8 Jan 2013

Man steals items from Toronto nursing home

Toronto police are searching for a man caught on a senior living center's security camera entering the building moments before stealing fire extinguishers from the facility. According to the Toronto Sun, investigators released an image of the man on January 7 hoping someone will come forward with information regarding the suspect. Although the situation is unfortunate, it is more than likely the senior center will keep important items locked away in self storage units to avoid a situation like this from taking place on the property again. The man was able to get away with five fire extinguishers, which were estimated to be worth about $1,500 in total. "The wanted man is described as white, about 40 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet-tall, 150 to 170 pounds, with straight black hair and a receding hairline," the source reported. "He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and dark-blue jeans." Police are unsure why the man targeted the nursing home specifically, but…

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7 Jan 2013

After months of waiting around, supporters of the National Hockey League can celebrate the comeback of their beloved game. One of the most recognized issues Toronto is currently struggling with as a result of the lockout is the declining economy. Although there isn't any way to be sure yet, some finance experts predict the long awaited season will bring money into Canada. While some companies have chosen to down-size, others are looking into alternative options to save money. Any businesses that are currently struggling as a result of the economic decline are strongly encouraged to use self storage to cut costs on company spending and have affordable office space. Once the new labor agreement is ratified, the NHL is expected…

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2 Jan 2013

A fire broke out in a Burlington apartment for the elderly on January 2, sending two people to the hospital, the Toronto Star reported. This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the harmful damage self storage can cause to loved ones and important possessions. Many families are turning to self storage units as a means of keeping valuable items and documents safe in case a fire or natural disaster strikes. The recent fire was contained to the one apartment in the building, and police said two people were sent to the hospital, one of which sustained second and third degree burns, the news source reported. A separate fire broke out in an unoccupied home in Newmarket on the same…

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31 Dec 2012

A woman and her more than 30 cats were rescued from her Scarborough home on December 30, after a two-alarm fire was started by a space heater, the Toronto Star reported. The threat of fire is a good reminder to keep valuables locked up in self storage units in the Toronto area. The fire started with the space heater in the garage and quickly spread after reaching a 20-pound propane cylinder. The woman and her cats were saved after 45 firefighters responded and were able to put the fire out before reaching the home. “The garage was gutted and the fire did extend into the attic, but inside the actual home, her and her cats were not harmed,” Captain Mike…

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21 Dec 2012

Experts are anticipating a tough economic year for Canada in the upcoming year. According to recent separate reports by the International Monetary Fund and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Canada's GDP is expected to grow just under 2 percent in 2013.Homeowners trying to save money during uncertain economic times may want to explore self storage options. By using a self storage unit to free up space within a home, people may be able to rent out a room or even operate a small business without paying for costly real estate.According to the experts, the fiscal cliff in the United States will also affect Canadians, as commodity prices are expected to fall.“Having earlier tapped fiscal stimulus and a housing boom…

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20 Dec 2012

Toronto's budget committee recently approved a property tax hike that is slightly above what they originally had planned. Increases are expected to be up 2 percent, raising an extra $1.15 million than the initial hike accounted for, the Toronto Star reported.The extra money will be used for grants to community service agencies, local arts organizations, the Toronto Botanical Gardens, lawn bowling clubs and student nutrition.Homeowners in the Toronto area should consider using self storage in the area when buying a property. As prices continue to increase, self storage units provide a convenient money saving option to help a move.“If, at the end of the day, council wants to blow $5 million, $10 million, $20 million, $50 million, I can tell…

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19 Dec 2012

A recent poll shows that most Toronto residents actually want to shop on the holidays.Toronto self storage is available for those looking to store seasonal items, like Christmas decorations, when the holiday ends and valuables clutter up a home.According to a Forum Research survey, 47 percent of Toronto residents are in favor of businesses being open on holidays, 38 percent disagreed with them. The survey did indicate, however, that 61 percent of respondents disagreed with shopping being available 24/7.“While we see ourselves as a world-class city, we’re still Toronto the Good when it comes to impulse shopping at 4 a.m.,” said Lorne Bozinoff, Forum president.A separate Angus Reid survey showed that nearly 60 percent of Canadians are doing their Christmas…

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13 Dec 2012

Rhonda Page used to work for Kraft, Coca Cola and Manulife and has now authored the Know Your Difference branding strategy to help small business owners. Page encourages Canada's numerous entrepreneurs to first establish the identity of their company before developing marketing materials, the Toronto Star reported.Toronto affordable self storage is also available for small business owners looking to utilize document storage. This type of storage can increase efficiency in business operations while keeping one of a kind documents secure.Page is giving small business owners the skills she learned while working in large corporations.“They can make more money working less, attract better and higher-paying clients, save money by hiring the right suppliers and stand out as the obvious choice,” Page…

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12 Dec 2012

The Pinball Cafe in Parkdale, Ontario, will be closed after just one year of business. The Cafe's owners are claiming the city shut them down over zoning regulations.Those in need of storage units for vintage and valuable items like pinball machines, in order to free up space in their homes, should consider self storage in the Greater Toronto Area."The fact that you can't have more than two pinball machines, I feel, is ridiculous, and I think most people would back me up on that," Jason Hazzard, Pinball Cafe co-owner, told the Toronto Sun. "But that's what the law says."Local councillor Gord Perks, however, told the Toronto Star that the Pinball Cafe was not ordered to close by the city of…

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12 Dec 2012

The spirit of Christmas is captured at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. The location features thousands of Christmas lights, spruce trees, handcrafted jewelry, toys, ornaments and more.Those celebrating Christmas know that the holiday season can bring on high stress levels as family members return home for the occasion. Self storage units are available to ease some of that stress by offering storage for seasonal items, including that fake Christmas tree that is only in the home for a few weeks out of the year.The Toronto Christmas Market will get even the biggest Grinch in the spirit of Christmas as the location also features family entertainment including brass bands, carolers, a gingerbread house, a fairytale forest maze, storytelling,…

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6 Dec 2012

Home prices in Toronto have slowed but are still up 1.6 percent since this time last year and home sales have fallen 16 percent during the same period of time, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.Business owners looking to supplement the expensive price of renting office space in Toronto should consider conducting business operations out a self storage unit.“Transactions have been down on a year-over-year basis since June, after being up substantially in the last half of 2011 and the first half of 2012,” said Ann Hannah, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Toronto Star reported. "Some buyers pulled forward their decision to purchase, which has impacted sales levels in the second half of 2012.”The land transfer…

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5 Dec 2012

A staff of 75 volunteers is feverishly working to organize bags of food that will be given to 12,000 families throughout the Greater Toronto Area, in a project that began as part of the Santa Claus Fund.Any Toronto residents looking for a place to put all their holiday decorations that are only used for a couple weeks out of the year should consider self storage to free up space in their homes for any number of possibilities.The Santa Claus Fund food bags contain various food items including rice, instant oatmeal, fruit cups, pancake mix, pancake syrup and peanut butter. Bob Mrozek, director of charities and philanthropy at the Toronto Star, said the idea was to give food that can be…

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27 Nov 2012

The Toronto Argonauts recently won the Canadian Football League championship with a win over the Calgary Stampeders, and in celebration, the Grey Cup parade is in full swing.Individuals in the Toronto area are encouraged to utilize self storage for their sporting goods and equipment, especially for items that are only used for a few months out of the year.A fleet of 28 pickup trucks and a convertible carrying Argonaut quarterback Ricky Ray began at Union Station and continued up Bay Street towards city hall. City officials declared it Toronto Argonauts Day and the Canada Post even created a stamp for the first Argo Grey Cup victory in eight years.“It was good for Toronto to win, with fans packing the stadium,”…

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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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21 Nov 2012

There are a wide range of reasons why someone might utilize self storage.Self Storage units are commonly used  for those who are moving homes and are in need of storage units to help make a move as easy as possible, while others use the containers to keep items out of the way while undergoing renovations in the home.Storage can also be used if homeowners simply want to free up space in their homes or need to store seasonal items that are just taking up space throughout most of the year.Business owners can also greatly benefit from self storage in the Toronto area. Like homeowners, units can be used to free up space in an office, streamlining business operations and making…

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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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13 Nov 2012

A two-alarm erupted on November 12 inside a third floor apartment on Queen Street. A 30-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being severely burned in the blaze.Fires in the Greater Toronto Area serve as a good reminder for individuals to consider placing their valuables in self storage, as units are available to ensure their safety and the safety of their belongings.Toronto Fire district chief Dan Sell told the Toronto Star that a tenant from the building rescued the burn victim and brought him to the entrance of the building, while two others escaped the fire unharmed."Preliminary investigation indicated it was overloaded electrical wiring that caused heavy charring in one corner of the room, and the fire then spread to the…

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12 Nov 2012

The Toronto Star recently reported that many people do not understand the fine print when applying for a loan, representing a crucial aspect of how many small businesses will align their finances in the future.Small business owners in the Toronto area can trim costs in many ways. Understanding loans is critical for business operations. Self storage is also important and available for small business owners in need. These units can be used to conduct day to day business operations and can save small business owners from having to pay for expensive office space that they might not need.The news source reported that while many consumers are finding it easy to obtain loans at low rates, the amount of them understanding…

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9 Nov 2012

Experts are saying that the infrastructure in Toronto is susceptible to damage from flash rains, wind and ice storms. Robert Tremblay, director of research for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, said that the infrastructure in Toronto is increasingly vulnerable to the kind of damaging weather events that were experienced on the East Coast of the United States with Hurricane Sandy recently.Home and business owners are encouraged to secure their valuables in self storage containers to protect them from inclement weather."If you want your economy strong you have to be able to move people and you have to be able to move goods across this country,” Karen Leibovici, president of The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge, told the Toronto Star.Infrastructure improvement is…

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