• Does Solar Make Sense in Wintry Ontario?

    Jan 17, 2018

    Imagine fields of panels soaking up solar rays in sunny countries like Mexico, India, Costa Rica and you might be left wondering if solar makes sense in Ontario during the cold, dark, snowy months. Of course, solar energy generation is more effective when there is more direct sunli... Read More

  • Breaking the Barriers: Holding Community & Green Bonds in Registered Accounts

    Sep 25, 2017

    Response to MaRS report: Barriers to Putting Community Bonds into RRSP Accounts published April 2017  Introduction  Solar Bonds, Green Bonds, and Community Bonds (“Community Bonds”) are securities issued by non-profits, co-operatives, charities, and B-Corporation... Read More

  • TFSA Or RRSP? Or Both?

    Aug 29, 2017

    We asked Tuck Yiong, Portfolio Manager at Caldwell Securities Ltd., to explain the differences between these two types of accounts. Tax Free Savings Accounts and Registered Retirement Savings Plans can hold various investments, including: Mutual Funds Segregated Funds Stocks, Bonds ... Read More

  • The Oil Industry vs the Co-operative Business Model

    Jun 06, 2017

    On August 28, 1859 two bushy-bearded men, George Bissell and Edwin L. Drake, pulled their drill 21 meters out of the ground near Titusville, Pennsylvania. It was coated in a thick, black sludge. Oil. This well, the Drake Well, initiated the world’s first oil boom. People flowed int... Read More

  • Smart Microgrids May Be the Answer to Our Electricity Woes

    May 01, 2017

    Image courtesy of Sepco Picture your future neighbourhood. Electricity is provided to homes and businesses by a series of local solar installations, and a biogas plant or two which uses organic waste, like food scraps, to produce power. Battery-operated storage facilities or flywheel systems... Read More

  • Fair Hydro for Ontario

    Mar 13, 2017

                                                     The Ontario government recently announced that individual and small business ratepayers will see a 25% reduction on their ele... Read More

  • Community Bonds in Today’s Economic Landscape

    Feb 13, 2017

    What should we do with our money given the current political climate in the US and Canada? Whether you want to use your money to fight policy driven by climate-change denial, defund the oil industry and big banks, or you simply want to diversify and de-risk your investment portfolio, now is the ti... Read More

  • Exposed: Hidden Investment Fees

    Jan 13, 2017

    It goes without saying that we all want to maximize the financial returns of our investments. The terms of the agreement may be complex, but the concept is simple: You lend your money to others to use for their purposes, and they pay you back with interest. But purchasing investments comes with cos... Read More

  • 6 Things You Can Do Today To Promote a 100% Renewable Ontario

    Dec 06, 2016

    The Ontario government is taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and promote energy efficiency and conservation. They’re doing a decent job, but it isn’t enough. So Ontarians have banded together, and we’re moving on the ground to ensure our province has a sustainable future.... Read More

  • Our Favourite Environmental Resources and Organizations in Ontario

    Nov 16, 2016

    Want to keep on top of all things environmental? Interested in learning more about investing for impact? Here’s a list of some of recommended resources: Environmental Registry Alerts Sign up for this easy-to-use web tool to get email alerts when the Ontario government is proposing to or abo... Read More