Oakville Resident Aims to Create Zero Waste in 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Resident Aims to Create Zero Waste in 2016

Tags: Halton, Municipality, Landfill, Canada

Think your New Years resolution will be difficult? Tell that to Heather Grovender, who is hoping to inspire others to reduce waste by creating none for an entire year. Grovender started the challenge after watching documentary called The Green Bin Project which was shown at the local Green Screens event at Film.ca Cinemas last year.   The region of Halton produces more than 90,000 tonnes of w...Read More

Affordable Housing in Toronto could become a reality

By: Nate Van Beilen

Affordable Housing in Toronto could become a reality

Tags: Rent, Government, Development, Community,

I know people in Toronto who have trouble paying rent for a room that can barely fit a bed. I know others who have tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, a large percentage of which is used to pay for rent. Affordability in the city has gotten out of hand. But there is hope on the horizon. Toronto and Ontario have realized that affordable housing is fundamental for a healthy economy and so...Read More

10 tips for Impressing Buyers

By: Nate Van Beilen

10 tips for Impressing Buyers

Tags: Real Estate, Home Sales, Decorations, Clutter

Showing potential buyers your home? Make sure to consider these tips to ensure potential buyers are impressed.   Take down family pictures. People find it difficult to imagine themselves in the home when there are pictures of other people everywhere   Accentuate the good. Make sure you know the best parts of your home and ensure that potential buyers linger in the area. This could...Read More

New Laws Limit Landfills

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Laws Limit Landfills

Tags: Innovation, Tax, Landfill, Jobs, Halton

Did you know we have been subsidizing companies for managing the waste they produce? I didn’t. Taxpayers actually foot 50% of the bill when it comes to recycling programs. There is little to no economic incentive for companies to reduce or make their packaging more recyclable.   But with a new program introduced by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, companies will n...Read More

Royal Lepage Forecasts Slower Real Estate growth in 2016

By: Nate Van Beilen

Royal Lepage Forecasts Slower Real Estate growth in 2016

Tags: Housing, China, Toronto, Home Prices, Economy

Affordability, oil prices, and a slowing Chinese economy are the main factors leading to the forecast of cooling real estate markets in Canada. Royal Lepage expects prices to rise by 4.1% in 2016, compared to an increase of 6.5% in 2015. A 4.1% year over year increase will be smallest since 2012.   The issue of affordability is highlighted for markets in Toronto and Vancouver where many peopl...Read More

Solar Power Cooperatives on the Rise

By: Nate Van Beilen

Solar Power Cooperatives on the Rise

Tags: Residential, Ontario, Renewable Energy, Community, Ontario

Smaller solar power projects are becoming more popular in Ontario through cooperatives, making renewable energy more achievable on a residential level. These cooperatives work by allowing people interested in promoting renewable energy to invest in projects. This benefits developers by allowing another mode of financing, and those who might not own a home facing the ideal sun path for solar power ...Read More

Conservation Halton Celebrating 60 years

By: Nate Van Beilen

Conservation Halton Celebrating 60 years

Tags: Halton Region, Sixteen Mile Creek, Oakville, Real Estate, Recreation

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the development of Conservation Halton. Back in 1956, the conservation movement began in Halton with the formation of Sixteen Mile Creek Conservation Authority. In 1958, the Twelve Mile Creek was formed, and later in 1963 the two authorities merged to form Conservation Halton.   Conservation Halton is integral to the abundance of natural green areas found in...Read More

9 Worst Real Estate Markets in the World

By: Nate Van Beilen

9 Worst Real Estate Markets in the World

Tags: Home Prices, Growth, Inflated prices, Economic Bubble

Canada’s real estate markets are some of the best performing, in terms of year over year home price increases. We probably forget how good we have it here compared to other parts of the world.   9. Taiwan – 2.95% decrease 8. Singapore – 3.62% decrease 7. Macedonia – 4.02% decrease 6. Greece – 4.25% decrease 5. Kiev, Ukraine – 5.5% decrease 4. Sao Paolo, Bra...Read More

2016: United Nations Year of the Pulses

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016: United Nations Year of the Pulses

Tags: 2016, United Nations, Food, Sustainability

Year of the Pulses? The first thing that comes to mind might be a pulsing heart. But that would be wrong. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) worked with governments and other stakeholders to increase public awareness about an important plant group for the future of food.   Pulses are actually annual leguminous crops that yield between 1 and 12 seeds or grains ...Read More

2016 Halton Budget Highlights

By: Nate Van Beilen

2016 Halton Budget Highlights

Tags: Quality of Life, Investments, Sustainability, Finance, Strategy

The 2016 Halton Budget which was recently passed, will see a 1.9% increase in property taxes. The purpose of the tax increase, according to Halton Region, is to improve regional service for 2016, including police services. The improved services are mandated by Halton’s Strategic Action Plan which focuses on health, complete communities, economic growth, connecting people with services, ...Read More