16 Nov 2011

Survey: Canadians have higher expectations than Americans

A new study reveals that Canadians tend to have higher expectations than Americans when it comes to advertising and the messages they send.The poll, conducted by Advertising Standards Canada, found that 86 percent of Canadians thought it was very important to have a code of conduct as it relates to advertising, compared to just 64 percent of Americans who said standards should be followed."The research shows a different cultural mindset in Canada, with a more strongly held view that advertising shapes society, as well as a greater belief in the need for standards around such activity," said David Herle of the public opinion research firm The Gandalf Group.The survey also revealed that Canadians tend to be more skeptical of advertisers than their American neighbors. Seventy-two percent of Canadians thought advertising was very or somehwat truthful, compared to 84 percent of Americans.Jiffy Self-Storage knows Canadians are healthy skeptics, which is why our company puts substance behind the assertion that we're consistently…

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16 Nov 2011

As cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions near, the Canadian Automobile Association is advising motorists to make use of their vehicle maintenance supplies they keep in storage so they can get their cars ready for winter.One of the most important things to retrieve from storage closets are winter tires. Korey Kennedy, manager of public and government affairs for CAA North and East Ontario, describes it, says winter tires provide the added traction drivers need to traverse their way through slippery conditions that snow and ice tend to cause.While making use of winter tires is crucial, Kennedy says other maintenance tips should be carried out as well. This includes having the car battery's life checked, as cold weather can often prevent vehicles from…

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15 Nov 2011

Viruses that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing health concerns for the world, including in Canada. To thwart the threat, the government of Canada is partnering with a United Kingdom-based medical research organization."Antibiotic resistance is a serious challenge facing Canadians and our health care system," said Gary Goodyear, minister of state for Science and Technology. "Our government is pleased to support this important collaborative effort to develop new strategies and tools to protect Canadians from antibiotic resistant infections."In addition to over-the-counter treatments individuals may use from their own medicine storage cabinets, people who are ill often turn to their primary care physician to combat a bacterial infection. However, due to overprescribing of antibiotics, many infections have adapted and become…

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14 Nov 2011

While everyone enjoys receiving gifts that they can put in their homes or place in storage for future use, a new survey indicates Canadians are giving less often to charitable causes.According to a recent survey conducted by Harris/Decima, charitable giving is on the decline in Canada. Approximately 38 percent of Canadians polled said they were more likely to give charitable gifts as holiday presents this year compared to last year, 13 percent less when contrasted with Americans and their charitable intentions."This downward trending poll is disheartening news for the world's most needy," said Jane Bargout, manager for a leading charitable relief organization. "While Canadians still maintain they would prefer to receive a gift that would help someone else, the number…

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14 Nov 2011

With home prices expected to stay elevated throughout the remainder of the year and into 2012, a leading housing organization says it may behoove Ontarians to buy a fixer-upper if they're in the market.Recently, the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation reported the average home in Ontario is approximately 360,000 and may rise in 2012. As a result, the Ontario Real Estate Association says homebuyers should consider buying a house that's in need of renovation, as it may ultimately help them save money."Everyone wants a house or condo that will be perfect the minute they move in so they only have to do the minimum amount of work to it," said Barbara Sukkau, president of the OREA. "Buying a property that needs…

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11 Nov 2011

A new survey details how much Canadians expect to spend when they're out purchasing gifts for their friends and family members this holiday season.Conducted by polling company Groupe Atlus on behalf of the Retail Council of Quebec, Canadian households expect to spend an average of $673 this year, slightly more than the $672 households projected they would spend on average last year.The survey also queried respondents about when they planned on making their holiday purchases. At 22 percent, a considerable number had already begun shopping, starting in October or earlier, 34 percent said they would start in November and 35 percent said they'd wait until December.In addition to when and how much Canadians will spend for Christmas and Hanukkah, the…

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10 Nov 2011

When the temperatures go down, roadside emergency calls go up – and significantly, a new survey indicates. According to a study conducted by Canadian Tire, when temperatures dip to temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius or less, roadside assistance services' call volumes skyrocket 529 percent compared to days when temperatures aren't as cold. When calls relating to specific car problems were taken into account, such as requiring a jump due to a dead battery, those volumes rose 1,400 percent, the survey confirmed. Despite Canadians' knowledge that car problems frequently occur in winter, just 43 percent said they plan on installing winter tires on their vehicles. In addition to having quality winter tires installed – ones that are stamped with the Rubber…

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10 Nov 2011

With mortgage rates in record-low territory, a considerable number of Canadians reacted by refinancing or renewing their mortgages this year, a new survey reveals.In its Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market report, the Canadian Association of Mortgage Professionals indicates that nearly 25 percent of homeowners renewed or refinanced their mortgages in 2011. Nearly 80 percent of homeowners who modified their mortgages saw a reduction in their rates."Despite less than positive feelings towards the economy, or maybe because of that, Canadians are showing a level of prudence in their decisions that is inspiring," said Jim Murphy, CEO of CAAMP. "They are planning ahead [and] aggressively paying down their mortgage in advance of any further economic jolt."In addition to refinancing and…

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9 Nov 2011

While December 25 is approaching and holiday cheer is drawing near, many Canadians may be saddened by the results of a new survey.According to the Human Resources Professionals Association, nearly four in 10 respondents – 39 percent – said the company they work for was not having a Christmas party this year. And among those whose employers are scheduling festivities, 56 percent said it would be scaled back due to economic concerns.The study also determined the provinces in which respondents' employers were most or least likely to have a Christmas party. At 64 percent, Quebecers were most likely to have an office party with Ontarians coming in a distant second at 56 percent. Alberta and the Atlantic region followed at…

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9 Nov 2011

Toronto's iconic CN Tower was recently bestowed with a Guinness World Record.Jack Robinson, chief operating officer for the CN Tower, accepted the award on behalf of the tower, as it's been credited with the title of "Highest External Walk on a Building.""We are thrilled to bring a close to an extremely successful first season of EdgeWalk in this special way with Guinness World Records," said Robinson. "It has been inspiring to see the enthusiastic response to this new unique urban adventure over the last three months. Exciting new experiences like EdgeWalk provide another reason to add Toronto to everyone's travel list."In August, the CN Tower opened the EdgeWalk to visitors who dare to walk on the wild side, as it's…

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9 Nov 2011

A new survey indicates that many men and women who used the summer months to get married are experiencing "bridal remorse" – not for getting hitched, but rather for how much they spent on their wedding day.The survey, commissioned by eBay Canada, found that a considerable number of newlyweds – approximately one in four – said they think they overspent on their wedding and are currently looking for ways to get out of debt."Once the wedding is over, many newlyweds are left feeling blue and needing to borrow to pay their bills," said Kimberly Moffit, a psychotherapist and wedding counselor. "Couples want their big day to be special but the pressure to stage an elaborate wedding can be taxing emotionally…

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8 Nov 2011

A new survey details what Canadians are hoping to find waiting for them under the Christmas tree this year.The survey, conducted by Vision Critical on behalf of a leading office retail chain, found that 60 percent of Canadians would like some type of technology gift this year.When respondents were asked to define what type of technological device they would like, 16 percent said they wanted a tablet, followed by laptops at 10 percent, cameras at 6 percent and e-readers at 5 percent.Commenting on the study, Rich Atkinson, vice president of marketing for the office supply retailer, said the survey's results are an indication there is a strong desire among Canadians to upgrade their existing technology belongings.Should Canadians get the latest…

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7 Nov 2011

Creative Torontonians may want to raid their storage units for some of their old clothing items, as a new contest will test their designing skills.One of Toronto's top thrift stores, Double Take, is hosting its second annual Designer Dare contest, which will be held November 24. With this year's theme being "Cocktail Hour," designers will be challenged to complete a new outfit using their old clothes. Judges will determine whether the creations are cocktail-wear worthy.The judging will take place on November 24 between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Double Take store on Gerrard Street. They can be assembled at any time prior to judging. The outfits will be assessed based on their durability, creativity and fashion.The second-hand retail outlet…

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4 Nov 2011

Hundreds of restaurant operators in Toronto and the country at-large have participated in a survey that will help industry observers determine how well restaurateurs are performing in Canada.Teaming with Kostuch Media and the Ryerson University School of Hospitality Management, food service consultancy firm FHG International conducted the survey, which includes 600 restaurateurs representing 3,000 restaurants."Industry operators are hungry for operating data in which they can analyze operations in order to enable them to operate more effectively in a tough economic market," said Doug Fisher, president of FHG. "It is just this type of data, which provides details on operations by segment, by province, by number of seats, by square footage, by province, and by municipal location is just what operators…

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4 Nov 2011

As has been recently reported, there's been a growing trend of homeowners downsizing in the Greater Toronto Area, as empty nesters sell their homes for the more quaint confines of a condominium. This trend is expected to continue in 2012, according to a new housing forecast.During the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's annual Housing Outlook Conference, Shaun Hildebrand, senior market analyst for the GTA, said downsizing will not only continue in 2012 but in the years afterward as well, as more and more baby boomers enter their retirement years.As a result of this, there may be an increase in the number of Canadians looking for storage units to house their belongings.Hildebrand also discussed how housing housing would perform in general…

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3 Nov 2011

Avid coin collectors are in for a treat, as the world's largest pure gold coin will be on display in the Toronto area for a short time.On November 3, Canadian PMX, one of Canada's leading precious metal distributors, opened its showroom in Richmond Hill, Ontario. To help recognize the occasion, Royal Canadian Mint distributor will display a coin that's face value is more than $5 million.The 100 kilogram Gold Maple Leaf Bullion coin is .99999 pure gold and is available for public viewing in the Canadian PMX showroom on November 3 only.This isn't the first time the pricey coin has been on display in the Greater Toronto Area. It first made its appearance there in May 2007.The company stated that…

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2 Nov 2011

The job situation in Canada is deteriorating considerably, as both the quality and quantity of jobs has declined during the past several months, a new survey suggests.Recent numbers released by the government reveal that the Canadian economy generated just 17,000 new jobs per month between July and September, which is down from 29,000 new jobs per month in the second quarter and 33,000 per month in the first quarter of 2011.Adding insult to injury is the decline in the quality of jobs. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's Employment Quality Index dropped half a percent in the third quarter and is down 1.5 percent since February.Benjamin Tal, CIBC's deputy chief economist, said Canadians should expect more of the same in…

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2 Nov 2011

As Christmas draws near, parents who have an idea about what their kids want for the holiday may be wondering how difficult it will be to find. Walmart Canada has attempted to make that a bit easier, as it recently released its list of what will likely be the top-selling toys of the 2011 holiday season.Included among the gifts that are sure to be high on kids' wish lists are an updated version of the classic board game Battleship, computer tablets like the LeapPad, remote control cars, Sesame Street's "Let's Rock Elmo," Barbie Sisters Go Camping Camper and the Star Wars Ultimate FX Lightsaber.Todd Sharman, vice president of hardlines and seasonal for Walmart Canada, said that the company recognizes kids'…

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1 Nov 2011

As the holiday break approaches for students in Ontario, parents may be wondering what their students are getting out of their college education. A new report attempts to make that clearer.The report, "Ensuring the Value of University Degrees in Ontario," details how the province's universities define academic expectations, what students will gain after earning their degree and the type of curriculum students learn in their courses."Across all academic programs, our faculty and staff are actively engaged in defining what students acquire at every degree level," said Alastair Summerlee, chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and president of the University of Guelph. "Our students are the beneficiaries of this commitment to quality assurance, which ensures that Ontario university degrees are…

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