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Entries Tagged as 'Housing & homelessness'

Density, condos and housing affordability

October 16th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Housing & homelessness

How is it that we have seen a non-stop construction boom in Vancouver over the past decade-plus and yet we still have huge homelessness and affordable housing problems? In the Figure, based on data from the BC Economic Accounts, it’s pretty clear that as a society we spend a lot building new housing. It varies cyclically but over the […]

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BC’s new 10 year plan for people with disabilities disappoints. We can do better.

June 19th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

On June 16 the Premier announced BC’s new 10 year plan, “Accessibility 2014: Making BC the Most Progressive Province in Canada for People with Disabilities by 2024.” The plan is the result of the provincial government’s Disability White Paper Consultation earlier this year. While many participants had a healthy amount of skepticism before, during and […]

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BC Office: Fact sheet on affordable housing options for seniors now available.

April 18th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Health care, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

BC’s provincial government has said it is committed to ensuring seniors can remain in their homes and “age in place.” Yet, the lack of adequate and affordable housing in BC means many seniors are forced to choose between paying for accommodation or buying food and prescription drugs, accessing transportation or participating in their communities. The […]

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Social Housing Reality Check: Government’s own numbers reveal modest investment in new social housing

March 31st, 2013 · · Comments Off · Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

[This post has also appeared on the Tyee here.] One of the more contentious issues regarding the BC government’s record concerns the issue of social housing. To hear Minister Rich Coleman tell it, BC’s record has been above and beyond. For the last few years, barely a week has gone by without a government news […]

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An inadequate appeal process for tenants means a bumpy ride for everyone

January 24th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Housing & homelessness, Law & legal issues

(Co-authored by Kendra Milne and Jess Hadley, staff lawyers at the Community Legal Assistance Society) Earlier this week, we read with interest Kathy Tomlinson’s January 21st CBC Go Public story, “Landlords ‘powerless’ as tenants get free ride”, which investigates one family of tenants who have apparently taken advantage of several successive landlords.  In her article, […]

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Imbalance in residential tenancy rights enforcement in BC

October 25th, 2012 · · 3 Comments · Housing & homelessness, Law & legal issues

Yesterday some media outlets reported that the Residential Tenancy Branch has conditionally waived the first (and to my knowledge only) administrative penalty it has issued. BC’s Residential Tenancy Act was amended in 2006 to allow the Branch to issue administrative penalties, essentially monetary fines, against landlords or tenants that contravene the Act or repeatedly ignore […]

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How to Destroy a Good Poverty Line

February 17th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

[The following piece was authored by Michael Goldberg, Steve Kerstetter and Seth Klein] More than a decade ago, the federal and provincial governments started work on a new poverty line – the Market Basket Measure (MBM). After decades of distracting and divisive debates about poverty lines, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada crafted a methodology […]

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The Union of BC Municipalities Convention: a potpourri of policy

October 2nd, 2011 · · Comments Off · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Housing & homelessness, Municipalities, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Transparency & accountability

For people who follow local policy issues the annual meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is always chock-a-block with material. Last week’s meeting in Vancouver, which saw hundreds of mayors and councilors along with most of the Cabinet, much of the BC opposition and dozens of groups selling both items and ideas, was […]

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Fighting energy poverty

September 28th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Energy, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Today we released a new Climate Justice Project report, Fighting Energy Poverty in the Transition to Zero-Emission Housing: A Framework for BC, by yours truly, Eugene Kung (a lawyer with the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre and a steering committee member of the CJP) and Jason Owen (who worked on this project as a student at UBC, now with […]

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Social Determinants of Health

June 7th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Housing & homelessness, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

It is now clear that economic, and social variables – more than individual behaviour – are the most salient factors in determining people’s well-being. Working and living conditions, the distribution of wealth, and where we live are some of , “the primary factors that shape the health of Canadians” (CCPA Monitor, June 2010). Almost everything […]

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