How do people not understand that if 44 units are built that means 44 people are vacating other units such as overpriced basement suites, for example. Therefore, this an affordability improvement down the chain.
When people were crying for rental projects instead of condo projects they didn't actually want rental projects, they just wanted a reason to criticize & oppose condo projects. We saw the exact same thing re: height restrictions. Tall buildings were bad for ages, and what the city really needed were short buildings... and then along came proposals for short buildings (Northern Junk, Wharf & Government, bus station, Ironworks, etc.) and suddenly short buildings were bad, too.
These are those faux principles that I'm talking about. Your kid wants a cat, so you tell her she can't have a cat because you really, really, really want a dog. You've always wanted a dog. Dogs are the best. So then your kid eventually takes a liking to dogs. One day she says she wants a dog, and so you tell her she can't have a dog, either. Not because dogs aren't great. Dogs are awesome. But she wants the wrong kind of dog. The wrong dog in the wrong location.
Come on, can we seriously not see how manipulative and insincere this stuff is?