Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 12 - 18, 2013

MANITOBA

Darrell Jones, CEO of Manitoba Housing, resigns effective October 18
righttohousinc.ca, October 16, 2013

Challenging the problem of homelessness in Thompson
Thompson Citizen, October 17, 2013
Project Northern Doorway (PND) is a collaborative initiative struck by the province to have Thompson's key agencies deal with the lack of housing for individuals who are homeless in Thompson.

Tories looking for new ideas to cure poverty at weekend convention
Winnipeg Free Press, October 17, 2013
PC leader Brian Pallister has promised to raise the welfare housing rate to 75 per cent of median market rents and increase the basic personal tax exemption to match the Canadian average.

Cities to gain new tool for creating affordable housing
Policyfix.ca, October 16, 2013
The ability of municipalities to regulate, permit or prohibit certain types of development activities within their boundaries is one of the most powerful tools of local government.

CANADA

Social housing conference draws landlords from across Ontario
ONPHA Media Release, October 18, 2013
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's (ONPHA) 25th annual conference and tradeshow.

Yukon homelessness and poverty getting worse, group says 
CBC.ca, October 17, 2013
The biggest issue facing Yukon, the group says, is housing. YACP says people need a place to live and the waiting list for affordable housing is too long.

Dozens of homeless Canadian vets helped off streets in pilot project
Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2013
Canada’s homeless veterans -- “hidden among the hidden . . . living in the rough” -- need new help from the country they served to get off the streets, a national pilot project has discovered.

A Short History of the Highrise
Spacing.ca,  October 8, 2013 
The resulting interactive documentary, called The Short History of the Highrise, launches this week.

Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away
Huffington Post, October 16, 2013
It may be surprising for residents of any of Canada's major cities to learn that we don't really have a homelessness problem. What we do have in Canada is a chronic homelessness problem. And we're not really doing anything about it.

Lafarge Hands Over Keys to the First NetZero Energy Precast Concrete Homes in North America
Lafarge Canada (Media Release), October 17, 2013
Partnering with Stantec to design the first NetZero energy precast concrete homes in North America, the team has targeted LEED Platinum certification.

Think living in suburbia's cheaper? Think again
The Globe and Mail, October 8, 2013
You can buy a house for less money in the suburbs than you can in a big city, but the cost of commuting may kill almost all your savings. Some number-crunching by a public-spirited mortgage broker in the Toronto area makes this point quite clearly.

How to be a landlord in Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Sun, October 4, 2013
With so many homeowners relying on income from basement suites as mortgage helpers, we offer some practical advice on how to do it right  

INTERNATIONAL

USA San Fransico's homeless problem “worse than it’s ever been”
City Insider, October 17, 2013
It’s a perennial problem, and San Francisco isn’t winning.  We’re talking about homelessness and street life. From City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s perspective, the problem is getting worse.

USA A Disturbing Animation of 15 Years of Evictions in San Francisco 
The Atlantic Cities,  October 16, 2013 
How a California state law has helped convert many rental properties into condos.

UK A Fond Farewell to London's Insane Luxury Mega-Basements
The Atlantic Cities, October 17, 3013
Britain's premier city may attract the super-wealthy like wasps to a sugar bowl, but from now on residents of many of London’s most expensive neighborhoods will more or less be banned from expanding their houses.

OTHER URBAN STUFF

What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture?
Asia Scene / Wall St. Journal, October 14, 2013
Crosswalk signals: You see them every day, but when was the last time you really stopped to look at them?  Artist Maya Barkai’s “Walking Men Worldwide” project invites pedestrians to do just that.

App lets you add "urban bling" to your street
Gizmodo

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