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

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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?

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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

Innovative Tax on Vacant Homes comes to Vancouver

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Innovative Tax on Vacant Homes comes to Vancouver

Tags: Tax, Vacancy, Vancouver, Housing, Real Estate, GTA

Empty houses aren’t good, especially when there is a shortage of housing and affordable rental options. Vancouver has imposed a tax on vacant homes which will penalize homeowners that buy homes only for investment.   Could this tax be effective? How will the government be sure if houses are vacant or not? If anything, the new vacancy tax signals that homes are more than just an investme...Read More

Saw Whet Green space losing to Development?

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Saw Whet Green space losing to Development?

Tags: Saw Whet, OMB, Development, Greenspace, Oakville

Livability is something the Town of Oakville strives for. In fact, the Town has a goal to be the most livable community in Canada. To some, this goal stands in stark contrast to recent development plans and approvals in the Saw Whet Lands.   Zoning to enforce the preservation natural space is part official plan of Oakville. Unfortunate to some, the Town and Halton Region have markedly reduced...Read More

2016 Oakville Santa Claus Parade

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2016 Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Tags: Oakville, Parade, Lakeshore, Local, Christmas

This weekend, November 19th at 9:30 am, is the Oakville Santa Claus Parade - rain or shine. The forecast is calling for shine. 16 degrees of shine. It’s a Christmas celebration and you might not even need a coat.   The parade runs from along Lakeshore from Reynolds to Kerr, and then up Kerr Street to Steward Street. Click here to check out the map.     Don’t drive to the...Read More

How the Government is Helping First Time Buyers

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How the Government is Helping First Time Buyers

Tags: Real Estate, Equity, GTA, Ontario, Land transfer tax

Because first time buyers need all the help they can get to enter real estate market these days. First time buyers don’t have much equity, might not have high credit ratings, and probably have to manage university debt as well. How are they expected to buy even a small condo? Finding a shoebox condo for less than $300 grand is a catch in this market.   An average home in the GTA is now ...Read More

Official Application for Developing Glen Abbey Golf Course

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Official Application for Developing Glen Abbey Golf Course

Tags: Oakville, Clublink, Glen Abbey, Green space, Public parks

Its official. Clublink submitted the application to develop one of Oakville’s premier golf courses. It’s not all bad news, half of the privately owned site will be dedicated to public parks and green space. Is it a compromise local residents would be willing to make?   124 acres of green space that was previously a private golf course could be accessible to the public. Not bad. Th...Read More