This morning, I had to control my urge to laugh while reading:
Affordable Housing Canada: Housing Boom, Government Cutbacks Create ‘Rent Squeeze’
by Rachel Mendleson in HuffPost Oct 4, 2012
I knew, the minute I read the headline, that the author probably lived in Ontario, or, at least, definitely not in BC
It isn’t just Vancouver, either, where there hasn’t been anything like affordable rental housing for many, many years..Victoria is insane, and even in rural areas, the rents are extremely high..and have been for years.
It’s definitely a squeeze play, between high rents, inadequate public transit even in city centres, and commuting times.
This country needs to get back to remembering that it’s about the citizens at all economic levels..
If you can afford to buy (increasingly rare) you often have to move outside your work area, and the fuel for commuting can kill off any savings on housing..and there is nothing like adequate public transit to offset these expenses..
Here is BC, the gLibs, in their wisdom (?) just gave our privatized and going broke ferry service the chance to once again inexplicably raise prices, while simultaneously cutting back on services…this is supposedly an extension of our highway system that is so expensive that ridership is down a huge amount..tourists, and BCers alike can no longer afford to use the ferries..imagine what that does to an already stretched economy, never mind the fact that years ago, when people used the main ferries to commute between job and home, the costs were affordable…now? Forget it…
There seems to be absolutely no connect between politicians and the real world. Affordable housing, you say? Don’t know if I’m old enough to remember such a thing….oh, yes, that was about 40 years ago, wasn’t it?
Well, wasn’t it….?