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Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

I have a letter on The Vancouver Sun’s website (online only, it would appear) replying to a ridiculous op-ed piece that blames the high cost of housing on “mass immigration.” My response is restrained in both tone and word count, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

Left Over: Homing in on the Houseless…’Affordable’ Means Never Having to Say Subsidized…

  Vancouver real estate town hall has people share their stories The town hall on Wednesday evening was organized by B.C. NDP MLA David Eby By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2016 6:15 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 17, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Homing in on the Houseless…’Affordable’ Means Never Having to Say Subsidized…

Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Vancouver mayor offers $250M of city land for social housing Gregor Robertson is asking the federal government give $500M in return for affordable housing projects CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:11 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:29 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Left Over: The Working Class can Kiss my…

Condos without down payments could be sold by B.C. developer Buyers would get a discount on the price, which would become a virutual down payment CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Working Class can Kiss my…

Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Senior struggles to find affordable housing in Vancouver It’s a story too common among seniors, says executive director of the Seniors Services Society

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Oct 15, 2015 2:48 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT

I could see this coming before . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Senior struggles to find affordable housing in Vancouver It’s a story too common among seniors, says executive director of the Seniors Services Society

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Oct 15, 2015 2:48 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT

I could see this coming before . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

The Progressive Economics Forum: Harper’s housing promises and the crisis of affordability

Over the past two weeks, Stephen Harper has made three new housing-related promises on the campaign trail. However, they won’t help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame others.

First, there’s the promise to allow first-time home buyers with RRSPs to take an extra $10,000 out of . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Harper’s housing promises and the crisis of affordability

Michal Rozworski: Harper’s hopeless housing promises

Over the past ten days, Stephen Harper has introduced three new housing policy promises. However, they won’t help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame others.

First, there’s the promise to allow first-time home buyers with RRSPs to take an extra $10,000 out of their retirement savings . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Harper’s hopeless housing promises

Melissa Fong: @VisionVancouver #AffordableHousing Forum Event Summary #vanRE #vanpoli #vanhousing

LiveTweet Summary of Vision Vancouver’s Affordable Housing event. Check @internationalmf’s hashtags: #vanRE #vanpoli for more. I will do more analysis on the Vision Vancouver event, but just some general highlights and […]

Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

We need to respect the experiential knowledge of DTES residents that understand how the plan violates their security. Not fundamentally opposed to Vision- but you have to realize reality. If you insist on the ideology of “social mix” you also have to set up the circumstances for dignity of all people- not just a veil. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

Melissa Fong: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Summary

Like last time, I did some LiveTweeting of the evening- My strategy is to summarize the main point of all the voices; add in my OWN commentary (I can be […]

Melissa Fong: #25KLunch WINNERS Announced! Who said there’s no free lunch?

Other than the fact that I should win the best prize for dragging out a meme that would have otherwise had the life-span of a fruit fly… I’ve got some […]

Melissa Fong: Top 25 of #25KLunch Meme Finalists Announced!

  Okay, folks! The moment has come to see your Top 25 Finalists for the #25KLunch meme competition! I can’t even tell you how many messages I’ve received telling me […]

Melissa Fong: Financial reform: Taking responsibility as public servants and otherwise…

Facts: I don’t hate Vision Vancouver. I’m indifferent to the overall career of Gregor Robertson. I actually like Andrea Reimer, from what I know of her. (Confession: I really like […]

Melissa Fong: Admitting to not knowing until it was too late: The DTES Local Area Plan implications

…I admit that I didn’t know how REAL it was until the 3 days came to an end and even after it passed….

After that the reality sunk in, I got more and more angry as I realized the implications of the plan.

The fact is that poor people LIVE this. This is their reality. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Admitting to not knowing until it was too late: The DTES Local Area Plan implications

Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition Update #1

The #25KLunch meme has received more press than I would have ever imagined! Amazing what a group of really dedicated “mockticians” can do to bring the issues out there. #25KLunch […]

Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition to shame Mayor Gregor Robertson’s partnership with Developers & Condo King Bob Rennie

So I’ve started a #25kLunch tag – the good people on twitter who have engaged throughout this whole process have kept spirits high and helped suggest a meme competition.

1) Create your own meme http://memegenerator.net/ 2) Upload your meme to twitter images (make sure you save image & upload to Twitter direct b/c it’s a . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition to shame Mayor Gregor Robertson’s partnership with Developers & Condo King Bob Rennie

Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Amendments that Cllr Carr shuts down: Watch the speech & Read the full document by Reimer

I already posted snippets of the full documents (4 separate PDFs here). This post is specifically the first pdf Amendment doc from Reimer and the speaking points Cllr Carr was […]

Melissa Fong: Sneak Peak!: AMENDMENTS to DTES LAP- DRAFT sent to my by Andrea Reimer

Councillor Andrea Reimer was kind enough to send me the DRAFT of Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan Amendments. *OFFICIAL copy posted on website by staff tomorrow. This is a sneak […]

Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Part 3- Residents’ Losses & small victories

…Councillor Adriane Carr was the only one who wanted to refer the plan back to staff to ensure an acceptable definition of Social Housing (due date for end of May). The rest of City Council seemed fairly confident that that could be defined as we went along and the plan should just be passed, although . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Part 3- Residents’ Losses & small victories

Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- PART 2: CHINATOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS

Chinatown Businesses interests came into the room hesitant. I don’t think any of the mainstream news media (Vancouver Courier or the Straight) did justice to the hesitance … I am personally sympathetic towards Chinatown business interests because I know the exact memories and nostalgia upon which they recall and the commercial area they want to . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- PART 2: CHINATOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS

Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- Part One: Developers

…One topic that dominated the DTES LAP discussions last night was the 60/40 (Social/ market rate housing split) and the definition of affordable housing … All the usual suspects always caution against social housing. Developers are constantly talking about how it is not possible to build social housing without other levels of government. They halt . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- Part One: Developers

Left Over: You Had Me (Choking) at Affordable…

This morning, I had to control my urge to laugh while reading: Affordable Housing Canada: Housing Boom, Government Cutbacks Create ‘Rent Squeeze’

by Rachel Mendleson in HuffPost Oct 4, 2012

I knew, the minute I read the headline, that the author probably lived in Ontario, or, at least, definitely not in BC It isn’t just . . . → Read More: Left Over: You Had Me (Choking) at Affordable…

Politics, Re-Spun: Revitalizing COPE Vancouver, Right Now.

Today is the first day of the rest of COPE Vancouver’s life. Today is the day where the new executive needs to make its first priority revitalizing the party by building unity around progressive principles and policies, and moving past pettiness.

If it cannot get past the factionism, it simply is not a party with . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Revitalizing COPE Vancouver, Right Now.

The Platform of the Socialist Party of Ontario

The Platform of the Socialist Party of OntarioOur Vision:The Socialist Party of Ontario believes that the labour power and natural resources of a society should be used in an ecologically compatible, equitable and sustainable manner for the benefit of … . . . → Read More: The Platform of the Socialist Party of Ontario