28 Apr 2011

Whipping winds hit Toronto

If you've been paying attention to the news and weather reports south of the border, then you know that much of the U.S. has received a devastating string of tornadoes that's led to the loss of thousands of homes and personal property items. But parts of the Greater Toronto area have received the remnants of those storms.Multiple reports have indicated that southern Ontario has received some whipping winds, with some wind estimates registering in excess of 100 kilometres per hour.Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday and it remains in effect for Toronto and other southern parts of the province, as there have been several reports to the weather service about tornadoes touching down.As per usual when there's severe weather, city officials have called on residents to stay away from waterways and downed power lines.Whipping winds can wreak havoc on person's personal effects, particularly those that are especially vulnerable to the elements. Damage can be staved off, however, by…

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28 Apr 2011

Due to the rise of the internet and the increasing popularity of tablets and iPads, many libraries across North America aren't frequented quite as much as they used to be. But that's not the case in Toronto. In fact, attendance there is so good, they're expanding yet again.The Toronto Public Library recently announced that it's planning to build a brand new 15,000-square-foot branch that will be built in the Trinity Spadina community, offering all the services that the main building provides.Among the amenities, the Trinity Spadina branch will house several meeting and study spaces and be fully furnished with internet technology, which will enable students, professionals and visitors to research, work and learn.The branch, which will become the Toronto Public…

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27 Apr 2011

A new report is making it abundantly clear that if people in the Toronto area want to rent or lease office space, they better do so quickly.According to Avison Young, Canada's largest commercial real estate company, demand for local office space has increased steadily since the end of the recession in 2009, with activity being particularly robust in the downtown and midtown portions of the GTA. For instance, the downtown Toronto area posted an 8.9 percent office availability rate, a two-year low, with vacancy rates even lower at 6.6 percent.Bill Argeropoulous, vice president and director of research for Avison Young, say the downtown figures testify to the health of the commercial real estate industry."All one has to do is look…

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27 Apr 2011

Jiffy Storage and virtually every other storage unit company in the country caters to people who have lots of things that they don't want to get rid of. But a Toronto woman is giving a new meaning to the word "packrat."Toronto police arrested a 63-year-old woman and charged her with animal cruelty after the Ontario Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized approximately 50 cats from her property.Authorities said when they arrived at the home, the property was covered in cat excrement and wreaked of urine.Officials said they were made aware of the woman, who's been identified as Diane Way, by pollsters who approached the entrance to the doorway and were overwhelmed by the stench. Toronto Police Detective…

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27 Apr 2011

f you've been paying attention to housing news in Toronto lately, you know that the city is awash in people moving into new homes. The Toronto Real Estate Board recently reported that home transactions rose significantly in the month of March and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation indicated housing starts increased 17 percent.Not only is this is a good sign for the city's economy, but it's good news for the storage industry, as whenever people move, they always bring their belongings with them.But it's not always easy for busy families to move, especially if said families are seniors or have limited resources.That's where Jiffy comes in. Not only does Jiffy have the best storage units in the GTA, but…

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26 Apr 2011

Recently, the city of Toronto has received recognition from various mediums about being one of the world's most successful cities in the present day. But a new study indicates it's also a city of the future.According to Foreign Direct Investment Magazine's 'American Cities of the Future,' Toronto is among the cities with the most potential for further advancement. New York City, Chicago and Houston topped FDI's list, which was determined by a five-member panel assessing data from 405 cities. The criteria included economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.The future isn't the only thing that Toronto thrives in. According to FDI magazine, it's also a North American leader in infrastructure and overall quality of…

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26 Apr 2011

Because businesses take up a lot of space, storage units are known for serving as an ideal venue for business owners to house their office belongings.But how many storage units double as an office space? Here at Jiffy, that's business as usual.With Jiffy Workspace, business owners have another place to get their work done. At any time, people can easily tailor their office space requirements on an as-needed basis, whether it's expanding because business has been booming or contracting because activity has slowed.Besides serving as an extra place to store another office's belongings, Jiffy Workspace also serves as an ideal location for business people to get more work done. All of our units are quiet and have internet access capability.…

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25 Apr 2011

Forty-one years ago on April 22, the world celebrated its very first Earth Day, an environmental holiday that was created in the hopes that people would become more aware of their surroundings and try to become better stewards of the earth. With this in mind, CBC News has come to some conclusions about how Canadians have treated Mother Nature after collecting data on air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption from various organizations. Some of the findings are good, but others may have people wanting to store their cars in their storage unit more often. For instance, the Canadian news service reports that greenhouse gas emissions have risen significantly over the past 20 years. According to figures released by…

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22 Apr 2011

Here at Jiffy, as professionals in the storage business, it's not uncommon for us to receive literally hundreds of questions from people who need assistance with their storage needs. From determining how big their storage unit should be, to rental rates, to wondering if our units can house collectible classic cars in the winter, the questions literally run the gamut.With these people in mind, we here at Jiffy want people to come to the right storage decision.Many people ask for specific dimensions for their items, when in actuality, they often overestimate the amount of space they actually need. Because our prices are contingent on how much space is rented, this can often lead to people spending more on a unit…

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21 Apr 2011

It looks like Toronto food vendors who were hoping to clean up on sales heading into the summer may be putting their equipment in storage units, as the city has said their services are no longer needed.Toronto a la Cart, the program food vendors were participating in, was supposed to diversify the kinds of foods offered in the Greater Toronto area, but the city's economic development department has recommended that Mayor Rob Ford scrap the project entirely because "it has not met its objectives and no improvement can be expected in the final year of the pilot." The program began three years ago after the passage of an amendment to the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Vendors say the program…

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20 Apr 2011

A Toronto man whose profession is devoted to cleanliness and order is a filthy rich man today.According to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, John Addo, a Toronto janitor, hit the jackpot after scoring one of the three winning tickets in an April 15 drawing. Addo will take home $16.6 million before taxes.Addo, who's originally from Ghana, has been living in the Toronto area for the past 20 years and works seven days a week for an industrial cleaning outfit."I immediately went home and lay down for a while to think about it," the 50-year-old Addo told reporters recently. "Then I called a friend to come over so that I could tell someone."Addo is the latest Torontonian to net himself…

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19 Apr 2011

With the deadline to file taxes looming, Canadians from coast to coast are getting all their paperwork prepared so that they can report their income to the government. And if Canadian taxpayers are anything like Americans, they'd rather do almost anything else.According to the results of a recent U.S.-based OfficeMax study called "Tax it to Me," 45 percent of respondents said procrastination was the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to filing taxes on time. In fact, 40 percent of respondents said they would rather cut their own hair than do their own taxes.As a result, the survey found that nearly half – 48 percent – relied on someone else to file their taxes.But even when someone else does…

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18 Apr 2011

Whether it's repairing a car that's been stowed away in a storage unit all winter or having a new battery installed, Toronto auto mechanics and motorists got some bad reviews recently. After testing 31 repair shops in Toronto and Calgary to measure the competency of their mending skills, only 30 percent of the repairmen passed the examination.The APA says they had a "mystery shopper" take a well-maintained 2006 Chevrolet Malibu to nearly three dozen auto shops to have it inspected and to fix the nature of the car's problem, which was that it failed to start because officials had simply loosened a battery cable.Using an expert to test the quality of the car care, APA reported that 22 of the…

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15 Apr 2011

Storage units and home continue to be a hard thing to come by in the Greater Toronto area, as a recent report from the Toronto Real Estate Board indicates March home sales reached record levels.According to Greater Toronto Realtors, there were 9,262 transactions last month, making March 2011 the second best month for March sales in Toronto's history.Bill Johnston, president of the TREB, said a combination of factors led to the robust performance in the GTA housing market."The strong home sales reported in March and throughout the first quarter of 2011 have been based on a solid affordability picture and improving economic conditions in the GTA and countrywide," Johnston said.The average selling price increased five percent compared to March 2010,…

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15 Apr 2011

This being the season for spring cleaning, storage units often see spikes in activity as more people try to get organized. Even though this gives people the extra room they need, homeowners often want to clean things up further by throwing things away.But they may be throwing out more than they bargained for.According to a study conducted by Kijiji Canada, 40 percent of the country's residents throw out there belongings when they could be selling them for hundreds of dollars. But, the study, found, people likely wouldn't do this if they knew someone who needed the items or were told about an easier way to get rid of them.Whatever the reason for throwing things away, Jaclyn Ray of Kijiji Canada…

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14 Apr 2011

Expect to see a decline in available storage units in Toronto in the coming months. After all, with so many businesses moving to the Greater Toronto area recently, where else are they going to file their documents?According to a semi-annual report released by Colliers International, a global real estate services company, the vacancy rate for office space in the GTA has dropped 6.4 percent over the past six months and the availability rate in the downtown area of Toronto has dipped to 9 percent after peaking in 2009 at over 10 percent."These are signs of solid recovery and the resiliency of the Toronto office market," John Arnoldi, Colliers International's managing director in Toronto told the Globe and Mail. "There was…

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13 Apr 2011

While many Toronto storage units have plenty of room and extra high ceilings that enable people to storage heavy and large equipment, many of them may not have been able to hold what was recently bought at a local auction.According to the Toronto Sun, a Calgary man bought a former Canadian air force Snowbirds show plane for approximately $45,000 this past weekend.Terry Lobzun, spokesman for the organization that held the auction, told the paper that while he knows it's going to Calgary, he's not sure exactly where."It could be going to a museum, a flying club or private collection," Lobzun said. "I'd love to see it restored and flying again."According to the Sun, the Snowbird, which was retired from flight…

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12 Apr 2011

With temperatures rising and ice-covered ponds thawing out, many hockey fans are grudgingly putting their ice skates back in their storage units for another year. But if a report about Toronto's ability to host two more NHL teams comes true, those hockey skates won't be stowed away for long.A recent report from the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto argues that the city's infrastructure and strong demand – only one of the six Canadian teams failed to sell out every game in the 2009-2010 season – makes it the ideal home for two additional teams, which would force Torontonians to decide where their allegiances lie.Some NHL teams, such as the Thrashers and Coyotes, are also rumored…

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11 Apr 2011

When motorists turn to their storage units to preserve their automobiles, it's reasonable to suspect that they're being held there because the models are truly unusual or unique. But a recent survey on the popularity of some of Canada's most insured vehicles may suggest otherwise.According to auto insurance comparison website Kanetix.ca, the most popular car brands that are insured are veterans of the roadway, such as Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet and Pontiac. But the survey also revealed what brands were less sought after, most of them being costly models such as the Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin.Since these vehicles are expensive, many people may assume there are many insurance policies taken out on them. However, the results suggests…

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