Knife Skills workshop

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Come see what the Hubs all about!

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Seed to Blossom 2014!!!

Click Seed to blossom 2014 for a registration form

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Le Tour de Perry

We will be entering in this race and we are looking for some riders, if you are interested please call 705-432-8654

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Pricey housing markets fuel urban-suburban divide

This trend is feeding a new form of inequality – between wealthy city-dwellers and low-income earners living on the fringes, a theme explored by University of Toronto social work professor David Hulchanski in his 2010 study The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods. Unable to afford million-dollar downtown homes, these buyers are forced into cars, putting undue strain on the road network. That has both an environmental cost – among wealthy countries, Canada is second only to the United States in per-capita carbon emissions from transport – and a financial price.

See Barry McKenna’s full article here

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Port Perry Secondary Plan

This is an excerpt from the new Port Perry Secondary Plan, the whole document can be viewed here

The PPS defines affordable housing as:
a) in the case of ownership housing, the least expensive of:
1. housing for which the purchase price results in annual accommodation costs which
do not exceed 30 percent of gross annual household income for
low and moderate income households; or
2. housing for which the purchase price is at least 10 percent below the
average purchase price of a resale unit in the regional market area;
Low and moderate income households are defined as:
a) in the case of ownership housing, households with incomes in the lowest 60 percent of the income distribution for the regional market area; or
b) in the case of rental housing, households with incomes in the lowest 60 percent of the income distribution for renter households for the regional market area.
The Region of Durham is currently in the process of updating it’s calculations for affordability based on these definitions. However, according to the Statistics Canada Census (2006), the income threshold for low and moderate income households (60 th percentile) in Durham Region was $88,949. Based on this income, an affordable purchase price for a dwelling in 2006 was $328,380.
The average purchase price of a resale dwelling in Durham in 2009 was $278,650. The cost of a dwelling 10% below this average was therefore $250,785.
According to the PPS definition of affordable housing, the home ownership affordability threshold was $250,785. Based on this cost, households earning $67,931 annually can afford to purchase a dwelling based on 30% of their gross annual household income being spent on annual accommodation costs.
It is recognized that since that time housing process and incomes have increased. However, if the ranges have not changed significantly these figures can be used as a guide to affordability.

 

 

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A Community Lunch !

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Lunch and Learn

Nancy Loraine is a passionate believer in the power of people to change and grow in new and exciting ways.  Come and learn how she is making change possible in the most astonishing ways and places!

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The New Northbook is ready!

The New Northbook online version has been active for a little while now, but we have just received the print version. We will be delivering throughout the communities we serve over the next couple of weeks, if you want a supply please let us know, we’ll make sure you are on our delivery list!

 

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Get Gardening!

The Garden of Eatin opening day is Saturday May 24th at St. Pauls Leaskdale, from 10-1 p.m.  To volunteer or for any additional information contact Ann Watson 705-432-8654 or email coordinator@northhouse.ca  Students may be interested in obtaining volunteer hours!

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