Home Sweet home

February 10, 2016

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I was born in Etobicoke in 1969 but grew up in Mississauga. I moved to London Ontario for higher-learning and spent 4 years there at UWO. After school, I moved to Oakville and got a place with a few buddies. After a few years of the 3 amigos I moved out and bought a townhouse in Oakville, then a few years after that my wife and I purchased a home in Burlington where we still reside.

In 2007, I started Onyx Freight and our home base has been Burlington since that time. When we first moved to Burlington the running gag was that it was actually called “Boring-ton” which I found amusing, and a little comforting to be honest. I guess if you’re looking for a geographic trend, then the Mike Graham compass dial points WEST. I could never imagine moving “back east” so to speak, but you never know what the future has in store.

Our kids are schooled in Burlington. My son plays hockey and lacrosse for local teams and my daughter is in dance, so we are pretty engrained here and Onyx Freight has no plans to re-locate in the near future. We are going to be here for a while.

The geography is great. Toronto is 40 minutes down the Eastbound QEW and the other way a plethora of Niagara wineries. To the north, there’s the Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, lots of great golf courses and hiking.

  • “There’s a lot to love about the city of Burlington,” said Mark Brown, managing editor for Canadian Business and MoneySense magazines. In its 2015 Best Cities to Live in Canada survey, MoneySense ranked Burlington as third overall and best mid-sized city. This year, those numbers have improved!”
  • “It’s close to the U.S. border, Hamilton, Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo,” noted Brown. “It’s well positioned to take advantage of all that.”
  • “It’s a beautiful city that’s growing with a waterfront, a nice walkway and a lot of greenspace,” said Brown. Out of 209 cities, Burlington ranked third for both low crime rate and access to health care. It ranked 17th in household wealth at $706,000, while it also fared well in median income ($85,434) and unemployment rate (4.3 per cent).
  • Burlington was rated fourth out of about 50 participating cities in the MoneySense survey of Best Places to do Business.
  • It’s been 15 years since we moved from Oakville to Burlington and the transition was a little tough at first but now I couldn’t imagine leaving. Traffic gets a little frustrating at times, but my commute to the office every day is 11 kilometers, so I guess I should pipe down on that complaint. Logistically speaking, I have it pretty good. Even if things here in Burlington can get a little “boring” from time to time, that’s fine by me. I’m proud to call Burlington home.