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And that sisters and brothers is why Corrigan got the boot

Good riddance and well said ep13

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And that sisters and brothers is why Corrigan got the boot

Good riddance and well said ep13

The fact that the BCA still controls all but one seat on counsel seems to have slipped your attention. The right wing voters in the city backed the left leaning dissident to oust one of the best Mayors in the country. His adamant stance on not institutionalizing homeless shelters cost him some short sighted people who don't grasp that the only solution to our current crisis is massive investments in government built and subsidized housing. You can disagree with the approach but clearly the majority of the voters like things like these BCA programs currently in place. If you look across the Lower Mainland you will find they have some of the best programs of any municipality. But they are bums because they refused to try and solve a problem that only the federal and provincial governments have the ability to solve. 

City Lands Program for Non-Market Housing/City Land Leases

Burnaby leases land that it owns to non-profit societies and housing corporations seeking to build non-market housing. The City offers these leases at reduced or nominal rates, offsetting leasing costs through contributions from the Community Benefit Bonus Housing Fund. Current leases support 314 non-market units on nine properties.

The recently adopted City Lands Program for Non-Market Housing expands this practice. Through this program, the City proactively identifies City-owned properties that are suitable for non-market housing, and offers these sites to non-profit societies or government agencies at nominal lease rates through an open Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) process.

Following its initial RFEOI process, Burnaby is partnering with two non-profit societies to build approximately 200 units at 3802 Hastings Street and 7898 Eighteenth Avenue.

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Adaptable Housing Policy

An adaptable housing unit has features that can be easily modified to accommodate the changing accessibility requirements of residents over time. Burnaby requires adaptable design in new multi-family residential developments that are approved through the Comprehensive Development (CD) rezoning process. For most developments, at least 20% of the single-level units must have adaptable design; for purpose-built seniors housing, this percentage increases to 100%. As an incentive, the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw provides a 1.85 m2 (approximately 20 sf) floor area exemption for every adaptable housing unit. View the policy »

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Burnaby advocates for greater assistance to tenants who must relocate due to redevelopment.

When redevelopment of a property with six or more units is proposed through the rezoning process, Burnaby requires the property owner to submit a Tenant Assistance Plan that exceeds the minimum requirements of the provincial Residential Tenancy Act. The Tenant Assistance Plan must provide at least four months’ notice and three months’ compensation to all affected tenants, as well as support in finding new accommodation and other assistance.

In addition, Burnaby leads municipal advocacy efforts to strengthen provincial tenant assistance provisions. These efforts are reflected in recent amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act.

 

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NorthReport wrote:

And that sisters and brothers is why Corrigan got the boot

Good riddance and well said ep13

..why are you writing this nr when i didn't say anything. please change your post.

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Jean Swanson: Tenants need vacancy control to end renovictions

Do you know that there’s a new occupation in town? I don’t know exactly what it’s called.  Maybe an “eviction enabler”.

It’s a person who gets hired by a landlord to get tenants out of a building so landlords can put new tenants in, usually at much higher rents. They’re often brought in even before the landlord has any renovation permits. Once emptied, the building can be sold for more, since the new owners can set the rent at whatever they want. Often the landlord wants the building empty so they can renovate and charge higher rents or, simply, so they can charge higher rents without renos.

Rents in Vancouver have skyrocketed in the past few years. That has given landlords an incentive to remove long-term tenants who rent at lower than market rates. The eviction enablers are brought in to achieve exactly that. They do this by telling tenants that their building is going to be renovated so they have to move out.

One place this is happening is at 1875 Yew Street in Kitsilano, a well-maintained, older three-story building with lots of long-term tenants, including some pensioners. Rents are about $900 to $1,250/month. Their eviction enabler is named "Jose", from VS Rentals. His job is to try to get the tenants to agree to one of three options, none of which are good if you can’t afford rents in the current rental market where a one-bedroom apartment goes for an average of over $2,000 a month.

The options are: accept one month of free rent and get four months notice to leave; leave your apartment while renovations are done and return and pay the new (higher) market rent; or leave within 45 days with free moving (excluding boxes) and get one month free rent and $3,000....

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Vancouver passes motion to protect tenants from ‘renoviction’

After hearing from dozens of tenants whose landlords were attempting to “renovict” them, Vancouver city council has unanimously passed a motion to better protect renters.

Councillor Jean Swanson, a long-time housing activist, brought the motion forward and heralded council’s decision as only a partial victory for tenants, because council did not approve all parts of her motion.

The motion as passed will change the city’s tenant relocation and protection guidelines to require landlords to offer tenants to temporarily move out to accommodate renovations without ending the tenancy.

The city will now also track all apartment buildings sold, and as soon as a sale happens, will mail information to the tenants in those buildings informing them of their rights. To address the growing trend of landlords offering tenants buyouts to move out without going through an eviction attempt, the city will also explore measures “to regulate and publicly register all tenants buyouts.”.....

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NDP Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart making his mark

Vancouver City Council to consider a hike to the Empty Homes Tax

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-empty-homes-tax-hike-january-2019

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I Won a Seat at the Table. That’s Just the First Step

As a school trustee and woman of colour, I’ve figured out what I need to do now.

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Trustee Jennifer Reddy: ‘When I think back to the 15-year-old me who was searching frantically for role models that I could relate to, I remember how lonely the journey can be.’ Photo submitted

I am proud to be a Vancouver School Board trustee. I was one of few women of colour elected in the recent municipal elections, and I want to share some of my experience in hope that this won’t be the case the next time around.


ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS & MORE FROM TYEE AND SELECT PARTNERS

Just before the election, in the midst of high anxiety and uncertainty, I was at a community event with young women of colour who were interested in political leadership. Sitting in a circle, I asked if they knew anyone who looked like them and who held a formal position of power.

Out of 16, no one put up their hand. No direct access to decision-making, no role models, no ownership of a system that is meant to serve them. I thought about how this impacts a young person’s sense of belonging in their community. As we talked, I learned that these young women and I shared a commitment to make life in our city safer, more inclusive and more rewarding for people now and for future generations.

Like others, I’ve noticed the lack of diversity in our elected bodies. During the election, I asked for support from my colleagues and peers. To my surprise, some people told me that they could not publicly support me because of their careers or personal preference.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/03/21/School-Trustee-First-Step/

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A Rigged Game: School Closures in Vancouver

The school board’s simplistic formula protects schools on the west side at the expense of less affluent neighbourhoods.

 

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/04/01/Rigged-Game-School-Closures-Vancouver/

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With 2.6 Million Disposable Cups Trashed a Week, Vancouver Struggles to Find Solutions

Mandatory fees? New tax on business? Improved composting? No easy answers.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/04/01/Disposable-Cups-Trash-No-Easy-Solutions/

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Lots Less Waste, But Vancouver Is Still Going to Miss Its Green Goal

City has cut waste going to landfills by 23 per cent since 2008, still short of the 2020 target.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/02/28/Less-Waste-Vancouver-Green-Goal/

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City of Vancouver to consider six 'big moves' in response to climate emergency

Plan would work out to 90,000 tonnes a year in a reduction of carbon, compared to the 19,000 tonnes a year the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017.

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/city-of-vancouver-to-consider-six-big-moves-in-response-to-climate-emergency

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Why Selling Kingsgate Mall Would be Bad for Vancouver Schools, and the City

The VSB-owned property offers a chance to fund education and address the housing crisis, says trustee.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/05/03/Kingsgate-Mall-Education-Housing-Crisis-Jennifer-Reddy/

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Gregor Robertson appointed global ambassador for mayors’ climate group

 

Former Vancouver mayor's new role involves convincing national governments to collaborate with cities and take climate change seriously.

https://www.cheknews.ca/gregor-robertson-appointed-global-ambassador-for-mayors-climate-group-558425/

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How can any of these rich people’s servants live on their pittance wages in the Lower Mainland?

Answer is they can’t 

https://www.straight.com/life/1291906/workers-vote-give-union-reps-strike-mandate-three-more-downtown-vancouver-hotels

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