Why Halton Food For Thought is Awesome

By: Case Feenstra Team

Why Halton Food For Thought is Awesome

Tags: Halton, Food, Community, Schools, Children

Food is a basic necessity of life. But it’s important that people, and especially children, are eating food that is nutritious. That is what Halton Food For Thought focuses on.   A recent gala raised $55,000 for the 20 year old Halton Food For Thought (HFFT) organization which will help to deliver many programs the many schools and communities throughout the Region. Schools are the big ...Read More

Ontario Aims to Curb Suburban Sprawl Across the GTA

By: Case Feenstra Team

Ontario Aims to Curb Suburban Sprawl Across the GTA

Tags: GTA, Smart Growth, Development, public transit, housing density

The other week I was driving up Mississauga Road in north Brampton. It looked ridiculous; huge houses super close together, with tree-less backyards that would make a dog feel claustrophobic. I thought to myself – how long is this type of insane housing development going to continue?   Well, a projected 3.5 million more people are going to be moving to the GTA and Hamilton Regions withi...Read More

Why Do Foreign Buyers Like Canadian Luxury Real Estate so much?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Why Do Foreign Buyers Like Canadian Luxury Real Estate so much?

Tags: Toronto, Real Estate, Luxury, Price Increases, Foreign Buyers,

The whole issue of foreign buyers in Canadian real estate markets is compounded by the fact of a lack of data from government agencies. But a recent report by Royal LePage has shed some light on the issue. The report suggests that 25% of luxury real estate purchases have been by foreign buyers over the past 10 years.   The study looked at the GTA, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal. Royal LePag...Read More

Rob Burton and the Ontario Municipal Board

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Rob Burton and the Ontario Municipal Board

Tags: Oakville, OMB, Municipal Affairs, Mayor, Developer

Oakville’s Mayor has a lot to say about the OMB. Some key words used by Burton include unaccountable, arbitrary and antagonizing. Valid points considering that 57 municipalities across Ontario are sending representatives to meet for a summit with the goal of reforming the OMB.   It is good to see that Oakville’s Mayor is vocal and involved with these issues. It shows that the lead...Read More

Oakville Council Supports Ranked Ballot Voting System

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Oakville Council Supports Ranked Ballot Voting System

Tags: Oakville, Democracy, Voting, Municipal Elections,

A lot of stats were thrown around in the last election about the how previous governments got a majority without have a majority of the votes. That kind of thing wouldn’t happen with ranked ballots.   Although ranked ballot voting systems aren’t happening on the federal level yet (it was election promise), it will take place in municipal and provincial elections. Yay democrac...Read More

Speed Limits for Oakville to lower to 40km/h

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Speed Limits for Oakville to lower to 40km/h

Tags: Oakville, Traffic, Drivers, Pedestrians, Speed limit, Town Council

Apparently there a problem with speeding on Oakville’s residential roads. So Town Council decided the solution is to lower the speed limit along all elementary and secondary schools, as well as seniors centres, community centres, arenas and libraries.   The plan follows extensive research and public consultation. The thought is that traffic calming will enhance the quality of our n...Read More

Halton Farmer Markets Opening Soon

By: Case Feenstra Team

Halton Farmer Markets Opening Soon

Tags: Food, Halton, Oakville, Sustainable, Shop, Local

Ever noticed how much better a tomato tastes in summer than in winter? Less tart, more sweet and flavourful, as well as a nice crunchy but satisfying texture. Its because more summer/spring tomatoes are locally grown and are more fresh. So don’t miss out on getting fresh, local, organic produce at the various Halton farmer’s markets.   Farmer markets give shoppers the opportunity ...Read More

Successful Garbage Clean up in Oakville for EarthDay

By: Case Feenstra Team

Successful Garbage Clean up in Oakville for EarthDay

Tags: Oakville, Beauty, Garbage, Volunteer, Halton,

What a better way to show appreciation to earth than to pick up garbage? Many volunteers agree that picking up garbage is a good idea. In fact, over 4,600 kg or 10,100 lbs of garbage were picked up throughout Oakville.   On average, each Canadian citizen produces 777kgs of garbage per year, which is actually one of the highest rates in the developed world. It makes one question what ‘de...Read More

Halton Spring Compost Giveaway

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Halton Spring Compost Giveaway

Tags: Halton, Plants, Household, Compost, Homeowner

Spring is in the air. Where does that saying even come from anyways? My guess is that the smell of compost is ‘spring in the air’. And compost does have a certain earthy smell that is usually quite nice. That is certainly the case for the big piles of compost available for free pickup at Halton’s Waste Management site. Click here to view a map.   Compost is absolutely essent...Read More

Surging Real Estate Sales and Prices for April

By: Case Feenstra Team

Surging Real Estate Sales and Prices for April

Tags: GTA, Real Estate, Condos, Sales, Home Prices, Investment

The record setting real estate market won’t let up. The key number is $100,000. That’s how much more the average GTA home has increased in price in just one year which is a 16.2% increase compared to April 2015.   Sales have increased by 7.2% year over year, which highlights strong demand. Analysts say that this demand is due to a number of variables. One is the expectation of con...Read More