23 Mar 2012

Study: Major Canadian cities offer cheaper business options than...

A new study by the analytic firm KPMG looks at which cities are most affordable for businesses in Canada.Small cities like Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Trois-Rivieres topped the list, all coming in considerably lower than the average city in the United States. In fact, most Canadian cities demonstrated that it's cheaper to do business in Canada.Among the major cities, Quebec City and Montreal placed highest, at sixth- and seventh-cheapest respectively. Other major hotspots included Winninpeg (8th), Toronto (12th), Edmonton (13th), Vancouver (14th) and Calgary (16th).One way to keep costs down is to use small business storage. There are a number of options for affordable self storage in Toronto and other cities when it comes to places for businesses to store their documents. Often, this is much cheaper than renting out extra office space.Those interested in Toronto self storage should keep in mind that Jiffy is currently running their iPad 3 contest, with more details on their website. The brand-new iPad…

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16 Jan 2012

As the need for self storage continues to grow both in America and Canada, a new trend is emerging – going green, National Geographic News Watch reports.According to the news outlet, Toronto storage companies are the latest within the field to add solar panels to the tops of their facilities as a means to cutback on utility bills. However, because most of these businesses don't call for a lot of electricity as the units have individual lighting that only goes on when tenants are present, adding the panels are actually a way for the companies to turn a profit. Companies with solar panels are able to generate excess energy and sell it back to the electric companies, making the option…

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14 Dec 2011

In the course of a year, Canadians perform millions of internet searches for random topics and items of interest. Some of the most common ones were chronicled by classified listing website Kijiji, as it released its list of the top searches performed in 2011.According to the website, the most popular search term this year was "iPhone," the cellphone and mobile device that millions of people have purchased throughout the world since it originally debuted in 2007. Since the original, four updated models have been released, the latest one being the iPhone 4S, which was unveiled this past October.Some of the other most common search terms were all related to cars, namely "Mustang," Honda," "Civic" and "Jeep." The sixth most common…

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13 Dec 2011

As the year draws to a close, many Canadians may be thinking about getting that treadmill out of their storage unit and finally committing to exercising on a regular basis. But according to some of Canada's most respected fitness experts, they may want to keep it there for the time being, as walking or running will likely not be among Canada's top fitness trends in 2012.According to experts with backgrounds in fitness, physiotherapy, exercise physiology and fitness facilities equipment, small group training will likely be the top fitness activity in the upcoming year. The fitness gurus say these groups involve a coach or personal trainer leading a group of between three and 12 people in a variety of mini exercises…

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6 Dec 2011

A new study indicates that while most Canadians say becoming debt-free is one of their top priorities, many are missing out on opportunities to pay off their expenses in a more expeditious fashion.According to Manulife Bank's consumer debt survey, 77 percent of Canadian homeowners said becoming debt-free was a chief financial concern. However, when opportunities to reduce their debt loads presented themselves, more than six in 10 said they were unable to take advantage.When asked to identify what these obstacles were, the top three barriers were lacking savings to put money toward repaying debt obligations, having too much debt and interest rates being too high."Canadians should be aware there are a variety of actions they can take to reduce their…

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1 Dec 2011

As families prepare for the holiday season by decking the halls with lights and decorations, a new survey indicates they'll also spend a good amount of time cleaning up their humble abodes.According to a poll conducted by Georgia-Pacific, an American-based tissue and paper goods supplier, the get-togethers associated with the holiday season nearly triples the amount of time homeowners spend cleaning, particularly among women.Women tend to spend an average of two hours per week cleaning their homes. But the survey found that holiday gatherings and the events associated with the season can add nearly four hours to that total."We wanted to uncover cleaning habits, practices, partnerships and perceptions among today's women and families and get an accurate sense of just…

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11 Nov 2011

A new survey details how much Canadians expect to spend when they're out purchasing gifts for their friends and family members this holiday season.Conducted by polling company Groupe Atlus on behalf of the Retail Council of Quebec, Canadian households expect to spend an average of $673 this year, slightly more than the $672 households projected they would spend on average last year.The survey also queried respondents about when they planned on making their holiday purchases. At 22 percent, a considerable number had already begun shopping, starting in October or earlier, 34 percent said they would start in November and 35 percent said they'd wait until December.In addition to when and how much Canadians will spend for Christmas and Hanukkah, the…

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9 Nov 2011

Toronto's iconic CN Tower was recently bestowed with a Guinness World Record.Jack Robinson, chief operating officer for the CN Tower, accepted the award on behalf of the tower, as it's been credited with the title of "Highest External Walk on a Building.""We are thrilled to bring a close to an extremely successful first season of EdgeWalk in this special way with Guinness World Records," said Robinson. "It has been inspiring to see the enthusiastic response to this new unique urban adventure over the last three months. Exciting new experiences like EdgeWalk provide another reason to add Toronto to everyone's travel list."In August, the CN Tower opened the EdgeWalk to visitors who dare to walk on the wild side, as it's…

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9 Nov 2011

A new survey indicates that many men and women who used the summer months to get married are experiencing "bridal remorse" – not for getting hitched, but rather for how much they spent on their wedding day.The survey, commissioned by eBay Canada, found that a considerable number of newlyweds – approximately one in four – said they think they overspent on their wedding and are currently looking for ways to get out of debt."Once the wedding is over, many newlyweds are left feeling blue and needing to borrow to pay their bills," said Kimberly Moffit, a psychotherapist and wedding counselor. "Couples want their big day to be special but the pressure to stage an elaborate wedding can be taxing emotionally…

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4 Nov 2011

As has been recently reported, there's been a growing trend of homeowners downsizing in the Greater Toronto Area, as empty nesters sell their homes for the more quaint confines of a condominium. This trend is expected to continue in 2012, according to a new housing forecast.During the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's annual Housing Outlook Conference, Shaun Hildebrand, senior market analyst for the GTA, said downsizing will not only continue in 2012 but in the years afterward as well, as more and more baby boomers enter their retirement years.As a result of this, there may be an increase in the number of Canadians looking for storage units to house their belongings.Hildebrand also discussed how housing housing would perform in general…

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2 Nov 2011

The job situation in Canada is deteriorating considerably, as both the quality and quantity of jobs has declined during the past several months, a new survey suggests.Recent numbers released by the government reveal that the Canadian economy generated just 17,000 new jobs per month between July and September, which is down from 29,000 new jobs per month in the second quarter and 33,000 per month in the first quarter of 2011.Adding insult to injury is the decline in the quality of jobs. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's Employment Quality Index dropped half a percent in the third quarter and is down 1.5 percent since February.Benjamin Tal, CIBC's deputy chief economist, said Canadians should expect more of the same in…

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1 Nov 2011

As the holiday break approaches for students in Ontario, parents may be wondering what their students are getting out of their college education. A new report attempts to make that clearer.The report, "Ensuring the Value of University Degrees in Ontario," details how the province's universities define academic expectations, what students will gain after earning their degree and the type of curriculum students learn in their courses."Across all academic programs, our faculty and staff are actively engaged in defining what students acquire at every degree level," said Alastair Summerlee, chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and president of the University of Guelph. "Our students are the beneficiaries of this commitment to quality assurance, which ensures that Ontario university degrees are…

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27 Oct 2011

Few Canadians properly dispose of items that can be detrimental to the environment, a new survey suggests.Conducted by Raw Materials Company, the poll found that just 37 percent of Canadians discarded their used batteries in a proper fashion. Furthermore, even though 87 percent of respondents knew that throwing used batteries in the garbage was a potential environmental hazard, just 28 percent said they were utilizing a recycling program and merely 11 percent reported using a hazardous waste center."With such dire health and environmental consequences resulting from batteries that aren't recycled, driving a change in Canadians' behavior is crucial for our country's long-term well-being," said James Ewles, president of Raw Materials Company. "It's quite surprising to see such a contrast between…

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25 Oct 2011

A new report has been released that details what Canadian universities make the grade when it comes to student satisfaction, career preparation and the quality of education, among other criteria.The Globe and Mail's Canadian University Report 2012 details 60 Canadian campuses that are attended by more than 33,000 undergraduates. It's the 10th year the newspaper has published the report, and in addition to giving grades for certain performance categories, it also provides insight into what employers often look for among job applicants who've recently graduated."The Canadian University Report is the ultimate guide to help students make the right choice about a crucial chapter of their lives," said Simon Beck, editor of the Canadian University Report. "For the last decade The…

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20 Oct 2011

The Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada recently unveiled its budget proposal to the federal Standing Committee on Finance that it believes will make cities more globally competitive.Speaking before the committee, Nicholas Gazzard, executive director of CHF Canada, offered several recommendations as to how this can be reached. For instance, he encouraged the continued investment in urban infrastructure and affordable housing so that the 1.5 million households who need financial assistance can live in their homes. He also urged lawmakers to adhere to accountability measures in the new Affordable Housing Framework."The benefits of targeted federal investments in infrastructure and affordable housing give the government opportunities to boost the economy and reduce the number of Canadians in housing need, while readying our…

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10 Oct 2011

This past weekend, hundreds of volunteers were on hand at the Daily Bread Food Bank to help ensure needy Toronto families had plenty to eat for Thanksgiving, CityNews reports."Volunteers are crucial to the work we’re doing at Daily Bread," said Richard Matern, acting director of research at the food bank.Through Friday, the food bank had raised $165,000 worth of food. Still, they were about $265,000 short of their $400,000 goal that they hope to reach by October 14."It's important to note that all the donations coming in … are to feed people for the next four to five weeks," Matern told the news source. "The food drive is to support people beyond the holiday periods as well."According to the organizations'…

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5 Oct 2011

While social media websites like Facebook and Twitter may have gotten their start in the U.S., in many cases, the use of these websites by Canadians outpaces the number of Americans who log on.According to a 2010 study from eMarketer, some of the world's highest social networking usage rates come from Canada.Statistics gathered by the data publishing firm indicate that since 2008, social media use has jumped by leaps and bounds. For instance, three years ago, Canadian users of websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn totaled 11.4 million. Last year, that number jumped to 15.1 million.As for this year, the study projects 16.1 million users will come from Canada. If the rate of increase continues on its current path,…

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14 Sep 2011

Toronto parents now have a better understanding of how well their kids are performing in their studies, as five of the 15 Canadian schools profiled by the Education Quality and Accountability Office are located in the Greater Toronto Area. The schools chosen include David Lewis Public, Kenollie Public, Neil McNeil Catholic High, St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High and Riverdale Collegiate Institute. "Our learners do well at many different things," said Karen Peach, principal of David Lewis Public School. "We give students a lot of opportunities to demonstrate what they can do. Our programming is rich, and we work within our hub and our cluster successfully to prepare our students for secondary school." EQAO said these schools were chosen based…

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23 Aug 2011

Told the Toronto Blue Jays plan to overhaul its uniforms for the 2012 season, three clothing designers from the city were asked by the Toronto Sun recently to come up with a new style for the team.Designers Shawn Hewson, Christopher Bates and Michael Budman each took a whack at creating a new look for the team by providing the newspaper with sketches for the entire outfit – pants, jersey, socks, cleats and hat."My concept was to have the maple leaf be fairly prominent but also done in a tasteful, fashion kind of way," Bates told the paper. Budman stated his drawing revealed a more classic, old-school look, while Hewson said his sketch was a throwback to the team's original uniforms.One…

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