28 Apr 2011

Whipping winds hit Toronto

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 weather, city officials have called on residents to stay away from waterways and downed power lines. Whipping winds can wreak havoc on person’s personal effects, particularly those that are especially vulnerable to the elements. Damage can be…

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27 Apr 2011

A new report is making it abundantly clear that if people in the Toronto area want to rent or lease office space, they better do so quickly. According to Avison Young, Canada’s largest commercial real estate company, demand for local office space has increased steadily since the end of the recession in 2009, with activity being particularly robust in the downtown and midtown portions of the GTA. For instance, the downtown Toronto area posted an 8.9 percent office availability rate, a two-year low, with vacancy rates even lower at 6.6 percent. Bill Argeropoulous, vice president and director of research for Avison Young, say the downtown figures testify to the health of the commercial real estate industry. “All one has to…

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26 Apr 2011

Recently, the city of Toronto has received recognition from various mediums about being one of the world’s most successful cities in the present day. But a new study indicates it’s also a city of the future. According to Foreign Direct Investment Magazine’s ‘American Cities of the Future,’ Toronto is among the cities with the most potential for further advancement. New York City, Chicago and Houston topped FDI’s list, which was determined by a five-member panel assessing data from 405 cities. The criteria included economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness. The future isn’t the only thing that Toronto thrives in. According to FDI magazine, it’s also a North American leader in infrastructure and overall…

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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…

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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…

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6 Apr 2011

Though people may not like to admit it, for the most part, storage units tend to be filled with more trash than treasure. And when Toronto’s contract runs out with a local landfill company, residents’ storage units may become fuller than ever. That’s because Essex County councilors have decided they will no longer accept trash coming from outside the Windsor-Essex area, as the panel voted to end the deal with Toronto 5 to 3. According to CBC News, this leaves Toronto authorities with a bit of a quandry, as approximately 40,000 tons of trash are hauled to the area from the GTA each year. The decision comes after nearly 50 people were found picketing outside the hall where councilors were…

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28 Mar 2011

The city of Toronto’s motto is “Diversity Our Strength.” Another one of its strengths? Finances. According to the Global Financial Centers Index – which provides profiles, ratings and rankings of the world’s leading locations to conduct financial services – Toronto is listed among the world’s top 10 global financial centers. For the past several years, Toronto has been known as a “global leader” in financial services, but this is the first time it’s cracked the top 10. “We are encouraged that Toronto has continued to gain momentum and global recognition as a leader in financial services,” said Janet Ecker, president of Toronto Financial Services Alliance. Ecker would go on to say even more needs to be done to lure a…

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23 Mar 2011

People who know their way around an oven are being urged to dust off their extra bakeware if they’ve been put away in storage units as Torontonians are being called upon to assist thousands of families in need. The program is called “Bakesale for Japan,” which was originally organized by a San Francisco-area baker. According to its website, the bake sale got its start after California-area bakers were able to raise $23,000 for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Several bakeries across California are participating in the Bakesale for Japan, which will be held April 2, but bakeries across the country are also participating in locations like Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. But the sale is also coming to the Greater…

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17 Mar 2011

Three Ontario bakers will likely be throwing their old cookware into Toronto storage units and buying top-of-the-line cooking products after hitting the jackpot. A triumvirate of bakers are sharing $50 million after being awarded the prize from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Association on Wednesday. One of the winners, Eugeniusz Borek, expected to win after having several dreams involving money. “Two days before the draw, I had a dream that I was pushing a wheelbarrow full of money with two other guys,” he said. “The next day, I had a dream that I was opening up a car wash and a gas station and a couple of other small businesses. When I woke up, I thought, ‘The money is coming,…

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1 Mar 2011

For residents of the Greater Toronto area that question whether or not they really need to rent out a storage unit, perhaps the installation of one in space will serve as a good example. Today, astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery will put the finishing touches on the International Space Station by adding a storage module. The storage unit, or as astronauts call it, the permanent multipurpose module, will hold warehouse equipment and spare components for the space station. The space is large enough to house a school bus, as it’s 21 feet long and 15 feet wide. “We’re bringing the assembly of the station to a close,” astronaut Mike Barratt told Space.com in an in-flight news briefing held Sunday.…

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25 Feb 2011

At one point or another, the Greater Toronto area’s best and brightest have no doubt wondered how much time they spend looking for something that’s been misplaced. A survey from Brother International may just answer that question. According to the survey, Brother International says approximately 76 working hours are lost for each person due to disorganization annually. In the U.S., that winds up costing employers more than $177 billion in work productivity. “As we have seen now more than ever, companies are trying to find unique ways of saving money and becoming more efficient,” said Bill Henderson, vice president of marketing with Brother International. Though the organization didn’t mention it, this may help explain why a growing number of businesses…

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25 Feb 2011

If there’s overlap between the United States and Canada when it comes to trends, then Torontonians with an eye for organization should rent their storage units now while they’re still available. According to an OfficeMax survey, a high percentage of people are adversely affected by their unorganized nature and are determined to seek out improvement. Included among the findings was that while 32 percent say they’re very organized, a whopping 60 percent said they’re only somewhat organized and wanted to improve. A high number of respondents also said their messy habits adversely affected their everyday living, as 77 percent said it decreased their productivity, 65 percent said it impacted their state of mind and 40 percent said it negatively impacted…

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18 Feb 2011

With the Toronto real estate market back on track, the city is looking to keep businesses in the black and storage units stacked by bringing some heavy-hitting residents to the Greater Toronto area. According to…

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