Politics

A Message from the Dalai Lama

“No amount of legislation or coercion can accomplish the well-being of society, as it depends on the inner attitude of its members.” — Dalai Lama

Rally to support Thornhill Green

Save Thornhill Green Coop

York Region is going to court to try to force the sale of the assets of Thornhill Green Co-op to its housing company, Housing York, for little more than half the market value. The Co-op and CHF Canada are fighting the sale in court.

Plan to attend a rally in support of Thornhill Green Co-op.

Why Support Thornhill Green

  • Thornhill Green Co-op has been a good neighbour for over 15 years.
  • The co-op is fi nancially sound. It has more than $5.5 million in equity in its property and has received less subsidy than any co-op in the province.
  • There is no reason to sell and lose the benefits of resident-controlled housing.
  • Learn more at this special section of the CHF Canada website.

How You Can Help

Cooperaitve Housing Federation of Canada Creates a Federal Election Action Centre

CHF Canada's Act Logo for the 2008 Federal Election

The Cooperaitve Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC) has created a Federal Election Action Centre which details how we can help solve the housing problems in this country. Their list of advice includes:

Be sure to visit the site, to learn more and help do your part.

Co-ops welcome Liberal commitments on energy retrofits and promise of more housing announcements

I just got this email blast from the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada.

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion made an announcement of funding to help co-op members and other Canadians renovate their homes to conserve energy. The event took place at Pine Ridge Housing Co-operative in Burnaby, which is exploring the option of converting to thermal heating. In a discussion with housing co-op members, the Liberal leader also promised to reveal his plans for social and co-op housing later in the campaign.

This promise addresses one of the key issues CHF Canada and housing co-ops are raising in this election.

CHF Canada welcomes this major announcement and looks forward to hearing more from all parties during this campaign.

Send a message to the housing minister today

I just received the following urgent notice from CHF Canada E-news. Please consider sending a letter and letting your voice be heard on the topic of affordable housing.

Help Canadians looking for affordable housing. In early April, provincial and territorial housing ministers plan to meet in Ottawa with Monte Solberg, the federal minister responsible for CMHC. This gives co-op members another chance to ask the government to help the four million Canadians who need affordable homes.

You can send a letter asking Minister Solberg to take action on affordable housing.

But act quickly. This meeting is rumoured to be taking place on April 2. The federal minister did not attend the last provincial-territorial housing ministers meeting in Vancouver on February 6, but promised to meet with his counterparts within 60 days. Act now and send a message to Monte Solberg.

Learn about the Referendum

Confused about the upcoming referendum on electoral reform? A public
meeting will be held at Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative on Bearinger
Road in North Waterloo this Friday, September 28, starting at 7:00
pm to answer your questions.

Affordable Housing Doesn't Pay: why private developers will not pick up the slack from government

If the provincial government wants to get out of the housing business, who would build non-profit and co-operative housing in Ontario? According to Dwight Syms, no one.