12 Jul 2011

Honda Canada helps raise $75,000 for charitable organization

Honda Canada and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association recently joined forces and raised thousands of dollars, which will go toward fulfilling the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. According to Make-A-Wish Canada, the charitable organization that received the funds, Honda and racing fans helped raise $75,000 after conducting a fundraiser that featured pit-stop challenges, racing simulators and tire-change competitions at the Honda Indy in Toronto. Honda Indy Toronto race winner Paul Tracy was also on hand. “We are so thankful to have corporations like Honda support our commitment to give hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of magical wishes,” said Jennifer Ritter, chief executive officer for the charity. “Events like the Honda Indy, and people like Paul Tracy and the folks at HondaCanada and OHDA, really help us generate the awareness and funds we need to fulfill our mission.” Jean-Marc Leclerc, assistant vice president of marketing for Honda Canada, said he’s delighted the raised funds will…

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12 Jul 2011

Honda Canada and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association recently joined forces and raised thousands of dollars, which will go toward fulfilling the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. According to Make-A-Wish Canada, the charitable organization that received the funds, Honda and racing fans helped raise $75,000 after conducting a fundraiser that featured pit-stop challenges, racing simulators and tire-change competitions at the Honda Indy in Toronto. Honda Indy Toronto race winner Paul Tracy was also on hand. “We are so thankful to have corporations like Honda support our commitment to give hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the granting of magical wishes,” said Jennifer Ritter, chief executive officer for the charity. “Events like the Honda Indy, and people like…

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8 Jul 2011

Canada’s most populous city got a bit more crowded in the month of June, as the Toronto Real Estate Board recently reported an increase in the number of homes that were purchased. The TREB report states more than 10,200 properties were sold in the GTA last month – an increase of 21 percent when compared to June of last year. “The strong June result capped off an interesting first half of 2011,” said Richard Silver, president of the TREB. “The pace of sales was a bit sluggish at the beginning of the year, but rebounded in May and June.” Something else that surged in June was the cost of the average Toronto home, as the report indicates the typical transaction…

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22 Jun 2011

A Toronto woman recently reached an extraordinary milestone – playing an organ uninterrupted for the longest amount of time. Reports indicate Jacqueline Sadler, an organist and music director at Eastminister United Church, started tickling the ivories on June 20 at 8 a.m. and didn’t stop until just after the stroke of midnight June 22. The 40 hour, 35 minute marathon puts Sadler in the Guinness Book of World Records, eclipsing the previous recorder holder by more than a half-hour. “At that time she decided she played long enough and having broken a world record, she decided to go home,” said Kerry Bowser, a minister at the church, in an interview with the Toronto Star. “It was truly a marathon for…

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20 Jun 2011

After a long, hard winter, Torontonians will be rewarded with the arrival of summer June 21. But nine families will be welcoming the summer season in style – within the confines of a brand new home. According to Habitat for Humanity Toronto, nine families will be rewarded with their very own homes Tuesday, June 21. All of the houses were built on Weston Road by volunteers from the charitable organization. What’s more, the homes were built with green technology, which will help reduce utility bill costs for the homeowners. “We want a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live,” said Neil Hetherington, Toronto’s Habitat for Humanity CEO. “To help achieve this mission, we need to build…

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8 Jun 2011

Residents moving or relocating to some of the waterfront communities in Toronto will soon have access to one of the most advanced internet technology systems in the world. According to Waterfront Toronto, a community development organization created by the governments of Canada and the city of Toronto in 2001, it has enlisted the services of the technology giant Beanfield Metroconnect to give locals even faster access and utilization of the world wide web. John Campbell, president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto, said internet access has become a crucial part of GTA residents’ home and work life. “Broadband has become essential public infrastructure for 21st century communities, and the need for faster connections delivered over more robust networks has been intensifying…

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26 May 2011

Canadians who have had children or who are planning on raising a family may have asked themselves the question: “How much do children cost?” MoneySense magazine believes it has the answer. According to the personal finance and lifestyle magazine, the average cost Canadian moms and dads spend on their children is a whopping $243,660. And that’s excluding expenses for college or university tuition fees. MoneySense based its analysis on parents of two children and their spending for things such as food, clothing, health insurance, school, transportation, and recreational activities. The estimated number of years of expenditure was 18, as that’s generally the amount of time parents are financially responsible for their children. The study also detailed what stages of life…

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25 May 2011

Torontonians have long known that Canada is one of the best places to live. Now, the whole world knows it, too. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Canadians have some of the best living conditions on earth. Only Australians were deemed to have it better, the group found. The OECD, a world-renowned economic organization, came to its conclusions based on a variety of statistics that measured 34 countries’ quality of living. The categories taken into consideration included education, life satisfaction, safety, jobs, health and safety. “Overall, I think Canada seems to be a pretty good place to be,” said Matthias Rumpf, spokesperson for OECD in an interview with the Globe and Mail. The analysis found Canada thrived…

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5 May 2011

The city of Toronto is filled with some of the brightest, most innovative minds in the world, and as such, several of them will soon be presented with honorary degrees. Later this month, soon after approximately 12,500 students graduate from the University of Toronto, their alma mater will recognize several people for contributions they’ve made to the city. “The University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and alumni are committed to building stronger communities in Canada and throughout the world,” said U of T president David Naylor. “These honorary degrees reflect and celebrate that commitment.” The list of those receiving honorary degrees from the university includes Paul Martin, Sonia and Arthur Labatt, Koh Yong Guan and John Daniels. All of the…

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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.…

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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…

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15 Apr 2011

This being the season for spring cleaning, storage units often see spikes in activity as more people try to get organized. Even though this gives people the extra room they need, homeowners often want to clean things up further by throwing things away. But they may be throwing out more than they bargained for. According to a study conducted by Kijiji Canada, 40 percent of the country’s residents throw out there belongings when they could be selling them for hundreds of dollars. But, the study, found, people likely wouldn’t do this if they knew someone who needed the items or were told about an easier way to get rid of them. Whatever the reason for throwing things away, Jaclyn Ray…

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5 Apr 2011

As the Greater Toronto area has shown a steady increase in the number of people moving to the area and buying storage units and homes over the past few months, a new report may explain why. According to a report issued by RE/MAX, low interest rates appear to be among the most significant factors for why there has been an increase in home sales throughout much of the country. Elton Ash, regional vice president for the real estate company in West Canada, said this finding is an indication home sales will likely be swift in the spring. “Consumer confidence is climbing in conjunction with economic performance,” Ash said. “The mood is cautiously optimistic as first-time buyers enter the market.” Ash’s…

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31 Mar 2011

Between housework, paying bills, taking care of children and taxing not-quite teenagers to school plays and soccer practice, the life a homemaker can be about as fun as deciding what to stow away in a storage unit. But Toronto housewives may have a unique opportunity to help mix up the monotony. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lark Productions – the producer of the mega-hit television series “Real Housewives” – may soon be issuing a casting call for a “Real Housewives of Toronto.” The entertainment and gossip website says that Lark Productions is already working on the series, but that it has not been given the official go-ahead just yet. While all of the “Real Housewives” series have been U.S.-based, the…

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2 Mar 2011

After 12 years of pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Roy Halladay packed up his belongings and emptied out his storage unit last year after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. And while Halladay likely won’t be renting out more storage any time soon, he’ll at the very least be packing a bag as he comes back to the Toronto area for the first time since being traded. In July, the Blue Jays will host the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game series. Halladay talked about the mid-summer meeting with Mike Wilner on Toronto radio station 590 The Fan recently. Asked if he was looking forward to the game, Halladay said, “Yeah, it’ll be fun. You know I think it was…

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