I’d suggest the most important thing is to be an advocate for Housing First.
This covers most other aspects:
On Monday I was pleased to attend the 3rd meeting held in Regina with the objective of forming a solar power co-operative. By late November, there should be money in the bank, and a lot more research complete, which will assist interested Saskatchewanians with setting up solar power systems of their own.
Here’s a CBC radio interview with one of the organizers.
Check how much you could save, while paying off a warrantied solar array that will function long after you’ve made an important home improvement.
3rd? Yes, there’ve been 2 meetings this Winter, but I’m counting one meeting put together by Susan Birley last Winter as the first.
This might be the last community event I attend in Artful Dodger. Their building is being sold.
With improved health and social outcomes so drastic, it’s really unethical for governments to deny Housing First to some people, while providing it to some others.
Coinciding with the 5 Days for the Homeless charity fundraiser, was another event at the University of Regina Friday afternoon. I caught the last half of it for you, and there were some really interesting comments from the audience and panel members.
When they were mentioning food banks, I felt like pointing out how grocery stores in Regina compact their trash, which actually contains hundreds of pounds of unexpired and edible food. The Food Bank didn’t usually send volunteers to pick up surplus bread products from a local grocery store (before it closed permanently 2 years ago).
City Council last night voted to limit their regulation of what were known as Owner Occupied “rooming houses” to those places rented out for fewer than 30 days. This restores the status quo Regina has experienced for more than a decade, as people felt free to rent to room-mates without licenses (while they were technically in violation of a bylaw that could put them in jail for a year for doing so!). Now there will be no more bylaw restricting this sort of use in a private dwelling, so hopefully housing supply will not suffer.
Here’s one delegation filed:
Mayor and Council,
I would like to recommend that the Rooming House definition be dropped from the city bylaws. I was an international student from Thailand but now am a permanent resident of Canada studying at the University of Regina and know many other international students that have come here from abroad to study.
For many students living in a Rooming House have been a necessity based on price of rent and availability of housing. I have known several students that have lived in a home with the homeowner and it has always been a good situation for them.
Removal of this bylaw definition will allow many of my friends to stay living where they are and carrying on with their studies.
To be read to City Council Tuesday evening:
Good evening Your Worship, and Councillors:
Months ago I was prepared to deliver a different delegation on the subject of the Rooming House bylaw, where I would have asked you to repeal the bylaw so my friend would not be under threat of jail time for sharing space in his home with other Regina residents. I’m very pleased to instead say I support the recommendations from the Administration in their report on Homestays, and ask you to vote in favour of it.
ADDED: The video and questions and answers. Links to the parking studies requested by Councillor Young are in the Video description.