Is There a Housing Affordability Crisis?

No there isn’t, and we should stop using this awful word.  By Mike Chopowick, September 29, 2015 (@mchopowick)   When we use the word “crisis”, what comes to mind? We could say there is a refugee crisis. War and conflict are driving hundreds of thousands from their home countries, with many not surviving their journey… Read More

High Rise Apartments Reduce Traffic Congestion

By Mike Chopowick, September 24, 2015 This summer, Sault Ste. Marie Council approved a new 25-unit apartment building. At a public meeting, the scene played out identically to what we see in any community where a new high-density residential development is being proposed. “Neighbourhood residents had voiced several concerns over the proposal, stating it would… Read More

Manitoba Wins The Race to the Bottom

The lowest rent control limit in Canada sends tenants to the back of the line By Mike Chopowick, September 17, 2015 Only those with a long memory (even I am too young!) will remember Canada’s experience with hyper-inflation in the 1970’s. Inflation was routinely above 10% during that decade, resulting in a disastrous experiment with… Read More

Why Boston Said No to the Olympics

The estimated cost to Bostonians of US$8.6 billion was just too much By Mike Chopowick, September 14, 2015 On July 27, 2015, the Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, went from being his city’s biggest cheerleader for hosting to the 2024 Olympics, to formally killing Boston’s bid. The fear of cost overruns and secrecy from the… Read More

FRPO Housing Summit Explores New Ideas for Affordable Rentals

September 10, 2015 (Toronto) – The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) hosted its first new rental housing summit in Toronto yesterday, featuring housing experts, policy makers and the housing provider sector to hear first hand solutions about how to increase the supply of new and affordable rental housing. This year’s inaugural summit highlighted… Read More