Friday, June 28, 2013

Housing News for June 21 - 27, 2013



WINNIPEG

Winnipeg Free Press, June 27, 2013
The overall vacancy rate in seniors' residences in Manitoba remains ... cent, according to a new survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

City of Winnipeg Housing Steering Committee
Item is to be discussed at July 15, 2013 Committee meeting.

Christopher Leo (blog), June 25, 2013
Gentrification is an important issue, but — as I’ve been arguing tirelessly for years — it has no place in a discussion about Winnipeg.

CCPA (blog), June 24, 2013
Since the City’s report was narrowly focused on structural issues and some usage data, it is curious why it is now undertaking broad consultations on the recreation needs of the area, especially when there is so much support and demonstrated need for the Sherbrook Pool.

METRO, June 22, 2013
A new 48-unit apartment building just a stone’s throw from Winnipeg’s Chinatown officially opened Friday, in a ceremony that included a gift from China’s consul general in Toronto.

Winnipeg Free Press, June 21, 2013
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little brighter for Manitoba apartment-seekers, although it's still far from blinding, according to the results of the latest market survey by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Winnipeg Free Press, June 20, 2013
The apartment vacancy rates for Manitoba and its largest city — Winnipeg — inched a little higher over the winter, according to a spring market survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

CANADA

CFC Canada (media release), June 25, 2013
CHF Canada today urged provincial and territorial governments to help protect 21,000 households—representing approximately 52,000 low-income Canadians—in federally funded housing co-ops across the country.

Saskatoon Homepage.ca, June 24, 2013
An additional 5,000 affordable housing units will be popping up in Saskatoon over the next 10 years. Council approved a housing business plan Monday which would see the city spend about $2 million to make that number a reality.

Toronto Star, June 24, 2013
Lisa Roberts is pregnant and has been living in playgrounds for almost two months with her young son while seeking a place to live in Whitby.

Toronto Star, June 24, 2013
Toronto’s $751 million public housing repair bill, coupled with the pending loss of $161 million in annual social housing funding from Ottawa, is pushing the city to the brink, says the chair of the city’s affordable housing committee.

Toronto Star (editorial), June 22, 2013
The best thing about the 49-page report was that it was balanced. It did not underplay the severe shortage of affordable housing in Canada, but it told the other side of the story, the one the public seldom hears.

CMHC, June 20, 2013
The average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada's 35 major centres increased to 2.7 per cent in April 2013, from 2.3 per cent in April 2012, according to the spring Rental Market Survey released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Regina Leader-Post, June 10, 2013
A new chairman of the board, a soon-to-be unveiled chief executive and a new reporting structure that will overhaul its operations are the tangible indications of the fundamental changes playing out behind closed doors at the Crown corporation that have been set in motion by the federal government.

INTERNATIONAL

The independent (U.K.), June 24, 2013
First-time buyers account for 65 per cent of all purchases in affordable housing schemes over the last 12 months,  according to Halifax.

The Guardian (U.K.), June 24, 2013
A new think tank report highlights the perversities of the government's housing and benefit reforms in the capital

The Next City, June 18, 2013
If you’re wondering why neighborhoods are still largely racially segregated, ask your real estate agent. Blacks, Latinos and Asians shopping for homes were shown fewer options than whites in 2012, according to a new study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute.

OTHER URBAN STUFF

The Atlantic Cities, June 26, 2013
So what does truly good cycling infrastructure look like, for those of us who don't get to experience it for ourselves? As you might expect, many examples come from the Northern European countries where cycling commands the greatest modal share.

This Big City, June 24, 2013
A pioneering ‘FoodPrint Calculator’ which helps cities understand the environmental impact of their population’s diet (and how to reduce it) has been trialled in Oxford, UK, for the first time.

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