February 19, 2018

Labour groups, childcare advocates rally for more affordable childcare

Labour groups and childcare advocates posted notes pushing for more affordable early childcare on Premier Christy Clark's constituency office. Stephanie Smith with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union explains the reason for Saturday's protest. "It's about promoting the 10 dollar a day plan which would provide accessible, affordable, … [Read more...]

BCGEU uses Family Day to urge the Province to implement affordable childcare

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union is using Family Day to push for more affordable childcare in this province. "We're calling for a daycare system, a universal daycare system that everybody is able to tap into, that the people are well-paid and well educated, and we believe that at about ten dollars a day, families should be able to I … [Read more...]

Vancouver bistro owner urges council to make doing business in the city more affordable

Vancouver Council's being urged to lower the cost of a business license. Remi Caudron runs Salmon N' Bannock Bistro on Broadway and says the cost of a business license has more than doubled for him in the last couple of years going from just over four hundred dollars to over nine hundred. He says enough is enough and he wants council to do … [Read more...]

The most expensive internet in America: fighting to bring affordable broadband to American Samoa

"You could argue that there's some value in it." That's New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking candidly during a recent interview at D10 in California. The topic of conversation? Widespread WiFi, and whether or not the government should be the one thinking about its future ubiquity. More specifically, if WiFi hotspots should be treated … [Read more...]

Interim report released on affordable housing in Vancouver

An interim report from the Mayor of Vancouver's housing affordability task force is recommending the establishment of a city-run authority to manage affordable housing developments.  Mayor Gregor Robertson says other highlights include providing more homes close to transit hubs.  "And the zones around them to have stacked townhouses, row … [Read more...]

Report suggests first steps toward an affordable city

The high-profile city task force has made its first recommendations to salvage affordable housing in Vancouver. The Housing Affordability Task Force released a progress report Monday, identifying key “quick-start” actions to be taken by city hall to stimulate affordable housing development. Those actions include fast-tracking affordable … [Read more...]

Vision touts affordable housing

Vision Vancouver has rolled out its platform to deal with homelessness and affordable housing ahead of the civic election Nov. 19. The plan includes more support for emergency shelters, increased support for seniors' housing, and more incentives for new rental units. Suzanne Anton and the NPA didn't escape Vision's line of fire, with council … [Read more...]

Faith community and city and provincial officials come together for affordable housing forum

Members of the faith community are joining with city and provincial officials this weekend, taking part in a forum on affordable housing. Doug Peat with "City Gate Leadership Forum" says the "Beyond Homelessness" conference is focusing on what can be done to address the cost of housing in Metro Vancouver. "The faith community as a whole along with … [Read more...]