It’s Time to Start Taxing Housing Wealth -- Like Now!

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Finding affordable housing in Vancouver shouldn’t be such a horror show

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Here’s how many (if not most) Vancouver renters interpret the housing situation right now: any actual “affordable” rentals come with abusive, intrusive landlords, pests, or are just plainly unlivable dwellings.

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Douglas Todd: A smarter tax would ease Vancouver's housing crisis

Is it time for elected officials to finally get serious about Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis?

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Briefing Note: First Meeting of the Ontario Housing Forum

 

Following our Toronto Code Red community meeting and launch event, our report "Ontario has the second worst economy in the country for younger generations," our collaborative push to end Ontario's 1991 rent control loophole, and meetings with Ontario Ministers of Finance and Housing, Generation Squeeze has been invited to participate as a member of Ontario's new Housing Forum. We extend our thanks to the Government of Ontario for the invitation and opportunity! 

This briefing note was prepared by Gen Squeeze's Dr. Paul Kershaw in advance of the first housing forum meeting on July 5, 2017.

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Generation Squeeze encourages the City of Vancouver to maintain its commitment to the Empty Homes Tax

 

This letter is intended for distribution to City Council, including the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities.

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Generation Squeeze encourages the City of Toronto to implement a Vacant Home Tax

This letter is intended for distribution to City Council, and is prepared for the Executive Committee at its meeting of June 19, 2017.

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Our Benefits Program, One Year In - Q&A with Erin

Gen Squeeze aims to be a national voice for squeezed Canadians in their 20s, 30s and 40s, in the world of politics AND in the marketplace. On the latter front, in 2016 we began to build up a Benefits program to ease your squeeze. It's all about pooling our influence in the marketplace to save you time and money, and help you live more sustainably.

And what a year it’s been! It's hard to believe Erin joined Gen Squeeze only 12 months ago. We sat down with her to learn what it’s been like to build out our program from scratch.

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Inside the search from hell Canadian millennials must undergo for affordable housing

This piece is by Nadine Bachan and was originally published in THIS magazine. 

It’s my house-cleaning and laundry day. I’m in flip-flops and a housedress with a fraying hole at the waist. I haven’t combed my hair. As I round the corner of the house, after depositing my garbage and recycling in the bins and bags in the back lane, I’m surprised by the sudden presence of four strangers congregating by the doorway of my apartment, their eyes shifting from scrutinizing the property to my dishevelled presence. The most well-dressed of them, a middle-aged man with an easy smile, steps forward to identify himself and the three others to me. He’s the real-estate agent. The woman is his associate. The two other men are workers who will tend to the property, haul furniture and junk, keep things tidy, etc. The process has begun.

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New study breaks down platform numbers to encourage young voter turnout

Elections BC data show that 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds voted in the 2013 BC election. So too did 49 per cent of 35-44 year olds. Turnout among younger British Columbians was well below that of residents over age 55 who cast a ballot in the last election at rates above 67 per cent.

One of the reasons young people offer to explain why they vote less often is that politicians don’t speak to their priorities or concerns. Others find it’s hard to make meaning of political promises. As a result, for some, the differences between parties is as clear as the mud you find in a swamp.

Generation Squeeze publishes “Swamplight: Making sense of the 2017 B.C. election platforms for voters under age 45” with one week left in the election campaign to address both of these concerns: http://www.gensqueeze.ca/bc_election_2017

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Victoria City Council Votes NO to a Foreign Buyers Tax

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On April 27th, Victoria city council voted NO to extending the 15% foreign buyers tax to Greater Victoria. The motion to extend the tax failed in a 4-4 tie.

What this means is that with two of the other hottest markets in the country -- Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver -- now covered by the tax, Greater Victoria risks attracting even more demand from non-resident speculators.  

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