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More sprawl won’t solve affordable housing shortage

If we buy into the myths about out-of-control housing costs, we can’t get the right solutions. Rising housing prices continue to make headlines in the Greater Toronto Area. Nary a day goes by without some new record set, exciting homeowners at dinner parties and worrying young families saving for their first home.

Newmarket Era, May 24, 2016

Concerned about empty buses on Davis Drive? Give system time, York Region says

Dave Kerwin is fuming over the number of “empty buses” he said are running along Newmarket’s Davis Drive these days... However, signs do point to increasing bus ridership along Davis since the rapidway opened in mid-December. There are about 1,000 boardings on the Viva Yellow (Davis) line, while 300 to 400 hop on the other routes that run along the road, each weekday, YRT/Viva general manager Ann-Marie Carroll said.

The Globe and Mail,

Electric cars and unicorns: Ontario’s new green scheme

The future is going to be a lot of fun in Ontario. Just a few years from now, millions of us will be liberated from our evil fossil-fuelled transportation network. Millions of government-subsidized electric cars will whisk us silently to work. Our buses will run on biofuels. Our retrofitted geothermal-powered homes will keep us warm at prices much higher than today’s natural gas (which would be banned). Vast tracts of land will be diverted to solar panels, which will transform the sun’s rays into clean, green, righteous energy – as soon as we can figure out how to store it and attach it to the grid. Unicorns will frolic in our gardens, and pigs will fly.

Newmarket Era, May 20, 2016

Resales at all-time high as York Region house prices climb 13.5%

Here’s good news if you’re planning on putting your house up for sale any time soon. The average price of a resale home in York Region increased by 13.5 per cent in 2015 to $777,927, Paul Bottomley, York Region’s manager of policy, research and planning in the economic development department, said during a presentation on the state of the region’s economy

San Grewal - Urban Affairs Reporter - TORONTO STAR, May 11, 2016

Ontario setting new rules to end era of suburban sprawl across GTA

The era of sprawling suburban build-out across much of the GTA might finally be over. With 3.5 million people set to move into the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area over the next 25 years, the province is promising sweeping changes to manage smart growth and curb urban sprawl that’s crippling the region.

The Canadian Press, April 25, 2016

New infrastructure funding by-the-numbers

OTTAWA — The federal government promises new money for provinces and cities to upgrade aging water and sewer pipes, and to pay for design and construction costs of new projects. Here is the total amount each province will receive through the community water and wastewater fund:

Jordan Press - The Canadian Press,

Grits release details of infrastructure cash

OTTAWA — Provincial governments are being told the first phase of the Liberal infrastructure program will cover the cost of new projects, as long as they are completed in three years.