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Owner of 'infamous' properties running for Victoria council

A person described in the media as a "slumlord" is among the candidates running for Victoria city council. Read more…

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Minister Coleman lacks evidence for homeless claim: NDP critic

If the minister responsible for housing, Rich Coleman, is going to claim homelessness is dropping across British Columbia, he should provide some evidence, says NDP housing critic Shane Simpson. Read more…

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Gays and single parents face discrimination in rental housing: UBC study

Even in one of Canada's largest and most diverse urban centres, a new UBC finds that single parents and male gay couples face more discrimination in Metro Vancouver's rental housing market, compared to straight couples. Read more…

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Vancouver non-profit to renovate two hazardous SROs

Two dilapidated and unsafe single-room-occupancy buildings in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will finally get urgently needed repairs, but they'll be done by a local non-profit with a growing portfolio of renovated SROs -- not by now-infamous "slumlord" George Wolsey, who owns the buildings. Read more…

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City approves sweeping homelessness and housing strategy

The strategy aims to end homelessness in Vancouver by 2015 and to add over 38,000 new affordable housing units by 2021. Read more…

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BC and federal government announce $180 million for affordable housing

Under a new joint-funding arrangement, the provincial and federal governments will contribute $90 million each towards new affordable housing developments in B.C. over the next three years. Read more…

Ottawa, provinces reach $1.4-billion deal on affordable housing

After more than a year of talks, Ottawa and the provinces have agreed to a framework for how to spend $1.4 billion on affordable housing over the next three years. Read more…

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$38 million supportive housing project breaks ground in Vancouver

A new supportive housing project – the eighth and largest created under a partnership of provincial and Vancouver city governments – broke ground this morning. When the $38 million building is completed in early 2013, it will accommodate 147 studio and single-bedroom units on West 2nd Avenue in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Read more…

Health care lacking for homeless BC youths

While fewer people may live on the streets of Metro Vancouver overall, significant gaps remain in the availability of primary health care for B.C.'s homeless, according to new data presented at Vancouver's Health of the Homeless Summit on Tuesday. Read more…

Homeless count finds fewer on streets, more in shelters

Fewer people live on the streets of Metro Vancouver and more live in temporary housing, according to a region-wide homeless count conducted over a 24-hour period in March. Read more…

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NDP question Clark's Point Grey announcements

This morning Premier Christy Clark made a $6.7 million housing announcement in a constituency where she just happens to be running as a candidate in a by-election. Read more…

Olympic Village lawsuits inevitable, observer says

Lawsuits by Olympic Village condo owners seeking refunds are inevitable after February’s 30 per cent price cuts, according to an industry observer. Read more…

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Olympic Village protests ends in 10 arrests

Ten housing activists were arrested on Saturday for break and enter and trespassing on Olympic Village property, but were later released without charges. Read more…

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Energy savings missed when retrofits punished: Victoria mayor

Governments need to stop punishing property owners who make their old buildings more energy efficient, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin said yesterday. Read more…

Poverty contributed to 21 BC child deaths: children's advocate

VICTORIA - British Columbia's children's watchdog is calling on the provincial government to do something about the province's high child poverty rate in a report that reviews the sad, short lives of 21 dead children. Read more…

Vancouver approves green building targets

Vancouver City Council approved a list of revised Greenest City 2020 targets last week. Buried in the fine print are some hints as to how the city may implement its green building ambitions. Read more…

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Vancouver delays DTES tower proposal

A controversial proposal to allow 12 to 15 storey buildings in the Downtown Eastside was suddenly yanked from city council’s Thursday planning committee agenda and delayed to gauge public opinion. Read more…

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Green building to support 7.9 million American jobs

Green building is forecast to generate $554 billion in economic activity and support more than 7.9 million American jobs from 2009 to 2013, according to a study by Booz Allen Hamilton. Read more…

Green building systems growing abroad

If the British Columbia wood products industry aspires to evolve beyond exporting raw logs and cheap 2x4s, it might be worth a look at the expanding green building certification systems in China, Japan and beyond. Read more…

Top green building trends for 2011

Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson expects green renovation, reduced water consumption and net zero buildings to top this year's green building trends. Read more…

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