Discussion being led by Spencer Chandra Herbert, Chair, Rental Housing Task Force.
Thank you for the online feedback so far.
My colleague MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard and I had the pleasure of visiting Maple Ridge on June 4th making our first stop on the Rental Housing Task Force province-wide tour. We held the session in the rotunda at Thomas Haney School, a great location and space for about 45 citizens to have some very stimulating conversation. I was pleased to see my colleagues MLA Lisa Beare (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) and MLA Bob D’Eith (Maple Ridge-Mission), and many locals who’ve been involved in rental housing issues for many years.
We had many passionate people attend, from all walks of life. From the incredibly enthusiastic 10-year-old who came with his parents, was an active participant in the discussion and helped to post sticky notes to the idea boards, to the long time anti poverty activist who shared stories of the challenges she faces, to the gentleman who left early to sing a solo with a local choir, only to return because he was so passionate about the topic. All are examples of diverse British Columbian’s who took their time, and effort to make our province better by working together to find solutions to the problems we face.
The evening started with some discussion about the issues facing both rental housing providers and renters with discussion about possible solutions. The groups were broken into two with a report back, so both groups could hear what each other talked about. For the next phase of the evening, the two groups talked about what fair, secure, safe, and affordable housing meant to them, and what we could do to create a better, more secure and fair system.
By the end of the evening we still had a crowded room, with many sticking around to get in one more story or one more idea. Clearly this dialogue was long over due!
On Wednesday night we were in Nanaimo and had an even bigger crowd, with lots of great advice, and questions.
There are more community meetings planned, you can view them here and register to attend https://engage.gov.bc.ca/rentalhousingtaskforce/communitymeetings/.
Next week we will be in Kelowna and Nelson so please be sure to help us spread the word about those sessions.
I would love your feedback on the next question in a series of questions that will be presented over the coming weeks.
Discussion 2: Being careful not to identify personal information of others tell us about your experience being either a landlord or tenant that you would like the Rental Task Force to consider as we proceed with making recommendations to the Premier and Minister Robinson on changes?