IKEA Making Kitchen Cabinets out of Recycled Water Bottles

By: Case Feenstra Team

IKEA Making Kitchen Cabinets out of Recycled Water Bottles

Tags: Kitchen, Circular Economy, Recycling,

Ever wonder what can be made from recycled water bottles? They can be made into a variety of products like clothing, other containers, carpet, and lawn furniture. But IKEA is taking recycling a step further and building kitchen cabinets from recycled plastic as well as reclaimed industrial wood.   It takes 25 bottles and a small amount of wood to create a 40 x 80cm cabinet. This shows that di...Read More

Clublink Accuses Oakville of Delaying Glen Abbey Development

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Clublink Accuses Oakville of Delaying Glen Abbey Development

Tags: Bylaw, Glen Abbey, Halton, OMB

Two more appeals from Clublink were heard regarding the development of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The proceeding lasted 8 days and the focus was on a bylaw enacted by the Town of Oakville that restricts development activities until January 2018.   The bylaw was enacted so the town could conduct three studies – the Urban Structure Review, Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis study and ...Read More

What do Economists and Credit Rating companies think about GTA Housing Markets?

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What do Economists and Credit Rating companies think about GTA Housing Markets?

Tags: House Prices, Canadian Economy, Investor, Banks

Everyone knows housing markets are hot. But what do economists and rating agencies say about the broader implications of GTA’s housing prices? Economists from the Bank of Montreal and Capital Economics, as well as FitchRatings have recently highlighted their concerns about the extent to which the Canadian economy, and the GTA more specifically, are reliant on housing.   Economists from ...Read More

Oakville wants to become the most digitally connected community in the GTA

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Oakville wants to become the most digitally connected community in the GTA

Tags: Oakville, Technology, Innovation, Public Services

What does it mean to be the most digitally connected community? Digital connectivity will allow Oakville to provide services to residents thought online digital platforms. Digital innovations and technology can improve the delivery of, and access to public services like energy management and permits for renovations or parking.   Oakville is working on developing a new website that will be a t...Read More

Halton Region Could Halt Housing Developments

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Halton Region Could Halt Housing Developments

Tags: Funding, Infrastructure, Revenue, Growth Plan

The question always comes down to funding. The Province of Ontario’s Places to Grow Act mandates that Halton Region will grow to about 1 million people by 2041. Except Regional Councillors are arguing that there is a lack of revenue tools necessary for this level of growth.   What happens when a region lacks revenue tools? Property taxes likely would go up to compensate. And no one want...Read More

GTA Home Builders among the best in North America

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GTA Home Builders among the best in North America

Tags: GTA, Home Builders, Stacked Townhomes, Development

The National Sales and Marketing Awards recently gave out 10 golds and 44 silvers to home builders in the GTA. So what makes GTA builders so great?   The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) has a long history of winning awards at the Nationals in the building, design and marketing categories. This year, members of BILD did exceptionally well in the architectural design o...Read More

What was Southern Ontario’s Worst Winter Storm?

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What was Southern Ontario’s Worst Winter Storm?

Tags: Snow, Winter, Niagara Region, Blizzard

A 10-centimeter snowfall seems like a big weather event, especially this winter. It has been relatively warm. But what’s the worst storm ever? How bad can it get? The infamous blizzard of 1977 in the Niagara region created 9-meter snow drifts and snowmobiles were the only method of transportation for weeks in some places.    November and December of 1976 were 6 °C co...Read More

How does the expanded GO Transit Service Impact Home Values?

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How does the expanded GO Transit Service Impact Home Values?

Tags: Real Estate, Oakville, Mississauga, Housing Prices

Some people might think living close to a GO station or route might be noisy and busy. Others see an opportunity to live in more affordable regions outside of the pricey downtown core. And as GO transit is expanding its services of many of its routes, the access to Toronto is improving.   Some neighbourhoods in the GTA will see home values increase by 12% from GO Transit’s expanded 15-m...Read More

Would a foreign buyer tax work in the GTA?

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Would a foreign buyer tax work in the GTA?

Tags: GTA, Housing, Foreign Buyer, Tax, Real Estate

The short answer is no. A foreign buyer tax would work if foreign buyers significantly affect housing prices. But they don’t, despite what some media outlets would have you think.   The numbers tell the story. Just 4.9% of real estate transaction involve foreign buyers. In response, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has decided to release a press statement that says a foreign buyer t...Read More

A Dim January but Brighter Days for February

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A Dim January but Brighter Days for February

Tags: Seasonal defective disorder, Toronto, Vitamin D, Weather

Literal dimness. Toronto only had 48.8 hours of sunlight in all of January. That’s about half the usual amount of 85 hours. Fog and clouds have made the month remarkably dark and gloomy.   The sun has been peaking out a bit more in February though. If you felt blissfully happy to revel in the warmth of those rare sun rays, then you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D isn’...Read More