Morning Headlines: February 6th

Emily Vance / February 6, 2019

The Vancouver Tenants’ Union at a protest earlier last year. The group has been particularly vocal about their opposition to the practice of renoviction, and gathered in front of the New West City Hall this past Monday in support of the motion.
(Emily Vance / BCIT News)

New Westminister becomes first city in BC to adopt anti-renoviction bylaw

On Monday night, New Westminister adopted a bylaw that would help to deter renovictions – the practice where tenants are evicted to make way for renovations. Some tenants and tenancy rights groups allege that this is often done in order to artificially raise rents beyond accepted increases.

The practice of renoviction in New Westminister now carries with it strong fines, between $500 and $1000, with some penalties having the potential to be issued daily. It’s part of a wider initiative to revitalize rental housing in the city.

BC Teacher’s Federation says 350 teaching positions are vacant across the province

The BCTF president says school districts from both Vancouver and Chilliwack have reached out across Canada to attempt to find young teachers willing to move to BC.

The organization says that BC has the worst starting salaries for teachers in all of Canada, which combined with a lack of affordable housing in the province, is not a big incentive for new teachers to move west.

Housing affordability will be a key issue on the table in upcoming BC Teacher’s Federation contracts. (Pixabay)

Sarah Henderson of the BC Centre for Disease Control says the best way to protect yourself from smoke inhalation during wildfire season is stay inside, use an air filter in your home, and avoid strenuous exercise. (Pixabay)

Breathing wildfire smoke equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day

Research from the University of Alberta shows that wildfire smoke is like a “chemical soup” that can be trapped in the lungs and cause a number of problems.

The BC Lung Association hosts an annual workshop today on air quality and health – featuring the UofA professor behind the study, Mike Flannigan, as well as Sarah Henderson of the BC Centre for Disease Control. Both will discuss the impacts of wildfires on health.