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Headlines remind us constantly of our housing crisis: prices run amok, renovictions, and near-zero rental vacancy rates.  This evening of storytelling dug deeper into the story of housing in Vancouver and beyond, with an eye on working households at or below median income in urban centers across Canada.

Seven experts spoke about their efforts to move us closer to the goal of affordable, suitable, and secure housing for all. 

We heard from:

Robert Brown (Catalyst Developments), on working with community organizations to leverage land assets, and create more affordable housing.

Gail Joe (Consultant in First Nations housing initiatives) on Aboriginal-led housing development and financing;

Tom Lancaster (Metro Vancouver) on how to build more rental;

Christine McLaren (Happy City), on what kind of housing makes us happy, and builds communities in our city;

David Ley (UBC Geography) on regulating foreign investment;

Marla Zucht (Whistler Housing Authority) on market-controlled ownership for local residents, and others;

Jeremy Loveday (Councillor, City of Victoria), on how affordable housing makes livable cities more lively.

Audience members were invited to submit their questions to Tyee Solutions Society’s journalists to be used in follow-up features over subsequent weeks.


Mon, 02 Nov 2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm


Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St., Vancouver  


This public event is presented in partnership with the Tyee Solutions Society as part of a year-long project called ‘The Housing Fix,’ which aims to promote a national non-partisan dialogue and real policy changes on affordable housing through open source journalism and invited-expert workshops in Vancouver (Nov 3rd) and Ottawa (Jan 2016).  Find dozens of in-depth articles on housing issues, as well as information about where the major political parties stand on housing, here:




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