New housing won’t be affordable

I think development efforts need to be more focused on quality jobs for young people, rather than housing.

There is currently considerable pressure on North Saanich council to approve several high density housing proposals.

I think the belief that many Canadians own their own homes is a widespread myth. I fear that far too few own their homes — the banks own them and there are many who suggest Canada is in an unsustainable housing bubble already showing signs of cracking in Vancouver and Toronto.

Although various agencies keep re-assuring us that a U.S.-style meltdown of the housing market won’t happen here, there are equally many organizations stating the level of personal savings is currently lower in Canada than it was when the U.S. housing market melted down.

Possibly we need new collective ownership strategies for existing housing (such as O.U.R. Ecovillage near Shawnigan Lake) and support for improving the environmental footprints of existing structures.

I do not believe the proposed high-density housing will be affordable for young people who can only find part-time, minimum wage jobs.  A proposal for suites and room and board in existing North Saanich residences seems more appropriate to keeping living space affordable.

Part of the issue is determining whether North Saanich is going to be a bedroom community or a farming community.  The developers want us to stop farming — some of them have been very clear on that. I personally believe Canada is more desperate for an increase in farmers than it is for an increase in houses.

Similarly, proposals for home-businesses, workshop space, and small businesses would help North Saanich remain sustainable, more than high density housing will.

I think development efforts need to be more focused on quality jobs for young people, rather than housing. Canada needs real, productive, sustainable jobs — not more housing.

Joan Pashley

North Saanich

 

Just Posted

Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

Head of Greater Victoria builders warns of changing construction climate

VRBA director Casey Edge also questions Saanich’s commitment towards housing affordability

Saanich police are looking for a man who exposed himself Saturday night

The incident exposure happened at the intersection of Feltham Road and Shelbourne Street

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit returns to Royal BC Museum

Exhibit will feature award-winning photographers from around the world

Readers Theatre returns to Victoria’s Emanu-El

Born at Congregation Emanu-El’s 2013 Arts Festival, Bema Productions is back for its fifth season

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read