Housing issues hardly on election radar

(I know I’m not meant to talk about the federal election here, but I have a few tabs I either have to link or blow away. Please bear with me. It will be over soon.)

Important city issues like affordable rents and help for the homeless were hardly on the radar of federal parties during this election campaign. Justin Ling puts it in a nutshell here: this election campaign sucked. Toula Drimonis also has an excellent summary of why this campaign was a mess.

Valérie Plante has been asking for commitments to fund transit projects, the Conservatives having indicated they will cut infrastructure funding should they get a majority. But practical issues like this have been swamped under rumours and fragments of detrimental personal histories. I watched that totally fake rumour from Justin T.’s schoolteaching days steamroller through Twitter, perking up lots of people enjoying the enactment of outrage over a story – hardly even a story, since it was mostly dark hints and implications – that had no foundation (but that many people probably still think is evidence of a coverup).

ipolitics.ca looked at an issue I haven’t seen mentioned at all: people living alone. Every party drones on about families, families, middle class families. This item says one-person deals are now the most common type of household in the country, but we don’t carry the emotional impact so nobody cares to raise the point that it’s more expensive to pay the rent solo.

It’s going to be a federal election campaign windup weekend. Let’s just hope there are some pothole stories to keep this blog on the straight and narrow.