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Cortes Island affordable housing project at risk after rural directors postpone hearings

“I, too, am going to just exercise my right to say how disappointed I am with this (decision). I think we have done our constituents over on Cortes Island a disservice," Strathcona Regional District chair Michele Babchuk, after three rural directors postponed public hearings in their areas until September, putting the funding application for a 20-unit affordable rental housing project at risk.

B.C.'s minimum wage bump won’t alleviate housing or COVID-19 pressures

B.C.'s minimum wage bump is inadequate, especially as low wage workers suffer the greatest impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, says economist Iglika Ivanova, of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “Grocery store workers, cleaners or people working in the restaurants or food service are at increased risk when they go to work. And when they earn such low wages, it’s profoundly unfair."