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Justice not just democracy: are residents’ self interest a barrier to the critical needs of our time?

The City of Vancouver is in the process of conducting three new community plans in Grandview Woodlands, Marpole and the West End as well as a Community Planning Table meeting in the Downtown Eastside. While these planning processes are underway, fundamental questions need to be asked about this planning process. What are are the outcomes […]

Tools for a just city

Vancouver needs a form of development that is appropriate for the communities where the projects are being built. I have previously written about the idea of inclusionary zoning and bench marking a certain amount of units to the median income of a community as a method of ensuring that there is a tangible and real […]

Landlord tries to evict tenants without having necessary permits

more photos Today the Vancouver Renters’ Union held a rally in support and to bring attention to evictions occurring at 1850 Adanac Street to tenants of the building. MLA for Vancouver Hastings was attendance as well as city councilor Adrian Carr. In a media release Vancouver Renters’ Union stated that the purpose of the rally […]

Is there a epidemic of renoviction occurring in Vancouver ?

On Tuesday, May 22 at 10 am the Vancouver Renter’s Union is organizing a rally to support tenants at 1850 Adanac Street who are being evicted. Activists are alleging that the tenants are being “renovicted”, a tactic that landlords use claiming the need to evict tenants in order to do major repairs to the rental […]

Do you Rent in the West End? BC Renters Group needs your help

A group of West End renters are interested in building a web site and undertaking related activities to provide information to BC renters is calling out for your help. In order to make sure the site meets a wide range of needs, they need input from apartment renters in Vancouver. The group is holding a […]

Does the City of Vancouver need a rental advocate?

City of Vancouver Rental Advocate The City of Vancouver needs a full-time Renters’ Advocate to support renters who are being evicted from their homes and to be a voice from the City to the Province on the need to revise the Residency Tenancy Act (RTA). Since the Provincial government has changed the RTA and moved […]

My letter to my MP, the Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry on the spring budget and FCM recommendations

13 March 2012 Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry MP hedy.fry@parl.gc.ca Re: Federation of Canadian Municipalities recommendations to develop more affordable housing in Vancouver Dear Dr. Fry: As you know, Mayor Gregor Robertson, in his capacity as the Chair of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FMC), is calling on the Federal Government in its spring budget to allocate […]

Affordable Housing: What the Federal Government could do in the next budget to improve the situation

The spring budget In 2005, the City of Vancouver (CoV) passed its Homeless Action Plan, which had 87 recommendations for all levels of government. The plan was updated in 2008 with specific policy recommendations for the Federal Government to create more affordable housing including the recommendation to develop a national housing plan. The CoV also […]

Public open house, on 1860 Barclay St, March 8, 5 pm, Best Western Sands Hotel

Meeting Detaials: Date: 8 March 2012 Time: Drop-in 5 pm to 7 pm Place: Best Western Hotel 1755 Davie St. Project proponent want to hear feed back from residents. Proposed Heritage Dedication and restoration of the Historic Mason residence at 1860 Barclay St. There will be information on the follow items at the open house: […]

The Fall 2011 Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Rental Report.

The CMHC 2011 Rental Report was release today December 13, 2011. The trend of lower vacancy rate is continuing while prices are remaining near the rate of inflation. Highlights of the report for Vancouver -Vacancy rates edge down form 1.9 in October 2010 to 1.4% in October 2011 for purpose-built rental apartments. -The average rate […]