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 Certain services will be withdrawn.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

Local Event: Oakville Green Garage Sale and Oakville Conserves Energy Fair

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: Oakville Green Garage Sale and Oakville Conserves Energy Fair

Tags: Homeowner, Oakville, Green, Sale, Vendor, Sustainability

On Saturday May 23rd, Oakville Green is hosting its annual Giant Community Garage Sale. The event takes place from 8 am to 1pm at the Oakville Town Hall parking lot. There are over 60 venders and a BBQ is hosted by the 6th Line M & M Meat Shop. The Town of Oakville is consecutively hosting the ninth annual Oakville Conserves Energy Fair inside of Town Hall. A featured exhibit includes Oakvill...Read More

Future of Oakville: Kerr Village

By: Nate Van Beilen

Future of Oakville: Kerr Village

Tags: Kerr Village, Oakville, Development, Revitalization, Transit

  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 Kerr Village which is bounded by Lakeshore Road West to the south and the railway tracks to the north, and lies east of Maurice Drive and west of Queen Mary Drive. Kerr Village will accommodate intensification through new developm...Read More

Save Water this Summer: Halton Rain Barrel Sale

By: Nate Van Beilen

Save Water this Summer: Halton Rain Barrel Sale

Tags: Halton, Water, Rain Barrel, Sustainability

Halton Region is selling rain barrels again this spring. There are four Rain Barrel Sales Events around the Halton Region. ·         Saturday May 9, 2015 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Robert C. Austin Operations Centre 11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown view map ·         Saturday May 30, 2015 9 a.m. – ...Read More

Toronto is the World’s Hottest Luxury Real Estate Market

By: Nate Van Beilen

Toronto is the World’s Hottest Luxury Real Estate Market

Tags: Toronto, Luxury Real Estate, Investment, Rate of Return

More than New York, San Francisco, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, Toronto’s luxury real estate market has significantly high sales rates of luxury homes from 2013 to 2014. With a 37 percent increase in the sale of luxury penthouses, apartments and houses, Toronto surpassed other world cities by a considerable margin according to a report by Christie’s international real est...Read More

Canadian Housing Market not a Bubble: Governor of Bank of Canada

By: Nate Van Beilen

Canadian Housing Market not a Bubble: Governor of Bank of Canada

Tags: Real Estate, Canada, Housing Bubble, Stephen Poloz, Bank of Canada

Even though many questions surround the stability of the Canadian real estate market, Stephen Poloz, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, dismissed the possibility of a bubble market at a recent parliamentary committee questioning. Those wary of the Canadian real estate market have valid concerns. Interest rates were cut to ever lower levels leading to more consumer spending and debt, the price of...Read More