Don’t Forget About Earth Hour: This Saturday

By: Case Feenstra Team

Don’t Forget About Earth Hour: This Saturday

Tags: Earth Day, Climate Change, Energy Consumption, Oakville

It’s kind of strange to have one Earth hour. It’d be good if every hour could be earth hour. And that’s because Earth Hour greatly reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.   This Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30 to 9:30pm, residents are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights and unplug electronic devices. You could have ...Read More

How is the Federal Budget Addressing Housing Affordability?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How is the Federal Budget Addressing Housing Affordability?

Tags: GTA, Housing Affordability, Government Spending

A little more than $1 billion per year is being spent on affordable housing for 11 years, according to the latest Canadian federal budget. But is this really enough to address the issue?   Many are criticizing the funding in new federal budget as inadequate to address housing needs. Some have even gone as far as calling the funding “symbolic”, meaning that the $11.2 billion in spe...Read More

Happy World Water Day, but not for the Great Lakes

By: Case Feenstra Team

Happy World Water Day, but not for the Great Lakes

Tags: Water, Waste Water, Trump, Great Lakes

March 22nd marks World Water Day. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. But the Trump Administration has recently announced cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.   This year’s World Water Day theme is: Why Wastewater? 80% of wastewater from cities, industry and agriculture flows back...Read More

Laneway housing coming to Toronto

By: Case Feenstra Team

Laneway housing coming to Toronto

Tags: University of Toronto, Housing Supply, Bylaws, Pilot Project

The University of Toronto is supporting a laneway housing pilot project that might just be the start of a new solution to provide more housing supply in already built up areas. Two Laneway houses will be built in the Annex neighbourhood and will be completed by 2018.   Laneway houses can be built on pre-existing plots of underutilized land. It’s a solution that optimizes space and fills...Read More

Oakville Arena Area plans are finalized

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Arena Area plans are finalized

Tags: Oakville, Arena, Hockey, Community Centre

The wooden trusses that criss-cross the Oakville Arena roof system will remain as an iconic feature of Oakville’s hockey history. The Oakville Arena was built in 1950 and has been a main feature of Oakville’s cultural history.   Last year, Oakville residents were consulted about what they thought the fate of the arena should be. Based on resident feedback, Oakville Arena will unde...Read More

The hidden costs of condos

By: Case Feenstra Team

The hidden costs of condos

Tags: Condo, First Time buyer, Maintenance fees

Let’s be real. First time buyers are probably only going to be able to afford a condo. And that’s if they’re lucky. But even though condos seem to be relatively affordable, there are costs that may be unknown to buyers.   Buying a condo can be tricky. It’s best to go with an experienced real estate agent that is familiar with specific condo buildings. Some condos may b...Read More

How much do people make from Airbnb?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How much do people make from Airbnb?

Tags: Airbnb, Mississauga, Regulation, Homeowner, Sharing economy

Airbnb is truly a 21st century idea. It’s the sharing economy. Allowing someone to stay in your home while you’re not there could seem like a daunting idea but it is becoming increasingly popular. Travellers find it can be a more novel experience than staying in a hotel.   Some concerns over Airbnb have been raised though. Some people may be purchasing homes and exclusively postin...Read More

Oakville Airplane Noise not going away any time soon

By: Case Feenstra Team

Oakville Airplane Noise not going away any time soon

Tags: Oakville, Airplane Noise, Airports, Public health

Some people think wind turbines are bad. Science has proven that noise levels for wind turbines do not affect public health. But airplane noise is a real annoyance. Many people in Oakville think so and attended a recent consultation to express their concern. But the concerns raised by about 50 or so people are not enough to change Navigation Canada’s decision for flight paths that go over Oa...Read More

Foreign Buyer Tax? What does the data say?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Foreign Buyer Tax? What does the data say?

Tags: Housing prices, GTA, Foreign Buyer, Tax, Real Estate

The Ontario Minister of Finance said the province is considering a foreign buyer tax that could help curtail the high demand that is straining the GTA’s housing markets. Governments should make policies that are based on trends established by data. A buyer tax would only be effective if foreign buyers make up a large proportion of demand.      Vancouver implemented a 15% forei...Read More

How will high rent affect the GTA’s demographics?

By: Case Feenstra Team

How will high rent affect the GTA’s demographics?

Tags: Millennials, Rent, GTA, Cost of Living

One way to describe the result of high rent on big cities like Toronto is “millennial ghost town”. Millennials that would have lived in Toronto can’t afford rent and are looking to move elsewhere according to recent reports.   CBC has focused on this issue through their No Fixed Address series. The increase in rent is forcing many people, but especially younger people, to mo...Read More