Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors’ poverty has increased. On November 2, 2015, a six-member panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offered policy ideas for civic governments to consider. Continue reading “Social Inequality in the City: Panel Discussion”
On October 13, 2015, the Vancouver City Planning Commission and UBC’s School of Community Regional Planning jointly hosted a dialogue on Vancouver’s planning culture. As an outcome of that dialogue, event facilitator developed this manifesto identifying some key principles to help guide planning in Vancouver. Continue reading “What Makes Us Vancouver?”
Why is the rights approach to adequate housing not being adopted in Vancouver?
Miloon Kothari, the former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked this question at a round-table discussion hosted by the Commission in July. The round-table on adequate housing was an initiative of the Commission, and not of the City of Vancouver. Continue reading “Right to Adequate Housing: An Approach for Vancouver?”