Many people across the country are facing serious housing problems and students are among them. Today in The Conversation Canada, Alexander Wray of Western University and Nick Revington of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) write about municipalities’ roles regulating student housing.

In their study of 15 Ontario municipalities, they found that only Waterloo had adopted plans designed to accommodate student housing near campuses.

“Students in Canada and their communities urgently need solutions,” they write. “Amid finger-pointing at the federal government, individual institutions and the provinces, which fund higher education and set development standards, municipal governments have been largely absent from the discussion. Yet municipal planning has been hostile to student housing for decades.”

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Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

Researchers examined 15 Ontario municipalities with a major university campus, and found only one (Waterloo) had adopted plans designed to accommodate student housing near the campus. Student-oriented housing under construction in Waterloo, Ont., in 2016. (Evelyn Hofmann)

Student housing crisis: Municipal bylaws have created roadblocks for decades

Alexander Wray, Western University; Nick Revington, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Local governments have far too often been let off the hook for approaches that discreetly limit where students may live.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to journalists at the Ontario legislature in Toronto in August 2023, amid the growing Greenbelt scandal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why is Doug Ford doubling down amid Ontario’s Greenbelt scandal?

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada

The Greenbelt scandal is among the most serious of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s years in office. So why is he pressuring developers to accelerate construction on Greenbelt lands?

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With a pharmacare bill on the horizon, Big Pharma’s attack on single-payer drug coverage for Canadians needs a fact check

Joel Lexchin, York University, Canada

Pharmaceutical and insurance industries that could lose profit through lower drug prices are not happy that a pharmacare bill is planned for fall. They are speaking out and mobilizing their allies.

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Five ways to become a better ally to 2SLGBTQ+ communities

Kristopher Wells, MacEwan University

While Canadians are supportive of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, relatively few see themselves as active allies. Here are five steps people can take to be better allies.

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The talk shows we love: Dignity-crushing machines?

Sylvie Genest, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Believed to be mere entertainment, talk shows can become human dignity-crushing machines. The consequences of the degrading techniques used can be devastating for the victims.

La Conversation Canada

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Voici comment maîtriser la Chine et la Russie, des superpuissances frappées d’allégations d’atrocités

Kyle Matthews, Concordia University

Deux membres du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies – la Chine et la Russie – sont soupçonnés d’avoir perpétré de graves atrocités. Voici comment la communauté internationale doit agir.

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