27 Mar 2013

Are Toronto’s new condos worth it?

Over the past few years, there have been a number of new condominium complexes popping up throughout Toronto. However, some individuals are asking an important question of whether or not the buildings are being constructed with the intention of lasting or if they are being carelessly built. Retired architect and developer Lloyd…

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6 Mar 2013

MGM Resorts recently announced it will be building a new casino in Toronto that is estimated to cost the corporation up to $4 billion. According to the Toronto Sun, MGM pitched the idea on March…

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25 Feb 2013

Canadians looking to travel to the United States for shopping trips might have a hard time within the next few months. According to the Toronto Star, a future $85 billion budget cut is expected to…

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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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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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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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12 Sep 2012

Nearly 30 Canadian Paralympic athletes were greeted by dozens of cheering fans, friends, family and the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band, as they arrived home from the Games in London.The Canadians won a total of seven gold medals at the Paralympics, down from their Beijing performance four years ago, where they came back with 10. Nonetheless, the team was all smiles, embracing their fans and by no means disappointed by the 31 medals they accumulated at this years Games.The event serves as a reminder to individuals and sporting goods stores with extra sports equipment lying around that cheap storage is available in the Toronto area.“It was just such a load off my back to be home again,” Valérie Grand’Maison, who…

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18 Jun 2012

According to GreenLiving, Canada is one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Annual emissions of 20.3 metric tons rank Canada as the second-worst country in the world in this regard. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies Canadian citizens and businesses can develop to reduce their environmental impact.The news source recommends taking steps such as buying energy-efficient appliances, recycling and reducing water usage as smart ways to help the environment. Canadians can adopt these practices with little to no change to their current lifestyle. For example, buying a low-flush toilet can reduce water consumptions, whereas starting a separate bin for recyclables can help greatly with cutting down on waste.Jiffy Self Storage, a…

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15 Jun 2012

Self storage facilities have been in the spotlight recently thanks to the craze started by the A&E series "Storage Wars." The popular program follows a group of people who bid on the contents of storage units whose owners have defaulted.Many self storage facilities sell units and their contents in order to recoup losses once the owner stops paying the storage rates. Before the show hits the airwaves, it was a somewhat small group of people who bid on these units. In most cases, the bidder only gets a glimpse of what's inside the unit and has to offer their best guess for what's inside. Sometimes there's valuable items, while other times it's mostly junk.As the show has gotten more popular…

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21 Mar 2012

NFL safety Roy Williams retired recently, but that doesn't mean he's out of a job completely. The football star is spending his newfound free time bidding on storage units, a practice that has become popular due to the reality show "Storage Wars."In fact, the former Dallas Cowboys player showed up on a recent episode of "Storage Wars Texas." When two of the bidders found a storage container full of signed sports memorabilia, they took the goods to Williams in order to ensure that they were legit. Williams helped them out, but asked if he could tag along with them to a few storage auctions in the future.The NFL star will reportedly be featured in future episodes, according to DFW.com. Unlike…

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6 Mar 2012

Controversy over the purchase of a self storage facility in Idaho has led the state's legislature to draft a new bill that would restrict the government from buying up businesses in the future.In 2010, the Idaho Land Board bought a self storage facility in order to generate revenue for the public endowment, reports The Associated Press. However, the act raised questions of fairness, as a state-run company could have an unfair advantage on the open market compared to privately run facilities.The state bought the self storage company because it was a sound investment that would continue to make money during the recession. Self storage businesses have been performing well even during the economic downturn due to the fact that almost…

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13 Feb 2012

A recent fire at a storage facility in Atlanta, Georgia, has left renters worried and fans of the classic film Gone With the Wind saddened, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.According to the source, the fire that broke out last Thursday night destroyed or damaged 200 or the 400 self storage units at the facility. One of those units contained $200,000 worth of Gone With the Wind items. Pieces of movie history, such as foreign ads for the film and pieces of the set, are now gone forever.The items were being kept there as overstock of the nearby Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. Luckily, many of the more famous collector's items and memorabilia from the movie, such as wardrobe that…

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7 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to dominate even in the trying economy. With more people opting to store their belongings at such facilities, it might be helpful to know what to look for, SelfStorageBlog.com reports.According to the source, some might assume that any old storage facility will do when storing items ranging from furniture to home theater systems. However, this is not the case and some valuables should be kept in specific units.As the market grows, more options in storage have also taken off and one of the top amenities is climate-controlled units. Keeping electronics or fine furniture in a heated portable self storage container might work best, as this can protect valuables against moisture or breaking due to extreme…

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5 Jan 2012

Public interest in portable storage containers has grown, thanks in part to the popularity of hit shows like Storage Wars on A&E. Although TV has sparked peoples' interests in what's behind the doors at storage facilities, the amount of people who use them jumped long before the shows first airing, Erie Times reports.According to the Self Storage Association, the number of families in the U.S. who use self storage units has grown 65 percent since 1995. Now, more than 10.8 million families store their valuables or extra furniture behind these safe walls.Many people use the facilities for different reasons. Some are college kids who need to store their furniture and other belongings during the summer months, while others looking to…

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27 Dec 2011

There has recently been a lot of growth in the Ethiopian communities in Toronto, as evidenced by an increasing number of Ethiopian cathedrals being built in the city. The Globe and Mail points out that the churches are not just a sign that Ethiopian people are immigrating to Toronto, but they are also beautiful examples of traditional architecture that juxtapose the modern skyscrapers of the city.One such building is being constructed in an industrial neighborhood, coloring the landscape of factories and warehouses with its elegant architecture. When construction is complete, the church will be open to the public. Storage facilities can provide the church officials with a place to keep the furniture, decorations and any other items that will be…

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16 Dec 2011

Next to losing weight, reducing debt and saving money are consistently some of the top New Year's resolutions Canadians make. And according to a recent survey, 2012 is no exception.A recent poll conducted by TD Canada Trust indicates that looking to the new year, approximately six in 10 Canadians say they will try to set aside at least 10 percent of their paychecks to put toward their savings accounts or retirement nest egg."This time of year, we focus heavily on budgeting for holiday expenses," said Raymond Chun, TD Canada Trust's senior vice president. "But in reality, it's the steps you take during the other 11 months of the year that are going to make the biggest difference to your overall…

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5 Dec 2011

With money tight for many consumers, holiday shoppers jumped on discounts retailers offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it one of the busiest four-day shopping periods in history, a new report indicates.According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales totaled $52 billion, a 16 percent increase when compared to last year's $45 billion.Alain Michaud, head of Canadian retail for the financial services firm PwC, said the positive sales results could be an indication of buyer behavior."It could … be a sign that consumers want to secure the absolute best prices in a difficult economy," said Michaud.He added that Canadian consumers have been more frugal with their spending in recent months, citing data from Statistics Canada which indicates that…

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14 Oct 2011

An online publication targeted toward young professionals is calling on Canadians to nominate a young entrepreneurs they consider to be worthy of recognition.The website, Notable.ca, wants to recognize Canada's next generation of up-and-coming business people and community leaders, and will award them with a variety of distinctions, such as best in finance, law, media communications and social media. Only one person, though, will be given the title of Young Professional of the Year."Since Notable's inception, we have been profiling Canada's top up-and-coming and established young professionals," said Julian Brass, founder of Notable.ca. "Through the Notable Awards, we hope to recognize young professionals who best demonstrate what it means to be truly notable."Canadians are urged to visit the publication's website and…

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