Housing

A Path for Emerging out of the COVID-19 Shutdown

By Joe Byrne / April 16, 2020 / Comments Off on A Path for Emerging out of the COVID-19 Shutdown

There are many aspects to the beginning of how we emerge from COVID-19. My focus today is on health (briefly) and the economy. Our health professionals, support workers and media personnel have done a terrific job of creating the protocols and getting the message out on social distancing, hand-washing, self-isolating and quarantining.  Our transmission rates…

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The Debts and Bills of Covid-19: Rent, Mortgages, Utilities and Loans

By Joe Byrne / April 2, 2020 / Comments Off on The Debts and Bills of Covid-19: Rent, Mortgages, Utilities and Loans

Here we are on the first of the month. Rent is due in the midst of this crisis, utilities will follow. Some relief measures have been put in place but there is more that should be done. The provincial government announcement suspending evictions for April and May is a good start. If housing is a…

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Affordable Housing Crisis Solutions

By Joe Byrne / June 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Affordable Housing Crisis Solutions

Previous Island Governments have not invested enough in building, acquiring, owning and managing housing across the market. This has left housing to the private sector to operate without sufficient checks and balances. There has not been an adequate review of the Rental of Residential Properties Act to balance the rights of owners and tenants. This…

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