The Real Reason Why Union Station is taking Forever

By: Case Feenstra Team

The Real Reason Why Union Station is taking Forever

Tags: Union Station, Metrolinx, National Historic Site, Renovation

Maybe you’ll be annoyed about it, but maybe not if you really appreciate the heritage value of classic railway shed design. Construction at Union has been progressing for years. Progressing at what feels like a snail’s pace.   And we can blame the snail pace on the Beaux-Arts-Style railway station, and also heritage “authorities”. The steel pillars that hold up the roo...Read More

4 things to watch out for in 2017 Housing Markets

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4 things to watch out for in 2017 Housing Markets

Tags: Interest rates, GTA Real Estate, Condos, First Time Buyers

2016 was quite the year for the housing market in the GTA. The average GTA home increased in value by 20 percent year over year in 2016 and has left many wondering how 2017 will pan out. There are a few changes to keep an eye on for 2017.   1. Interest rates – they’re increasing bit by bit, and this might push more people out of the market, forcing them to either save for longer o...Read More

Oakville Justice Film Festival Hosted by ClearView Church

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Oakville Justice Film Festival Hosted by ClearView Church

Tags: Oakville, Justice, Community, Film.ca

Church and justice go together right? The organizers of the Oakville Justice Film Festival think so. The Film Festival, which runs from February 2 – 4, will bring the Oakville community together to highlight injustice and how we can contribute to solutions.   Each film will feature panel discussions and opportunities to connect with relief organizations. This will help to deepen the und...Read More

Why Did Gas Prices go up on January 1st?

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Why Did Gas Prices go up on January 1st?

Tags: Cap and Trade, Homeowners, Rebates, Hydro Bill

January 1st marked a new year. It also increased gasoline prices by 4.3 cents per liter. It is because of the Ontario Cap and Trade program which aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.   If a company emits more than 25,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, it will be “capped”. This means that limits are set and if the company emits more than the limit, they must purchase additional ...Read More

Winter Activities in and Around Halton

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Winter Activities in and Around Halton

Tags: Bronte, Sixteen Mile Creek, Halton, Glen Eden

Some people like the cold weather. Others don’t. Either way, the snow and ice makes for some cool activities that are worth trying out.   A new activity organized by Hamilton Conservation Authority is the Valen’s Lake outdoor skating loop. You can skate through the trees with you and your family. The 425-meter-long ice trail is a new idea that is being piloted this year. If you&rs...Read More

Property Tax Comparison for the GTA

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Property Tax Comparison for the GTA

Tags: Oakville, Taxes, Revenue, Finances

How does Oakville compare to other municipalities’ residential property tax rates? It might surprise you. Municipality Tax Rate (%) Toronto 0.6879731 Markham 0.7827690 Richmond Hill 0.8108980 Oakville 0.827349 Burlington 0.872013 Mississauga 0.8743480 Brampton 1.103025 Pickering 1.266...Read More

Local Event: New Year’s Oakville Polar Bear Dip

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Local Event: New Year’s Oakville Polar Bear Dip

Tags: Oakville, Coronation Park, World Vision, Drinking Water

  Some people don’t mind the cold. Some just want to support a good cause. The Oakville Polar Bear Dip is a fundraiser for building clean water infrastructure in developing countries. Hundreds of dippers will participate in this year’s event and build on the success of previous dips.   To kick of the new year with a community giving spirit, Oakville’s Coronation Park w...Read More

Lack of housing = increase in renovations

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Lack of housing = increase in renovations

Tags: Contractor, Renovation, Real estate, Bidding war

Times are good for contractors. Canadians now spend more on home renovations and repairs than new home construction. The reason? Renovating or adding an addition to an existing home can be more affordable than upsizing.   Many contractors can’t keep up with the demand of their services. That means that contractors have a lot of potential (any millenials need a job?). The renovation sect...Read More

Toronto is now the Least Affordable City in Canada for Housing

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Toronto is now the Least Affordable City in Canada for Housing

Tags: Tax, Affordability, Mortgage, GTA, Housing

It is not a title to be particularly proud of. Homeowners in the GTA are now spending 63.7 percent of their income on the cost of owning a home. The housing affordability index has drastically declined in Toronto and has exceeded Vancouver. There is simply not enough housing to go around.   Mortgage payments, interest, property taxes, and utilities are adding up. Economists only expect theses...Read More

Why You Should Always Clean the Snow and Ice off your car

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Why You Should Always Clean the Snow and Ice off your car

Tags: Insurance, Safety, Snow, Negligence

Driving around in a vehicle that’s covered in snow isn’t smart. It makes you look lazy. It is also dangerous to other drivers and could cause damage to vehicles.   Ice from transport trucks is an obvious concern. You might not think its possible, but flying ice from passenger cars can break windshields as well.   You also want to avoid the following type of situation. Say a p...Read More