H.G. Watson
Illustration by Melanie Lambrick

Nov. 28, 2022

In some cities, landlords have to engage in collective bargaining with tenants

Like many transplants to Nelson, B.C., James Barbeiro first lived in resort housing when he came to the area. He had moved from northern Ontario to the “Queen City” of the Kootenays region, with easy access to all sorts of outdoor activities.

Elliot Rossiter
B.C. Premier David Eby introduces new laws to build the homes people need, make it possible for homes that are vacant to be rented and remove discriminatory age and rental restrictions in stratas that hurt young families. PHOTO BY FELIPE FITTIPALDI /jpg

Nov. 28, 2022

When it comes to thinking about our housing supply, the questions “for whom” and “by whom” are much more important in many ways than “how much."

Premier David Eby’s recent announcement about forthcoming legislation to remove supply-side barriers in order to build more housing in the province has been met with skepticism in some quarters about its failure to substantively address the challenges faced by low-income renters, the unhoused, and other groups disproportionately affected by the housing crisis.

Rachel Tetrault

Nov. 24, 2022

Vancouver's choice to adopt a contentious anti-semitism definition should worry us all

The first time I really understood what it meant to be Jewish was when I was 14 years old. I was preparing for my bat mitzvah, where I was to give a speech about what Judaism represented to me in front of all of my family and friends.


Andrew MacLeod
Premier David Eby says the new legislation is just part of the government’s response to the housing crisis. Photo via BC government.

". . . BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau said she was concerned that the bills failed to mention non-market housing or protect against real estate investment trusts buying and redeveloping strata housing.. . . " indeed!

Nov. 22, 2022

Two bills aim to increase condo rentals and set housing growth targets for cities.

On Monday, the British Columbia government introduced two bills aimed at easing the province’s housing crisis.

NBC Bay Area.
Unhoused Individuals to Build Rent-Free Housing in Oakland, CA

Nov. 17, 2022

Oakland, California – It’s been a long-term problem addressing the homeless crisis in Oakland and now those at the center of the fight are trying their own solutions.

A group of unhoused individuals are buying land and building their own community to get people off the street permanently.

The land on MaCarthur Boulevard and 76th Avenue is where they plan to build their own rent-free permanent housing community.

“This dream of Homefulness is a homeless people solution to homelessness,” said Tiny, co-founder of the organization Homefulness.

Jen St. Denis
Experts and advocates say expanding crisis lines, preventive measures and more social supports would be more effective than hiring more police for mental health calls. Photo via Shutterstock.

Nov. 18, 2022

Vancouver’s new council wants to spend $6 million on more police and mental health nurses. Experts say there’s a better way.

[Tyee Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of suicide prevention and mental health distress. It may be triggering to some readers.]

Nairah Ahmed
Emily Amon, 26, the green infrastructure programs lead at Green Communities Canada, at a Depave project at Wolf Island Pier near Kingston, Ont. Photo by Mitch Bowmile / North Country Media House

A Canada-wide initiative is showing people it's not too late to return the concrete jungle back to nature.

Depave Paradise, a multi-community project run by environmental non-profit Green Communities Canada (GCC), challenges the idea of urbanization as irreversible by ripping out asphalt surfaces and replacing them with gardens that can help to soak up excess rainwater.

Rumneek Johal
Right-Wing Group Funded by Lululemon Founder Helped Promote Film Demonizing Vancouver’s Homeless

Oct. 14, 2022

A group funded by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson sponsored an event that brought together Vancouver’s police union and right-wing political activists

Vancouver’s police union president, city council candidates and far-right political activists came together at a film screening event last week that was sponsored by an organization funded by the founder of Lululemon.

Peter Yeung
Paris - Credit: Shutterstock

Note the article's discussion of how people's class status intersects with auto ownerships and use.

            - Gene McGuckin


 Sept. 26, 2022

Michelle Gamage
Gibsons, BC, crunched the numbers on the value of its natural assets. ‘The foreshore area of our beaches acts as a natural seawall,’ the city says — for example this foreshore area at Labonte Park. Photo by NothingEatsYou via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

“It’s so painful to realize some of the local initiatives are directly undermined by weak provincial and federal policies where government seeks to reduce emissions with one hand and increase emissions with the other by building fossil fuel projects,” he [Jens Wieting] says. “It’s so important for municipalities to increase pressure on senior levels of government to stop pursuing policies that are destructive and undermine local progress.” 

Sept. 19, 2022


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