what would it mean to actually commit to providing housing as a human right?

well, for one, real estate agencies would not exist. real estate would not be an industry. real estate agent would not be a job anyone would do.

the day cannot come soon enough

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i'm well aware canada's healthcare system is vastly inadequate, but just imagine if the housing system were anywhere near what the healthcare system was like.

for-profit housing should be as obscene as for-profit healthcare. flipping houses should be seen as as unethical as hiking up insulin prices.

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Doesn't Canada have a mixed system. An excellent public healthcare system and a private insurance system that a lot of people also use?

@Ventronik it varies from province to province but what we have here in ontario is basically universal health insurance. doctors bill the government for services they do. however, public health insurance doesn't cover everything (e. g. prescription medications, dental care, eye care), so people pay out of pocket or get private insurance for it (through their job). or more commonly go without.

@nev I vaguely remember a time before all those house flipping shows trained everyone to think of their house as an investment instead of, you know, a home. So many people, even ones who will never flip a home, are afraid to design their home the way they'd prefer because it might hurt the "resale value" because they've been brainwashed to think of their house primarily as an investment in the future rather than a place to live their lives.

@nev I know this is not exactly the same as what you're talking about but, boy, does it reflect how "market thinking" has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. No wonder we've turned housing into a commodity.

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