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Preserve School Update

Public School Update

If you are living in the Preserve neighbourhood or you have driven by Dundas & Preserve, then you have seen the new Public School that is being built. The schools official address is 385 Sixteen Mile Dr. The school is called Oodenawi Public School and offers Junior Kindergarden to Grade 7 in English, along with a French Immersion program being offered to grades 1-7. For Grade 8, the preserve neighbourhood falls under the River Oaks neighbourhood and children will attend the school for grade 8 at the River Oaks Public School on 2173 Munn’s Ave. This school has the regular English program. For French Immersion Grade 8, The Preserve neighbourhood falls under the Sunningdale’s school district. This school is located at 1434 Oxford Ave.

The Public School is expected to open its doors this fall for the 2015-2016 school year.

If you wish to follow the construction of the school, here is a drone video since the beginning of construction, Nov 2014.



Oakville’s Community Mailboxes

Oakville has switched to community mailboxes this fall. What do you think of the new community mailbox idea?

We understand the new community mailboxes, city’s don’t want to spend money on door to door deliveries, it is easier and more time efficient to have a courier delivery mail to one street corner that has 20 mailboxes, as opposed to delivering door to door. However, there has been some concern with the mailboxes and their locations.

The mailboxes are completely plastered with advertisements and flyers, making them look absolutely unappealing.

Some mailboxes are located quite far for some residents and some find it unattractive to have a bunch of mailboxes located in front of their window. It is hard for the elderly, as well as pregnant mothers to walk far to get their mail, especially in extreme weather conditions. If residents take their cars to get the mail, it causes quite a traffic jam during rush hours and for residents of the house where the mailboxes are located it is hard to get in and out of your driveway with a long car line-up.

The city should have recycling bins beside the community mailboxes, to avoid garbage and littering. Once a week when there is recycling pick up, they would need to stop in front of the community mailbox recycling bins as well.


Why you should invest in a Water Softener

Many areas in the GTA have hard water, and to contrary belief it has nothing to do with the city or with the age of a house. Water hardness means that there is a large mineral content through calcium and magnesium deposits found in soil and rock. Since water is a solvent and minerals dissolve in water, it makes water hard and travels in solution and finds its ways into pipes. Hard water is not harmful to once health according to the WHO (World Health Organization) and is actually good for drinking, since it contains minerals. Many people that instal a water softening system choose to bypass the Kitchen sink for this reason. Soft water is also not good for water plants & soil since these need the necessary minerals found in hard water. So why do people get water softeners? Below are a few reasons.


  1. Water Softener is great for household chores. It eliminates bathroom scum, eliminating/reducing certain toxic cleaning products. When you wash clothes, these come out softer, and have no white residue (from calcification) on them. Your iron also doesn’t leave white residue on clothes.


  1. Skin & Hair feel great. Hard water can make your skin flaky and/or itchy, especially if you already have dry skin. Soft water, softens the skin and hair as well. Hair looks healthy and doesn’t require as much shampoo or conditioner.


  1. Soft water is great on your energy bill. Appliances have to work less with soft water. The main reason is that soap/detergent don’t work as well with magnesium and calcium mineral deposits and sometimes clothes or dishes leave residue and need to be washed again. If you notice cloudy wine glasses its due to the calcium deposits. Calcification is bad for appliances since it eats away at heating roads, interior lining etc. This causes the appliances to work twice as hard to increase heating time and results in a higher energy bill.


Water Softeners can be found in any Lowes, Rona and Home Depot. You will also need to buy the salt that goes into the water softener. The Whirlpool 44000-Grain Water Softener is $799 and works great. You will also need to get it professionally installed which typically costs around $500.