BC Housing isn’t saying if it will try for another site after Sechelt’s decision to deny a lease on district-owned land at Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue for a temporary homeless shelter.

The agency’s proposal to convert the Upper Deck Guest House into a homeless shelter, initially intended as a stopgap measure while the Ebbtide plan was under consideration, goes to public hearing next week.

For every dollar corporations pay to the Canadian government in income tax, people pay $3.50. The proportion of the public budget funded by personal income taxes has never been greater.

At a time when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made tax fairness a centrepiece of his government, the Toronto Star and Corporate Knights magazine spent six months poring over tax data to determine how much income tax corporations are really paying.

We found the amount of tax most big companies pay has been dropping as a proportion of their profits for years, and not only because the corporate tax rate has been cut repeatedly. Canada’s largest corporations use complex techniques and tax loopholes to reduce their taxes significantly below the official corporate tax rate set by the government.

Our analysis of the financial filings of Canada’s 102 biggest corporations shows these companies have avoided paying $62.9 billion in income taxes over the past six years.

A P.E.I. Opposition bill linking food waste and food insecurity is misguided, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Reducing food waste is a good idea in itself, Valerie Tarasuk told CBC News, but linking it to food insecurity is not.

MLA Steven Myers, who introduced the bill, said by focusing on developing a system for donation, food could get to people who need it instead of being thrown out.

But Tarasuk said a lack of donated food is not the cause of food insecurity.

“When people are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families it’s a problem of income. So the solutions to that problem are income-based solutions,” she said.

Langley’s Gateway of Hope homeless shelter is so full that on a few nights this year, it has had to turn away people from its Extreme Weather Response program.

The program activates on particularly cold and wet nights, and provides an additional 15 beds, bringing the total number of mats to 45, including the regular emergency shelter.

“Some nights we’re full, last night [Sunday], we only had five,” said Tiffany Sawatzky, the residential services manager at Gateway of Hope.

I read with great sadness the two letters in the Nov. 15 paper blaming homeless people for their predicament and I read with relief the one letter by M.J. Buffle suggesting a constructive and compassionate although stopgap solution.

Huge social issues underlie the growing problem of homelessness: systemic manipulation of the housing market;, shortage of decent wage paying job opportunities; failures in the education system; historical neglect of those with mental health problems; predatory debt traps for those . who are struggling to stay afloat ; an economic system which rewards the rich who avoid taxes and blames the poor for “not paying their share”..

There is plenty of information about these issues if one chooses to educate oneself.

Cities struggling to house their homeless are asking the federal government to rethink its cornerstone homelessness program amid concerns about burdensome reporting requirements and inadequate funding.

An internal government report calls for the so-called Homelessness Partnering Strategy to provide different levels of funding to rural communities, which must house people over vast areas, and to urban centres struggling with skyrocketing real estate prices.

It’s a full house at the old Stuart Wood school building.

Christa Mullaly, the executive director of the CMHA in Kamloops says, it’s been a full house almost every night since the old Stuart Wood school opened in November as as temporary winter homeless shelter.

“Our max capacity is 52 at the shelter right now so we have certainly been seeing up to 52 clients each night.”

She says, they’re in discussions with the city and other stakeholders about the possibility of opening another shelter.