User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-Independent
Category: Affordable Housing
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Misspeaking childcare: The Ford government's evidence vacuum 28.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Martha Friendly *This blog went to press as Premier Ford announced that he was reversing retroactive cuts to municipalities for childcare for 2019, but confirming that cuts in the future will continue. Ontario childcare developments in the last few months have been so alarming, chaotic, and ill-informed they truly make your head spin. The news headlines speak for themselves: "Doug Ford's Cuts Put Over 6,000 Subsidized Daycare Spaces at Risk -- Toronto," "Ontario Cancels $50M Fund That Helped Child-Care Centres Keep Parent Fees Down," "Ford Government's Childcare Rebate Will Fuel Poor Quality Care, Expert Says," "Ontario Government Loosens Childcare Rules, Raising Safety Concerns" and "Ontario Opens Door to More Public Funds for 'Big Box' Childcare." Adding to the migraine potential for parents who are merely hoping to find quality, affordable childcare for their kids, the Ford government has offered only bromides, misinformation or downright fibs in response to questions or objections. The assault on ...
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Energy equity: bringing solar power to low-income communities 23.5.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
From New York to California, states are adopting “community solar” programs that bring solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households.
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With no upfront costs, this innovative financing tool makes energy efficiency affordable to all 2.5.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
By rolling upgrade costs into monthly bills, utilities are helping customers save energy and money at the same time
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The age of anxietment: anxiety, excitement and opportunity (zones) 28.3.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
A new federal incentive with bipartisan support looks to innovative and sustainable development.
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The Michael Pollan lens on transportation 27.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Can healthy eating principles also foster a healthier transport evironment?
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Rachel Notley drops hint about affordable child-care plan, mocks recent UCP fumbles 25.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga It sure sounds as if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will announce an affordable child-care plan for Alberta today. At any rate, at a rally in downtown Edmonton's Polish Hall yesterday, she boldly told more than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters -- who sounded like an Oilers crowd back in the days this place was known as the City of Champions -- that if it's re-elected, her NDP government is flat-out going to fix the problem of unaffordable child care in Alberta. "Too many young families face sky-high costs for child care," she said, adding that "some reports say child care costs in Alberta are higher than anywhere in the country," rivalling mortgage payments and rent. "They stand as a major barrier to people buying their first home," she stated. They "keep too many young women out of the workforce." So, stand by, "we're going to fix this problem and make life a lot more affordable for young families." The United Conservative Party Opposition led by Jason Kenney, which we have been told ...
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Morneau, Tory promote business-friendly solutions to housing crisis 22.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Rosemary Frei What's the best way to combat the housing-affordability crisis in large cities across Canada? Build more housing and heavily subsidize the builders, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Toronto Mayor John Tory said in remarks to the business community on Wednesday. Notably, neither made mention of measures like rent control or reining in Airbnb to make more properties available for long-term rather than short-term rental. Nor did phrases such as "speculation tax" -- a taxation tool to discourage house flipping -- fall from their lips. Morneau said in a Q-and-A with Toronto Region Board of Trade president and CEO Janet De Silva that Tuesday's federal budget included a $10-billion funding round for rental construction across Canada and a $300-million Housing Supply Challenge for municipalities . "Because really the issue in a city like Toronto is very much about supply," Morneau told De Silva at the joint breakfast event for the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Canadian Club of Toronto and ...
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Fannie Mae's Chrissa Pagitsas on sustainability in financing to improve affordable housing 16.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Financing, utility relationships, transportation and community — this is why the biggest mortgage financer in the U.S. cares about sustainability.
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Here's the 101: How to create transit-oriented communities in Los Angeles 12.3.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Reframing the land use and transportation debate, L.A. is trying to make mobility about its people.
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Why the Green New Deal needs a grand strategy 11.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
America's new foray into sustainability could use some strategic thinking — and some historical context.
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Why this Colorado land developer is prioritizing zero energy homes 7.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
The incremental costs compared with traditional construction are shrinking.
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The hopes and fears of transportation 26.1.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Transit projects offer a plethora of benefits to communities — but also reveal deep-seated worries and anxieties.
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Svend Robinson returns to politics with plans to tackle climate change, housing affordability and Big Pharma 21.1.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Svend Robinson returns to politics with plans to tackle climate change, housing affordability and Big Pharma
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You say you want a revolution: How changing mobility will make new cities 13.11.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
As infrastructure weathers and tech disrupts traditional transportation, we need a transition.
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Transformational design for affordable housing 6.11.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An exploration into the often hidden power of design within urban spaces — including examples from past, present and future projects. Discover instances in which the design process has taken a novel approach to already existing ideas (or typologies), and the result has had a larger impact on the triple bottom line (social, ecological, financial) than originally expected. When considering elements beyond purely aesthetic or utilitarian goals — and in some cases, open-sourcing the process — can end in expansive positive results. 
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The transportation equity conundrum: 6 ways cities can improve mobility without displacement 9.10.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
There are countless opportunities — but limited investment funds.
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Trudeau offers stewardship while Canadians look for leadership 11.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Canadians look to the federal government for leadership. What they have been getting instead from the Liberal government is stewardship. With Parliament reconvening next week, and just over a year remaining before the scheduled 2019 election, it is time for the government and opposition parties to put their best policy ideas forward. The Liberals like to focus on building the middle class. With interest rates slated to rise, what does the government have to offer recent home purchasers who are going to face costly mortgage rate hikes which may well make it difficult to hold onto their homes? Property developers are making money, while aspiring homeowners in major centres face affordability barriers. Encouraging the private sector to provide market-based answers to housing has failed to provide either ownership opportunities at reasonable cost, or, crucially, enough rental and social housing spaces. What do party leaders have to say about the severe shortages of affordable housing that ...
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4 techniques to catalyze sustainable small town redevelopment 17.7.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Revitalizing communities requires innovation, adaptability and buy-in. Do you have them?
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Ontario fightback: Progressive MPPs headed to Queens Park speak out 28.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar On June 29 Ontarians will have a new premier who takes power with a Progressive Conservative majority government. However, Ontarians also elected some amazing progressive candidates, and at rabble.ca we intend to amplify what people are doing to stand for what Ontarians want and to continue to support progressive change. This is the first of a new Activist Toolkit series on Ontario's fightback against proposed cutbacks and attacks on the things you believe are important. Tell us about what you are doing by sending an email to maya[at]rabble.ca. To launch the series, we reached out to all the progressive MPPs who were elected and asked them three questions: why they ran, what they heard at doors, and what we can do to help them stand for Ontarians. After a hard-fought campaign, the slate of MPPs headed to Queens Park are busy and need time to recuperate. We are so grateful to (in no particular order) France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Peter Tabuns (Toronto Danforth), Laura Mae Lindo  (Kitchener ...
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Why it matters that affordable housing hits the triple bottom line 18.5.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The net-zero energy (NZE) opportunity for all.
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