half of Vancouverites who rent their homes, having to fork over a hefty chunk of your income to a landlord every month might elicit groans or even disdain as prices climb.
Although the BC New Democrats have not released their election platform yet, the party’s housing critic is pushing for the province to take a “leading role at the table” on affordable housing, including direct investment in new social housing units.
Downtown Vancouver may have the equivalent of nearly two-dozen 30-storey condominium towers sitting empty, serving as merely oversized “safety deposit boxes” for the wealthy, according to researchers. But blaming the city’s severe housing prices on absentee foreign investors could just be “this decade’s version of the Yellow Peril,” a UBC business professor has warned.
Vancouver event unites advocates, developers, architects, politicians and more.
Vancouver’s housing crisis worsened in the Downtown Eastside in the past year, according to a report released yesterday by an activist housing group, with fewer and fewer Single Resident Occupancy (SROS) rentals within reach of many residents’ budgets.
When the housing crisis in Attawapiskat First Nation made headlines worldwide in October 2011 after the community declared a state of emergency, few had heard of the band’s chief, Theresa Spence. Now, because of a hunger strike she launched in the shadow of Parliament Hill, Spence has become a household name across Canada, and a symbol of the still-growing Idle No More movement.
After an urban protest camp was set up that lasted several hundred days, British Columbia has revoked permits for a five-storey condominium project that was set to be built on top of the ancient Coast Salish village of c’esna?em.
Shannen’s dream–to bring First Nation children’s unequal education up to Canadian standards–came one step closer to reality on her home reserve of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and a majority of city council voted June 27 to allow the development of a 22-storey apartment tower in the West End, despite concerns the project will be unaffordable to many.
The left-leaning Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) unveiled its new executive director today.