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April 02 2014
How Cities Rip-Off Renters
By: Mike Chopowick
In other provinces, tenants are taxed fairly, but in Ontario tenants are charged property tax rates that are 2 to 3 times higher than home or condo owners.

March 25 2014
A Job Well Done
By: Mike Chopowick
A simple message of thanks to Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey, who served from February 2013 to March 2014.

January 30 2014
Lessons for Ontario from Boca Raton
By: Mike Chopowick
Developers are willing to build more rental housing, but it won't be affordable as long as governments don't halt the runaway train of development charges and NIMBY-related legal costs.

January 13 2014
Canadian Hustle
By: Mike Chopowick
The contribution by rental housing of $18.3 billion in GDP, 147,000 full time jobs, and $7 billion in annual taxes was not accomplished because of any government support – it was achieved despite the lack of it.

January 07 2014
Rent Control's Race to the Bottom
By Mike Chopowick
The end of 1970's inflation also saw the end of wage and price controls and the Anti-Inflation Board. So, why is Ontario still clinging to rent control?

December 11 2013
Jean Chretien's View of Leadership
By: Mike Chopowick
Who would have expected the son of a sawmill worker and the 18th of 19 children to rule Canada as Prime Minister for over 10 years?

December 04 2013
The New Mayor of Toronto
By: Mike Chopowick
Toronto's Deputy Mayor has recently taken on new powers, effectively making him the leader of Canada's largest city. Here's what we can expect from him.

November 22 2013
"Radical Feminists house Runaway Wives"
By: Mike Chopowick
Unbelievably, that was a newspaper headline when Interval House opened its doors as a shelter for victims of domestic violence in 1973. We've come a long way since then.

For Rent: The Dream of Homeownership

Is buying a home the best way to become financially secure? When you crunch the numbers, a tenant can often become wealthier than a homeowner. Here's how.

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Add comment November 18 2013 Mike Chopowick

A License to Bill

If I told you that many tenants in Ontario are facing another $400/year tax for the privilege of renting, would you agree that it’s wrong?  Yet, this is exactly what is happening in Ontario right now.

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Add comment November 10 2013 Mike Chopowick

Can You Put a Price on Saving a Human Life?

Based on the combination of reduction in risk to life and the high cost, mandatory sprinklers are one of the most ineffective ways of reducing preventable fire fatalities.

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Add comment November 05 2013 Mike Chopowick

The End of Coal Energy in Ontario is a Hollow Victory

The closure of Ontario's last coal power plants might be considered a victory for the environment, until you realize that the world is moving in the opposite direction.

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Add comment October 30 2013 Mike Chopowick

A Plea to New Yorkers


     New York City Mayoralty candidate Bill Del Blasio is promising to freeze rents. For the sake of housing in his great city, I hope he doesn’t. Here’s why.


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