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Aurora College #YZF #NWT #student #housing policy called unfair

Aurora College #YZF #NWT #student #housing policy called unfair | NWT News | Scoop.it

Students that manage to get into housing pay anywhere from $300 a month for a bachelor suite to $465 a month for a three-bedroom apartment -- a substantially lower amount compared to those paying the market-value rate. The average market rental rate for all-sized units is $1,000 per month, according to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's rental housing report in the spring of 2010.

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"Local students need housing as much as out-of-town students," she said. "Going forward, everyone should be treated equally in the program."

Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro received a complaint from a constituent about the housing policy at Aurora College two years ago. After reading the policy she was not impressed with the advantage given to out-of-town students. She raised the issue in her member's statement to the legislative assembly May 30.

"In my statement I said that the policy is discriminatory and I do think it is," she said.

Arychuk said she is aware of Bisaro's criticisms. She said the policy was reviewed in June by the Department of Justice.

"They say there is no human rights violation at all," said Arychuk. "There is no need to change the policy."

Bisaro said she was not surprised that the college isn't going to change anything.

"I said I felt it was discriminatory and perhaps that was too strong a word, but there is an unfairness here," she said. "There is still an injustice. I just want fairness, and I just don't think that policy's fair."

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New Conference Board of Canada Report Addresses Affordable Housing

New Conference Board of Canada Report Addresses Affordable Housing | NWT News | Scoop.it
 Yellowknife, N.W.T. -Finding affordable housing in the North can be chore and a new report from the Conference Board of Canada has recognized that.
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"You have the capitals in the Territories where the market is red hot and it is very difficult to get appropriate housing if you don't have a lot of money upfront. Then you have communities with very little critical mass, where you do not see a private housing market developing, simply because people do not have the capacity or the ability to buy into the housing market."

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#YZF #NWT Inukshuk #Housing Co-op exodus 17 co-op tenants to be relocated; resident says complex became unlivable

#YZF #NWT Inukshuk #Housing Co-op exodus 17 co-op tenants to be relocated; resident says complex became unlivable | NWT News | Scoop.it

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she is distressed about the move because of emotional attachments after having lived in her home for 23 years, but maintenance upkeep at the co-op has deteriorated so badly in recent years.

The woman said maintenance problems include a lack of fresh air ventilation, freezing water pipes, and a tendency for her unit to get too cold. She said five or six years ago a neighbour's sewage pipe froze and caused sewage to seep into her unit.

“My neighbour's lines froze up and the sewage line was connected. Her sewage overflowed into my kitchen and it went all over the place,” she said.

“When I came home half of my living room was sopping wet. We are talking sewage here. They did not bother to call the proper people.”

She said co-op management replaced an underlying portion of the floor but didn't replace the carpeting.

Between now and July, people living in 17 subsidized housing units in the Inukshuk Housing Co-op will be relocated to various locations within the city, said Bob Bies, chief executive officer of the Yellowknife Housing Authority.

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Between now and July, people living in 17 subsidized housing units in the Inukshuk Housing Co-op will be relocated to various locations within the city, said Bob Bies, chief executive officer of the Yellowknife Housing Authority.

His organization is getting out of Inukshuk after an agreement after coming to a mutual agreement with the co-op, which owns the properties, and the NWT Housing Corporation, which mandates the level of public housing in NWT communities.

“We're transferring all of the tenants from Inukshuk into more suitable housing,” said Bies, adding that the housing authority has mandate to manage 292 units in Yellowknife but is currently over that number.

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