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News for December, 2007

Students Contribute to the Advancement of Quality Affordable Housing


Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently announced the five winners of the Housing Studies Achievement Award, which recognizes young Canadians whose work contributes to the understanding and advancement of quality, affordable housing in our country. Five prizes of $10,000 — three at a Master’s level and two at a Doctoral level — were presented to students across the country at an event held in Ottawa.

As the first recipients, the 2007 award winners represent the “future of housing research and policy development,” which contributes significantly to the understanding and advancement of housing in Canada, whether in social, economic, design or technical aspects of housing.

2007 CMHC Housing Studies Achievement Award Winners—

Sutama Ghosh, Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, York University
We Are Not All the Same: The Differential Migration, Settlement Patterns and Housing Trajectories of Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis in Toronto

This study examines similarities and differences in migration, settlement patterns, and housing trajectories by comparing two ‘South Asian’ immigrant groups in Toronto – Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshis. The author contends that the reasons people migrate, where they live within the destination city and the characteristics of the housing they occupy are interconnected themes. This study reveals the symbiotic relationships between these three themes. It shows how immigrant housing experiences are often initiated even before the household arrives in the migrant city and may continue to influence where and how they live for many years after.

Miljana Horvat, Doctor of Philosophy in Building Studies, Concordia University

Protocol and Assessment Tool for Performance Evaluation of Light-frame Building Envelopes Used in Residential Buildings

The purpose of this thesis was to develop a protocol and an assessment tool for evaluating the performance of wood-frame building envelopes as integrated subsystems of entire buildings. The work was undertaken using a holistic approach to performance evaluation, which would provide a more realistic representation of the overall performance of building envelopes. Traditional approaches evaluate either specific components of the building envelope and/or specific aspects of performance, such as air tightness or thermal performance, and energy performance, which is not always sufficient to understand how building envelopes really perform.

Oyetope Abe, Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan

Effectiveness of Energy Wheels from Transient Measurements

This research focuses on a new method for the transient testing and control of air-to-air energy wheels used as energy recovery devices in building ventilation systems. The testing of energy wheels is very important after manufacturing to determine if they will deliver optimum performance as designed and after they are installed and operating to see if they are still operating to specifications. This new test method is less expensive and only requires the use of a small simple-to-use experimental apparatus that is able to get performance data rapidly.

Joshua Engel-Yan, Master of Applied Science, University of Toronto

The Integration of Natural Infrastructure into Urban Design: Evaluating the Contribution of the Urban Forest to Neighbourhood Sustainability

This research focuses on three key questions: (1) How do neighbourhood design and housing construction affect the potential heating and cooling energy savings provided by the urban forest? (2) How have these benefits changed as approaches to housing construction and neighbourhood design have evolved? (3) How can neighbourhoods be designed or retrofitted to maximize the benefits provided by the urban forest?

Stephanie Vermeulen, Master of Architecture, University of Waterloo

An Architecture of Daily Life: The Continuing Evolution of Toronto’s Residential Fabric

Based on a study of housing in the Netherlands, a country that has successfully and creatively adapted to the demands of housing in a climate of rapid immigration and a diversifying population, this thesis proposes new, high-density urban housing typologies for the city of Toronto. This new vision for the city adds necessary density to existing neighbourhoods, fosters a strong community life, and provokes new ideas about urban living.

Phoenix Youth Celebrate 20 Years of Determination and Hope

Halifax, NS

Based in Halifax, Phoenix Youth Programs has earned a stellar reputation for its innovative work assisting at-risk and homeless youth throughout Nova Scotia. And now it has been 20 years since the establishment of Phoenix’s first program—Phoenix House—and the staff and volunteers celebrated recently with all its community partners to honour the occasion.

But this is not a story of one individual—it is a story that is a testament to how working together as a community can make a difference, board chair Chris McNeil said during the celebration. “It is a story of diversity and courage, of resilience and hope.”

“I am inspired by the resiliency of the Phoenix youth. Many arrive at our door with hope and determination to improve their lives. I have had the privilege to meet with many of the youth and hear their stories – stories of strength and courage,” McNeil said.

Phoenix Youth Programs provide a continuum of care and services for homeless and at risk youth, including a homelessness prevention program, shelter, longer-term residential facility, supervised apartments, and a 24-hour drop-in centre. Counselling, referrals, health care, recreational activities, literacy and pre-employment training are among the services provided.

The program began in the mid-1980s when a group of concerned citizens saw a need in the community to help homeless and at-risk youth and set out with a mission to fill that need.

At any given time, Phoenix serves a client base of 350 youth including 39 youth in residence. The mission that began back in 1987 remains strong and true: To support at-risk and homeless youth within our extended community with the intent to break the cycle of homelessness.

New on Raising the Roof’s Shared Learnings on Homelessness Web site


Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in Kelowna, British Columbia provide a safe, supportive place where at-risk children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

Calgary Alpha House in Calgary, Alberta provides a safe and caring environment for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies.

Grace House in Oakville, Ontario provides supportive housing as the very first and basic step in their community team-oriented approach of helping and enabling individuals to make adequate lifestyle changes to maintain an independent and healthy life.

Harbour House in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia is a shelter for abused women and children, that provides safe accommodation to meet their basic needs. Also provided are crisis intervention, advocacy, individual and group counselling, outreach services, information and referral.

Campaign 2000 Report Calls for Strategies to Assist Homeless Youth


On November 26—18 years after the unanimous House of Commons resolution to end poverty in Canada by 2000—Campaign 2000 released its annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty. The 2007 report, entitled It Takes a Nation to Raise a Generation, presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty, and recommendations for all political parties. The report calls for a comprehensive national housing strategy, with specific initiatives for women, Aboriginal families, youth, families from racialized communities and immigrant families, coordinated with the provinces and territories; large-scale building of social housing units; immediate extension of the federal government's affordable housing and housing renovation programs beyond the end of fiscal 2008; and a reversal of the erosion of subsidies for housing cooperatives that support rent-geared to income units.

CHRA Seeks Sponsors to Increase Youth Participation at Congress 2008


To support one of its strategic goals, Canadian Housing Renewal Association is looking for a stronger youth voice at its events. CHRA will pay the bulk of registration fees for Congress 2008 in April. A special discounted rate of $99 is being offered to anyone under 30 years of age. CHRA has targeted 100 delegates under 30.


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