housing issue

Victoria’s accessible housing is not accessible

"Despite their assertion that Victoria is facing an accessible housing crisis, the city’s housing plan will not be accessible for citizens in the most immediate need."

Saanich’s rental bylaw system puts the onus on students, not landlords

"Saanich’s rental bylaw system, does little to protect students from inadequate housing conditions. Instead, the current system largely holds students — not landlords — responsible for bylaw violations of Saanich…

The unfair public image costs of “policing poverty”

"Should police officers be on the front lines of dealing with people who, for a multitude of reasons, cannot afford housing in Victoria? Of course not. But the answer is…

The Dangle Dome: A new approach to Victoria housing

Behind the doors of a beautiful heritage mansion in Oak Bay are the lives of 13 young Victorians; some students, some community organizers, tree planters, and everything in between. Rather…

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…

B.C. collects $43 million from Airbnb in first year since taxation agreement

Airbnb rentals regulated and creating revenue in Victoria  Airbnb has changed the tourism industry by allowing locals to rent out space in their homes to tourists, often for a fraction…

Free resources and tips for saving money Victoria

For many, Victoria is far from an affordable city, and the housing crisis doesn’t make that easier. Here are some free and cheap tips and resources to help citizens get…

From service to the streets: veterans and Victoria’s housing crisis

In Victoria, a city whose name has become synonymous with unaffordable housing, veterans account for 6.8 per cent of the city’s homeless population, despite only making up four per cent…