15 Feb 2013

Toronto to possibly get casino to attract tourism

Toronto businesses have been deciding where they will be taking their business trips within the next few months. While some prefer lavish getaways such as trips to Monte Carlo, other businesses stick close to home, according to the Toronto Star. Some managers choose to avoid discussing their plans in an…

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18 Dec 2012

Many small business owners that feel pressure to remain open during the holidays should know that they can take time off.Businesses in the Toronto area are encouraged to obtain self storage in order to secure one of a kind documents that pose a liability if they are not secure. Small business owners are given peace of mind knowing a document is safe from a flood, fire or other risk, with climate controlled self storage units.Owners can also relieve stress by traveling during the holidays, if they give customers a few common courtesies before taking off. The Toronto Star reported that small business owners could benefit from letting their customers know two weeks in advance that they are taking off, consider…

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26 Nov 2012

A recent Forum Research poll indicated that 59 percent of Toronto residents believe they are well prepared for a natural or man-made disaster, like a hurricane, flood or fire.Those in the Toronto area should consider self storage as a valuable way to prepare for such events. Storage containers are available to keep valuables and critical documents secure.“While it appears Torontonians are well-prepared for a catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy, what this reveals is that there are significant minorities who are woefully unprepared for a disaster,” said Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff.The poll did show that individuals with lower incomes are more likely to not be prepared. Of Toronto residents with an income under $20,000, only 34 percent said they were well…

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20 Nov 2012

Water rates will be going up in Toronto starting January 1, after the city council's executive committee agreed to the 9 percent increase, the Toronto Star reported.Homeowners looking to free up space in a cheap way should consider self storage in the Toronto area. Units are available to keep valuables secure. Document storage is also available with climate controlled facilities to ensure materials are unchanged from the day they were dropped off.This year marks the eighth consecutive year where the city has raised water prices by 9 percent, the news source reported. With the city's current plan, Toronto residents can expect to see one more year of a 9 percent increase, then in years following, the price of water will…

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28 Aug 2012

Natural disasters can devastate a business in a matter of seconds, and it is up to small business owners to get the necessary protection to make sure their firm doesn't go under water, reported the Vancouver Sun.Insurance policies help business owners protect against severe weather, but having a document storage locker is also important because it can keep critical files safe when dealing with difficult weather conditions that can cause a firm to change locations.When purchasing insurance policies, small business owners must be sure to get the necessary protection against weather in their particular region. Without certain protections, small business owners can be held hostage financially as a result of a storm."I'm insured a lot differently now because if anything…

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27 Aug 2012

Individuals who are having difficulties with their finances and who have decided against using an accountant or financial planner to manage their money will often find it difficult to stay on top of their books while also taking care of their family, working full time and living their daily lives.A recent article for MoneySense provided some strategies people in financial trouble can use to clean up their money management. The large amount of financial paperwork people have can take days to sort through. For Toronto residents, filing old paperwork away can be made easier by looking into inexpensive storage in Toronto. Here are a few other things people can do to better manage their money.•Sort paid and unpaid bills: Many…

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19 Jul 2012

A new study by BMO Financial Group finds that the number of Canadian small businesses with succession plans have doubled in the past two years.According to the study, nearly 30 percent of small businesses in Canada now have a plan in place for when the owner dies or retires. This is up sharply compared to just 15 percent in 2010, but many businesses still don't have a strategy outlined.Among those who did not have a plan, the top reason was that it was "too early" to begin thinking about it. Yet many small business owners are not all that young, and having a plan in place is a "better safe than sorry" type of measure."Just like creating a business plan…

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5 Jul 2012

Computers affected by malware could be kicked off the internet on Monday if their owners do not effectively clean them up over the weekend, reports The Associated Press.The situation ties back to a group of hackers who put malware on an estimated 570,000 computers approximately one year ago. The malware was being used to control computers remotely, according to the news source. The FBI caught the hackers, but quickly found out that if they shut down the hacker's servers, all of the affected computers would instantly lose internet access.The FBI ultimately decided to host the infected computers on separate "safety net servers," but those will be shut down on Monday. Owners of infected computers have been contacted, but approximately 277,000…

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20 Jun 2012

Many Canadian small businesses realize that social media can help them reach new customers, but company owners may not know the best strategies for utilizing services like Facebook and Twitter. The Globe and Mail recently revealed some tips for companies looking to engage with consumers online.A recent study by bit.ly finds that the best times to tweet or post to Facebook are between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. These sites tend to see less usage after working hours and on the weekends, the study showed. Activity is popular in the morning on these sites, but the study found many businesses posted in the morning, so there was more competition for attention.While small businesses need…

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8 May 2012

Getting organized can be a challenge for many people, but there are a number of important documents that are always a good idea to have handy. Protecting these documents is of the utmost importance, so those who don't have a filing system in place should think about taking the time to figure one out.USA.gov recommends everyone has a filing system for important documents from the federal government and other sources. This includes bank statements, birth certificates, wills, tax records, insurance information and much more. Disorganized people are at a risk for losing these important files, and thus need to come up with a way to ensure they have them handy at all times, along with taking precautions for unexpected events.For…

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12 Apr 2012

As technology continues to progress, the internet has become useful for everything from document storage to financial transactions. Many people are now finding it more convenient to manage their bank account online, for example. But just how safe is this technology?Most sites use 128-bit encryption when it comes to financial data, which is just about the most secure internet protection around. However, that doesn't mean an attack isn't possible, according to Moneyville.ca. While putting sensitive financial records online through cloud storage can make them easy to access, it's always a good idea to have physical backups.However, nobody wants to take up space in a home or office with unsightly filing cabinets. This is why many are turning to self storage…

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16 Mar 2012

Apple fans have begun lining up across Canada today in order to get their hands on the new iPad, which went on sale in The Great White North at 8 a.m.Lines queued around the block at Apple stores as people hoped to buy the latest gadget. The new iPad, which Apple has not yet officially called the "iPad 3," boast a faster processor, an improved camera, and a much sharper and clearer display than its predecessor.Like most new Apple products, sales are expected to be high, especially when the product is first released. Some people opted to camp outside the store in order to get one of the devices.As technology progresses at a rapid pace, it's easier than ever to…

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30 Sep 2011

While there are exceptions to every rule, just about everyone at one point or another has misplaced a particularly important item. And as a survey indicates, having difficulty finding critical documents is an all-too-common occurrence.According to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, just 26 percent of Canadians say it's easy for them to access their personal and financial information. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority struggle, as the poll found 56 percent said their documentation was "somewhat organized" with 11 percent saying it was "not very organized" at all."Whether it’s due to procrastination or its perception as an overwhelming task, people tend to avoid getting their personal and financial papers in order." said Frank Swedlove, president of the CLHIA. "Taking a…

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30 Sep 2011

Small business owners are always looking for ways to maximize success and efficiency to keep their company's bottom-line operating in the black. Yet despite a variety of tools aimed to help keep entrepreneurs organized, more than half say they find document management an impediment to their company's function.In a survey conducted by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based software provider, 40 percent of small business owners spend between eight to 12 hours per month filing business documents. Thirty-three percent said it takes up to four weeks.Kevin Garton, chief marketing officer for the company that sponsored the study, said paper filing is a part of life entrepreneurs can't escape."Managing paper is a reality of doing business," said Garton. "It's not enough for owners to…

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27 Sep 2011

Educators throughout the country are preparing for World Teachers' Day, which will be celebrated October 5.According to the Canadian Teachers' Federation, educators in the country will celebrate by promoting this year's theme – "Teachers: Inspiring students, awakening potential."Paul Taillefer, president of the CTF, said Canada boasts some of the world's finest teachers."It is the dedication of Canada's well-educated, highly professional teaching force that has created one of the best public education systems in the world," said Taillefer. "By drawing on their substantial pool of experience, expertise and knowledge, Canadian teachers can continue to enhance public education in order to inspire students and awaken their potential."He went on to say that in a recent survey, nine in 10 teachers in Canada…

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10 Aug 2011

While most Canadians think obtaining a college education is crucial to future success, individuals living in the eastern portion of the country are particularly resolute in this belief. According to a new survey conducted by TD Canada Trust, Atlantic Canadians are the most convinced a post-secondary degree helps people land a job when they enter the employment hunting market. Despite this belief, many of these same people admit to worrying about the cost of student loans, as 71 percent report feeling either anxious or stressed about paying off what they owe in tuition bills. “We know that managing finances on your own can be stressful or even intimidating,” said Michelle Snow, group manager for the banking organization. “Financial literacy is…

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26 Jul 2011

Some of the world’s best legal minds will soon be coming to Toronto, as the American Bar Association recently announced it will hold its annual meeting in the GTA. According to the ABA, approximately 8,000 legal professionals from 100 different firms will be in attendance, as the 134th gathering will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in August. The ABA is the U.S. equivalent of the Canadian Bar Association, as it provides accreditation to students who’ve graduated from law school and provides news and information about the legal system as a whole. “Our location in the beautiful and vibrant city of Toronto honors the ABA’s longstanding special ties to the [CBA], said Stephen Zack, president of the ABA.…

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18 May 2011

Typically, when one’s desk or office space is constantly piled with paperwork, the user just considers themselves a less-than-tidy person. But a new study indicates it may reveal much more about someone’s personality. According to TechNewsDaily, Hunch.com – an internet company that provides its users with an array of website recommendations – conducted a poll of 700,000 of its members and found people with messy desks tended to be educated, career-minded and skilled at math. In an interview with the source, Amanda Green, lead author of the report, said people tend to mess their desks for one of two reasons. “Someone may be messy because they use the computer for various endeavors, which could explain why CEOs are more likely…

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9 May 2011

People who viewed the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William have the memory of a moment that they likely won’t soon forget. But for people who want a keepsake of the historic event, a Canadian periodical is making one available. Hello! Canada, the country’s most widely-read celebrity magazine, is publishing a commemorative issue of the matrimony of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The magazine says the special edition features 132 pages of photography from noted photojournalist Hugo Burnand and all of the moments that captured the world’s attention, such as the the procession to Buckingham Palace, the “I do’s,” a panoramic view of Middleton’s gown and the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife on the palace balcony. The…

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