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Pathways to Affordable Housing: Policy Solutions for BC
The People's Law School
Vancouver , BC
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Pathways to Affordable Housing: Policy Solutions for BC
British Columbia is undergoing a crisis in housing affordability that reaches across generations. Whether you are starting out as a student, are a mid-career employee, or on the verge of retirement, BCs housing crisis affects both renters and owners alike. Solving this crisis requires deliberate policy action.

Join guest panelists, Paul Finch and Dr. John Rose, to learn about the ways all three levels of government can make housing more affordable and rein in the speculation that is driving housing prices up and young families out.

This event is brought to you by Columbia Café, our dialogue series on timely issues. Organized by Columbia Institute, the series aims to provide a fresh and progressive analytical look at a trending policy issues.

About the Panelists

Paul Finch, Treasurer, BCGEU

Paul Finch was elected Treasurer of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) in May 2014. He has written on economics, pensions and labour struggle, and has spoken across North America on the broader challenges facing labour and social movements. He has served on the Board of Directors for several non-labour organizations, including the BC Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives.

The BCGEU's recent report Building an Affordable B.C. offers a number of specific policy initiatives aimed at tackling the affordability crisis.

Reference: Building an Affordable B.C. Report by BCGEU
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Dr. John Rose, Instructor, Department of Geography and the Environment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Rose has a special interest in the field of human geography and his graduate research at UBC focused on the residential landscape, immigration, politics, and mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore them. His recent research report The Housing Supply Myth received considerable media attention for observing that conventional economic beliefs about supply and demand are not evident in Vancouver's current housing market.

Reference: The Housing Supply Myth Report by Dr. John Rose
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Moderator: Charley Beresford, Executive Director, Columbia Institute


The People's Law School (View)
150 - 900 Howe Street
Vancouver , BC V6Z 2M4


Education > Workshops
Other > Charity

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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