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Growing population in Toronto and Hamilton need housing’s ‘missing middle,’ report says

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The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region could be short 165,600 homes by 2041 if it doesn’t rightsize its housing supply to give families more space and build places that will induce seniors to downsize. Failure to do so could skew the population to an older demographic and impede its prosperity by discouraging younger, skilled workers, says a new study.

The study means the area could potentially be short as many homes as the current number of existing households in Brampton; about two and half as many as Oakville, and enough housing to accommodate about three years’ worth of the population growth that is forecast by Ontario’s anti-sprawl Places to Grow smart growth plan.

The city needs more “missing middle” housing, such as the lowrise homes on Western Battery Rd. in Toronto's Liberty Village, to appropriately fit the city’s population, according to a new study. Failure to do so could discourage younger, skilled workers from living here.
The city needs more “missing middle” housing, such as the lowrise homes on Western Battery Rd. in Toronto’s Liberty Village, to appropriately fit the city’s population, according to a new study. Failure to do so could discourage younger, skilled workers from living here.  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

The risk of not reaching the 7,200 homes a year the growth plan suggests are needed would equate to a $1.95-billion loss in GDP connected to housing construction, says the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA).

Only 15 per cent of the region’s homes are the lowrise apartments and townhomes, a housing category known as the “missing middle,” that provide affordable alternatives to the polarized mix of highrises and single-detached houses that dominate Toronto’s housing mix, says the study prepared by CANCEA for the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).

“Despite Places to Grow, there has been very little shift to a provision of medium-density housing,” said RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan.

“They’ll say they typically have to put in as much or more effort to do a smaller scale midrise project as they do a high condo and the rate of return in terms of doing medium density is probably not worth it,” Manahan said.

CANCEA president Paul Smetanin says the implications of the shortfall are more complex than simply matching the number of homes to the growing population. It’s about creating housing that is desirable to the population the region is trying to attract.

“The first part of the problem is that new immigrants can’t penetrate into the system as much as we’d like to help with economic prosperity,” Smetanin said. But the housing pressure also weights the population toward older residents.

“A lot of the future population is already here. They’ve got a house. They’ve got their empty bedrooms and, because they don’t have any place to go because it’s not being built, they’ll stay in place longer. They were first in and the problem is, they’ll be last out,” he said.

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The study is intended to benchmark the region’s housing stock as the province transitions to a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) from the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to resolve disputes between developers and municipalities. The idea is to understand how that affects the development process but it will likely be “a minimum of three years” before the impact is discernible, Manahan said.

CANCEA found more than two million empty bedrooms across the region. In most areas, “higher density dwellings have an average of more than one person per bedroom, whereas in low-density dwellings at least 20 per cent of bedrooms are unused,” says the report. The number of excess bedrooms is likely higher because, in many cases, couples would be sharing a single room.

In Toronto, rightsizing the housing mix could create 200,000 more homes, Smetanin said. That’s the equivalent of about 10 years of housing stock. The city is building 5 to 15 per cent more homes than its growth plan targets suggest are needed, but that housing is skewed to highrises.

Among the regions around Toronto, only York is constructing enough homes for its projected growth. If it doesn’t change the mix of housing, it will run up against a land shortage before 2041, says the report.

In Peel Region, Mississauga has the densest housing mix and Brampton one of the lowest. But Brampton will likely catch up, said consultant and former Mississauga chief planner Ed Sajecki.

When it ran out of greenfield land, Mississauga reinvented itself, tying new development to rapid transit, he said. The planned Hurontario LRT stitches together several major east-west transit routes, including the GO service at Port Credit and Cooksville, a proposed dedicated bus lane on Dundas St. and the Mississauga Transitway along Highway 403.

Although mid-density development is still missing there, that will be an emphasis going forward to housing middle income nurses, teachers and firefighters, who are increasingly facing affordability challenges, Sajecki said.

Without it, he said, “We’re either encouraging people to commute from very long distances or you’re just not going to have that labour supply.”

Tess Kalinowski is a Toronto-based reporter covering real estate. Follow her on Twitter: @tesskalinowski



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

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The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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