Are Canadians purchasing homes prematurely?

York University’s Schulich School of Business Professor Moshe Milevsky feels that new homeowners have to think more critically about the market, reported the blog Sept. 24. Because of the U.S. housing crash six years ago, Milevsky says home ownership doesn’t necessarily make sense for a mobile workforce that has to deal with fluctuating property values. Read full story.

Sex assault reported at York University
Police are searching for a suspect in the sixth sexual assault reported at York University in less than a month. The attack occurred on Sept. 20 while the victim was waiting for a bus near the intersection of Ian MacDonald Blvd. and The Chimneystack Rd. She was approached by an unknown male who sexually assaulted her, reported the Toronto Star and others, Sept. 24. Police describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 30-40 years old with a thin build and a “raspy” voice. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweater and dark pants. Read full story.

B.C. could learn from Alberta how to save on costs of homelessness: expert
The author of a new study on the public costs of homelessness says British Columbia could learn a thing or two from Alberta when it comes to keeping people off the streets for good, reported Metro BC Sept. 24.  The study by York Professor Stephen Gaetz, director of York University’s Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the online Homeless Hub, says providing chronically homeless people with supports and housing can save Canadian taxpayers 54 cents on the dollar over leaving them homeless. Gaetz said Alberta is leading the country on the issue by working on a plan to prohibit hospitals from discharging mentally ill people into homelessness. Read full story.