Editorial: Housing rights as human rights

Posted December 1, 2017 10:11 pm by Editor

Editorial: Housing rights as human rights

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the government’s new housing initiative, even moreso than a multi-billion-dollar pledge, is recognition in Ottawa that every Canadian has a fundamental right to housing. “Housing rights are human rights and everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said the prime minister Nov. 22 when announcing an ambitious 10-year plan to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.His words are music to anti-poverty and housing advocates whose cries for help have fallen for decades on tone-deaf ears. Proponents repeatedly urged Ottawa to adopt a human-rights approach to housing. Instead, Canada invested modest

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