|1. Stop the Loss||❌Tenants Protections: "As someone who is a renter, I understand and support the need to protect tenants. However, I believe the best way to strengthen tenant protections against renovictions and demovictions is by increasing funding and improving the effectiveness of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). Having an efficient, accessible, properly-funded LTB is the greatest protection against renovations and demovictions for tenants in Somerset Ward. Successive provincial governments have failed to properly invest in the LTB, leaving backlogs in case hearings. If elected as councillor for Somerset Ward, my voice will be one of the loudest around the council table pushing the provincial government to put more money into this essential service."||✔️Housing Acquisition: "Yes, I agree that the city must play in developing a non-profit housing acquisition strategy to help purchase properties that can be turned into a variety of non-profit housing with below market rentals rates."|
|2. Create More||✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "Yes, I agree that the City of Ottawa needs a strong Inclusionary Zoning policy to ensure that new buildings contain affordable units. Inclusionary Zoning is just one of the tools in our municipal toolbox that we can use to create more affordable housing in Ottawa."||✔️Increased Budget: "The City of Ottawa has a role to play in building affordable housing, especially for families. Our goals should be to get people out of temporary accommodations like hotels and into real units that provide a better quality of life. I also support committing 30% of the funding to “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” housing strategy. These traditional, unceded territories of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation are home to a rapidly growing indigenous population that is far too often precariously housed. To prevent this, we need to work with Indigenous partners to develop culturally appropriate housing that will contribute to making our communities welcoming to all."|
|3. Preserve the Quality||❌Landlord Licensing: "No, my concern is that any implementation of a landlord licensing scheme would simply pass the costs onto tenants. We can do more by urging the province to increase funding to the LTB to protect tenants, and by investing in municipal bylaw monitoring to enforce property maintenance standards."||
❌Ombudsperson: "No, the money involved in setting up the office of a Housing Ombudsman would be better spent getting shovels into the ground to build more non-profit housing units."
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