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

The Future of the Gardiner Expressway and Oakville Commuter

By: Nate Van Beilen

The Future of the Gardiner Expressway and Oakville Commuter

Tags: Gardiner Express, Oakville, GTA, Commute

For the driving Oakville commuter, getting to and from Toronto is frustrating to say the least. The Gardiner Expressway is receiving attention regarding reconstruction and maintenance. According to Toronto Star reports, the section west of Exhibition Place will remain the same and the section through downtown is currently under repair. Upon completion, the downtown section will hopefully relieve s...Read More

Halton School Graduation Rate Higher than Ontario Average

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton School Graduation Rate Higher than Ontario Average

Tags: Schools, Halton, Graduation Rate,

88 percent of high school students in Halton District are graduating compared to the Ontario average of 84 percent. This rate has increased over the last four years according to the Halton District School Board. Graduating students complete 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional), a mandatory literacy test, and a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. Ontario high school gra...Read More

Local Event: GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards

By: Nate Van Beilen

Local Event: GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards

Tags: Oakville, United Way, Volunteer, GenNext, Community

“Recognizing volunteers as the real celebrities of Oakville.” The slogan of the GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Awards sums up the purpose for the awards. This event seeks to celebrate and recognize Oakville residents who are doing amazing things such as organizing events, starting charities and volunteering their own time to help better our community. The mission of GenNext is to create oppo...Read More

Oakville Olympian Tera Van Beilen accompanies PM Harper to Panama Summit

By: Nate Van Beilen

Oakville Olympian Tera Van Beilen accompanies PM Harper to Panama Summit

Tags: Pan Am Games, Tera Van Beilen, Prime Minister

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Panama the past few days for the Summit of the Americas. While in Panama, the Prime Minister hosted a reception to promote the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer. Pan Am and Parapan Am athletes Elise Marcotte, Marco Dispaltro, Priscilla Gagne, and Oakville native Tera Van Beilen accompanied the Prime Minister on the trip. The Pan Am reception b...Read More

Halton’s Red Light Cameras: Keeping Roads Safer?

By: Nate Van Beilen

Halton’s Red Light Cameras: Keeping Roads Safer?

Tags: Halton, Red Light Cameras, Safety, Traffic,

Do you hate the idea of a camera giving you a ticket? Despite one’s potential dislike of the red light cameras, studies do show their use results in less car accidents causing injury. If you enter an intersection when the light is red, cameras will provide photo evidence for authorities to enforce traffic laws and issue tickets/fines. Halton authorities state the use of red light cameras i...Read More