24 Sep 2012

Toronto film industry bustling

Hollywood North has made a comeback in the film and television industry as the industry's finances show spending increased $903 million in 2010, to $1.15 billion in 2011. The Toronto Film Festival also recently came to a close, after 11 days, nearly 300 films and more than 1,000 screenings later.Any Toronto-area film fans looking for portable storage containers for their movie paraphernalia should look into Jiffy self storage.Much of Toronto's spending in 2011 went to the 1990s remake, Total Recall. Prior to the past few years, spending for films was deflated by the financial crisis, 9/11 and SARS. In 2007, Toronto's feature film industry saw a 73 percent drop in spending from 2007 to 2008.Now with increased spending and good press from the Toronto Film Festival it would appear the industry is back in full swing. Taking one of the top awards was Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Lining Playbook winning the coveted People's Choice award.Previous films that won…

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21 Sep 2012

With global economies across the world a experiencing downturn, it's no wonder that confidence among small business owners in Canada is dropping.“Sliding confidence numbers suggest small business owners in our province are not immune to global trends,” Richard Truscott, Alberta Director for CFIB, told the Calgary Herald. “Thankfully, in spite of the ongoing turmoil, Alberta’s entrepreneurs are still maintaining a relatively positive outlook about the overall business environment.”The high prices associated with office buildings is one concern for Canadian small business owners. Cheap storage units are available as a way for businesses to avoid the high costs.Community Innovation Spaces such as makerspaces, hackerspaces and fabrication labs, are one way Canada is encouraging entrepreneurship and small businesses. Individuals are able to…

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20 Sep 2012

  Utilizing social media and video sharing sites can make or break any small business. YouTube reported that in in 2011 they experienced more than 1 trillion views, accounting for nearly 140 views for every living person. The social media site Twitter reports having more than 140 million users, while Facebook said they hit 901 million monthly users at the end of March. For individuals starting up a business, cheap self storage units can replace unnecessary office leasing and help cut down a on costs. “Most businesses go exclusively for reach, but advertising only works if users have heard your message again and again,” Yusuf Gad, founder and president of Toronto marketing firm a5MEDIA, told the Toronto Star. "You don’t…

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20 Sep 2012

Statistics Canada recently released the third tranche of the 2011 census, showing a divergence from the once nuclear family norm in Canada found 50 years ago. Now families show more complex household trends including living alone, remarrying, having stepchildren and multiple generations under one roof, the Toronto Star reported.For families with too many belongings under one roof or those in need of storage for a move under this wide array of households, self storage can keep them safe."Just a quarter of our households now are that traditional mom, dad, the kids and the dog at home," Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics, told the Toronto Star. "A lot of people still think that’s the Canadian family. We have more…

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20 Sep 2012

Utilizing social media and video sharing sites can make or break any small business. YouTube reported that in in 2011 they experienced more than 1 trillion views, accounting for nearly 140 views for every living person. The social media site Twitter reports having more than 140 million users, while Facebook said they hit 901 million monthly users at the end of March.For individuals starting up a business, cheap self storage units can replace unnecessary office leasing and help cut down a on costs.“Most businesses go exclusively for reach, but advertising only works if users have heard your message again and again,” Yusuf Gad, founder and president of Toronto marketing firm a5MEDIA, told the Toronto Star. "You don’t want to over…

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19 Sep 2012

According to recent data from Statistics Canada, the average retirement age of public sector workers is not 60, but is 66 for self-employed Canadians.Canadians, especially self-employed and those closing in on retirement, should consider self storage units to run their business out of or store extra items that are cluttering up an office.“People who are self-employed often work into their senior years, if they can control their hours and client base,” Fred Vettese, chief actuary at the Toronto office of Morneau Shepell — the largest firm providing human resource consulting and outsourcing services in Canada, told the Toronto Star.“Many still want to be engaged in the workforce because it provides mental and social stimulation, plus they enjoy doing something that…

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18 Sep 2012

At StartUp, Canada's recent tour in Québec to celebrate and support entrepreneurship across Canada, the group educated event goers on support from government channels, building partnerships between industries and creating a sense of community among entrepreneurs, the Toronto Star Reported.Small businesses are encouraged to obtain self storage in place of an office, saving money for startups, a time when every loonie counts.“StartUp Canada’s tour of Québec showed that there are countless Québecers who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are looking to learn more, meet new people and consider new ideas,” said Noah Redler, a Quebec entrepreneur and member of the StartUp Canada Quebec Provincial Steering Committee. “We heard from people who wanted to reach markets in other provinces, have easier…

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17 Sep 2012

In May, Bryan Tuckey took over as president of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, a move that is expected to change how people are living in the Greater Toronto Area, as the population is expected to increase from 6.3 million people to 8 million people by 2031, the Toronto Star reported.Under the 2006 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Tuckey and the association are required to create new developments accommodating at least 50 people, tightening the reigns on urban sprawl. This housing plan encourages residents to consider self storage for their belongings, as it would seem single family homes are going to be few and far between in the future. Freeing up space in a condo will…

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14 Sep 2012

A recent poll by Leger Marketing showed insights into the way small Canadian businesses owners felt about their businesses. The survey showed that 85 percent of Canadian small business owners felt optimistic about the future success of their business and many of them planned to expand within the next three years.In addition, the survey showed that 43 percent of small business owners planned to expand their business in the next three years, 59 percent of which were in the start up phase, while 39 percent of more established businesses were planning to expand.Small businessmen on a tighter budget should consider a self storage unit for their initial phase rather than spending extra money on office space."It's encouraging to see so…

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12 Sep 2012

A September 2011 investigation by the Toronto Star showed that Manzoor Moorshed Khan, president of Channel Property Management, borrowed millions of dollars from condominium corporations in and around Toronto without their knowledge. According to the Star, lawyers determined that total misappropriation reached $20 million.Once the jig was up, Channel Property Management was evicted from its Woodbridge office for not making rent payments, and Khan fled to his native country Bangladesh. He has not been seen since.Toronto area condo owners and lessees looking to secure their belongings in a safe and legal manner should look into cheap storage in Toronto.Now that Khan has fled, hundreds of condo building owners who were defrauded are left to foot the bill for special assessment…

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12 Sep 2012

Nearly 30 Canadian Paralympic athletes were greeted by dozens of cheering fans, friends, family and the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band, as they arrived home from the Games in London.The Canadians won a total of seven gold medals at the Paralympics, down from their Beijing performance four years ago, where they came back with 10. Nonetheless, the team was all smiles, embracing their fans and by no means disappointed by the 31 medals they accumulated at this years Games.The event serves as a reminder to individuals and sporting goods stores with extra sports equipment lying around that cheap storage is available in the Toronto area.“It was just such a load off my back to be home again,” Valérie Grand’Maison, who…

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11 Sep 2012

Heavy rain caused more than $200,000 in damage to a Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario. The damage is having subsequent consequences including that several fundraising events may not be able to be held, as a rainstorm in July caused the drainage system to be overwhelmed, leading to catastrophic damage.Toronto storage solutions are available to support businesses struck with damage, providing containers for salvageable items.“The damage is mostly limited to the roof area near the weight room and the entire taekwondo studio and its equipment in the basement,” said John Willson, CEO of Variety Village. “Much of the cost to repair the damage will be covered by insurance, but we are still facing a bill totaling over $50,000 for restoration work…

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10 Sep 2012

Patrick Anderson led the the Canadian wheelchair basketball team to a gold at the Paralympic Games over the weekend. Anderson scored 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the 64-58 victory over Australia.The Canadian victory is a good reminder to any sporting goods store owners in the Toronto area, with a need for extra space, that they should consider Toronto affordable self storage for their benefit.The Canadians avenged themselves, after losing the gold in 2008 to the Australians. They went undefeated throughout the tournament, going 8-0. Anderson was the leading scorer of the tournament, contributing 200 points throughout."It feels like the first medal I've ever won somehow," Anderson told the Canadian Press. "I'm not sure exactly why just yet.…

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10 Sep 2012

Taylor Swift has been nominated for the 2012 Country Music Award's Entertainer of the Year. Swift looks to take the title once more, after previously winning the award in 2011 and 2009.For fans residing in Toronto with no place to fit their Taylor Swift memorabilia, self storage is available to keep their possessions safe and sound.Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean have also been nominated in the category. Chesney and Paisley, who are also hosting the 46th annual event, have both previously won the award."I think that she kind of obviously opened up some eyes to some people and obviously they’re taking notice of that and rewarding her for her contributions to country music over the last…

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7 Sep 2012

The Canadian Paralympic basketball ousted Great Britain in the recent semi-final game, beating out the host team in a final score of 69-52. The Canadians have not lost a game throughout the entire tournament and square off with the Australians on September 8 in a battle for the gold.Jiffy Storage wishes all the athletes in the Paralympic games the best of luck and wants to extend their undivided support for the basketball team. In order to increase awareness for the upcoming finals, Jiffy is encouraging fans to retweet this article to show their support. For any individuals looking to store their extra sports equipment, storage containers in Toronto are available.The Australians took down the United States in a hard fought…

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7 Sep 2012

The Toronto Film Festival features the best Canadian and International cinema and attracts film fans from across the globe. The festival began September 6 and will run for the next 10 days offering screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet celebrities and filmmakers.It was Twilight star Kristen Stewart who stole the red carpet and drew a large audience on the opening day of the festival. Stewart's four Twilight films experienced much success throughout the world.With so many new successful movies, film fans need to continually clear out their old movie collection. Toronto self storage is available in the meantime and climate control offerings will ensure their safety for later viewing.This was Stewart's first appearance since…

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6 Sep 2012

The shoe brand Christian Louboutin recently won an appeals court battle against the design house Yves Saint Laurent. The dispute was over the red soled high heels that have become synonymous with the Louboutin name.A lower court decision was recently overturned by the U.S. Appeals Court in Manhattan, which decided that the red soles of Louboutin shoes are protected under trademark, but there is a catch. Shoes would only infringe on the ruling if they contained red soles with a different color on top, not if the entire shoe was red.The case reminds anyone with overflowing closets that cheap storage is available to free up space while keeping belongings safe.For those with plenty of space for their own shoes, a…

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5 Sep 2012

Vogue Magazine introduced Fashion's Night Out in New York City in 2009, encouraging fashionistas to attend the event to support the fashion industry. Since then the event has expanded taking place in countries like Brazil, India and Australia and now Canada.Fashion Night Out in Canada will feature small independent boutiques to to major retailers like Yorkdale Shopping Centre. In addition, Holt Renfrew will be hosting a street party and will stay open until 11 p.m. Mastercard has a Stylicity Lounge set up at Hazelton Lanes Oval Square where event goers can shop and drink cocktails.For individuals looking to make room in their closets for all the new clothing they plan on purchasing, Jiffy Self Storage is a leader in Toronto…

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4 Sep 2012

Photos have always played a huge role in weddings. From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, couples want to be able to reflect back on the evening, but now, the documenting is continuing to the morning after.A new trend has many newly married couples inviting a photographer into their room the morning after their wedding to have a photo shoot, sparking some provocative pictures. The trend has caused an uproar on both sides, with critics saying there is no privacy on Facebook, where the pictures usually end up, and those in favor saying the moment is arguably as beautiful as any other during the wedding process.“This is really about recording a time where people are in love,” said Michelle Jonne,…

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