Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local—and no topic is off-limits.
On this week's episode, we explore an issue that impacts people all across Ontario: skyrocketing rental rates.
As inflation continues to soar—triggering the Bank of Canada to raise its benchmark interest rate by the highest amount in more than two decades—rental costs have reached unprecedented levels. A recent poll revealed a shocking stat: 60 per cent of Ontario renters say they've been forced to cut back on food in order to pay the landlord.
Dania Majid, a staff lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), joins us to talk about the ongoing crisis: how we got here, how bad it's going to get, and what the Ford government should do to help provide more affordable housing.
Also on the podcast: A happy ending for Stanley the goat. Finally, some good news for a change.
Launched in April, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across Village Media's chain of Ontario newsrooms. The program also explores bigger-picture issues that affect people across the province.
Every episode is available on this news site /insidethevillage. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.