housing crisis

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Recent Saanich and Oak Bay decisions could make housing more accessible for UVic students

The Saanich council recently wrapped up ongoing studies and surveys on garden suites, and voted to legalize them as part of a plan to increase housing in the municipality. Oak…
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It’s time to change the conversation around homelessness

Victoria is facing a homelessness crisis. However, instead of empathy and solutions, the city’s most vulnerable have been levelled with accusations that they are lazy, dangerous drug addicts who ca
cartoon of homeless person on bench, Victoria Native Friendship Centre closes

Victoria Native Friendship seasonal shelter closure sheds light on Indigenous homelessness amid surge of community support

On July 1, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre’s seasonal shelter was forced to close — sending visitors back onto the street, including eight to 10 regular guests.
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Justice Van delivers supplies directly to Victoria’s street community

Six nights a week, The Justice Van Society delivers food, clothing, shelter, and other equipment to people living on the street.
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Commerce Students’ Society cancels week-long homelessness fundraiser due to coronavirus

Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Victoria Commerce Students’ Society (CSS) have decided to cancel a week-long event dedicated to increasing awareness about homelessness, but will still…

How to avoid getting scammed by your landlord

As someone who has encountered their fair share of illegal renting situations — because you don’t typically find out this much about renters’ rights the easy way — our writer…

Downtrodden folk suffering under rental crisis should try being born into wealth

In the face of a dire housing crisis, proposed solutions have included encouraging personal financial management, building micro homes, and enacting legislation. Instead, readers should seek to be born into…
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Saanich housing bylaw still a concern, nearly one year after promises to re-evaluate

The University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) is planning to move forward on a motion drafted last year, and work with the District of Saanich to address a divisive housing…

EDITORIAL | Our house(ing market) is on fire

Canada is facing is a crisis, and for that reason we decided to focus our latest issue on housing — to shed a brighter light on those impacted by rising…