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Two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

The ECOreport reposts more insight from British Columbia, two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

Originally Published on the City of Vancouver

Our city has what it takes to successfully get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.

  • We already have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per person of any major North American city.
  • We are economically strong and diverse.
  • We are a city that innovates and already has abundant clean electricity.

Our goal: to get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050

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Municipal Regulations Impact House Prices

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED arguing that municipal regulations impact house prices

Originally Published on the Fraser Insitute

By Kenneth P. Green, Josef Filipowicz, Steve Lafleur & Ian Herzog

As Canadians continue to converge on urban centres and concerns about the affordability of housing grow, it is crucial to understand why the country’s major housing markets have seen such dramatic growth in prices. This study presents evidence that the regulation of residential development restricts the housing supply, encouraging the growth of prices and distorting local economies.

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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

Official Launch Of Vancouver’s Community Land Trust

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of the Official Launch Of Vancouver’s Community Land Trust

Press Release from the Mayor of Vancouver

Today marked the official launch of the Community Land Trust, the first project of its kind in Vancouver to develop much-needed new affordable housing in the city. The Community Land Trust is an innovative partnership between the City of Vancouver, the provincial and federal governments, and the co-op and non-profit housing sector created solely for the purpose of delivering below market rate rental and co-op homes.

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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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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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The High Mortality in Vancouver’s Eastside

A UBC study found out why people in the city’s poorest neighbourhood are dying off at 8 times the national rate. The High Mortality in Vancouver’s Eastside.

Originally Published on UBC News

Marginalized residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are dying at more than eight times the national average, and treatable conditions are the greatest risk factors for mortality, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found.

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