Sahota family connection to the crisis facing low-income residents:
Housing in Vancouver is a precious commodity.
House prices and rentals are going through the roof.
House prices in Vancouver are among the highest in the world.
And rental accommodation also is super expensive.
And in the meantime there seems to be no end in sight.
But the hardest hit are the city’s poor and downtrodden.
They live in ramshackle, flea-bag type of hotels.
The conditions are deplorable.
Toilets that don’t work. In the winter, often tenants have no heat.
The police often are on call to settle fights between tenants that are drunk or high on drugs.
It is an ugly world.
And while the city has imposed all sorts of conditions on landlords such as trying to get improvements made and if they are not landlords face heavy fine.
And while that all sounds good – the reality is that for the most part the conditions are never enforced.
There are far too many of these constant problems so the city turns a blind eye to many of them.
Problems that often are dangerous.
Needless to say landlords know that.
And they can get away with all sorts of infractions.
Enter the Globe and Mail newspaper.
It began investigating the problems, the challenges and the tribulations of the people who live in these sub-standard places and the people who are supposed to be on top of things.
And that investigation revealed that a well-known Vancouver family was one of the city’s biggest slum landlords.