Category Archives: Open Topic

Couple denied home for having a daughter

What?

There’s likely more to this story than simple discrimination, but a Vancouver couple is claiming they were denied a housing coop home because their second child was a girl.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) guideline suggests children of opposite sexes can’t share a bedroom if they are over the age of five, but it’s OK for children of the same sex to do so.

Gottfried and Hurtig believe it should be up to parents to decide when and if children share a room.

“I would describe it as being completely outrageous and appalling and just unbelievable,” Gottfried tells Go Public.

“No matter how I thought about it, I couldn’t really wrap my brain around it,” Hurtig says.

The one-income family says money is tight. Getting the unit would have meant their rent would drop from $1,840 to $895 a month.

“It’s discrimination. We get the room if our children are the same sex and we don’t get the room if our children are not the same sex. It’s very, very clear-cut discrimination,” Gottfried said.

Read the full article over at the CBC.

Friday Free-for-all! September 8th 2017

It’s the end of another week and that means that it’s time for another Friday free-for-all! This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

BC Realtors to be banned from dual agency
Toronto sales plunge
Montreal on the rise
Loonie going up

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all! September 1st 2017

It’s the end of another work week and that means it’s time for another Friday free-for-all!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Tax land
Flippers triggered crash, not subprime
market to cool slightly in 2017
Wealthy cashing in on property tax deferment
Odds of rate hike grows
Quantitive easing drives house prices

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thought and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!