People often make comments on homelessness situation by referring to the expensive vacant units that are sitting with no apparent plan to utilize them during the crisis. I often wonder if the reason for inaction is that no one is creative enough to think of a way to blend the various interests into one project -- well coordinated to address the needs of the homeless and even people who are currently being displaced. Why is it that we have a bunch of expensive committees being struck all the time but never as far as I know has Vancouver had a committee made up of concerned professionals landlords tenants and citizens that can work together to address these issues on some levels. For example, what about finding a way to reach foreign buyers to propose that they do offer their properties in some way, to be utilized and taken care of by the prospective tenants. What about offering to allow them to rent in exchange for their labor in cleaning, landscaping etc where suitable matches can be made? In short, legalities are one thing but people need desperately to start talking to each other again like human beings despite language differences etc because in fact our interests may mesh and may support better solutions than if we isolate ourselves.
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.