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Justin Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to Metro Vancouver’s hot real estate market

Housing a major issue for many, particularly young people trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major.In its budget last week the government introduced measures that would allow Ottawa to pick up a portion of new homebuyers’ mortgage costs and it increased the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment.

Housing has emerged as a major issue for many Canadians, especially young people who are trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major cities.During a visit to Maple Ridge, Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers by allowing them to withdraw $35,000 from their RRSPs, up from $25,000, to help lower their borrowing costs.It also brings in a means-tested incentive that would see the government pick up part of the costs of the mortgages of those eligible for the program to lower their monthly payments.DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESST rudeau said housing is also a concern for parents who are worried their adult children won’t be able to live in the neighborhoods where they grew up.

Owning a house is a big achievement. It’s where you raise a family and set down roots.But far too many young people are worried that they won’t be able to reach that dream. Housing prices in the Lower Mainland are some of the highest in the country and rising.Trudeau said the government has also tried to spur new building and keep prices from rising through its national housing strategy to help increase supply.We just can’t treat the symptoms of sky-high housing prices, he added.
We have to deal with the causes as well. When there aren’t enough properties on the market, more people are competing for the same places, which forces the costs up for buyers and renters.

Last Tuesday’s budget also included $10 billion more for a program to fund the construction of new rental units the third time the Liberals have expanded the program, which aims to create 42,500 units over 10 years and now carries a $50-billion price tag.As well, Trudeau said Ottawa is helping the Canada Revenue Agency go after tax fraud and money laundering, which have also been blamed for driving up housing prices in B.C.Trudeau later visited Vancouver Island where a by election has been set for May 6 in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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Audain Prize for BC artists increased to $100000

Michael Audain didn’t think it was enough. So he increased the lifetime achievement award for a B.C. artist to $25,000 and then $30,000. Doris and Bill Reid did the Arts of the Raven exhibition (at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1967), and that really started to change people’s concept of the value of First Nations art, said Audain.
The same at the National Gallery. The National Gallery until very recently ignored the artistic achievements of Indigenous people, right across the country.Audain is encouraged by the high number of students pursuing visual arts degrees at universities around the province. So the Audain Foundation will also be funding five $7,500 travel grants for students in university-level visual arts programs.I believe it is terribly important for a young artist to see art, to be able to travel, he said. I never took a course in art in my life after elementary school, but I’ve always enjoyed the ability to go and use my eyes and look that’s how I developed my appreciation of art.
I think it’s important that young artists have the ability to do that. You can’t discover art just by looking at books and iPads, you’ve got to let the artist communicate with you directly.The Audain Foundation has handed out over $120 million in grants since it was established to support the visual arts in 1997. The Audain Art Museum in Whistler was opened in 2016 and showcases B.C. art from the late 18th century to the present.
The next Audain Prize will be given out Sept. 23, at a location to be determined.
Past Audain Prize recipients include: Ann Kipling, E.J.Hughes, Eric Metcalfe, Gordon Smith, Jeff Wall, Liz Magor, Robert Davidson, Rodney Graham, Marian Penner Bancroft, Takao Tanabe, Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Michael Morris, Paul Wong, Carole Itter and Susan Point.First Nations masks are displayed behind glass as a man walks past “The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)” — a red cedar panel by Haida master carver James Hart, at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, B.C. on Sunday December 2, 2018.Nestled into a crop of towering trees in one of Canada’s most popular skiing locales lies an astonishing collection of British Columbian art.

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