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Entries Tagged as 'Housing & homelessness'

What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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Housing Budget? Not so much.

February 17th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Housing Budget? Not so much. · Housing & homelessness, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

It was supposed to be the housing budget, with action to address a top issue facing the province. Today’s banner headline from The Globe and Mail (“Balanced BC budget aims to cool hot real estate market”) implies that they did take concrete measures. But if you read the budget, there is not much there relative […]

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Raising RRSP withdrawal limit no solution to unaffordable housing

August 13th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Election commentary, Housing & homelessness, Taxes

Far be it from me to school the Prime Minister on the laws of supply and demand. He is, after all, the one who has extensively studied neo-liberal economics. But the Conservatives’ plan to increase what first-time homebuyers can pull from their RRSPs for a down payment – from a maximum of $25K to $35K […]

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Density, condos and housing affordability

October 16th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · 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 on BC Office: Fact sheet on affordable housing options for seniors now available. · 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 on Social Housing Reality Check: Government’s own numbers reveal modest investment in new social housing · 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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