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‘Modular’ One-Person Homes Fill a Need in Vancouver

City, Ottawa, Vancity Credit Union — and one man’s estate — make for innovative transition housing.

By Katie Hyslop, 17 Feb 2017

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Should Old Rental Buildings Be Saved — or Sacrificed?

A building boom decades ago is still housing half of Canada’s tenants. But time is running out on a generation of apartment buildings.

By Christopher Cheung, 14 Feb 2017

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We’re Losing What ‘SRO’ Hotels Can Do Right

For some, much-maligned ‘single-room occupancy’ means independent shelter within their budget. And it’s vanishing.

By Stefania Seccia, 13 Feb 2017

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The Architecture of Reconciliation

First Nations architect Ouri Scott has ideas on how building design can further reconciliation.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Feb 2017

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‘Service Co-op’ Helps Calgary Seniors Stay in the ‘Hood

Whether it’s keeping up with maintenance or downsizing, ‘Aging in Place’ co-op aims to keep seniors at home.

By Katie Hyslop, 2 Feb 2017

Recent Solutions: News Articles that Investigate Social Problems, Problem-Solving Journalism

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Five Ways to Stop BC’s Overdose Drug Deaths Now

Stopping the drug war and improving housing access is key. Part of a series.

By Jackie Wong, 28 Jan 2017


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The Overdose Crisis: We Know How to Save Lives, Doctors Say

From an Albertan reserve to Vancouver’s inner city, caregivers share solutions for turning the tide. Part of a series.

By Jackie Wong, 27 Jan 2017


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An Urgent Call on Overdose Crisis: Prescribe Drugs, End Prohibition

Simply put, ‘fentanyl is a product of our drug policies.’ Second in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 26 Jan 2017


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In Throes of Overdose Crisis, a Community Unites to Fight Back

Meet the people on the front lines of a public health emergency, and the solutions they seek. First in a new series.

By Jackie Wong, 25 Jan 2017


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Imagining City Life After the Car

Our love affair with the private vehicle is waning. Does it still deserve a third of our urban living space?

By Christopher Pollon, 19 Jan 2017


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BC Landlords Group Wants Members to ‘Rent It Right’

New registry tests landlords on knowledge of tenants’ rights and their own obligations.

By Christopher Cheung, 18 Jan 2017


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Kamloops ‘Wrap Force’ Fights Youth Homelessness

Once homeless herself, Katherine McParland now campaigns to shelter the most vulnerable. Part of a reader-funded series.

By Katie Hyslop, 18 Jan 2017


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No, Homelessness Doesn’t Have to Be Forever

Calgary and other cities are ‘wrapping’ their citizens in help, starting with shelter. It works.

By Stefania Seccia, 16 Jan 2017


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Should Developers Meet Quotas for Affordable Housing Units?

‘Inclusionary zoning’ has worked in US cities, but is tricky to get right.

By Christopher Cheung, 13 Jan 2017


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BC First Nation Gets Active about Passive Housing

Partnership between Yale and modular building company sprouts affordable green homes.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Jan 2017


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Global Housing Summit Raised Questions, Few Answers

A UBC urban planning student attended the United Nations’ Habitat III conference in Quito. He came away inspired, but also impatient.

By Andrew Martin, 26 Dec 2016


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‘Rent Banks’ Offer Loans to Tide You Over

Municipalities and non-profits sponsor help for some when homelessness looms.

By Christopher Cheung, 13 Dec 2016


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Can We Be Gentle with Density?

Many housing experts say yes. Here are at least four ways.

By Christopher Pollon, 6 Dec 2016


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Yes! In My Backyard!

A commitment to neighbourliness eases resistance to new supportive housing. Part of a series.

By Stefania Seccia, 5 Dec 2016


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New Tool Aims to Keep Low-cost Indigenous Housing Available

Association wants to see providers make best choices to stay open and debt free.

By Katie Hyslop, 1 Dec 2016


The Real Reason You Can’t Afford a Home

A seismic shift in the global financial system is driving Vancouver’s soaring housing costs.

By Geoff Dembicki

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