One in Five Renters Paying Half of Income on Housing

By: Nate Van Beilen

One in Five Renters Paying Half of Income on Housing

Tags: Rent, Canada, Government, Affordable, Social Housing

  The Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced there is a looming housing problem that requires action from all levels of government.   The federal government has steadily decreased subsidies for social housing since 1989. Provinces and municipalities are struggling against strong market forces which are creating difficult situations for low and medium income renters. &ldq...Read More

World Class Beaches in Toronto

By: Nate Van Beilen

World Class Beaches in Toronto

Tags: Beaches, Summer, GTA, Toronto, Blue Flag

  Looking to soak up the sun at a world class beach without having to travel? Did you know there are many beaches in the Toronto that have world class ratings? Blue-flag is an internationally respected and recognized eco-label that awards beaches for meeting strict criteria for water quality, environmental management, safety, and services. Blue-Flag is a non-governmental, non-profit organiz...Read More

Oakville Hospital set to open December 2015

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Hospital set to open December 2015

Tags: Oakville, Halton, Healthcare, Hospital, Redevelopment, Infrastructure

After four years of construction and extensive planning and consultation, the new Oakville hospital will officially open in December of this year. The state-of-the-art hospital is one of the biggest healthcare redevelopments in Ontario. With modern design, equipment, technology, and architecture, the new Oakville hospital sets a new benchmark for hospitals in Canada. “Our vision for our ne...Read More

Future of Downtown Oakville

By: Nate Van Beilen

Future of Downtown Oakville

Tags: Oakville, Development, Conservation, Heritage, Downtown,

  The town of Oakville has published numerous documents outlining longer term plans for the future of Oakville. This post will focus on Oakville’s plans for Downtown Oakville, the historic business and commercial area adjacent to Oakville Harbour. Lakeshore Road East, between Sixteen Mile Creek and Allan Road, is a destination for both Oakville residents and visitors. Plans for Downto...Read More

Bike Month in the GTHA

By: Nate Van Beilen

Bike Month in the GTHA

Tags: Halton, GTHA, Toronto, Bike Month, Healthy, Cycling

If you haven’t already, oil up your bike chain, pump up your tires, and hop on your bike for this year’s bike month. Occurring from May 25th – June 25th, Bike Month aims to bring together families, artists, commuters, and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events throughout the month. Bike Month began in 1989 as a bike to work celebration in Toronto. It is now on...Read More

Partial Strike for Halton Schools

By: Nate Van Beilen

Partial Strike for Halton Schools

Tags: Schools, Halton, Strike, School Board, Bargaining

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced that the local union for the Halton School Board will go on a partial strike starting on May 21st at high schools. A partial strike will not keep students out of class like other school boards in Peel, Durham, and Sudbury. Certain services will be withdrawn. Teachers will not add comments to report cards or attend staff meetings or...Read More

Halton Farmers' Markets

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Farmers' Markets

Tags: Halton, Oakville, Farmer's Markets, Healthy, Food, Community

  Tis the season for picking up locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and flowers at the farmers market throughout Halton Region! Farmers markets are a great way to support local farmers and they are a source of sustainable and healthy food. Food comes directly from the farm to the consumer without costs such as transportation, handling, refrigeration, and time in storage. Farmers ...Read More

Future of Oakville: Bronte Village

By: Nate Van Beilen

Future of Oakville: Bronte Village

Tags: Bronte Village, Oakville, Development, Village Character, Lakeshore

The town of Oakville has published numerous documents outlining longer term plans for the future of Oakville. This post will focus on Oakville’s plans for the Bronte Village which is the area where Bronte River reaches Lake Ontario. Bronte Village retains the character of a village since its early days as a fishing village. The plans for Bronte Village indicate an intensification of growth ...Read More

Shipping Containers offer Cheaper Alternative for Housing

By: Nate Van Beilen

Shipping Containers offer Cheaper Alternative for Housing

Tags: Alternative Housing, Vancouver, Cost Effective,

  A new housing development in BC won the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s 2014 Land Award for the non-profit sector. The housing project is also the first multi-dwelling containerized housing project in Canada. A big opportunity exists for this type of housing, especially in excessively expensive cities like Toronto and Vancouver where more and more people are priced out of the market....Read More

Lack of Affordable Housing in Ontario

By: Nate Van Beilen

Lack of Affordable Housing in Ontario

Tags: Ontario Non-profit Housing Association, Seniors, Poverty

More than 168,000 household have now been waiting an average of almost four years to get access to affordable housing in the province. There has been an upward trend of households joining the waiting list since 2006 according to  the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association’s annual wait list survey. “The cost of housing continues to rise across the province,” said Keith...Read More