Rally to protest Metro Vancouver's rising housing crisis to take place this weekend

Sep 15 2016, 4:09 pm

Feel the need to express your outrage about Vancouver’s pricey housing market?

The Housing Action for Local Taxpayers (HALT) is hosting the #HALTTheMadness rally on Saturday, September 17, at Robson Square in order to address and protest the current housing crisis in Metro Vancouver.

HALT is a non-partisan community action group that is demanding all levels of the Canadian government to address the high housing prices in the Metro-Vancouver area.

HALT has launched a petition demanding that the BC government act on foreign capital and party funding corporations. They have also released a six-point plan, which they believe will curb the housing crisis.

HALT/ housing proposal

Image: HALT six-point plan/ HALT

“We are in the midst of a housing crisis in Metro Vancouver,” said HALT spokesperson Justin Fung, in a release.

“We are demanding fairness for people who are living and working here, and who are contributing to their communities and contributing local income taxes. Our elected leaders at all level of government and their agencies have been idle for too long. We need action NOW.”

Saturday’s event will include appearances by several speakers and housing experts, including:

  • Christine Duhaime- lawyer specializing in anti-money laundering law
  • Assistant Professor Josh Gordan- Ph.D at the School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
  • Caroline Anderson, Vancouver-based writer and the author of ‘Vancouver Vanishes’
  • Dr.Darren Joneson, MD at Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Kishone Roy, Chief Executive Officer of the BC  Non-Profit Housing Association Associate
  • Professor Paul Kershaw, Ph.D at UBC School of Population and Public Health
  • Justin Fung- Member of Housing Action for Local Taxpayers and MC for the event

To find out more about HALT you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter 

#HALTtheMadness Rally 

When: Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm

Where: Robson Square (south side of Vancouver Art Gallery)