Access to Affordable Housing is a (Complex) Human Right

The recent reports of community resistance to a Capital Region Housing proposed development in Keheewin are yet one more example of the NIMBY-YIMBY quagmire we cannot seem to prevent. I read Councillor Walters' remarks in the Journal, which I found to be balanced and, to be transparent, they resonated with me, but there are a … Continue reading Access to Affordable Housing is a (Complex) Human Right

Affordable Housing is an Economic Problem

The challenges we face with respect to building more affordable housing are complex to state the obvious, and resolving them calls for an integrated set of strategies that go far beyond the actual building of more housing. Here are some of the challenges we need to address: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS AN ECONOMIC PROBLEM People cannot … Continue reading Affordable Housing is an Economic Problem

Are the Wealthy Over-Taxed or Do They Pay Too Much?

I have read quite a bit lately about how unfair our income tax system is to those who earn incomes in the top 20% of the population. Those postings and articles tend to be written by people with incomes in or close to the top 20% bracket (though my view of those authors is admittedly … Continue reading Are the Wealthy Over-Taxed or Do They Pay Too Much?

Summoned to Jury Duty

A few weeks ago, I received my first ever jury duty notification. It really is a summons and it speaks with authority, with warnings of serious consequences if you fail to respond or show up on the designated day and time at Court Room 317.  Instructions and explanations were pretty good, but it was all … Continue reading Summoned to Jury Duty

THERE’S MORE TO DO TO IMPROVE AISH, ISN’T THERE?

I was at the gathering where Premier Notley and Minister Sabir announced legislation that would improve benefits to recipients of AISH. I support these improvements (read more). My math indicates a 6% increase to the AISH benefit. Some critics say it should have been higher, given the length of time since the last increase. Some … Continue reading THERE’S MORE TO DO TO IMPROVE AISH, ISN’T THERE?

A BIG fail of our Media

Today I attended the announcement by the Alberta Government that it would be raising the AISH benefit by near $100 per month and indexing it to the cost of living from here on out. Premiere Notley spoke. Minister Sabir spoke. A gentleman on AISH spoke. Michael Phair, Co-Chair of End Poverty Edmonton spoke. You can … Continue reading A BIG fail of our Media

Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements

Cross posted - also available at http://www.edmontoncdc.org Please consider following that blog if you want to keep up to date on my work at the Edmonton Community Development Company. -------- Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day,  and it is not only a provocative movement, it … Continue reading Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements