A simple solution to the high cost of housing

Cutting local red tape will increase housing stock and reduce prices in Toronto, Vancouver and beyond

A simple solution to the high cost of housingBy Ken Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute House prices have grown substantially in recent years, especially in Canada’s biggest cities. Many Canadians are concerned about this trend, and a number of solutions have been proposed. However, many of these solutions are unlikely to be effective. Taxes on luxury properties might be…

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordability

Urban constraints to affordable housing could eventually push Toronto’s information economy to where housing is cheaper

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordabilityBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute In response to Toronto’s rapidly rising home prices, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced the assembly of a working group of experts from all levels of government, aimed at taking a “deep dive” into the housing question. Housing affordability is being affected…

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day riot of 1858 began when an Orangeman used his horse-drawn cab to disrupt the parade

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is todayNowadays St. Patrick’s Day is thought of as a social occasion characterised by parades, green beer, celebration and jollity. However, that wasn’t always so. Indeed, there was a time when Toronto was prone to mark the day with a violent expression of the city’s underlying sectarian divide. Nineteenth century Toronto is often described as Anglo-Saxon,…

Oligarchs are reshaping our biggest cities

Oligarch kleptocratic immigration is detrimentailly affecting those cities deemed as safe havens for their investments

Oligarchs are reshaping our biggest citiesThe word oligarch has a weighty feel to it. After you master it, it rolls off the tongue. Derived from the Greek language, today it usually means “business magnate.” It often describes the men who acquired vast wealth in the transition of the former Soviet Union to today’s Russia. The word kleptocracy is also derived…
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