A National Housing Strategy, Philanthropists Recognized and More

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Upcoming events and business and city updates we think should be on your radar for Friday, November 24.

$40 billion announced for a national housing strategy

Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos announced a ten-year $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and improve the quality and availability of housing for Canadians. A few of the Strategy’s goals include reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent, creating four times as many housing units as were built between 2005 and 2015, and protecting 385,000 households from losing affordable housing.

Kenaidan Contracting selected as Clover Point Pump Station contractor

Kenaidan Contracting, which has more than 30 years of experience working on waterworks facilities, was selected through a competitive selection process. Construction on the Clover Point Pump Station is scheduled to begin early in 2018 and finish by the middle of 2020.

University of Victoria engineers helping overseas kids by using 3D printing

Biomedical engineers from the University of Victoria-based Victoria Hand Project are creating corrective devices and braces that will treat conditions like clubfoot and scoliosis — and they’re making them using a 3D printer. The braces, which are estimated to cost less than $50 each, will be given to kids in developing countries such as Nepal, Haiti and Cambodia. The Victoria Hand Project was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to do this work.

Learn about data visualization

The Victoria chapter of Ladies Learning Code hosts a data visualization workshop for beginners on November 25. During the event, attendees will learn how to handle large amounts of data, present it using Processing and publish a resulting interactive project online. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Victoria and tickets are still available.

Winners of the National Philanthropy Day Award were announced

Each year on National Philanthropy Day, outstanding individuals and organizations in our community are recognized for making a difference in the lives of others.  This year’s award-winners were recognized at the Victoria Conference Centre on November 22. Winners include John McEown, the recipient of the Generosity of Spirit Award; Deirdrie Ballard, who received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award; and Liam, Ewan and Connor Docherty were awarded the Youth in Philanthropy Award. Think Communications Inc. and Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary won the corporate citizenship and club awards respectively.