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Money for Nothing?

Last month Calgary mayor, Naheed Nenshi expressed an interest in mandatory inclusionary zoning to force developers to apportion a percentage of the units they are building for affordable housing (Nenshi senses housing crisis, G&M Mar 28th). While this will no...

Steve muses on future of CMHC (Globe and Mail)

Last week I submitted a Letter to the Editor of the Globe and Mail. While it was published in the electronic version of the paper on Nov 30th, it was severely edited removing the nuances that I had included. You can see the published version (page down through...

Remarkable trend in homeownership among young households

A colleague recently sent me an email seeking my advice on data sources to answer an issue he was examining. He noted that RBC reports that housing affordability is declining and expressed a concern that it is increasingly hard for first time buyers in urban markets:...

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