4 May 2011

April car sales surge in Canada

Canada motorists sure do love their cars, as two recent sales reports from Kia and Subaru attest.According to Kia Canada, April was the best month ever for car sales in the country, as more than 6,000 vehicles were sold for the first time in the 11 years it's been serving the region."It is quite evident that Canadians continue to embrace our world-class design, technology and safety while appreciating the benefit of our fuel efficient vehicle lineup," said Maria Soklis, vice president and chief operating officer for Kia Canada.Not to be outdone was fellow Asian car manufacturer Subaru. The Japanese auto company performed well in Canada last month, as units sold surpassed 2,900 – a near 10 percent increase compared to the same month last year.Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of SCI, attributed the sales jump to the strength of the dealer network in the country.In addition to Jiffy storage units serving as an ideal place to house vehicles, they're also…

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3 May 2011

Many Torontonians are fortunate enough to have their own bicycles, and because the cost of gasoline has been rising almost daily, more people are taking bikes out of storage units and using them as an alternative source of transportation.And thanks to a new program that just recently kicked off, bike owners won't be the only ones taking advantage of two-wheeled travel.The bike sharing program, BIXI Toronto, is now officially available to any and all residents of the GTA, as 1,000 bicycles are located at 80 stations throughout the downtown area. The cost is $40 for a month or $95 per year for regular users.Gian-Carlo Crivello, director of business development for the Public Bike System Company, recently described the perks of…

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3 May 2011

For people who have been keeping their broken down cars in storage units for any number of reasons, now may be the ideal time to get it fixed.That's because according to Warren Industries, an automotive supplier based in Concord, Ontario, it plans on hiring 66 more people, bringing their total employment to 200 and making parts more available.Sandra Pupatello, minister of economic development and trade, said the move will serve Ontarians, and the province's economy, well."This investment transfers work to Ontario from overseas and will provide good jobs and tremendous benefits for our province's automotive supply chain," said Pupatello.While Ontario's economy was adversely impacted by the global recession, it fared well compared to other provinces. According to the MEDT, Ontario…

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2 May 2011

Homebuilders in the Greater Toronto area received some well-deserved kudos this past weekend at an award ceremony held by the Building Industry and Development Association.The award ceremony is an annual event and is held to recognize homebuilders whose work has been extraordinary.The most prestigious award – the Home Builder of the Year – went to Mattamy Homes, marking the fourth straight year it received the coveted trophy. The company has been getting so many of them, it may need to put a few in a storage unit to make room for their new hardware.Another trophy went to Jeanhy Shim of Streetcar Developments for outstanding achievement in residential sales."As I look around the room and see so many of the industry's…

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29 Apr 2011

In the early morning hours on April 29, millions of people in Canada set their alarms to witness the marriage of Prince Edward and Kate Middleton. And in Toronto, many female viewers celebrated the occasion by heading to their storage units or closets, getting their favorite gowns and hats, and watching the rare event from a "royal" hotel."We're here to witness a moment in history," Jenny Andison said in an interview with Postmedia News. Andison was one of nearly 200 people who decked out the King Edward Hotel in the downtown section of the city to watch a wedding that could very well be the most widely-viewed nuptials in history.According to the news service, the 170 people in attendance plunked…

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28 Apr 2011

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…

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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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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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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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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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8 Apr 2011

Storage units in Toronto are often used as sanctuaries for Canadian motorists' most prized possession: their summer car. But if a fuel analyst's predictions are accurate, these same people may be leaving their automobiles where they are.In an interview with Canada television news station CTV, Roger McKnight, a petroleum industry expert, said that rising gas prices are becoming cost prohibitive and he expects motorists to be cutting back on their travel time as a result."I think we're at that stage right now," McKnight told the news station when asked if Canadians have reached their "threshold." McKnight continued, "I can see it happening now that people are starting to withdraw … even though this is soon to be the start of…

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8 Apr 2011

If storage units in the Greater Toronto area were hard to come by in March, there's a reason: More people were moving to the region.According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of total housing starts for the city's metropolitan area increased 17 percent in the month of March, rising by 44,000 units.Shaun Hildebrand, CMHC's senior market analyst for the GTA, said condominiums sold particularly well."Housing starts data for Toronto continues to display divergent trends for single detached and high rise construction," said Hildebrand. "Growth was again derived from the condo sector, which showed greater diversity last month as over 40 percent of condo starts occurred in the [Greater Toronto area].Economists have predicted a market slowdown…

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