Cost of living a harsh reality

September 6, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Homeowners are well aware of the costs associated with running a household. With a new school year starting, our teens and 20-somethings are getting a reality check. My oldest daughter Lexie is in her second year at Western, and we moved her into a shared condo in London. This is the first time these girls will be on their own, and responsible for things like rent, utilities, water heater rental and groceries.

Humans are drawn to our home – the water

What is it that draws us to the water so? The water and lapping of the waves against the dock, or a boat skin, is soothing, almost medicinal. Some say it’s even maternal.

We need to consider future prospects

I’m starting to get a little worried. My male child just earned his G1 licence and he’s currently taking driving lessons. He’s constantly asking questions, and of course, correcting my mistakes behind the wheel. He’s been talking about his first car for months, pointing to several very nice models he’s interested in. He’s well aware of the price tags these modern machines carry and while he’s working part-time at No Frills, he has a long way to go.

Mayor provides tax context

Since King recently mailed out the 2017 Final Tax Notice to residential property owners, I thought it might be helpful to provide some information and context to help residents understand just how King Township sets tax rates.

Will self-driving cars save us all?

If you look really closely at our habits in the “first world,” you’ll undoubtedly uncover some nasty bits, sort of like the mucky stuff under rocks that bugs like so much. We are the authors of our own story. And the current edition of humankind contains all the aspects of a great story – greed, hubris, irony, grief, sadness, regret ....

Struggling with career advice for my kids

Young people are the future. That has always been the case. What has changed are the spectrum of careers and ways post-secondary institutions prepare our young to tackle the great unknown.

The movement for smart growth marks important anniversary

This April 22 marked the 15th anniversary of a bold move that signaled a sea change in the public perception of the countryside – from an area of development-in-waiting to one where rural communities and natural functions were valued and protected. The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, released on Earth Day 2002 was the cornerstone piece in an emerging “smart growth” movement. It is hard to believe, but just two decades ago ideas like stopping urban sprawl and protecting water supplies were considered radical. Those of us campaigning to protect the Oak Ridges Moraine were often viewed as whackos.

Sustainability should be part of everyone’s vocabulary

The term sustainability is defined as “the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.” King Township expanded on this and widened its reach to include almost every aspect of community living. While often associated with the environment, sustainability in King is all encompassing. It’s about who we are and where we’re going.

Parenting requires tilting your head a bit

“Be happy. Stop being who you are!” These words came not from a parent or counsellor. These were uttered by my 11-year-old daughter, who tried to get me out of a funk recently. She’s quite astute, even though she’s still struggling with pre-teen emotions and doesn’t really have a handle on grown-up issues.

Mayor urges residents to take pride in their community

Take pride in your community. This is the message I’m hearing – and delivering – at our recent annual Meet the Mayor and Ward Councillor events.

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