Exciting news: Bill to create national housing plan passes second reading in House of Commons today

Bill C-304, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, just passed second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon and is going to committee for review and possible amendment. This is exciting news – and credit both to …

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Big news: Ontario inclusionary housing legislation passes second reading

Inclusionary housing (and the promise of thousands of new affordable homes in new developments across the province) is one step closer in Ontario as MPP Cheri DiNovo’s Bill 198 passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon. The legislation would amend the Planning Act …

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$125 billion for banks; $2 billion for affordable housing

Sixty-two and one-half years – that’s how long the federal government will have to spend on affordable housing, at the current rate, to equal the $125 billion “emergency” bailout package for banks and other mortgage lenders that federal finance minister James Flaherty has just extended. …

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News flash: Three of four parties in Canada's Parliament back national housing plan

Three of Canada’s four political parties in Parliament – a very solid majority – have backed draft legislation to create a long-overdue and much-needed national housing plan. MP Libby Davies (NDP) has introduced Bill C-304, a private member’s bill that would incorporate Canada’s international housing …

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Right to the city: what can we learn from Chile’s social housing approach?

Chile’s “social housing” approach since the late 1970s allowed hundreds of thousands of poor families to become home owners, and strengthened construction activity in the national economy. However, the low-cost and low-quality housing that was produced has increased socio-spatial discrimination,

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Health Equity Lessons From The United States

Canadians generally think of the United States as a place with severe and worsening health disparities–especially since 45.7 million Americans continue to lack health insurance. It may come as a shock to most Canadians that they can learn anything about health equity from their neighbours …

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WI hosts APA pre-conference

The Wellesley Institute hosted the 117th American Psychological Association pre-conference workshop on August 5th.  The day was action-packed, informative and fun, combining historical tours of Black Creek/Jane-Finch and St James Town communities with presentations

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“Now is the Season for Action”: Some Thoughts on President Obama’s Speech to the Joint Session of Congress

I have several thoughts regarding President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress: (1)   As John King stated on CNN afterwards, “the man can certainly give a speech.” Obama’s delivery and presentation were outstanding throughout his 45 minute presentation. Obama was clear, articulate, compassionate …

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