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

Elections Are Not the Time to Discuss Serious Issues

By Mike Chopowick, August 18, 2015   I’ve always said that when it comes to government housing policy, no news is good news. Over the past 45 years, few good things have come from government housing policy, from nonsensical tax measures, rent control and massive subsidies for public housing (which now requires taxpayers to pay… Read More

FRPO Outlines Seven Key Actions Government Can Take Right Now to Improve Access to Affordable Housing

June 29, 2015 (ONTARIO) – The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) today called on the government to work in partnership with the rental housing industry and take immediate steps to remove current barriers to stimulating investment in affordable housing with a list of no-cost, low-cost policy solutions designed to get Ontario building again.… Read More

Licensing Ruined the Taxi Industry. Are Apartments Next?

By Mike Chopowick, July 10, 2015 Regulated taxi services are a major mode of transportation in most major cities around the world. Recently, unregulated ride-sharing services such as Uber have entered the game, grabbing a growing share of customers from traditional taxis. Why? There is a perception that the quality and pricing of regulated taxi… Read More