West Nile Virus Found in Halton Region

By: Case Feenstra Team

West Nile Virus Found in Halton Region

Tags: Oakville, West Nile Virus, Halton Region, Mosquitoes

Before you get too worried and decide to never venture into the forest again, remember that West Nile Virus has a relatively low chance of causing harm. 70-80% of people infected show no symptoms at all. For the percentage of people that are more vulnerable to the virus, such as the elderly, or people with weaker immune systems, symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, and swol...Read More

Could the 2018 Canadian Open be the last?

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Could the 2018 Canadian Open be the last?

Tags: Glen Abbey, Canadian Open, Oakville, Real Estate Development

This week marked the end of another successful Canadian Open Golf Tournament at Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Course. But it’s not the complete end of Glen Abbey as a host to the Canadian open. The tournament will return to Oakville’s cherished golf course for at least another year.   But will 2018 be the last? Laurence Applebaum, CEO of Golf Canada, announced that the organiza...Read More

Canadians Looking South for Real Estate

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Canadians Looking South for Real Estate

Tags: US Real Estate, Real Estate Investment, Foreign Buyers, GTA

Canadian investment in US real estate has reached an all-time high. It is not surprising given the home prices in the GTA and other parts of Canada like Vancouver. But this year’s growth in Canadian investment in US real estate over last year had doubled. That’s a big increase and it suggests that Canada is potentially losing out on domestic investment because of high local p...Read More

Royal Lepage CEO optimistic about GTA Real Estate

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Royal Lepage CEO optimistic about GTA Real Estate

Tags: GTA Housing Market, Real Estate, GTA Economy, Royal Lepage

A CEO optimistic about the industry his firm works in? No surprise there really. CEOs have to inspire confidence in their company and entire industry to keep the money flowing and to prevent speculation from getting out of hand. That’s the position Phil Soper, the CEO of Royal Lepage, is taking for the real estate in the GTA.   After noting that the GTA market was the “least healt...Read More

Toronto Port Lands to be converted to New Island Development

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Toronto Port Lands to be converted to New Island Development

Tags: GTA, Toronto Port Lands Development, Waterfront Toronto,

The Port Lands of Toronto had their time. But now that time has passed as Toronto has progressed from a manufacturing based city to more service based economy, with denser populations living in tall condos.   Villers Island will be the first phase of the redevelopment of the Port Lands. And it has a lot of backing. Waterfront Toronto is heading up the development with funding support from the...Read More

Little support for Glen Abbey Development at Public Meeting

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Little support for Glen Abbey Development at Public Meeting

Tags: Oakville, Clublink, Glen Abbey, Residential Development

Density, traffic, and the loss of a “Canadian Jewel” were some of the main concerns highlighted at the July 19th public meeting about developing Glen Abbey Golf Course. More than 100 people attended the meeting to express their thoughts on the development plan.   Clublink, the owner of Glen Abbey Golf Course, and proponent of the development plan, presented its application data at...Read More

Oakville’s Cameron Brewery big winner at US Beer Championships

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Oakville’s Cameron Brewery big winner at US Beer Championships

Tags: Beer, Ale, Lager, Oakville Brewery, Cameron Brewery,

Oakville’s Cameron Brewery left this year’s US Open Beer Championship with numerous awards. The US Open Beer Championship, started in 2009, is an international brewing competition. For the 2017 championship, held in Cumming Georgia, more than 6,000 beers entered the competition with more than 100 different beer styles.   That’s a lot of beer to judge. Judges, which must have...Read More

Real Estate Developers aim to water down OMB Reforms

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Real Estate Developers aim to water down OMB Reforms

Tags: OMB, Oakville, Glen Abbey, Real Estate Development

The Ontario Municipal Board, which is a tribunal that oversees land-use, has been criticized quite heavily for its overreach and tendency to favour moneyed interests over democratically elected governments. The Ontario Government’s Fair Housing Plan announced reforms that would rein in the OMB powers. However, reporters have discovered that a group of real estate developers is lobbying the O...Read More

June Housing Stats: Slowing GTA Gold Rush?

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June Housing Stats: Slowing GTA Gold Rush?

Tags: GTA Real Estate, Real Estate Bubble, Home Sales, Fair Housing Plan

The GTA’s housing market took an interesting turn in the month of June. Usually spring has strong sales numbers, but not this year. Some analysts are saying the market is correcting itself while others suggest that the drop in sales is simply a psychological response to the government’s fair housing plan.   The next few months of sales numbers will determine which perspective is m...Read More

Oakville is the best place to raise kids

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Oakville is the best place to raise kids

Tags: Oakville Schools, Halton Region Schools, Education, Home Buyer

Each year, MoneySense comes out with a ranking of Canadian cities and towns. This year, 417 cities and towns across the country were compared. MoneySense changed their methodology this year a bit and users can customize their ranking based on the variables that are most important to you.   The variables include robust economy, high wealth and incomes, home affordability, taxes, transit friend...Read More