Wacky socialist idea of the week:
So if a person chooses a known, low paying profession, the taxpayer is beholden to subsidize this choice?
wacky to you but just a dandy idea to all but one councillor.
In terms of what the policy would look like in action, Loveday cited the example of a building with an art school on the first floor and rental-housing units above.
“If the artists below desire, they would have first right of refusal on those units,” he said. “So this could give our staff a policy rationale for accepting and recommending a project like that to us in the future.”
He said qualifying artists would still have to meet income thresholds. “This won’t be putting artists to the front of the line,” he said.
But Coun. Geoff Young argued that’s exactly what the policy will do.
“If the motion means anything, it means that if you are a server or a plumber’s apprentice and you have such and such an income, you get put lower on the list than someone who qualifies in some way as an artist,” he said.
Young, who was alone in opposition, also questioned the practicality of the plan and how the artists will be selected.