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November 1, 2008 Weblog:

Reverse-Urbanization in BC

It seems the usual process of urbanization is going in reverse in BC.

Over 25,000 people have left Vancouver between 2001 and 2006. The areas outside of BC's major metropolitan area have all seen a gain in population.

November 1, 2008 Weblog:

Housing a "Huge Issue" in BC Politics

BC is currently in the midst of a huge election extravaganza. After the Federal Election this month, BC has faced two important provincial by-elections and will soon see municipal elections in Vancouver. A provincial election is set for next year.

Whew!

In the mean time, housing has been creeping in as an important issue.

The NDP made it a major part of their platform in the provincial by-elections calling it a "huge issue" for voters. Mayoral candidates are facing off against condos to address the lack of rental housing. Special groups are pushing for better tenants rights, similar to those in Ontario.

At the same time, the death of a homeless man who was one week away from assisted housing and homeless tent cities have drawn more attention to homelessness in Vancouver.

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