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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes the first part of a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, the rich & connected appear to run British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.

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Taxing Vancouver’s Empty Homes

The ECOreport looks at a partial solution to the housing crises, taxing Vancouver’s empty homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s real estate values have skyrocketed 280% since 1986, while wages have only increased 7%. A new report shows the affordability crises impacts both renters and homeowners. The average westside home was selling for $1.4 million last May. Though 10,800 housing units have been empty for more than a year, 1 only about 337 available as rentals. 2 This suggests that speculators own many of the vacant units. City staff recommend taxing Vancouver’s empty homes.

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  1. Policy & Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing, City of Vancouver Administrative Report, June 16, 2016, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3

Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The ECOreport reposts Vancouver Should Take Note Of Houston’s Affordable Housing

The Vancouver SUN via Fraser Institute

By Kennith P. Green, Ian Herzog & Josef Filipowicz, of the Fraser Institute

A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing housing costs are consistently outstripping income increases in the city.

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Vancouver’s Modular Housing Pilot Project

The ECOreport reposts a press release about Vancouver’s Modular Housing Pilot Project

Originally Published on City of Vancouver

We are taking the next steps on a new solution for providing temporary housing for low-income residents.

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Christy Clark’s Inaction On BC’s Housing Affordability

The ECOreport reposts criticism of Christy Clark’s inaction on BC’s housing affordability

Originally Published on the Broadbent Institute

By Sheila Matthew

When Christy Clark’s government released its budget in February, many advocates were hoping for real action on soaring housing costs. British Columbia’s economy is growing and investments in affordable housing in this budget – for the last full fiscal year before going to the polls in 2017 – had the potential to address the severe crisis many British Columbians are facing.

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Vancouver Hopeful About Receiving Federal Funding

The ECOreport reposts Vancouver Hopeful About Receiving Federal Funding

Originally Published on City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is encouraged that today’s federal budget makes significant commitments to short and long-term investments in housing, transit, and social infrastructure.

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Vancouver’s Laneway homes

The ECOreport reposts an innovative response to one city’s housing crises: Vancouver’s Laneway homes

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures 

Small is beautiful. When economist E.F. Schumacher first released his book of the same name in 1973 he had no idea that forty years later tiny homes would become a massive trend.

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