By Salt Spring Forum
Published in the Gulf Islands Driftwood, August 9, 2017, page 4

Far more Canadians live in cities rather than rural areas today. Major centres continue to grow rapidly, leading society forward and encountering many challenges.

Vancouver, for example, is one of the “greenest” cities in the world and on track to be 100 per cent reliant on renewable energy by 2050.

At the same time Vancouver has one of the lowest vacancy rates and is one of the most expensive places to live in Canada, with the cost of an average one-bedroom apartment topping $2,000 per month. The city has been hit hard by the homelessness and now the opioid crises.

Of course, these crises are not confined to big cities. Small communities like Salt Spring face similar challenges.

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