Future of Oakville: Uptown Core

By: Nate Van Beilen

Future of Oakville: Uptown Core

Tags: Uptown Oakville, Dundas, Trafalgar, Development

    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 Uptown Core of Oakville, bounded by Dundas Street to the north, Sixth Line to the west, Glenashton Drive to the south, and Trafalgar Road to the east. The future of the Uptown Core will be centered on the development a...Read More

Local Event: Halton Eco Festival

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: Halton Eco Festival

Tags: Green Living, Environment, Healthy Living, Sustainable Future

The 15th annual Halton Eco Festival is taking place this Saturday, May 2nd at the Glen Abbey Community Centre. The event is organized by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR) and is sponsored by Conservation Halton, Halton Region Public Works, the Town of Oakville Environmental Policy Department, the Halton Peel Biodiversity Network and Niagara Escarpment View...Read More

Reminder: OMB Hearing Participation Sign-up for Saw Whet

By: Nate Van Beilen

Reminder: OMB Hearing Participation Sign-up for Saw Whet

Tags: Saw-Whet, development, Oakville, Greenspace,

  May 1st at 10 am at Oakville Town Hall is the time and place to register as a participant for the Ontario Municipal Board meeting regarding the Saw-Whet development plans. This is one of the best ways to show your support for conserving the Saw-Whet greenspace and opposing the development of a large subdivision. “The developer [Bronte Green] has side-stepped your elected Council and...Read More

Halton Compost Giveaway

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton Compost Giveaway

Tags: Halton, Free Compost, Food Drive, Gardens, Waste Management,

Do you ever wonder where your grass clippings, leaves, or other yard ‘waste’ ends up? It is brought to Halton’s Waste Management Site where it is left to decompose and turn into compost over a number of months.  In fact, yard waste is not really a waste at all as it turns into compost which is quite valuable for maintaining healthy soil in your gardens. The compost giveaway...Read More

How the 2015 Federal Budget Affects Real Estate

By: Nate Van Beilen

How the 2015 Federal Budget Affects Real Estate

Tags: Federal Budget, Real Estate, Tax Credit,

There has been much critical analysis of the new Federal Conservative budget regarding election motivations, deficit cutting, and so forth. By deciphering through the monotonous political jargon, Romana King from MoneySense has highlighted a few parts of the budget that affect real estate decision making.  Don`t get too excited though; most homeowners won`t see many changes. The three main ch...Read More

Future of Oakville: Midtown Oakville Area

By: Nate Van Beilen

Future of Oakville: Midtown Oakville Area

Tags: Midtown Oakville, Trafalgar, Go Station, Growth, 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 Midtown Oakville which is separated into five districts; Station, Trafalgar, Lyons, Chartwell, and Cornwall. The intersection of Trafalgar Road and the QEW, along with the Oakville Go Station, are major entry points for the Town. This str...Read More

Earth Day: 10 ways to make your home more energy efficient

By: Nate Van Beilen

Earth Day: 10 ways to make your home more energy efficient

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Earth Day, Home price,

Today is Earth Day, a day to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and preventing climate change. We can all stand to decrease our carbon footprint by making our homes more efficient. Ontario has one of the most rigorous building codes in North America with very high standards for energy efficiency. Energy efficiency and Energy Star ratings may not be a priorit...Read More

New Carbon Tax for Ontario

By: Nate Van Beilen

New Carbon Tax for Ontario

Tags: Ontario, Tax, Cap and Trade, Kathleen Wynne, Environment

The Ontario government announced it is joining California and Qubec on a cap and trade system to put a price on carbon. The decision came after a meeting in Quebec City attended by provincial and territorial leaders to act on energy and climate policy in the absence of federal leadership. Economists say carbon pricing through provincial governments is the most efficient and effective way for Cana...Read More

Packed Crowd at Saw-Whet Lands anti-Development Meeting

By: Nate Van Beilen

Packed Crowd at Saw-Whet Lands anti-Development Meeting

Tags: Oakville, Saw-Whet Golf Course, Rob Burton, Development

The public meeting that took place on April 14th for discussing residential development at Saw-Whet Golf Course was jammed full with only standing room for attendants. 600 residents showed up to express their opposition towards the 785 home, 2 multi story building development plan of Bronte Green. Residents learned that the best way to save the Saw-Whet green space is to show up to the Ontario Mu...Read More

March: Healthy Month for Canadian Home Sales

By: Nate Van Beilen

March: Healthy Month for Canadian Home Sales

Tags: Real Estate, Home Sales, GTA, Price Gains, CREA

March was a healthy month for Canada’s real estate market according to a recent report released by The Canadian Real Estate Association.   National home sales edged up by 4.1 percent and new listings increased by 1.8 percent over the past month. On a year by year comparison, March 2015 saw activity levels increase by 9.5% compared to March 2014. “Low mortgage interest rates are ...Read More