BC’s Rental Housing Task Force Update

As you know, our housing charges are somewhat dependent upon the current rent increase formula. In the province of BC, this stands currently at 4.5%.

Our MLA, Spencer Chandra Hebert, is working to lower this rate. Here is a recent update from Spencer:

I wanted you to be amongst the first to hear that British Columbia’s Rental Housing Task Force is recommending the provincial government change the annual allowable rent increase formula to ease pressure on renters.

We listened to the voices of British Columbians concerned about affordability, reviewed how other provinces set rent and have a solution.

Renters were clear that rent increases that far outstripped cost-of-living increases were becoming increasingly unaffordable, and landlords were clear they needed help to maintain their properties.

Our recommendations follow the approach of Ontario and Manitoba and will keep rent more affordable while ensuring rental homes are maintained and improved.

Recommendations to government include:

* changing the maximum rent increase formula, from the current formula of inflation plus 2%, to inflation only (2.5% for 2019), which would remove the automatic 2% yearly increase.

* giving landlords the ability to apply for an additional increase if they can show the formula would not cover maintenance and other costs incurred.

The task force recommends the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing do further work with landlord and tenant groups to determine the criteria for reviewing landlord applications for increases above the inflation rate.

These recommendations follow months of online and in-person consultation in communities throughout British Columbia.

The task force noted that the annual allowable rent increase formula, put in place by the previous government in 2004, was a frequent topic of concern during the public engagement process.

A decision will be made on these early recommendations from the Rental Housing Task Force before Oct. 1, 2018.

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2018 Municipal Election, October 20

On October 20, Vancouverites will head to the polls to elect a new city council and a new mayor.

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The #1 issue on everyone’s mind with this year’s election? Housing. Obviously, this is an issue that affects us very deeply here at the co-op. Even though we live in “affordable housing,” the definition of “affordable” in this town is very different than from many other cities around the world.

Vancouver is thought to be one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, and the reasons for that are complex.

It’s incredibly important that we all get out and vote and have our say.

Advance voting: October 10 to 17, 2018

Election day: October 20, 2018

Vancouver voters will elect:

Here are some resources to help you make an informed decision.

Recycling previously non-recyclable materials

There are quite a few items that cannot be recycled in our garbage/recycling area. These include things like plastic bags or polystyrene foam cups and containers often used for takeout. It may also not be appropriate to attempt to recycle things like styrofoam packaging and peanuts, or some hard plastics of the type that are often found inside packages.

However, there are options!

London Drugs now takes all these items!

Here’s a list of all the things accepted at London Drugs:

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Don’t forget recycling best practices:

  • Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris.
  • Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable.
  • Make sure food contamination and caps are removed from cans and plastics and all containers are empty.
  • Separate plastic lids from plastic bottles (often made from different materials).
  • Do not place medical waste (needles, catheters or lancets) into the recycling containers.

https://greendeal.ca/keeping-other-flexible-plastic-packaging-out-of-landfill-in-bc-%e2%80%a85-things-you-need-to-know

September 2018 Events

Well, it’s official. Summer vacation is over, the kids are back to school today.

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We can still anticipate some nice weather over the next month, though (hopefully), so get out and enjoy the last beautiful days of the season.

Here’s what’s happening in the city this month:

Free Outdoor Yoga This Summer!

If you like yoga, and you like doing it outdoors, you’ll be excited to learn that there are free outdoor yoga classes happening almost daily over the course of the summer months.

Sponsored by The Mat Collective and the City of Vancouver, the closest takes place on Tuesday nights at the Art Gallery, but there are daily classes near Kits Beach Pool and on the lawn in front of the train station on Main St as well.

Check out the summer schedule below, and for more information, visit matcollective.com.

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