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Each of the 13 read a 30-second opening statement with varying degrees of proficiency in French.
Kellie Leitch quickly fired a salvo at rival Maxime Bernier, accusing him of being a liar for supposedly giving big corporations more than $200 million when he was industry minister while at the same championing himself as someone who wants to end corporate welfare.
MP Steven Blaney also targeted Bernier, criticizing his rival's promise to get rid of the supply-and-demand system in agriculture.
Leadership candidate Steven Blaney speaks during the Conservative Party French language leadership debate on Tuesday in Quebec City. (Photo: Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
Blaney, one of only two francophones in the debate, said farmers work hard while Bernier likes to "go jogging."
"They (farmers) are not in the room tonight because they are working," Blaney said.
Bernier, the other francophone hopeful, defended his record as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's former Tory government even though he was not successful in getting the supply-and-demand system abolished.
Many of the anglophone candidates, including Lisa Raitt, Deepak Obhrai and Brad Trost, appeared to struggle in the debate and read pre-prepared answers.
"They (farmers) are not in the room tonight because they are working."
The other participants in the debate were Chris Alexander, Michael Chong, Erin O'Toole, Andrew Scheer, Pierre Lemieux, Rick Peterson and Andrew Saxton.
Many of the candidates spoke of the importance of Quebec within Canada, as well as the need for the Conservatives to have a bilingual leader.
"One cannot understand Canada and one cannot prepare to govern Canada without understanding Quebec," said Alexander, a former immigration minister.
Chong, who has been an MP since 2004, also played up the French fact.
"Thirty years ago, under the other Trudeau, Pierre Elliott, my family almost lost everything — our home, our jobs, our hopes."
"I believe in values and principles," he said. "I am a friend of francophones. I am a francophile. I have always believed in the French fact. ... And as leader, I will defend the French fact in North America."
One of the odder comments of the night came from Peterson, a Vancouver-based businessman.
"Thirty years ago, under the other Trudeau, Pierre Elliott, my family almost lost everything — our home, our jobs, our hopes," he said. "In the fridge there was only a jar of pickles. Under Justin, we're on the same road."
Kevin O'Leary expected to join race
The debate was held against the backdrop of rumours that celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary will finally launch his campaign Wednesday afternoon in Toronto.
O'Leary, who does not speak French but is taking lessons, said he's "getting frustrated" with how many candidates are still in the running.
He said the crowded field has reduced the debates to "just a bunch of sound bites."
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But he's refusing to comment on the latest one: that he'll finally launch his campaign Wednesday afternoon in Toronto.
Kevin O'Leary speaks onstage on Dec. 8, 2016 in Boston. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Massachusetts Conference for Women)
The celebrity businessman is, however, sharing his thoughts on the French-language Tory leadership debate taking place tonight in Quebec City.
He's not going to be there — only the 13 candidates who have officially registered for the contest so far are entitled to be on stage.
O'Leary, who does not speak French, but is now taking lessons, says he's "getting frustrated" with how many candidates are still in the running.
He says the crowded field has reduced the debates, in his words, to "just a bunch of sound bites."
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The 13 candidates for the Conservative leadership are debating taxes, security and national defence in Quebec City tonight. The debate will put to the test some of the contestants' language skills, as it will be held entirely in French.
Erin O'Toole, however, has vowed to refrain from attacking his rivals and is focusing his sights squarely on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole speaks during a debate in Saskatoon on Nov. 9, 2016. (Photo: Liam Richards/CP)
On Tuesday, O'Toole shared a video on Facebook parodying the Netflix drama "House of Cards." The clip is titled "House of Trudeau" and "shines a light on the corruption and incompetence that reign supreme in Trudeau’s Ottawa," according to the Tory MP's post.
Watch the clip below:
House of Trudeau: Chapter One
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The job of the next leader of the Conservative Party is defeating Justin Trudeau. I won’t tear down fellow Conservatives. I’ll unify the party, take the fight to Justin Trudeau and win. But I need your help.
The video mimics scenes from the show where text bubbles on screen show dialogue between characters In this case, it's Trudeau and his principal secretary, Gerald Butts, discussing the PM's recent trip to the Aga Khan's private island, as well as Trudeau's "to do list" — which includes taking selfies and trying to "relate to regular people" on his cross-country tour.
Enter the dragon
O'Toole, who served as veterans affairs minister in the former Conservative government, made the promise to refrain from bashing his fellow leadership contenders on Jan. 9.
“It’s tempting to succumb to personal attacks in an environment where the loudest and most outrageous statements win the most attention," he said in a statement at the time.
Speaking of being loud to win attention, a healthy chunk of the leadership race's coverage has been commanded by Kevin O'Leary, the "Shark Tank" star and money aficionado who as of today has yet to enter the race.
That might all change Wednesday, however. CBC News reports O'Leary is — after months of speculation — officially throwing his name into the race's already large hat.
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A fake drug deal involving a small bag of cat hair and spices may have been the cause of a violent home invasion that left three people wounded, including one young woman who was paralyzed from the chest down.
Trudeau is currently on a cross-country tour, chatting with Canadians in town hall meetings and at coffee shops. On Monday, Trudeau swung by Java Blend Coffee Roasters in Halifax where Alex Ayton and Kathleen Olds, both 19, asked him for a selfie.
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Thanks for the selfie, Justin! We'll hold you to your promise.Posted by Divest Dal on Monday, 16 January 2017
Members of Divest Dal ask PM JT about his promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
“Are you planning on implementing UNDRIP?” Olds asked the prime minister.
“Absolutely, yes,” Trudeau replied. “For sure.”
“Does that mean requiring consent for natural resource projects?” Ayton asked, in a clip posted to the group’s Facebook page.
“Absolutely. We need to engage with a broad range of voices and as we’ve seen, the indigenous communities have positions on both sides of just about every different project,” Trudeau replied.
Ayton told The Huffington Post Canada on Tuesday that the pair wanted to challenge Trudeau on “one of the promises that he has broken.”
George Smith, the NDP’s director of media relations, also helped draw attention to the exchange.
UNDRIP, adopted in 2007, describes the rights that constitute the minimum standards for the “survival, dignity, and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.”
The declaration notes indigenous peoples have a right to self-determination, and to the territories and natural resources they traditionally owned or occupied.
Canada joined Australia, New Zealand, and the United States in voting against the declaration 10 years ago because of concerns about language addressing resources and land. Canada was the only nation to file its objections against the landmark document in 2014.
However, Liberals campaigned in 2015 to implement the declaration.
Though Canada removed its objector status to the declaration last May, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has since said UNDRIP cannot be adopted “word for word” into Canadian law.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould addresses a gathering of First Nations leaders and B.C. cabinet ministers in Vancouver on Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Wilson-Raybould told First Nations leaders in September "the hard and sometimes painful truth is that many of our current realities do not align with the standards of the United Nations declaration, and as such they must be systemically and coherently dismantled.”
'A little bit sad' about PM's response
In an interview with HuffPost, Ayton suggested the federal government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project clashed with both its commitment to fighting climate change and fostering a new relationship with First Nations. Only 39 of the 120 aboriginal groups consulted on the project by Kinder Morgan have given their support, Ayton noted.
She did not think much of Trudeau’s response.
“We thought it was really funny, for one. And then, after thinking about it, it was also a little bit sad,” she said, adding the prime minister opted for a “scripted” response instead of a candid discussion.
“We want him to stick to his promises.”
Ayton admits she had some nerves in the moment, but suggested the exchange shows young people are paying attention to politics, too.
“We want him to stick to his promises,” she said. “And we are active and engaged.”
Ayton also highlighted how, at a town hall in Dartmouth on Monday night, a Mi’kmaq woman asked that oil be left in the ground. In his response, the prime minister reportedly referenced that 39 indigenous communities backing the Kinder Morgan project.
“We have to listen to the First Nation community,” Ayton said. “They’ve been on this land longer than we have.”
The full adoption and implementation of UNDRIP was also one of the 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its report on the painful legacy of Canada’s residential school system.
Liberals have also pledged to work with provinces and First Nations to enact all 94 of those recommendations.
With files from The Canadian Press
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FREDERICTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government inherited a "high degree of mistrust" from the previous Conservative government that has left Canadians skeptical about consultations on pipelines and environmental protection.
Trudeau was asked about Energy East from a man at a town hall meeting in Fredericton, who wondered if public meetings will be held in affected communities, and whether detailed maps of the pipeline route would be provided.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fields questions at a town hall meeting during a visit to the Cultural Centre in Fredericton on Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Vaughan/CP)
"One of the things we inherited from the previous government was a high degree of mistrust by Canadians," Trudeau said as he continued his cross-country tour Tuesday.
"That's why we turned around and enhanced the process for pipeline approvals to make sure there's more public input, there's more engagement, there's more rigour, there's more science, and there's an approach that can reassure Canadians that instead of being a cheerleader or booster for pipelines, that you have a government that's a referee."
A National Energy Board review panel will examine the proposed 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would carry 1.1-million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.
Vacation debate continues
The same man, who said he was with the Council of Canadians, also won applause for saying he wished the opposition and media would leave Trudeau alone about his Christmas vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas.
The crowd, smaller than the thousands who packed a Halifax-area arena for a town hall the previous night, was largely friendly even as Trudeau was pressed for answers on issues as diverse as electoral reform, a United Nations declaration supporting indigenous rights, and what his daughter wants to be when she grows up.
The most pointed questions came from a woman who pressed him on whether he would scrap the troubled Phoenix pay system that has left thousands of government employees with either too much or no pay at all.
The woman, a seasonal contract worker at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, called it the "Phoenix nightmare."
Trudeau said a fix is underway at the Public Service Pay Centre in Miramichi, N.B.
"We are working extremely hard … the folks in Miramichi are working practically around the clock," he said. "Everyone deserves to get paid what they are owed."
He wouldn't agree to replace it or revert to the previous payroll system because he said it was unreliable and inefficient.
"We will end up with a good system … we're working as fast as we can to get there," he said, urging people to contact their MPs for individual help in the meantime.
Asked about NATO, defence changes
At a news conference later Tuesday in Fredericton, Trudeau affirmed Canada's support of NATO, days after president-elect Donald Trump's pronouncement that the military alliance is obsolete. But he stopped short of saying he would be willing to boost the defence budget so Canada could meet NATO's spending target for its member countries.
He also said he backed the decision by Canada's chief of defence staff to relieve his second in command of his duties, but won't say anything more about the controversy swirling around Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Word emerged Monday that Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities by his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, on Jan. 13.
Trudeau was to make several afternoon appearances in New Brunswick before heading to Sherbrooke, Que., Tuesday evening.
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But the prime minister stopped short of saying he would be willing to boost the defence budget so Canada could meet NATO's spending target for its member countries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shown at a town hall in Halifax on Jan. 16, 2017. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
Trudeau cited Canada's leadership in Latvia, where it will contribute 450 troops and command several national contingents as part of a military deterrent to Russia on Europe's eastern flank.
He said that was "a great example of how Canada continues to be an extraordinarily important player in NATO and we will continue to be a reliable partner, not just to the United States, but to all of our allies as we move forward."
The Liberal chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee has told The Canadian Press that Canada will have to contribute more to the 28-country alliance if the United States — its largest financial and military contributor — scales back its involvement as Trump has suggested.
'Countries like ours will have to step up to the plate'
"That means countries like ours will have to step up to the plate," Bob Nault said in an interview Monday.
Speaking to reporters in New Brunswick today, Trudeau said: "When there's heavy lifting to do, when there's a need for people to step up, Canada is there on the front lines contributing fully to NATO operations."
Trump criticized NATO during the U.S. election campaign, and sparked surprise in Europe when he levelled more attacks this week.
Canada at 23rd in spending
But Trump's nominee for defence secretary, retired Marine general James Mattis, spoke in support of NATO during his congressional confirmation hearing last week.
Analysts say Trump will expect other NATO members to increase spending in the alliance to ease the burden on the United States.
Canada lags at 23rd in spending in NATO, and currently contributes about one per cent of GDP to defence spending — well below the alliance's two-per-cent target. The U.S. is one of only five NATO countries that meet the spending target.
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A briefing note prepared for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly argues in favour of charging sales tax on digital content subscriptions, such as on Netflix’s monthly fee.
The note argues that not charging a sales tax on foreign content services like U.S.-based Netflix is unfair because it places domestic competitors at a disadvantage.
It also “represents a significant loss of potential tax revenue for government,” stated the note, which was obtained by the CBC.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly is looking at ways of updating Canadian content rules for the digital age. A tax on digital services could be part of that solution. (Photo: The Canadian Press)
Joly’s department wrapped up consultations in November on “Canadian content in a digital world,” where proposals for a Netflix tax or other Internet taxes were floated.
“There [were] few surprises, with many creator groups supporting Netflix and Internet taxes, while Internet providers and consumer groups oppose them,” wrote University of Ottawa e-commerce law professor Michael Geist.
Consumer group OpenMedia has been running a petition opposing taxing the Internet, which recently passed 26,000 signatures.
That campaign opposes the Netflix tax, but also argues against a potential tax on all Internet services, which it says would set back Canada’s digital economy and disadvantage lower-income households.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has said it won't create a "Netflix tax," but a Heritage Canada note advocates for expanding sales taxes to include foreign streaming services. (Photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie)
The federal Liberals, along with the previous Conservative government and the federal NDP, all disavowed the idea of a Netflix tax during the 2015 election. Joly has reiterated that position since.
Canada’s telecom regulator, the CRTC, also passed on the idea.
But this Netflix tax proposal would see the government expand its collection of the existing federal GST, putting the money into general revenue — in essence, a tax that already exists.
Technically, Canadians are liable for paying sales tax on foreign streaming services like Netflix, even if the service doesn’t add the tax to your bill, the Finance Department has said.
Enforcing the existing sales tax is a compromise that Geist himself had advocated.
“The general revenue approach is the preferred one, given the benefits of new funding and without the significant drawbacks of the expansion of taxes or levies,” Geist said in his submission to the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The City Hall in Pasadena, California. The city is considering implementing an Internet tax. (Photo: Mark Breck via Getty Images)
Others are trying it
A number of countries, U.S. states and even cities have launched or are considering similar taxes. Brazil is about to institute a 2-per-cent tax on all paid online entertainment. Pennsylvania has started collecting sales tax on all digital downloads, including books and music, and in California, where cities can tax online activity as a "utility service," Pasadena and others are mulling taxing streaming services.
But can it be enforced?
One problem with a sales tax on foreign content is that it would be hard to enforce, Heritage Canada's briefing note for Joly states.
"Beyond voluntary compliance, little can be done to enforce a sales tax regime, even when a foreign-based company has registered with the relevant tax authority.
"Tax authorities have very little recourse in cases where a foreign-based supplier does not remit any sales tax or where there is a dispute over the amount of tax remitted. They also have a very limited ability to enforce audits beyond their national jurisdiction and to send auditors abroad."
The note also suggests that the U.S. may not be willing to help Canada collect a federal sales tax, since it has no federal sales tax of its own.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is backing the decision by Canada's chief of the defence staff to relieve his second in command of his duties, but won't say anything more about the controversy swirling around Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
Word emerged Monday that Norman was abruptly stripped of his responsibilities by his boss, Gen. Jonathan Vance, in a tersely worded letter dated Jan. 13.
Neither Vance nor Trudeau would say why Norman was relieved.
Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Mark Norman waves goodbye as he is traditionally rowed away in a whaler after stepping down as the head of the Royal Canadian Navy in a ceremony Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
Norman, former commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, was appointed to the vice-chief position last summer.
The vice chief is essentially the No. 2 in the military hierarchy and is responsible for security, among other things.
Trudeau says the government is behind Vance, but like Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, has nothing else to say.
"The chief of defence staff took a decision and this government supports Gen. Vance in the decision that he took," Trudeau told a news conference today in New Brunswick.
"I have nothing further to say on this at this time."
Report of 'high-level' leak
Citing an anonymous source, the Globe and Mail reported Monday that the decision followed an investigation into the alleged leak of "high-level secret documents."
Trudeau said Canada wants to reassure allies that security is observed.
"We continue to engage with our allies to demonstrate the seriousness with which we take issues of security, because it's essential for co-operation and collaboration," he said.
Conservative defence critic James Bezan said the government owes the public an explanation.
"This situation is unprecedented and it is odd that the government and the military are not providing any details," he said in a statement.
"This situation is unprecedented and it is odd that the government and the military are not providing any details."
"Of course we expect all necessary precautions to be taken when there are national security and privacy implications involved. However, when a decision of this magnitude is made Canadians deserve to be kept informed."
The RCMP would not say whether they had Norman under investigation for any reason, noting they generally never confirm or deny who is or isn't under scrutiny.
But the military police said they were not involved.
"We weren't, and we are not, investigating on this case," Maj. Jean-Marc Mercier, a public affairs officer with the military police group said in an interview.
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd — who took over command of the navy from Norman — has been appointed as interim vice chief.
Attention CloneClubbers, SchittHeads and fans of that Jungchee bromance: your favourites are headed for the red carpet. Orphan Black, Schitt's Creek and Kim's Convenience, along with films It's Only the End of the World and Race, lead the nominations for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
Thankfully, a bunch of programmers have been busy creating browser extensions and add-ons to help us maintain our mental health, ranging from replacing Trump's face with kittens to fact-checking his tweets on the fly to removing the world's new orange overlord from the Internet altogether.
Make America Kittens Again
This Chrome extension, created by coder and tech journalist Tom Royal, "replaces images of Donald Trump with kittens, because seriously, f*** that guy."
It was initially made back in February when, as he writes in the FAQ, "Trump was merely an annoyance; a particularly vile and shouty cartoon clown making a nuisance of himself ahead of the Republican primaries when, I hoped, he'd get knocked back to his career of real estate fuckery and reality TV bellowing."
Royal has since expanded the extension's reach to also block pics of VP-elect Mike Pence, Brexit champion Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party, French xenophobe Marine Le Pen of Le Front National and Dutch far-right Party for Freedom founder Geert Wilders.
But while the extension is a tremendous idea, even its maker admits that "we're looking down the barrel of four years of horror. No Chrome extension's going to fix that, sadly."
Trump recently announced that rather than moving over to @POTUS, he plans to keep tweeting from his 20 million followers-strong @realDonaldTrump account. Well, that will save some coding effort for the Washington Post.
Last month, the newspaper launched RealDonaldContext, an app for Chrome and Firefox that addresses the fact that "his tweets aren't always entirely accurate, by mistake or by design." So the Post's Fix team decided to "ensure that the public receives the most accurate possible information by creating this extension, which will add more context or corrections to things that Trump tweets."
This live fact-checking may take a few minutes to update Trump's tweets but will try to prevent the president from sending out fake news to his millions of followers.
I set up my web browser to automatically change "political correctness" to "treating people with respect" pic.twitter.com/yvNnqUWpNm— Byron C Clark (@byroncclark) August 4, 2015
Trump, of course, is only the embodiment of what Van Jones famously dubbed a "whitelash" which has been building for some time. The right-wing push back against civil rights initially targeted what they dubbed "political correctness," so in 2015, New Zealand developer Byron C Clark created PC2Respect, dubbing it a "software-as-social-commentary app."
Much like the kitten one, it searches through website code and changes the term "political correctness" to a more accurate descriptor — "treating people with respect."
The idea was inspired by a 2013 quote from cult novelist Neil Gaiman, who blogged:
"I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase 'In these days of political correctness…' talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, 'That’s not actually anything to do with 'political correctness'....I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase 'politically correct' wherever we could with 'treating other people with respect,' and it made me smile."
It was later updated to change "politically correct" to "respectful" and "politically incorrect" to "disrespectful."
Make America's Hands Tiny Again
Trump has been famously insecure about his hand size since 1988 when current Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described him in Spy magazine as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
Carter addressed the issue in the fall of 2015, noting that he did it "just to drive him a little bit crazy" because "like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer."
Given that it still drives him crazy enough to address it in a Republican debate, while also incredibly defending his penis from hand size innuendo, he'd probably hate the Internet automating that insult. That's exactly why Dan Sinker, who became infamous a few years back for antagonizing Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel with a fake Twitter account, developed it.
But what if the tiny hands thing just isn't insulting enough for you? Enter Detrumpify, an extension created by Tools of Our Tools and available for Firefox and Chrome, which replaces Trump's name with a random selection of more creative insults.
While initially using Jezebel originals like "Sentient Hate-Balloon," "Neo-Fascist Real Estate Golem" and "New Superfood Made of Finely-Ground Clown Wigs" from this collection, "because of our national tragedy, I will continue to add new insulting names as I come across them, at least four more years."
Maybe none of these are enough for you. Maybe it's not about replacing his photo, fact-checking or insulting him. Maybe you sometimes need a Trump-free Internet. The Trump Filter has you covered.
This Chrome extension identifies parts of a web page about Donald Trump and "erase them from the Internet," offering three filter levels based on your mood and how much you want to avoid Trump news. It was initially created as "part of the antidote for this toxic candidacy [because] the only way to deflate Trump's political star is through suffocation."
That obviously didn't work. But now that he's been elected, the Trump Filter can function as a from of self-care.
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1. The B.C. Election: In May British Columbians will head to the polls with a rising class of young people wondering if they'll ever own a home, Gen Xers considering leaving B.C., and seniors telling their seniors advocate that housing is the number one issue for them. Homeless counts are at staggering heights around the province while rental vacancy rates drop to historic lows. And homeowners don't know what will happen to housing prices this year. Expect housing to be the focus of political platforms, doorway conversations and debates.
We'll be looking at all data closely in 2017 and will also get the results of homeless counts and the resurrection of purpose-built rental housing.
2. The National Housing Strategy: Expectations are that the 2017 federal budget will include funds to support a national housing strategy. Starting under the Pierre Trudeau era to the early 1990s, Canada built over 600,000 units of non-profit and co-op housing, and incentivized the creation of private market rentals. However, for a generation we've largely sat on our hands and that has led to a national crisis. Justin Trudeau seems poised to make housing affordability his key domestic priority in 2017, but it will take both specific supports for renters, new supply, innovation, and a homelessness strategy.
3. The Fentanyl & Overdose Epidemic: Why is this on the list? Well, social housing and shelter staff are on the front lines of a national crisis of massive proportions. On a daily basis workers are saving lives and watching people die. It's traumatic for everyone involved, including emergency workers. This has put a spotlight on our need to address things like addiction, mental health and housing more holistically. Somebody is likely knowingly killing hundreds of our neighbours, and we'll all be watching to see if there's a break in this crisis in 2017 or if it spreads to other major cities.
4. Data: Data made headlines in 2016: from foreign investment to our first year back to the mandatory long-form census. We'll be looking at all data closely in 2017 and will also get the results of homeless counts and the resurrection of purpose-built rental housing. At Housing Central we are compiling a bunch of data to create an Affordable Housing Plan for B.C. that can help identify what we need to build, where, and for whom, and how much all this will cost.
New condominium towers are seen under various stages of construction in the Yaletown district of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 19, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Helgren)
5. The B.C. Budget(s): There's a chance B.C. could end up with two provincial budgets in 2017. Likely, one in early 2017 that funds the government's housing plans should Christy Clark's B.C. Liberals be re-elected. Should John Horgan win, it's likely we'll see a different budget in the fall. Both seasons ended up being important to housing in 2016 as nearly a billion dollars was announced for new affordable rentals, tax breaks for people buying homes up to $750k, implementation of a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax, and a new lending program for first time home buyers was introduced.
6. Co-operation: Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of the Co-op Housing Federation of B.C. will tell you this is the most important thing that needs to happen in housing. In his words: "The big question we need to ask is whether the various levels of government are finally willing to coordinate strategies, resource allocations and priorities to do something about housing (Thom Armstrong, Housing Central Conference 2016). As cities like Vancouver, New Westminster and Victoria get aggressive in contributing land and cash to housing projects, the power dynamic between each level of government and the non-profit sector is starting to equalize, leading to more collaboration between partners.
We seem to have unlimited money for expensive jails, shelters, hospitals and treatment centres, but not enough for the cheapest and best option: social housing.
7. Housing Central: This innovative partnership includes a new shared office for B.C.'s affordable housing sector and ownership of a private mutual fund company that serves the sector, called Encasa. Buffy Ste. Marie and Shelagh Rogers also created an unforgettable kickoff for over 1,200 delegates at the first "Housing Central" conference last year. Look for this partnership to expand in 2017, examining the use of land trusts to preserve affordable housing for renters and potentially homeowners. Is B.C. ready for partial home ownership? Collective living? Tiny Homes? More modular and container homes? Let's innovate and see what works.
8. Northern Exposure: There's no urban-rural split in suffering during B.C.'s housing crisis. Gord Downie has raised awareness of what's happening in indigenous communities, but most Northern municipalities are also facing troubles. Some are packed with job seekers and speculators that have filled up their deteriorating rentals and hotels. In Prince George, homeless shelters are full, even in the summer, and in Terrace, where 11,000 people live, over 100 are now homeless. Conversely, in places like Fort St. John, Alberta's struggles have led to a vacancy rate exceeding 30 per cent.
9. Tent Cities: As B.C.'s homeless population climbs into the thousands, tent cities have become a dramatic visual symbol of our housing crisis. We seem to have unlimited money for expensive jails, shelters, hospitals and treatment centres, but not enough for the cheapest and best option: social housing. Tim Richter, CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness believes we need a by-name list of everybody who is homeless, sorted by urgency like we would do in an emergency room, and then help the most vulnerable person get a home now, and start building our way out of this.
A general view of the tent city in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver October 15, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Ben Nelms)
10. Millennials: Some of B.C.'s biggest companies are saying they can't retain young workers due to the rising cost of housing. Students can't find enough campus housing, and youth homelessness is surging. A whole generation of people are wondering if this province has forgotten about them. UBC's Paul Kershaw has created Generation Squeeze to funnel some of this discontent into advocacy, but can he tap into the many different types of frustrated Millennials? If the economy tails off here or picks up elsewhere, more young parents, students, artists and innovators may set down roots elsewhere.
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