Canadian Waste Reduction Week

By: Case Feenstra Team

Canadian Waste Reduction Week

Tags: Canada, Waste, Sustainability, Consumption,

Waste. Such a shame that we accept waste as an inevitability of human activity. Waste doesn’t have to exist at all. There is no waste in nature. But it will be a while until humans are waste free. Until that time, the best we can do is reduce waste.   Waste reduction week runs from October 17th- 23rd and is a Canada-wide campaign that aims to create awareness about sustainable and respo...Read More

Meet Olympic Athletes at Oakville Event Oct 28

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Meet Olympic Athletes at Oakville Event Oct 28

Tags: Oakville, Olympics, Athletes, Oakville Blades, Sports

Need some inspiration? Want to meet inspiring individuals? Olympians fit the bill. Oakville residents have the opportunity to meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on October 28th.   The event begins at 6:30. It’s a free event but don’t forget to bring something that can be autographed. Athletes confirmed for attendance include Diana Matheson who ...Read More

Which 6 World Cities are Ranked Highest on the Real Estate Bubble Index?

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Which 6 World Cities are Ranked Highest on the Real Estate Bubble Index?

Tags: Housing Prices, GTA, Mortgage, Canada, Risk

Talk of real estate bubbles is widespread for both Vancouver and Toronto. But where do these two cities fit within a broader global perspective? Is the issue over exaggerated? The answer might not sit well, depending on where you live.   UBS, a Swiss Bank, released a report that analyzes the risk of pricing correction in housing markets around the world. The 6 countries with the highest risk ...Read More

New QEW Digital Signs to Encourage Transit Use

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New QEW Digital Signs to Encourage Transit Use

Tags: Oakville, GO Transit, QEW, Transportation,

Driving into Toronto? You’re probably not sure how long it will take. Back in the day it might have been a 20 or 25-minute drive. But these days the traffic is too unpredictable. Is transit a viable alternative? New signs will tell you.   These new signs will show drivers details on time it takes to drive to the station, park and catch the next available train. The hope is that more dri...Read More

Halton High Schools Achieving Higher than Average Grades for Math and Writing

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Halton High Schools Achieving Higher than Average Grades for Math and Writing

Tags: Oakville, Halton, School, Grades, Education

Halton High schools are well above the provincial average when it comes to grade 9 mathematics and the grade 10 literacy test, by about 7% and 8% higher to be exact. These results stem from the latest provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office.   There are two streams from mathematics – academic and applied. Halton has higher than average grades for both streams. T...Read More

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Real Estate as we know it

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How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Real Estate as we know it

Tags: Real Estate, Vehicle, Development, Communities, Car ownership

Autonomous vehicles, or self driving vehicles, negate the need for vehicle ownership. Imagine all the extra space that would be freed up. A self driving vehicle would pick people up and drive them to their destination, and continue to do so all day long. It would be unnecessary for a large amount of people to own a vehicle as well as create the space necessary for storing a vehicle.   People ...Read More

What Chinese Media says about Canadian Real Estate Might Surprise you

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What Chinese Media says about Canadian Real Estate Might Surprise you

Tags: China, Investors, Real Estate, Income, Debt, Media

Canadian media frequently casts blame on foreign buyers for the issue of housing affordability. Chinese media has its own view on Canadian real estate. It is warning Chinese investors that the Canadian real estate market is fraught with danger. How did they come to this conclusion?   The extraordinary gains in Canadian real estate have not gone unnoticed in China, especially as many of the in...Read More

Mortgage Rules will Affect First Time Buyers: That’s the Point…

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Mortgage Rules will Affect First Time Buyers: That’s the Point…

Tags: Household Debt, Mortgage Rules, Finance, Canada, Interest rate

Commentators and writers are criticizing the Federal government’s new mortgage rules by saying that first time home buyers are “taking a hit” and have to “shelve their dream home”. Except that is the whole point of the new mortgage rules.   Canadian household debt is among the highest in the developed world. The government is responding with these new mortgage ru...Read More

Company Designs and Builds the First Fully Recyclable House

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Company Designs and Builds the First Fully Recyclable House

Tags: Housing, Future, Sustainable, Construction, Architecture

  The future of housing, perhaps more in the long term, will consider things like scarce resources and perfect sustainability. The concept of waste will be a thing of history. Arup, an architecture firm has developed a house that fits this vision.   A prototype was built for the London Design Festival. Every material that is part of the building is non-toxic, easily recyclable and mostl...Read More

Four Government Changes Affecting Real estate

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Four Government Changes Affecting Real estate

Tags: Canada, Capital Gains, Risk, Mortgage, Affordability

The Federal Ministry of Finance is changing the rules for mortgages as well as foreign buyers. The intention is to protect Canadians from default and ensure there is an even playing field in housing affordability and availability. Hopefully these changes will have the intended effect and not lead to any unforeseen consequences. Check out the changes below.   Mortgage rate stress test &nbs...Read More