Ottawa housing intervention could jeopardize crucial ‘cash cow,’ National Bank warns

Monday Aug 22nd, 2016


A new report from National Bank Financial is cautioning policymakers that crimping demand for housing could hit federal and provincial coffers. In the report, economists Warren Lovely and Marc Pinsonneault warned governments and regulators shouldn’t take hasty action when it comes to changes to the industry responsible for $120 billion, or 17 per cent, of government revenues in this country. “From a fiscal perspective, housing is something of a cash cow for Canadian... [read more]

Hwy. 400/404 link gaining momentum, according to Bradford mayor

Thursday Aug 25th, 2016


  'Bradford Bypass' hot topic with province File photo The Hwy. 400/404 link has topped priority lists for municipalities such as Bradford, Innisfil and East Gwillimbury. Bradford West Gwillimbury Topic By Brea Bartholet  Talks surrounding the proposed Hwy. 400/404 link, formerly known as the Bradford Bypass, seem to be gaining more ground as months go by. Mayors within Simcoe County and York Region continue to meet on a... [read more]

Tampa Drive resident wants town to allow backyard chickens in Georgina

Thursday Aug 25th, 2016


  Melody Bertolini lost her bid at council to keep her backyard hens, Peanut and Pearl, but may get pilot project penned for entire municipality after a staff review of the pros and cons of issue G-BERTOLINI CONTINGENT RE BACKYARD HENS Keswick resident Melody Bertolini (seated) lost her bid to keep her own hens, but successfully lobbied Georgina council to further examine either amending the town's current bylaw or launching a pilot project allowing Georgina... [read more]

Georgina taking deeper look at multi-use recreation complex and pool in Keswick

Tuesday Jul 05th, 2016


Via Georgina Advocate By Heidi Riedner Despite the fact that construction of a multi-use recreation complex (MURC) in Keswick was fast-tracked to 2017 from 2024, the town’s options will be more fully explored July 5, after a staff report on the facility was tabled at council last month. A number of issues were raised by the town’s recreation and culture department in the report regarding the appropriate timing of the facility’s construction, as well as its overall... [read more]

Blame Ontario Liberals for runaway home prices: urban planning expert

Wednesday Jul 06th, 2016


Content via BNN Rapidly accelerating home prices in the Greater Toronto Area have in large part been caused by Ontario government policy, one urban planning expert argues. Real estate prices in Canada’s largest city jumped 16.8 per cent in June, according to data released Wednesday by the Toronto Real Estate Board, with the industry group pointing to supply constraints as the key culprit. Frank Clayton, senior research fellow at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban... [read more]