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06/01/23
Author: 
Scott Neigh
Image: The Breach

"While material gains are crucial, they are far from the only way that movements build towards a better world. Also important are the increased confidence and capacity that can result even from collective struggles that have not yet won definitive victories. "

Dec. 22, 2022

24/12/22
Author: 
Arny Wise
To make housing more affordable for more residents, Premier Eby must increase the supply of affordable, non-market housing, writes retired developer Arny Wise. Photo by Christopher Cheung.

Dec. 22, 2022

I propose nine ways to fix affordable housing in BC. Second in an occasional series.

Premier David Eby had over two years as B.C.’s housing minister. He’s now had about a month as B.C. premier to come up with effective affordable housing policies.

His latest plan — the Housing Supply Act policy — has met criticism from all quarters for relying on a false, supply-side economics principle.

20/12/22
Author: 
H.G. Watson
Stop criminalizing poverty

Website editor: This article makes some very good points about 'free transit' campaigns and more.

Dec. 19, 2022

Ottawa’s light-rail transit system has made headlines in the last years – but not for any good reasons. Trains don’t work in the cold. Technical problems cause frequent delays, and a derailment once led to all the trains being taken out of service for weeks. On top of this, Ottawa’s city council voted to increase fares.

12/12/22
Author: 
Nazanin Meshkat
Lynn Walker, 63, cleans up around her home in a homeless encampment in Allan Gardens park in Toronto on Dec. 1, 2022. Photo by Ian Willms for Canada's National Observer

Dec. 12, 2022

When unhoused people in Toronto run out of options, they turn to the city’s overcrowded emergency departments for shelter.

The result is a collision of two crises, emergency department overcrowding and homelessness, that will risk lives, physicians, social workers and advocates for unhoused people say.

07/12/22
Author: 
unmasktheright
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Nov.22, 2022

The October 15 municipal elections saw an unprecedented number of far right candidates fielded in the races for mayor, council and school board positions across the province. A minimum of 129 candidates were provably and publicly aligned with antivaxx, conspiracist, antisemitic or other far right ideologies in one form or another. (This is an underestimate of the total of far right candidates, possibly a significant understatement.)

06/12/22
Author: 
Jen St. Denis
The number of tents on E. Hastings Street often impedes access to doorways and the sidewalk, leading to conflict in the neighbourhood. Photo for The Tyee by Jen St. Denis.

Dec. 5, 2022

People who are homeless on Vancouver’s East Hastings Street continue to have tents and other belongings removed by city workers, a situation advocates say is leaving some without shelter as temperatures drop.

PHS Community Services Society, an agency that runs permanent and emergency winter shelters and other housing, says space is extremely tight right now, with people turned away every night from two shelters the organization runs in the Downtown Eastside.

01/12/22
Author: 
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.

30/11/22
Author: 
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.

27/11/22
Author: 
Rachel Tetrault
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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.

 

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