I believe with respect to possible easing rezoning of SFD my main focus was on the need to provide more housing for the so called missing middle population.
The reference was to provide information on the wide range of housing discrimination situations that are applicable to the Canadian context rather than US focused.. Victoria is not unique and the most if not all of the general comments on housing discrimination would apply to all cities in Canada.
Since you brought up the issue of racism and SFH I found this example.
In 2014, the National Post unearthed a collection of documents that illustrate how land titles were used to exclude minorities from specific properties and areas of the city.
“No Asiatic, Negro or Indian shall have the right or be allowed to own, become tenant of or occupy any part of [the property],” reads the title for a piece of residential land in South Vancouver.
A property title for a parcel of land in Victoria that’s dated 1952 similarly forbids transfer of the property to “anyone other than members of the Caucasian race”.
Such covenants are still included in property titles today, though an amendment to the B.C. Land Title Act renders them void. As they make clear, other visible minorities have been discriminated against alongside Chinese Canadians.
SFH was not created with a racist focus however there were elements of racism or discrimination in some aspects of SFD. development (Large lot size minimums.)
I made it clear that in my opinion the mayors article was a step too far especially with the focus on US data.