Housing

Houses by Juniper Littlefield via the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia https://www.ahans.ca/

Still Thinking About Affordable Housing…

October 12, 2022 at 12:06 pm

My problem this week, as I got back to my regular publication schedule, was that my story ideas were all too big to turn around in time for this week’s edition. I don’t like scratching the surface of things, but while I dust off my shovel and get ready toRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 24, 2022 at 9:00 am

Public Housing In 2017, a Spectator reader contacted me to express concern that public housing units near her home seemed to be remaining empty for an unusual amount of time. I looked into it and was told by the Department of Municipal Affairs that, as of that June that year,Read More

Affordable Housing Part I: Affordable How?

Affordable Housing Part I: Affordable How?

June 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

It’s been roughly a year since I wrote about two Nova Scotia housing reports, one by the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission, the other by the Housing for All Working Group of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), NS Office, and after a flurry of “affordable housing” announcements fromRead More

Affordable Housing Part II: Just Like BC?

Affordable Housing Part II: Just Like BC?

June 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm

In a December 2021 article about the difficulties facing non-profit groups trying to develop affordable housing, the CBC’s Elizabeth McMillan spoke to Pauline MacIntosh of the St FX Extension Department who had spent nine months “gathering feedback through the Build Together project, a partnership with a national non-profit based inRead More

All Around Town House

All Around Town House

April 13, 2022 at 12:21 pm

This week I had a chance to visit Glace Bay’s Town House to find out what they’ve been up to lately. I was intrigued by the organization but not well informed — I was aware of the clothing depot, but not much else. But in a wide-ranging conversation with ExecutiveRead More

Tartan Downs: From Racetrack to “Mini-Neighborhood”

Tartan Downs: From Racetrack to “Mini-Neighborhood”

March 16, 2022 at 11:55 am

During last week’s CBRM council meeting for March, a “non-profit” called the Urban Neighborhood Development Association presented preliminary plans for an amazing, mixed-income housing development on the site of the former Tartan Downs harness racing track in Sydney. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost all critical perspective here, but I haveRead More

Defining “Affordable Housing”

Defining “Affordable Housing”

March 16, 2022 at 11:53 am

The mixed-income housing development proposed for the former Tartan Downs racetrack in Sydney will contain 55% “affordable housing” units — meaning 240 of the 430 units will be rented at 80% of market rent. Kent MacIntyre of the Urban Neighborhood Development Association (UNDA), the organization overseeing the project, is usingRead More

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

March 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

I assumed my first 2022 contribution to the Spectator would be pretty upbeat, especially since New Year’s Eve was spent in a hilarious re-watching of various episodes of Father Ted that included a few I hadn’t seen before. And thanks to YouTube documentary introducing the actors, I got to seeRead More

Change and the Rural Resident

Change and the Rural Resident

January 26, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Re-reading my recap of Episode 10 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast, I realized I’d forgotten a couple of things I’d meant to cover, so I’m going to devote a little more ink to her conversation with Cabot Cape Breton owner Ben Cowan-Dewar. At one point, the two discussRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 7, 2022 at 9:50 am

Communications Writing about Island Employment’s travails this week, I had reason to visit the website of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) and found myself perusing their catalog of training courses for their employees — or “practitioners” as they’re called. I ended up down a rather deep rabbit holeRead More