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Wed Oct 4: Social event at Hero's Welcome
A welcome pivot by the federal Liberals on housing
Besides my volunteer pro-housing advocacy with Abundant Housing Vancouver and the Vancouver Area Neighbours Association, I also volunteer with the federal Liberals. I’m chair of the riding association for Vancouver Kingsway. That said, I’m happy to work with anyone from any party who’s pushing for more housing. This is a generational challenge: we need a massive buildout of housing over the next 10 years, and it’s not something any single party can solve on its own. Right now, for example, the federal government needs to work with the NDP government in BC and the Conservative government in Ontario, as well as with municipal governments across the country.
We’re hosting a get-together next Wednesday October 4 at the Hero’s Welcome community pub. It’s primarily a social event, but I’ll also talk about the housing shortage, what the federal government is doing, and what else it should be doing. We’ll have people there from Abundant Housing Vancouver and VANA.
When: Wednesday October 4, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Hero’s Welcome, 3917 Main Street (Main at 23rd)
Hope to see you there!
Mock parliamentary debate, April 2023, with Poilievre and Jagmeet Singh represented by ChatGPT.
Details on the Housing Accelerator Fund, April 2023.
Federal Liberal debate, May 2023. We need both market and non-market housing: post-Covid, the giant surge in remote work has resulted in a dire shortage of market housing.
Federal Liberal convention, May 2023. I had a lot of hallway conversations at the Ottawa convention, and met up with other pro-housing Liberals from Toronto and Halifax.
National Housing Accord, August 2023. A comprehensive proposal for the federal government from a cross-sector roundtable, by Mike Moffatt, Tim Richter (Coalition to End Homelessness in Canada), and Michael Brooks (REALPAC).
The federal plan becomes clearer, September 2023. Steal Poilievre’s diagnosis (we have a terrible shortage of market housing, municipal gatekeepers are in the way) and outbid him, using the Housing Accelerator Fund to convince municipalities to unlock more housing. Put real money into it, removing the GST on new rental housing.
Sean Fraser asks Halifax to allow four storeys everywhere, September 2023.