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She claimed that the man­sion tax would pay for mod­u­lar hous­ing, in its first year, for ev­ery home­less per­son in Van­cou­ver. “In the sec­ond year, we can start build­ing new co-op and so­cial hous­ing for other peo­ple in the city who need hous­ing.”

She also promised to try to make pub­lic land avail­able to In­dige­nous peo­ple for hous­ing. Other poli­cies she high­lighted in­cluded pro­mot­ing free tran­sit in the downtown core or copy­ing Cal­gary and cre­at­ing a $5 monthly bus pass for low-in­come peo­ple.

“We could get rid of the tran­sit po­lice to help pay for that,” she quipped to sus­tained ap­plause. “And with free tran­sit, a lot of peo­ple would stop driv­ing and pol­lut­ing.”

In ad­di­tion, Swan­son called for “more civil­ian con­trol over the po­lice to stop ha­rass­ment and crim­i­nal­iza­tion of peo­ple be­cause they’re poor”. This would in­clude cut­ting the po­lice bud­get and us­ing this money to fund other pub­lic ser­vices.

“I am so tired of hear­ing politi­cians talk about only what’s pos­si­ble within ex­ist­ing rules,” Swan­son added. “Those rules are what got us into this mess where the rich live longer and the poor and the ad­dicted die young. I want to fight for what we need.”

Oc­to­ber 12 to 18, 2017

Venus treks into Libra early Saturday to be­gin a onemonth tour. This tran­sit en­hances so­cial, ro­man­tic, and fi­nan­cial prospects. Venus in Libra also puts even more em­pha­sis on an eval­u­a­tion process that has been in the works for some time now.

Just after Saturday mid­night, Mer­cury in Libra gets a flash down­load from Uranus. This is a strike-it-hot, up­beat com­bi­na­tion. It can keep the en­ergy, ex­cite­ment, and in­trigue going strong. It is not a good tran­sit for tak­ing a risk, so keep a safe dis­tance from those who are ob­vi­ously on edge. The tran­sit can bring an abrupt end to the party—or, con­versely, get one started.

Use Sun­day to catch up, to tend to health and other good-for-you stuff. Mon­day, show up for it; put your­self to work. Sun/saturn can set the week onto a pro­duc­tive start.

There’s no more skirt­ing around the is­sue once Mer­cury leaves Libra for Scorpio on Tues­day. For the next three weeks, Mer­cury aims to get to the bot­tom of what­ever it is hin­der­ing or as­sist­ing your soul’s ob­jec­tive. Tues­day/wednesday, Mer­cury teams up with Jupiter in Scorpio. What’s said, sensed, un­der­taken, or done: ev­ery­thing in­creases in scope and im­pact. An es­pe­cially po­tent, pow­er­ful, and per­sua­sive combo, Mer­cury/ Jupiter is help­ful/ef­fec­tive for sort­ing out com­plex is­sues, for lock­ing onto what is most es­sen­tial, and for nav­i­gat­ing through dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions and get­ting your mes­sage de­liv­ered. Make your power play; Mer­cury/jupiter could set you up for a ma­jor turn­around or re­ward.

ARIES

March 20–April 20

Venus in Libra, start­ing Saturday, sets you up for a so­cial, ro­man­tic, or plea­sure-seek­ing cash-in. Give and re­ceive; a show of ap­pre­ci­a­tion moves you/moves them. Mars/uranus keep the ex­cite­ment and in­ten­sity going strong late Saturday, but when it’s time to call it quits, there’s a sud­den cut­off. Mon­day through Wednesday, trust your in­stincts—say it; do it.

TAURUS April 20–May 21

Thursday through Saturday, have it your way; do right by your­self. If you are happy, they are too. Saturday/sun­day, watch for a late-inthe-day en­ergy boost or for some­thing un­ex­pected to over­take you. Mer­cury/ Uranus can trig­ger anger, ar­gu­ments, ac­ci­dents, or phys­i­cal re­ac­tions. En­joy but play it safe with al­co­hol, drugs, and driv­ing. Mon­day through Wednesday, ac­tiv­i­ties and talks are pro­duc­tive.

GEMINI

May 21–June 21

Fri­day/saturday, it’s all good. Ac­tiv­i­ties, con­ver­sa­tions, and vis­its should hit their mark well. Mer­cury/uranus keeps you quick­wit­ted and going strong right to the evening’s fin­ish line. Sun­day/mon­day, let your­self off the hook as best you can. Tues­day/wednesday, seek and find; grab hold of it. Mer­cury keeps you sharp, shrewd, and well fo­cused. Words and ac­tions hit their mark with greater than usual im­pact.

CANCER June 21–July 22

Feel­ing am­bi­tious? No choice in the mat­ter? Jupiter’s oneyear tran­sit through Scorpio pumps you full of re­source­ful­ness and holds great po­ten­tial for your sign. Saturday/ Sun­day dishes up some­thing fresh or ex­tra, per­haps un­ex­pect­edly. Tues­day/ Wednesday, take your best shot. Mer­cury/jupiter give you a good feel for what’s un­der the hood. Trust your gut.

LEO

July 22–Au­gust 23

Fri­day/saturday, the Leo moon pumps you full of can-do. Re­ward, sat­is­fac­tion, and plea­sure are on the ready dial-up. Venus in Libra, start­ing Saturday, en­hances cre­ativ­ity, so­cial con­nec­tiv­ity, and ro­man­tic pos­si­bil­ity. Still, Sun­day you can’t bank on the plan, ac­tion, con­ver­sa­tion, or ex­pec­ta­tion to meet its mark. Mon­day to Wednesday, the get­ting and going are good. Mer­cury in Scorpio, start­ing Tues­day, sharp­ens your radar.

VIRGO

Au­gust 23–Septem­ber 23

Thursday through Sun­day keeps it/you on full tilt. Each day dishes up some­thing fresh, dif­fer­ent, or more. Saturday/sun­day, both Mer­cury/uranus and Mars/ch­i­ron keep the ex­cite­ment or ex­citabil­ity on the dial-up. While both are game-for-it/ go-for-it break­through in­flu­ences, they also make you feel vul­ner­a­ble, ex­posed, or edgy. Mon­day through Wednesday, you’re on top of your game.

LIBRA

Septem­ber 23–Oc­to­ber 23

As of Saturday, Venus joins the sun and Mer­cury in Libra. All three help you to look and sound your best. Mer­cury will leave Libra for Scorpio on Tues­day. Be­fore it does, the quick one will strike it hot with Uranus, mak­ing the week­end some­thing to talk about. Sun­day could chal­lenge health or pa­tience. Mon­day is a pro­duc­tive one. Tues­day/wednesday, don’t hold back.

SCORPIO

Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 22

Fri­day/saturday keeps you mak­ing the most of it. Re­ward is jus­ti­fied. Even so, don’t throw cau­tion to the wind re­gard­ing safety or health, es­pe­cially late Saturday/early Sun­day. Keep tabs; take a taxi home or call one for a friend. Mon­day to Wednesday should prove es­pe­cially pro­duc­tive and lu­cra­tive. Mer­cury in Scorpio, start­ing Tues­day, sharp­ens your mind, in­tu­ition, skill, and abil­ity to time it right.

SAGITTARIUS Novem­ber 22–De­cem­ber 21

Fri­day/saturday, kick it up a notch; put on the show and it’s a win-win. Venus en­hances plea­sure and good feed­back. Mer­cury/uranus keeps the ex­cite­ment on ready tap or trig­ger. Still, quit while you are ahead. Mon­day to Wednesday, aim to get it said, done, or turned around. Tues­day/wednesday, go deeper; find/tap more. Ev­ery­thing you feel, say, do, or wit­ness is of sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.

CAPRICORN De­cem­ber 21–Jan­uary 20

Aim to make the most of your week­end but also keep ope­nended. Venus, freshly into Libra, calls for added flex­i­bil­ity, es­pe­cially where an­other is con­cerned. Late Saturday/ early Sun­day fires up some­thing fresh or un­ex­pected. Mon­day, you’re off to a good start. Tues­day/wednesday, cut to the chase; steer the con­ver­sa­tion; make your power play. You could cash in big-time.

AQUARIUS

Jan­uary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18

Venus on a so­cial boost and ex­cite­ment duo Mer­cury/uranus set up a high-en­ergy “write home about it” week­end. On a big­ger-pic­ture note, whether it’s an evolv­ing re­al­ity or an evolv­ing con­scious­ness, this week and next set you onto a ma­jor movea­long. Saturday/sun­day and Tues­day through Thursday are es­pe­cially op­por­tune for hit­ting it fresh.

PISCES

Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20

Venus, Mars, and Ch­i­ron crank up your sen­si­tiv­ity radar. You can’t help but no­tice a sense of déjà vu or karmic des­tiny at work. Saturday/sun­day, Venus, Mars, and Mer­cury/uranus put ev­ery­thing in full swing. Mon­day to Wednesday, ac­tiv­i­ties and talks are pro­duc­tive. Tues­day/wednesday, seize ad­van­tage; good tim­ing is on your side. Make a power play; cash in.

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