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James Metcalfe’s Real Estate Update August 2011 … in #OurHomeToronto

Here is our August Real Estate Update for Our Home Toronto: You will note July home sales up 23% vs LY and prices up 10% vs LYCondo Corner – Pets,  House Smart – Painting Tips, Green Initiatives, and the ever popular Pearls of Wisdom … Enjoy and do let us know if you would like to receive this update by email.

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Green Pays Dividends

Jim Harris speaks about priority carbon / greening initiatives … how commercial buildings contribute over 50% of North America’s CO2 emissions and by retrofitting green the pay back is fast & profitable.  It’s one thing to drive vehicles that contribute less CO2 but it’s paramount for society to address the largest CO2 contributors and focus on remedying the largest priorities.  
Jim Harris is a noteworthy green advocate who is also the former leader of the Green Party of Canada. Jim speaks out about practical ways all individuals and businesses alike can do their part to make our homes and planet a better place for our children’s children . Jim can be reached through  JimHarris.com or follow him on Twitter

BackboneTV – Jim Harris from m2o on Vimeo.

Green Issues Matter Now!

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Green Organic Farmers Markets … Brick Works & Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm Organic Farmers Market

Riverdale Farm Organic Farmers Market

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market

  How many of you are shopping for your veggies at these two organic farmers markets?

The Evergreen Brick Works (off the Bayview Extension but don’t drive … take the shuttle bus from the Broadview Subway Station) is on Saturdays 8:00 am to  1:00pm. There is sooo much happening here so come out and take in the Blueberry Festival, Yoga & Meditation, The Stewardship Event, Crafts and Busker Festival as well as Garden Group Events. … The Riverdale Farm Farmers Market  (In Cabbagetown) is on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. This Park and Farm are a must for everyone especially children who will love the farm animals and wading pool. Bottom line … organic is healthier and tastes better. Support your neighbourhood farmers market and make it an outing for your family , you neighbours and your four legged friends too. I started back in May going every week and bought seedling tomato plants, basil, dill and chives. I have lots of other herbs as I love to cook. The tomatoes are ripe and were delicious today alongside my home made chicken salad. The Peaches last week were heavenly. Almost everything is coming to harvest so get there, shop fresh & eat healthy.     Take Note:If you need help getting your produce home and want to support a terrific local green initiative … See Laurie Featherstone of  TwoWheelsGreenDelivery.com she will deliver with her bicycle from either market. Visit her website and blog and call her at 647-205-6496.

So you have all switched to Bullfrog Power and are buying organic and using Laurie to deliver with her bycicle. More next time about a recipe or two and how to keep your vegies fresh.

Enjoying Life, Everyday, Everywhere!



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Do you support bike lanes on Jarvis St … will cycilist need full armour to avoid hospitalization?

Bike Democracy on Jarvis Street

Bike Democracy on Jarvis Street

 Bike Lanes on Jarvis … In OurHomeToronto

OurHomeToronto has started the process of converting Jarvis Street into a bike corridor marking the first tangible sign of one of city cycling advocates’ biggest victories.
While the installation will cause a few partial lane restrictions over the next week, the road will remain open for all but a day or two of the work. Today, workers will remove parking machines and, once rush hour is finished, the reversible centre lane will be closed to traffic. Over the next week, signs and signals for the centre lane will be taken down. Next Saturday, July 25, crews will paint the bike lanes along Jarvis between Bloor and Queen streets, closing down short sections of the road for a few hours. Sidewalks will stay open. “They should be able to get it done in one day, weather permitting,” said Daniel Egan, the city’s manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. There will be some lane restrictions over the following week as workers install signs and paint diamonds along the bike route. The installation of bike lanes on the street, which is heavily used at rush hour by drivers heading to and from the core, is a major point of contention between municipal politicians and advocacy groups on both sides of the issue.
Cycling advocates argue adding the bike lanes will help bike commuters by connecting to east-west bike lanes on Gerrard and Wellesley, allow residents of the dense neighbourhood along the street to cycle more easily and make it easier for students at schools on Jarvis to cycle. “It’s nice to see a large project moving forward,” said Yvonne Bambrick, executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union. “It’s been a goal of this city to return Jarvis, which was once a grand boulevard and cultural corridor, to a more liveable street, rather than what it’s become, which is sort of an urban highway.”
Residents of Rosedale and other neighbourhoods to the north, meanwhile, opposed the plan on the basis that it would jam the street at rush hour. A traffic study by external consultants concluded that the bike lanes would add two minutes to rush hour travel time for cars on Jarvis. City council voted 28 to 16 in favour of the plan in May of 2009. In the months since, cycling advocates have had mixed success in getting the city to improve infrastructure for bikes. While council has approved a bike-sharing program to launch next year, it also nixed a pilot project to install curb-separated bike lanes on University Avenue when Councillor Paula Fletcher mistakenly voted against the proposal. The city has also added fewer kilometres of bike lanes overall this year than in past years, Ms. Bambrick said. The issue, however, may not be done for good. Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi has pledged to remove the bike lanes if elected in the fall. Rob Ford has also been a frequent opponent of bike lanes.
Adrian Morrow … with comments from James Metcalfe
Toronto — Globe and Mail Update


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Canadian Open Golf / Insider … In OurHomeToronto

New Golf Canda Logo and Branding

Golf Canada RCGA

 I can’t wait … I’m volunteering for this years Canadian Open. We have had our preview meetings and everyone is set to go. Watch for me as I’ll be the one in the cart replenishing the drinking water for the players, caddies and officials at all of the tee boxes.

Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor RBC, announced today that two-time former Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk has confirmed his intention to compete at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, July 19-25 at the historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.Furyk, currently the 5th ranked player in the world and winner of both the 2006 and 2007 Canadian Opens, will be joined by long-hitting Bubba Watson, rising star Ricky Barnes, former Canadian Open champion Scott Verplank and fan favourite John Daly. With a pair of 2010 PGA TOUR victories (Transitions Championship & Verizon Heritage), Furyk currently sits 4th on the FedEx Cup standing. Watson, winner of the recent Travelers Championship, currently sits 10th on the FedEx Cup ranking while Barnes and Verplank, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, sit 20th and 32nd respectively on the 2010 FedEx Cup ranking. Daly, a fan favourite throughout his career, is a fivetime PGA TOUR winner and former British Open and PGA Championship champion. Furyk, Watson, Barnes, Verplank and Daly will join a field that includes notables Anthony Kim Sean O’Hair, Rickie Fowler, Camilo Villegas, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark, Y.E. Yang, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Paul Casey and defending RBC Canadian Open champion Nathan Green.
While several PGA TOUR players have confirmed their intention to compete for Canada’s National Open Championship, competitors have until Friday, July 16 at 5:00 ET to officially register for the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.

Note … Carl Pettersson wins the 2010 RBC Canadian Open golf tournament with a score of -14 under par. Colourful John Daly takes a Pepsi moment and is certainly a fan favourite. Next year’s Open is in Vancouver B.C. at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and in 2012 is back to Ontario at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

John Daly Taking a Pepsi MomentCarl Petterson Wins at -14 under par

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GEA Greening Toronto & Ontario = 90,000 jobs

Green Advocate and Power of Example

Jim Harris Green Advocate & Power of Example

The Green Energy Act (GEA) could employ over 90,000 Ontarians in green jobs

Government of Ontario is prepared to initiate the GEA, which focuses on the possibilities for employment if a large investment is made in green practices.  Along with increasing employment opportunities, the program could have a huge positive impact on the environment.

The main goals of the GEA are to ensure that Ontario is the country’s leading green economy, create over 50,000 green collar jobs, and generate billions of dollars worth of economic activity as quickly as possible – ideally in three years.  The plan involves phasing out the province’s coal plants by 2014 and shifting the province’s economy so that it is based on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Building the Green Economy: Employment Effects of Green Energy Investments for Ontario is a report done by the Political Economy Research Institute, which gives recommendations and ideas regarding the GEA.  The report identifies two levels of investment that would help the GEA.  The first program is the baseline Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP), which would invest $18.6 billion over the next ten years in: conservation and demand management, hydroelectric power, on-shore wind energy, bioenergy, waste energy recycling and solar power.

However, the report also looks at an enhanced green investment program, which is referred to as the Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA) plan.  The GEAA plan would involve spending $47.1 billion over ten years and would do everything the baseline IPSP would do, plus it would invest in off-shore wind energy and a smart grid electrical transmission system for Ontario.

Although the baseline IPSP would generate 35,000 jobs, the expanded GEAA program would create 90,000 jobs for Ontarians.  The occupations created would range from construction workers to financial auditors and engineers to research scientists.  For the most part, wages would exceed $20 per hour.

Three types of employment effects would come out of these programs: direct, indirect and induced effects.  The direct effects would be the jobs created within Ontario by the environmentally related activities, such as conservation, hydroelectricity and solar power.  The indirect effects involve jobs associated with these green industries that provide goods and services for the green investment activities, like hardware and metals.  Induced effects would be the employment that is created when the people who are paid via green investment projects spend the money they earn on other products and services within the province.

The baseline IPSP would lead to 15,500 direct jobs, 11,600 indirect, and 8,100 induced, while the expanded GEAA program would create 38,400 direct, 31,100 indirect and 20,900 induced jobs.

The IPSP would create nearly 12,000 MW of new electricity or conservation capacity; the expanded GEAA program would produce over 22,000, though.  In March 2009, the Ontario Power Authority operated with about 27,000 MW of electricity-generating capacity.  This means that the $47.1 billion investment program could either replace or expand capacity by 82 percent in the province (and the IPSP by 44 percent), leading to higher efficiency and a huge increase in renewable energy levels.
By: Jordana Levine … sourced through Jim Harris Green Advocate