Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 22 - 27, 2013

EVENTS

Winnipeg Rental Network Community Advisory Forum
Friday, October 11, 2013, 8:45 am - 4 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library

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Winnipeg Rental Network
September - October 2013

MANITOBA

Winnipeg considering fining landlords for inadequate heat
Winnipeg Free Press, September 27, 2013
The City of Winnipeg is proposing to impose financial penalties on landlords who fail to heat their properties adequately during winter. 

$150K earners living in Manitoba social housing
Sun News, September 24, 2013
Top earner living in Manitoba social housing makes $153,648 a year: Taxpayers federation

Winnipeg Free Press, September 23, 2013
One of Winnipeg's poorest neighbourhoods has been left out of the new long-form census, and the data from another area are so spotty they're unreliable. Statistics Canada has suppressed data for two census tracts, which cover most of the West Alexander neighbourhood around Health Sciences Centre.

CANADA

In defence of rooming houses
Ottawa Citizen (OP ED), September 23, 2013
Governments need to work with owners to improve their facilities, not shut the buildings down and throw people out on the streets. A rooming house may be modest, but can and should be a safe and secure home. Those who live in them are not, as Distasio describes them, “hidden homeless.”

The Tyee, September 25, 2013
First set of data since long-form census axed suggest affordability progress, but others doubt.

Homelessness: A National Crisis
Huffington Post Canada, September 23, 2013
The homeless and the City of Abbotsford have found themselves again in the nation's eye as the city shut down yet another homeless camp. Canadians watched how the homeless are dealt with in Abbotsford, however, this is not an uniquely Abbotsford issue. 

MLS Phantom Listings Distorting House Prices: Consultant 
Huffington Post Canada, September 22, 2013
A real estate consultant's warning that housing market data in Canada is being artificially inflated.

INTERNATIONAL

USA - Can a Land Bank Help Dispose of Philadelphia's 40,000 Vacant Properties?
The New York Times, September 23, 2013
With an estimated 40,000 abandoned houses, lots and commercial buildings, Philadelphia wants to consolidate its inventory of distressed real estate by creating a “land bank” to make purchase more attractive to potential buyers.

UK - The UK’s High Cost of Spare Bedrooms
The Next City,
The “bedroom tax” is meant to cut back on abuse of a social housing program. But it is putting a heavy strain on Britain’s low-income renters.

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