VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Whether you’re at a dinner party, work or at the coffee shop it won’t take long before the topic of the cost of housing in Vancouver comes up.
A new film at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival tackles that subject from several perspectives.
Charles Wilkinson is the director of “Vancouver: No Fixed Address” and has been examining the housing situation for years.
He says while commercial exploitation plays a certain role, “it’s more than that, it’s that our system is somehow being ‘gamed’ that housing has been turned from a basic human need into a commodity.”
Wilkinson claims proof of that at is when 90 per cent of the condos being built are not being bought by people who want to live here and raise a family.
“When you hear that, you know it’s not just the people who live here, it’s that you can make 30 to 40 per cent on real estate,” he says.
In terms of relief, he says it will only happen when people get mad enough and turn it into a political issue.
But he’s not optimistic.