Category Archives: Housing

The boors nearby

(August 14, 2003) Homeowners worry about their homes’ property value, and how their neighbours affect it. The boors nearby (the word “neighbour” was formed by combining “nigh” and “boor”) do material harm: By failing to mow their lawns or paint their peeling shutters, they make the neighbourhood unsightly, lowering property values for all. Continue reading

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Plumb crazy

(August 7, 2003) How much did your toilet bowl cost you in water yesterday? Or your kids’ bathroom sink? Or your kitchen dishwashing machine? Continue reading

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Supply crisis looms

(June 20, 2003) The federal government’s last budget made a serious commitment to housing – a further $320-million in 2003 added to the $680-million in funding allocated in 2001 for subsidized housing. This is a billion dollars – big money in any league – to be matched by provincial contributions. Continue reading

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Rent control’s wreckage

(May 8, 2003) Rent control has helped a great many homeowners. Because it all but ended the building of new apartment buildings in Toronto, Winnipeg, and other rent-controlled cities, potential renters, with nowhere to go, have been streamed into condos and houses, pushing up residential real estate value. Continue reading

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Widening the gap

(April 30, 2003) If Ontario Premier Ernie Evees makes good on his promise, today’s Throne Speech may outline a provincial plan for mortgage interest income tax deductibility. This plan echoes a proposal that the federal Tories have made nationally. Continue reading

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