Mortgage Rules Won’t Lower Prices – July 9, 2012
The newly announced mortgage rules by the federal government will do little to advance housing affordability in Canada.
Property Report Should Generate Wider Property Debate – March 23, 2012
A landmark public consultation about property rights in Alberta should not end the debate, as the wider issues of why governments expropriate land and how to best protect property need to be explored further.
The Great House Price Dilemma – January 27, 2012
A global snapshot of housing affordability shows that local governments face a choice about land use regulations and housing affordability.
What’s Wrong With Renting Sheds to Poor? – January 27, 2012
The fact that a man in Winnipeg faces charges for renting a shed in his backyard should lead us to question how restrictive housing and renting policies are creating the situation.
The Cost of “Smart Growth” – November 9, 2011
“Smart Growth” policies which attempt to curb urban sprawl and micromanage urban development have failed over the past 40 years. Smart Growth has made housing unaffordable where it has been tried, and played a major part in the mortgage market meltdown.
“Second Generation Rent Control” is a Failure – November 4, 2011
Second generation rent control policies have been crafted in order to mitigate the problems with conventional rent control. Unfortunately, these policies lead to have failed in jurisdictions such as Manitoba where they have been implemented. Saskatchewan would be wise to avoid the same mistakes.
Sask Party and NDP Offer Misguided Housing Policies – October 28, 2011
The NDP and Saskatchewan Party are attempting to sway young people with a first time home buyer's tax credit. Unfortunately, this will likely serve to increase housing prices. A better approach would be to follow cities such as Houston and Atlanta, which have maintained low housing prices despite their hot economies through sensible, pro-development regulations.
It’s Time to End Rent Control – September 7, 2011
Manitoba political parties should show some courage this election by tackling failed policies, like rent control, which new studies show actually leads to higher rents in cities where they are in place.
Let’s Not Bring Rent Control Back to Saskatchewan – August 29, 2011
An analysis on rent control effects reveals that the policy often achieves the opposite of what it seeks. By and large, rental housing prices are higher in Canadian cities where there are rent control rules than in cities where there are none.
Rent Control Advocates Retreat (in fifth gear) – February 25, 2011
According to a recent paper written for the provincial government, Manitoba’s rent regulations are almost completely ineffectual.
When Housing Affordability, Demographics and Tax Bills Collide – February 1, 2011
Unaffordable housing, demographic shifts, and internal migration may be setting up a perfect storm for some parts of Canada over the coming decades. If young workers are repelled from a jurisdiction by unaffordable housing they won’t be around to pay taxes, or buy housing either.
How to Get Cheaper Rents – August 9, 2010
Canadian cities need to allow more supply on the private rental market.
Canada’s Housing Bubble? – February 5, 2010
Canadians are in debt up to their fiscal eyeballs and that doesn't bode well for Canada's housing market.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Gimme Shelter, For The Homeless – January 7, 2010
Canada’s homeless population is primarily a symptom of a restrained housing supply, and government initiatives will continue to fail while the underlying cause is not addressed.
Housing Affordablilty – The Global Perspective – January 28, 2009
Putting Canada's housing affordability in a global perspective.
How to Help 21,000 More Manitobans with Their Housing – December 13, 2008
21,000 more low-income Manitobans could be helped if the provincial government sold the province’s residential real estate portfolio, this according to a new backgrounder and column from Daniel Klymchuk at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
Profiling Tenants and Landlords for More Efficient Rental Markets – September 3, 2008
What do eBay and renting a house have in common?
Absolute Princes and the Alberta Human Rights Commission – August 11, 2008
Another Human Rights Commission has refused to proceed with complaints against a media outlet; such commissions should be stripped of the ability to even investigate opinions in the first place.
Housing Task Force Report Misses the Underlying Economics – June 13, 2008
Evaluating Saskatchewan’s 2008 Housing Affordability Task Force Report.