July 2016

Found 3 blog entries for July 2016.

Two cities of over a million people and both are impacted by the oil bust in Alberta.  As much as Edmonton and Calgary are alike, they are different.  In checking the stats on the first half of 2016, a glance at new housing and resale homes activity in both markets draws similarities between the two major centres.

Construction starts

Edmonton and Calgary saw fewer shovels in the ground in the first six months of the year.  Numbers from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp put housing starts in Edmonton at 1,378 compared with 2,140 in the first six months of 2015.  Calgary fared a little better with 1,068 homes so far this year, down from just 1,426 this time frame last year.   In looking at the numbers just for June 2016, Edmonton saw 1,673 detached

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Who decides whether your trees can stay or go?

The City of Edmonton wants to enact new laws about tree-cutting on private property and has voted to approach the Province of Alberta to request the authority to do so.  Why is this?

Because the majority of members on council think that in some instances a bylaw is necessary to prevent urban forest destruction on some properties. For example, if someone has applied for a permit to redevelop a city lot, perhaps in an Edmonton inner-city neighbourhood which is likely populated with large mature trees, someone should have the authority to prevent this lot from being cleared.  In other words, these trees should be saved and the City of Edmonton wants the power to prevent them from being chopped down.


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We've come a long way from those old Formica countertops of our youth: however perhaps today there's too much choice. How do you decide what sort of counter tops will work best in your Edmonton home?

They have to look good, stand up well and last a long time — oh, and of course they have to be affordable, but not too cheap.

The Questions to Ask

  • How much traffic to you expect on your new countertops? Will they have daily use?
  • Will your new countertops have to stand up to heat from hot pots or hair curlers/straighteners? Should they be stain resistant?
  • Do you regularly use things like contact lens solution which can be corrosive?

To help you with your decision on what sort of material works best for your lifestyle, check out this

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