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Housing town hall draws capacity crowd

P 1 housing pic 3Powell River- Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons organized and hosted a town hall meeting Aug. 29 at Sechelt Nation Hall to deal with the lack of affordable homes and rental units on the Coast. With seating in the round, it was a full house of more than 200 people, and some had to be turned away. Among the problems explored were the expansion of short-term vacation rentals, the difficulty of developing multi-unit rental buildings on the coast and a lack of provincial government money directed at affordable housing.  The speakers included David Eby, NDP MLA and the Opposition housing critic, and several local housing advocates.  Rik Jespersen photo

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  1. Actually, no-one was “turned away” at all – but plenty left early on in disgust. People came to find out what could be done about the outrageous amount of homes being sold to non-canadians on the Coast recently, and to see what politicians had to say about it. Needless to say, we were met with nothing more than empty platitudes, and bizarre appeals to build even more homes on the Coast – undoubtedly for sale to yet more non-residents.
    What the Coast – and BC in general – needs is action and new laws on foreign ownership of homes. land, and businesses. Canadians should always come first in the housing market – not foreign investors and developers.
    It’s certainly looks like it’s high time for a new political party to be formed in Canada – a party that actually represents the needs of real Canadians. Let’s hope one emerges soon, before our beautiful country is swallowed up and consumed by nefarious politicians who are more concerned about their special interests and foreign lobbyists.

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