Escaping the Poverty Trap – May 2, 2008
Most people, given the choice, would like to live in a neighbourhood that boasts a sense of community. The poor are no different. A stake in one’s own community and a sense of belonging are crucial to generating social capital and good relations between neighbours.
Smart Housing Options for Alberta – February 19, 2008
The poor suffer the most and immediately when there’s no new housing built and when public money is used for a few and not the many.
(Most of) Canada Tops International Housing Affordability – January 28, 2008
A new edition of the Demographia study shows dramatic differences in housing affordability across 29 Canadian cities, and points to the cause and the solution of unaffordable housing.
Poverty Policies Tend to Impoverish – September 12, 2007
The poor suffer the most collateral damage when policy is designed for the few, not the many.
Not Time to Undo Major NDP Policy Success – August 23, 2007
Despite all the evidence that rent control harms those who can least afford it, the common remedies of rent control and restrictions on condo conversions, more like the cold wind than the warm sun, are oozing their way back onto the political agenda.
Winnipeg: Streamline Housing Approvals – July 29, 2006
Restrictive land-use policies are reducing Winnipeg's significant advantage in home affordability.
What Would Happen If We Lifted Rent Controls? – August 13, 2003
Repealing rent controls brings a substantial increase in housing investments according to Manhattan Institute study.
A Tale from the Public Policy Crypt – April 12, 1999
Although it's a lovely place, Manitoba's virtues do not include being on the cutting edge of public policy. But that has a bright side: tourist dollars from archaeologists who come to dig into our crypt of old, ineffective public policy ideas.
Manitoba's Rent Control Folly – October 27, 1997
Well-meaning attempts by government to regulate prices usually fail. Manitoba's highly regulated apartment market is no exception.