A senior official in the office of federal housing minister Monte Solberg has now confirmed that the federal, provincial and territorial housing ministers are meeting on Wednesday in Ottawa (not Thursday, as previously reported based on information that came from an Ontario official).
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New information from a senior Ontario housing official has confirmed that federal, provincial and territorial housing ministers will be meeting this week in Ottawa. However, there is new information to correct the news we reported on the weekend: The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 3, and it will last for 90 minutes (not […]
Federal, provincial and territorial housing ministers are set to meet on Wednesday for the first time in more than two and one-half years, according to several reports. Provincial and territorial housing ministers met in early February in Vancouver, and had invited federal housing minister Monte Solberg to join them. Minister Solberg decided to boycott that […]
Bill 47, the Right to Housing Act, was tabled and received first reading in the Ontario Legislature on March 27, 2008. This historic legislation, introduced by Cheri DiNovo, the MPP for Parkdale – High Park, would enshrine in provincial law the international right to adequate housing. In mid-March, as the United Nation's Human Rights Council […]
Ontario’s 2008 Budget is long on language, but short where it counts the most: The dollars fall short of the words. Budgets are about choices and, fundamentally, budgets are about dollars. The real choices are revealed in the spending and revenue columns. When it comes to housing, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has offered the millions […]
As Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan rises in the Ontario Legislature today (Tuesday, March 25, 2008) to deliver the 2008/09 provincial Budget, here are five key questions from the Wellesley Institute on housing and homelessness issues: ONE: Will Minister Duncan commit the funds to close Ontario’s billion-dollar housing deficit? In 2001, the Ontario government signed […]
Home ownership in Canada is at its most unaffordable level since the “housing recession” of 1990. That’s the grim news today from RBC Economics and its latest quarterly housing affordability report. Outside of Alberta, housing affordability has deteriorated in every market and for every type of housing. Most low, moderate and many middle-income Canadians live […]
Health inequalities (the differences in health between the rich and the poor) are growing wider in the United Kingdom. That’s the sobering news in the latest status report from the UK Department of Health titled “Tackling Health Inequalities” (released on March 13, 2008).
"Unnatural causes" is a new on-line resource from the U.S. public broadcaster PBS that provides important info on the intersection between poverty, race and health. From the intro: "What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts, and skin color? Four individuals from different walks of life demonstrate how one’s position in society – shaped […]
Canada's is expected to get a much-deserved censure from The United Nation's Human Rights Council, the highest human rights body within the UN, as it debates Canada's housing record on Wednesday, March 12. The debate begins with a presentation from Miloon Kothari, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, who made a […]