I'm confident that you are an honorable person.
Given the rest of your post, you probably should have used the 'sarcasm font' for that lead.
Both of my statements have support, and I appreciate your questions:
As Vancouver home prices surge out of reach, businesses worry how to retain staff
See 'Locating Risk of Homeslessness on the Housing Continuum' part of this paper
I don't actually expect you to read any of this, or even agree with it, given your opinion that homelessness is an "intractable" problem. It is regrettable that your imagination is so lacking - and let's not overburden this discussion with concepts like 'empathy' or 'compassion', for your sake.
I live in Barbados. I am confronted with homelessness and inadequate housing every day, and I am both empathetic and constructive in dealing with it when I can. My imagination, though, does not run to buying million dollar homes and giving them to Eastside addicts. I don't think that's going to help hardcore homeless -- they need a lot more help to transition, and the problem is very, very difficult -- IMO, I believe it is intractable -- as it involves people who are too far along into self-harm to be helped, at least in some cases. If you figure out how to wave a magic wand and have that work, I'll contribute to the SFH million-dollar Vancouver home purchase. It doesn't work that way, as you well know. Heck, you can read Malcolm Gladwell on that one, much less SFU Geography studies from 2006 published by York U's School of Social Work.
Yeah... let's not overburden ourselves.
Interestingly, your other link to the NatPost article had -- buried wwwaaayyy down at the end -- a couple of numbers that were, gasp(!), monthly rentals. And they were... reasonable, at least to these Toronto eyes. So, maybe, the idea of counselling that transfer from Regina to, y'know, sell their house in SK and rent in BC is... not unreasonable? As I said, I'll be renting when I get back to Toronto. If I was going to Vancouver, I'd do the same. The angst about having to own your primary residence or being 'priced out of the market' would be completely foreign to Germans, for example. Why should we Canadians need to be so freaked out about it? Why do we need to 'burden ourselves' with this goal?
Do they really benefit from someone buying a home for millions outright, (misleadingly) declaring a poverty wage so they don't have to pay taxes, yet still benefiting from the social services that all Canadians pay into? At the same time raising property values and cost of living that makes housing less affordable and businesses less competitive?
Yes, they do. Because that 'not paying taxes' student for whom the house was purchased is paying $26k for her science degree at UBC (instead of $5k) as an international student, and will be paying for private health insurance. The house is paying its property taxes. So... she's paying for her education, her health, and her sewer system. She is not Canadian, and she's not paying for our military or foreign affairs or what have you. Seems... about right?
I like your horse example. Goes particularly well with the straw you seem to have in abundance.
I was arguing that the purchase of pricey homes in Vancouver by international money was a net benefit to Canada, as the article was about the fact that it was a scandal, to which I disagreed. You changed the argument to one about homelessness, and possibly 'hidden homelessness of recent immigrants' because you disagreed with my assertion that the high price of SDH in Vancouver does not affect homelessness. And YOU accuse ME of a strawman argument? Hahahaha...
And I'll just re-quote: I'm sorry, but I think that your reaction to this story and thread speak more about you than the actual 'story'. LOL right back atcha...