The for-profit rental market does not work for low-income people. It is past time for the federal government to once again champion affordable housing as it did after the Second World War.
The impending end of operating agreements for housing providers, with its potentially catastrophic results, is an opportunity to bring the issue of affordable housing into the public discourse.
Food waste embodies the very ethos and underlying driving forces of consumerist capitalism and highlights its moral and economic contradictions as well as how it is basically unsustainable.
In a recent interview, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty suggested privatizing the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation within the next 5 to 10 years.
Provincial or federal, left or right, there is one thing that mainstream politicians agree on. The government needs to make life more "affordable" for "hard-working families" and the middle class.
Personal debt in Canada, whether intended or otherwise, has acted as a form of highly dangerous economic "stimulus" and as a de facto mechanism of wage suppression.
It was the Canadian government itself that facilitated the creation of the overheated housing market, and it is all of us that are ultimately on the hook for the tab.
The sorry spectacle of Conservative cabinet ministers flying around the world defending banks is being largely justified by the perpetuation of the myth that Canada did not have to bail them out.