Honourable Peter Bjornson has been appointed Minister of Housing and Community Development by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger in the cabinet shuffle on October 18, 2013. Mr. Bjornson was elected in 2003 as MLA for Gimli and has been the Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade since November 2009.
General News of the Coalition – Meetings, Advance Notices, Upcoming Events, etc
Darrell Jones, CEO of Manitoba Housing announced this morning that as of October 18 he is resigning from his current position. He will be returning to Saskatchewan I have sent him an email on behalf of R2H, expressing our sadness at this news and thanking him for the leadership and openness that he has shown […]
At the Manitoba Legislative Committee hearings held on Tuesday evening, October 15, on Bill 7, to amend the City of Winnipeg Charter to permit inclusionary zoning, Right to Housing and The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives were among the groups presenting in favour of the bill. Right to Housing’s presentation applauded the bill but recognized […]
Due to several vacant seats at the table, the regular September meeting of Right to Housing Coalition has been cancelled. The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Crossways In Common, Broadway and Furby.
At the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg Annual General Meeting on June 13, guest speaker James Wilson, Manitoba Treaty Commissioner was asked by Right to Housing Coordinator Clark Brownlee about plans for Kapyong should the Bands win the court battles with the Federal Government. Wilson had been emphasizing that Urban Aboriginal Economic Zones are being […]
A news item in the Globe and Mail predicts that major cities in Canada are about to experience a major boom in purpose built rental housing, the first such boom in several decades. The article quotes several developers who are tired of buying expensive older apartment buildings that require major renovations and maintenance to be […]
The latest housing data for Winnipeg and Manitoba is now available. A recent report by the CCPA – compiled by Sarah Cooper – documents the core housing need in Manitoba, current vacancy rates, the affordability of average rents, and the latest developments in social housing. Follow the link below to download the report (pdf) Housing-Data-June-28-2013.pdf
June 17, 2013 Premier Greg Selinger Manitoba Legislative Buildings 450 Broadway Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba Dear Premier Selinger: On behalf of the Right to Housing Coalition, I am sending our response to your government’s recent budget. First, may we say again that we appreciate that your government is on schedule to meet your 2009 commitment of […]
Manitoba just announced several very good housing related measures in its 2013 budget, including a total of 1000 new rental units, half RGI and half “affordable”. It also announced an 8% rebate on the capital costs of new rental construction or conversion where at least 10% of the suites met “affordability” guidelines. Also included was some […]
Right to Housing Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer advocacy coalition of 47 supporting organizations. We have an active membership of over 40 individuals and an email circulation list of 160. Although R2H is based in Winnipeg, we maintain contact with housing advocates in Brandon, Thompson and Selkirk. I appreciate this opportunity to report on the […]