Diane Hanchiruk says she feels alienated by the rising cost of everything on the southwest side of the ride to Vancouver Granville, where the 76-year-old has rented an apartment for more than four decades.
Fortunately, the retired nursing home housekeeper has secure housing with affordable rent, a situation she says would be impossible to replicate nearby if she were ever kicked out of her unit. But all of her favorite restaurants are long closed and seniors in the area don’t have the cash to frequent grocers, clothing boutiques, and upscale chain stores on South Granville’s main strip, where jeans ferry for $200. is imposed.
“Now it’s too boring, it’s too cold, it’s just for the rich,” she said Tuesday from inside Frank’s barbershop, where she attends neighborhood activities with barber Karima Ayers at least twice a day. tends to gossip about.
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Ms Hanchiruk says she has voted for Jodie Wilson-Raybould in the past, but would not say which candidate she wants to replace the woman who split from liberals after The Granthshala uncovered SNC-Lavalin Before becoming Canada’s first Indigenous Justice Minister. Scandal.
Vancouver’s lone ride without a sitting lawmaker trying to be re-elected is a microcosm of the real estate problems many Canadian cities are now facing: a space divided by housing and the underprivileged. It also provides a barometer to measure the success of each party’s pitch to urban voters across the country.
One of Riding’s unofficial dividing lines for the assets of its voters is West 16th Avenue. To the north are several older three- and four-story apartment buildings, such as Ms. Hunchiruk, and directly to the south is Vancouver’s exclusive Shaughnessy neighborhood, which houses some of the most expensive homes in the country, including one block from Meng Wanzhou’s mansion. . and the official residence of the Consul General of the United States.
A comparison of the latest official figures for 2016 shows that Ms. Meng’s residence was five times larger than the one directly north, but less than seven times as densely populated and about a thousand fewer people. The median household income of the Shaughnessy census tract is more than double the $64,402 claimed by those living north of the 16th.
The housing crisis is now touching almost every single component of it, regardless of where they live, Ms Wilson-Raybold said, adding that her eight years of knocking on doors and talking to residents showed it was her No. 1 concern.
She said in an interview on Friday, “There were very similar stories in terms of people being concerned about the cost of living, worried that they would be able to live where they work and that affordability has forced them to move out. will be done.” . “I don’t know what’s more worrying than having a roof over one’s head.”
Paul Kershaw, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia who co-founded the Generation Squeeze group with the aim of raising equity for young people, said the main party platforms are moving further than in previous elections to address the real estate crisis. . But, he said, none of them are willing to have a hard conversation about breaking Canada’s addiction, which rewards those who park their money in housing and watch prices rise.
“I’ve been a homeowner for over 15 years and I get rich when I sleep, watch TV and cook,” he said. “The bosses get a monetary advantage – everyone else’s goals are crushed.”
Andy Yan, a housing analyst and director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, said 2016 census data shows that riding a ride echoes the rest of the city of Vancouver in terms of have-nots: More than half of people rent. And of those, only less than half (43 percent) have unserviceable leases, described as requiring more than 30 percent of one’s income.
“It’s a tale of two cities,” he said.
Mr Yan said the election winner could be someone who has charisma, or “political sympathy”, to appeal to the kind of polarized “frankenriding” that followed in 2015 the pieces of four neighboring districts stitched together. made his debut.
He and Ms Wilson-Raybold both agree that the Liberal candidate may have too much baggage around the flipping qualities of her past history in the region. (Ms. Wilson-Raybould won’t endorse anyone, but she has publicly wished the NDP’s Anjali Appadurai on social media.)
Taleb Noormohamed is looking to win once again after finishing runner-up to Ms. Wilson-Raybould in 2019. Property records include Mr. Noormohammed, a tech entrepreneur and longtime partisan who ran for the Liberals in North Vancouver nearly a decade ago, having bought and sold more than 30 homes in a 17-year period, making more than $4 million. benefited.
Mr. Noormohammed, who served in the Privy Council office under both Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, declined a request for an interview with The Granthshala and did not attend an all-candidate debate and neither did another on CBC radio. The panel was attended by his rivals this week. Mr. Noormohammed has told other media in interviews that, despite improving his previous business and selling homes, he fully supports the liberals’ pledge to create a tax to discourage such flipping.
Imtiaz Popat, a psychotherapist who ran for the Greens again after competing for the first party against Kim Campbell and Heidi Fry in Vancouver-centre 30 years ago, said renters in the north of single-family neighborhoods rich in rides often find themselves to find precarious living conditions due to the rise in real estate prices. Mr Popat, who rents on the Broadway route currently being torn down to build the new UBC subway line, said his party has the best plan for building more social housing.
His Conservative rival Kellyanne Che declined a request for a Granthshala interview this week, but in a recent debate underscored his party’s commitment to funding more supplies – a million more homes – if the Tories form a government. .
“The limited impact of the liberal housing strategy shows that it is not a demand problem …
New Democrat Ms Appadurai, who went viral a decade ago in Durban, South Africa, with a fiery speech in which representatives from Western countries called “Get it done!” He said he had focused most of his energy on this in the meantime. Short drive on tenants north of 16th Avenue. But, she said in an interview, voters have a strong conscience during the ride and homeowners are increasingly coming to her pitch for more equitable policies aimed at cooling prices.
“There are many people who have benefited from the housing market, but whose children will not,” she said.
With research by Rick Cash and Stephanie Chambers in Toronto and a report from The Canadian Press
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