Listen to “Housing Party, E1: The Cities vs. AirBnB” on Spreaker.
Where and when is Airbnb activity happening in Canada? Who is making money on Airbnb and how? And are short-term rentals threatening long-term housing in Canada? You’ll find the answers to all this and more on the new bi-monthly show-within-a-show Housing Party from Unpacking the News-!

Join housing and human rights doctoral student David DesBaillets (Université du Québec à Montréal, Project Montreal) as he welcomes critical urbanist David Wachsmuth (McGill School of Urban Planning, Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance) to explore his research on AirBnB and the good and bad ways in which online and digital platforms are distorting and transforming the Canadian housing sector.

Watch for David DesBaillets on Unpacking the News every two months for a new conversation on housing in Canada with experts, policy wonks and scholars examining the challenges cities face in providing affordable, adequate and accessible housing for Canadians.
Read David Wachsmuth’s report on AirBnB at

This conversation was recorded on August 9th, 2019.