7 Nov 2012

Fire breaks out in Toronto high rise

A two-alarm fire broke out in a Regent Park high rise in Toronto on November 5, trapping residents on the sixth floor, the Toronto Star reported. A mattress lit on fire and caused more than 40 firefighters in 13 fire trucks to respond to the scene, the source reported.Toronto area residents should look into storing their valuables in self storage units to protect them from unexpected damage from fires and other unfortunate events.Toronto Fire Captain Mike Strapko said to the Toronto Star that trapped residents placed wet towels under their doorways before sticking their heads out of the windows of the highrise.“There was smoke and my family got out," Terry Woods, who has lived on the 13th floor for two years, told the Toronto Star. "I knocked on my neighbours doors and they got out."Self storage can be a smart way to hang on to valuable items without taking up room in a house or apartment. For Toronto storage solutions,…

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5 Nov 2012

A number of hydro workers from Toronto went to New York City on Sunday to help restore power to many areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, the Toronto Star reported.Storms like Sandy serve as a good reminder to individuals in the Greater Toronto Area to secure their valuables by placing them in self storage containers, to keep them safe from unexpected damage.Brand Cumming, who works at Burlington Hydro, is heading to New York to help and said that this is the first time local utilities like Burlington, along with Oakville, Kingston, Milton and Hamilton have left town to help with disaster relief.“I’ve been to the ice storm ’98 in Quebec, and you went there and you knew there were trees down…

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5 Nov 2012

The Masonic Temple in Toronto could be closing down after 95 years of concerts and the building might be turned into condominiums. The building closing down reminds any home owners involved in moves or those who just want to free up some space to consider self storage in the Toronto area.Bell Media and CTV currently own the building and told the Toronto Sun that as of now, no more production will be done in the building and they are exploring options from where to go from here.“Staff were notified of it in September," Scott Henderson, Bell Media’s vice-president of communications, told the Toronto Sun. "The future of the temple has yet to be decided. They’re considering all opportunities, including potentially selling…

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2 Nov 2012

Toronto Councillors recently voted on October 31 on whether they should lend a hand to New York City after Hurricane Sandy inflicted a massive amount of damage on the city, the Toronto Star reported. The council decided they will offer help, in order to get the New York City Transit back up and running, if the city wants their help.Those in Toronto area are reminded by storms like Sandy, that it is always a good idea to utilize Toronto storage lockers to house their valuables, in the event of any unexpected losses.Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has placed a call to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office but has not spoken with him directly.“We have to bend over backwards to…

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31 Oct 2012

Baby boomers across Canada are buying up in housing not down, according to Steve Garganis, a mortgage broker. He told the Toronto Star that many boomers are hoping to cash in on the expensive homes years down the road, right before they retire.Those in the Toronto area should consider self storage, to free up space and avoid cluttering their home by keeping valuables or seasonal items in secure storage units.“They’re [boomers] pulling away from other investments that have not performed well and they’re saying let’s look at real estate, but from a long-term perspective with record-low interest rates," Garganis told the news source. “They’re thinking even if there is a downturn in the market, they’ll ride out the ups and…

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29 Oct 2012

Hurricane Sandy, the storm causing problems on the East Coast, has already begun affecting the Greater Toronto Area.  Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the major impact will be high winds hitting the area.Residents throughout the GTA should consider self storage for valuables that need extra security, for this storm or just to prepare for storm's in the future."(We are) still recommending folks get those loose objects and Halloween decorations pulled inside today, so they don’t get blown around and become projectiles when the winds pick up this evening,” Geoff Coulson, who is also a warning preparedness expert with Environment Canada, told the Toronoto Star.Coulson added that power outages are also a possibility and residents need…

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29 Oct 2012

The firm that handles property assessments in Toronto recently reported that home values increased by an average of 22.8 percent since 2008. These values are what is used to calculate property taxes in 2013.For Toronto-area homeowners looking to free up some space in their homes, Toronto storage is available offering optimal pricing.Joe Regina, of the Municipal Property Assessment told the Toronto Star that 600,000 Toronto homeowners will be notified in waves on the tax increase, but he advised them not to worry as they might not be affected.“If the change in your assessment is equal to or less than the average change for the city of Toronto, then you’re not likely to see an increase in your taxes," Regina told…

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25 Oct 2012

The many small business owners in Canada will be pleased to know that Square, the mobile payment system created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has launched in Canada.Small business owners should also consider a Toronto self storage facility as an office building, in place of the high price of rent required to run operations out of a traditional space.Square is a device that can be attached to an iPhone, iPad or Android device and has the ability to accept credit card payments, streamlining business operations.“We are focused on making commerce easy for everyone," said Alyssa Cutright, vice president of International for Square. "Square builds free tools for local businesses of all sizes and types to thrive. We’re thrilled to introduce…

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22 Oct 2012

Statistics Canada recently reported that consumer prices increased during September on a month-over-month comparison. The increases were only minor and not enough to affect annual inflation.Those looking to reduce spending and free up some space in their homes should consider self storage for their belongings.Consumer prices increased 0.2 percent on a month-over-month comparison. Statistics Canada said that gasoline and electricity were the main contributors to inflation in September, but those decreases were offset by the purchasing of motor vehicles, women’s clothing and mortgages.The report showed that the drought this summer looks to have not impacted food prices, which only showed a year-over-year increase of 1.6 percent in September. Primarily due to the seasonal declines in fresh vegetables and fruit, food…

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17 Oct 2012

Thieves broke into the Rotterdam Museum the morning of October 10 and walked out with an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars worth of artwork from Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse.The theft serves as a good reminder to many to place their valuables in storage to protect from being stolen, whether their worth millions or not.“Those thieves got one hell of a haul,” Chris Marinello, director of the Art Loss Register, told the Associated press.The stolen paintings were Pablo Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head; Claude Monet’s 1901 Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London; Henri Matisse’s 1919 Reading Girl in White and Yellow; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 Girl in Front of Open Window; Meyer de Haan’s Self-Portrait, around 1890, and Lucian…

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16 Oct 2012

A rare Patek Philippe watch sold for $215,000 in an auction on Toronto Sunday, after it was expected to sell for $300,000, the Toronto Star reported.Individuals looking to keep their valuables safe should look into Toronto public storage. With climate controlled environments, housing even the most sensitive valuables offers peace of mind to those in need of storage."I was hoping somebody local would buy it," Kashif Khan, director of Ritchies auction house, told the Toronto Star. "But it went to the U.S. They took our best piece."There were 73 watches sold at the auction and most of them that just told time went for more than their list price. The Patek Philippe charted the moon's phases and indicated when the…

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11 Oct 2012

Toronto Police are investigating a string of jewel thefts that have been occurring throughout the Greater Toronto Area.Individuals should consider locking their possessions in a Toronto self storage if they do not need them, or at least until the thefts die down.Police said the group of thieves targets elderly Italian women. They pull up in a vehicle and a woman between age 35 and 45 exits the vehicle and asks for directions."The suspect then reaches out to the victim and begins to hug them, while doing so removing the necklace and or earrings from the victims and replaces it with a false set of earrings and or necklaces," Colin Greenaway, a Toronto Police Sergeant told the City News.Greenaway added that…

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9 Oct 2012

A two alarm fire caused residents of an apartment building to evacuate their homes on October 8.The fire was started by french fry grease and occurred at 682 Warden Avenue in Toronto around 1:30 a.m.Any individuals in the Greater Toronto Area whose homes have been damaged by fire should look into cheap storage in the area to help get through the hassles associated with the damage. Storage facilities are able to keep valuables, including important documents, safe from unexpected harm. Any individuals involved in a home move should also consider storage in order to save on high costs associated with moving.Firefighters were able to manage the high-rise first rather quickly. Emergency Medical Services treated four people from the fire, including…

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8 Oct 2012

The Canadian economy recently added 52,100 new jobs during September, five times the amount economists predicted and, even better, most of the jobs added were full time positions. The news bodes well for Canada but it was not all positive. In another surprise, the unemployment rate still increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent, as many Canadian workers lost their jobs.For individuals looking to save money on a move or are just looking to free up space in their homes, Toronto affordable self storage is available.“That is very unusual, to get a job gain of more than 50,000 and yet have the unemployment rate rise in the same month,” said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at the Bank…

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3 Oct 2012

The Beach Fairway Golf Range will close its doors on October 8 after 13 years of business, the Toronto Star reported.Those needing a place to store their golf gear and other sports equipment in the Toronto area should look into self storage.“It’s a sad end to a great business,” Kim Holman, who started the range with her husband, Brian Jacobsen, 51, in 1999, told the Toronto Star. “It’s the end of an era.”Beach Fairway has paid nearly $100,000 each year for rent and property taxes but Build Toronto, the city's real estate arm, will not renew their their lease.Holman added that the prices for land are so high that it is highly unlikely another green grass golf green will ever…

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2 Oct 2012

Fluctuating gas prices have a lasting impact on many small businesses throughout Canada, and luckily, the news is good, for now. Prices decreased in May, after the record high of $1.35/litre average hit in April.Small business owners looking to trim costs, especially with wavering gas prices, should consider cheap storage in place of expensive office space. The money freed up from rent can be placed toward getting a business's name out there.“But when you find other areas to make small savings – such as cutting back on your phone plan or investigating how much you’re really spending on bank fees – that combination of savings can truly add up,” Kim Inglis, investment advisor and portfolio manager at Canaccord Wealth Management…

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28 Sep 2012

Canadians are back to starting their own businesses. Some see opportunities, some want a change but for others like Julie McClure, juicing might have saved her life, well at least her quality of life.Any Canadians in the Toronto-area looking to forgo the high prices of office space and replace that cost with cheap storage, containers are available to conduct business operations.As for McClure, she was working nearly 100 hour weeks in corporate finance at Wall Street then Bay Street. The migraines she had as a child turned into a chronic problem, so she needed a change.McClure took a sabbatical and came back a year later as the founder of Toronto's Benourished cleansing program, providing consumers with juices and vegan meals…

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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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