Fishing Trip

So, on my recent fishing trip, I got to thinking about what it is that makes anglers from all over the province and from regions far and wide; converge on their favourite fishing hot spots for days at a time?

Could it be that we go to see the mystic fog rise from the waters at break of day?

Could it be that we do this for the picturesque settings we so often see in remote lakes and rivers?

Could it be for the opportunity to tell fish tales?

Could it be for the sunsets and sunrises? Could it be that we travel for hundreds and hundreds of miles to sit in cold, wet boats, sleep in mice infested cabins, spend hours and hours hunting for that elusive fish, you know, the one that got away from the other guy’s line?

It’s for the moment when the prey meets predator…the strike. Fish on!

In Ontario, recreational fishing is governed through a complex set of laws and regulations, aimed at balancing recreational and economic interests with long-term conservation and management of fish stocks. The federal Fisheries Act protects and conserves fish and fish habitat. The Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act governs the issuances of fishing licences. Anglers must ensure that they have obtained the appropriate licences. They are also regulated in terms of where and when they may fish (open and closed fishing seasons); how many fish of a particular fish species they may catch and keep; the size of the fish that may be caught; and the type of gear and bait that may be used to catch fish.

Ontario’s fisheries contribute substantially to Ontario’s economy, with recreational and commercial fishing valued at more than $2.5 billion annually:

  • 41,000 person years of employment.
  • More than 1.2 million residents and non-resident anglers, contributing $2.2 billion annually to the Ontario economy.
  • A driving force for Ontario’s tourism industry and a key economic component in many communities, particularly in Northern Ontario, with 1600 licensed tourist operators generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues annually.
  • More than 500 active commercial fishing licences, contributing more than $230 million dollars to the Ontario economy.
  • 1200 commercial bait fishing licences are issued annually, with $17 million in direct sales of live bait.

 

I knew you would understand.

 

Just do it

Thursday trip to WLU took 2 hours and 15 minutes, Friday morning heading out of the city, same mess. Brave souls risk life and limb by cycling.  Imagine what this city will be like in ten years.  In 2014, mayor John Tory announced his “Smart Track” plan,  the mayor’s campaign pitched this as a full embrace of the “RER Vision,” which would bring Toronto into the same league as London, U.K. and other cities with extensive commuter rail networks. This means that the mayor looks at transit not as the “TTC” or “GO,” but as one system that should exploit whatever resources are available to move people around the region. Mayor Tory said SmartTrack would open by 2021, and offer service at least every 15 minutes. The Scarborough subway would still be under construction, and a good chunk of the subway’s potential riders would have a better way to get around the city. However, in June, 2016, his much-ballyhooed project has shrunk significantly from the 22-station vision he put forward on the campaign trail, and critics say it’s become virtually identical to the province’s pre-existing Regional Express Rail initiative.
With this delay, and only two years left in office, what will happen to these plans when mayor Tory loses the next election?
Let’s empower our mayor, prime minister, premier, to have the required amount of intestinal fortitude to make sound business decisions and commit to invest on public transit system that can move people. Help get cars off the roads and provide a better option for cyclists.
Mr mayor, we believe in your vision for Toronto. Just do it!

“Coming Soon”

What does it mean to advertise a property as “coming soon”? The answer to that seemingly simple question varies amongst realtors. Some “coming soon” advertisements involve unlisted properties that may or will be listed with a brokerage in the near future. While others relate to properties that are subject to listing agreements where the property is “exclusive” to potential purchasers only through the listing broker and not available, temporarily or indefinitely, for showing or purchase through the MLS system.

In many cases, however, this arrangement can work against the home seller. The whole purpose of the MLS system is to make the property visible to the widest possible market of potential qualified buyers, and realtors looking on behalf of their clients. If, however, the property is shown during the “coming soon” or “exclusive” period only, the amount of offers would be lessened or diminished, reflecting the limited group of potential qualified buyers that had actually toured the home, potentially effecting the bottom line for the seller.

While this post is meant to provoke our thoughts and individual ideas about this new and highly contested topic, it is very important and fundamental for realtors to understand that we must do only what is in the greater interest of our client.