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  • Protecting Alberta’s affordability advantage means celebrating stalling home prices

    Posted by · December 08, 2022 3:43 PM

    Alberta is two steps ahead of BC, Ontario and Quebec when it comes to housing affordability. This economic advantage should be protected by all Albertans – and especially by political leaders as they gear up for the May 2023 election.

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  • Why do provinces choose firefighters over fire prevention when it comes to our health?

    Posted by · December 08, 2022 3:25 PM

    Canadians’ cost of living is skyrocketing and our medical system is on fire. Instead of dousing the flames, health ministers added fuel to the fire when they failed to agree on a plan to stabilize medical care at their most recent meeting. This failure reflects a lack of awareness that these twin crises are born from the same fundamental problem. For decades governments have bought into a myth that medical care is what most makes us healthy, ignoring science that shows social supports contribute more to our wellbeing.

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  • Alberta’s Throne Speech isn’t a step towards generational fairness

    Posted by · December 01, 2022 1:42 PM

    Like all Throne Speeches, Alberta’s November 29 installment is a broad statement about government priorities. One clear message from this missive is that Alberta won’t be prioritizing generational fairness any time soon.

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  • Albertans Should Celebrate Stalling Home Prices to Protect an Affordability Advantage: New study

    Posted by · November 23, 2022 9:39 AM

    Our new pan-Canadian housing affordability report reveals a massive gap for people starting out in the housing market between their full-time earnings and average home prices in many parts of the country. While affordability has eroded in Alberta compared to earlier decades, the province remains ‘relatively’ affordable compared to the other three most populous provinces.

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  • Canadians Should Celebrate Stalling Home Prices: New study

    Posted by · November 23, 2022 9:39 AM

    After decades of relentless increases, recent dips in home prices have captured attention across Canada. How we judge stalling or falling home prices in this moment is critical. Our new report shows the massive gap that still remains for people starting out in the housing market between their full-time earnings and average home prices.

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  • The Globe & Mail: We can’t solve our wallet problems by neglecting our climate problems

    Posted by · November 19, 2022 1:05 PM

    With inflation on the rise, Canadians of all ages may want to tune out the latest warning from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.” The prospect of paying for our pollution as part of the fight against climate change can feel like one more hand in our pocket, reaching for a wallet that is already running on empty.

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  • Affordability can’t come at the cost of generational fairness—Ontario Fall Economic Statement

    Posted by · November 16, 2022 9:17 PM

    Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy clearly wasn’t much concerned with generational fairness in his recent Fall Economic statement. His prescriptions for the province at a time of increased economic uncertainty fall well short of following the generational golden rule: to treat other generations as you would want your generation to be treated.

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  • Poll: Majority of Canadians support a price on housing inequity

    Posted by · November 14, 2022 11:02 PM

    New polling by Research Co. for Generation Squeeze shows that a majority of Canadians are now ready for governments to soften the sharpest edges of the home ownership tax shelter.

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  • What you don’t know about the investors driving up housing demand (and prices)

    Posted by · November 09, 2022 4:01 PM

    We might all agree that Canada needs to build more homes. But it’s clear from Gen Squeeze’s comprehensive housing policy solutions framework that supply isn’t a silver bullet. Increasing the number of homes can help push down prices – but decreasing demand can have the same effect. Supply and demand are two sides of the same coin, but we tend to discuss the former as a potential solution far more than the latter.

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  • The Fall Economic Update doesn’t update much for generational fairness

    Posted by · November 04, 2022 7:43 AM

    If you want Canada to work fairly for all generations, here are five key take-aways from the Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement, released on November 3, 2022.

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