November Housing Stats: Toronto Up, Vancouver down

By: Case Feenstra Team

November Housing Stats: Toronto Up, Vancouver down

Tags: Economics, Sales, Prices, GTA, First time Buyers, Real Estate

  Strong sales and higher prices. The upward trend for housing stats continued for the month of November. Real estate markets in Toronto and the GTA continue to grow while Vancouver has definitely peaked.   The Toronto Real Estate Board showed sales of 8,547 units in November. This is a 16.5% increase compared to November 2015. The average price is also up 22.7% compared to last year. &...Read More

Only in Oakville: Laughable Court Case

By: Case Feenstra Team

Only in Oakville: Laughable Court Case

Tags: Oakville, Tree, Court case, Neighbours, Trafalgar

What do you do when you don’t like the nuts on your neighbour’s tree? Go to court of course. The government’s court system probably has more pressing issues. But it seems that courts became the only option for a squabble over a walnut tree between two Oakville residents.   The issue? A 23 meter high black walnut tree grows on the property line between two houses on Trafalgar...Read More

Oakville Residents Protest Glen Abbey Development

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Oakville Residents Protest Glen Abbey Development

Tags: Glen Abbey, Residents, Oakville, Development, Clublink

  Last week, Oakville residents voiced their opposition during a Clublink open house that showcased the Glen Abbey development plan.    Clublink presented its plans to develop the iconic Oakville golf course into 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space, and 124 hectares of publically accessible green space. The greenspace would also feature a new ...Read More

What is Upcycling? An example from an Innovative Oakville Company

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What is Upcycling? An example from an Innovative Oakville Company

Tags: Saint Jean Carbon, Oakville, Innovation, electric Vehicle, Low-carbon economy

Recycling is good. But upcycling is even better.   Saint Jean Carbon Inc., a local Oakville company, is dismantling spent electric vehicle batteries and re-engineering the components into new functional batteries.   So what’s the difference between recycling and upcycling? Recycling is the process where used materials are made into another product. But, that new product is usually ...Read More

Canada’s Housing Strategy: What you need to know

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canada’s Housing Strategy: What you need to know

Tags: Canada, Housing, Development, Affordability, Saw Whet

Housing is a hot topic. Affordability, price increases, availability, market bubbles, tax rebates. You name it. These have been front page topics throughout the year and the government is responding through its release of the National Housing Strategy Document.   The 66-page strategy document is a culmination of many consultations and engagement sessions organized by the government. As a resu...Read More

Oakville Christmas Tree Lighting: This Friday

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Christmas Tree Lighting: This Friday

Tags: Oakville, Kerr Street, Christmas, Toys for Tots, Santa

Christmas is less than a month away! Kerr Village is hosting a Christmas tree lighting event this weekend. On Friday, December 2, the Christmas tree at Heritage Square in Kerr Village will be lit.  The event goes from 5 to 8 pm. And the weather is looking promising.   Heritage Square is located at 340 Kerr Street. The event is sponsored by the Kerr Village Business Improvement Area (BIA)...Read More

Snowy winter forecasted for Oakville

By: Case Feenstra Team

Snowy winter forecasted for Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Winter, Weather Forecast, GTA, Lake-effect

Its time to get your tires changed if you haven’t yet. Meteorologists are forecasting for a much harsher winter season this year compared to last year. Which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering that there wasn’t much of a winter last year anyways.   Last December was about 6 degrees above average and we didn’t have a white Christmas. January temperatures w...Read More

Tolls hitting the Gardner and DVP: Prudent

By: Case Feenstra Team

Tolls hitting the Gardner and DVP: Prudent

Tags: GO transit, Traffic, Toronto, GTA, Public Transit

  No one likes tolls. But seriously, the transit in Toronto desperately needs attention. The toll will create $300 million per year that will be used for roads and transit. The most ardent critics of this toll cannot ignore the benefits that the toll will bring to not only Toronto, but the entire GTA.   Everyday, about 228,000 vehicles use the Gardiner, and 110,000 use the DVP. The traf...Read More

Old Oakville Hospital Development Plans

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Old Oakville Hospital Development Plans

Tags: Oakville, Hospital, Redevelopment, Housing, Community Centre

Do you know the plans for the Old Oakville hospital site? The Town of Oakville is inviting residents to engage with town officials to gain input into the new public amenities proposed for the old Oakville Hospital site. Residents are invited to Oakville Town Hall atrium at 1225 Trafalgar Road from 5-7pm on Thursday, December 1st. A new community centre will take the place of the former hospital b...Read More

Could you live without a furnace?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Could you live without a furnace?

Tags: Passive Home, Heating Efficiency, Developers, Energy Cost,

Furnaces seem like a necessary part of a home. Could you live without one? Probably not in your current home. But that’s because your home is dependent on a furnace by design.   Homes that are designed to use heating from the earth (geothermal) and the sun are known as passive homes. This is because the temperature is regulated passively rather than through a heating system. Passive hom...Read More