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Lets go to the EX! and we did

The beginning to the end of summer is now upon us, the Canadian National Exhibition is now open. Every year on Warriors day at the CNE, most of my family meets up on the west side of the Food Building for an annual reunion of sorts. This year only 3 of my 5 sisters and their families were there, but it was great to see them. The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or The Ex as it is affectionately called, is Canada’s largest annual community fair. Taking place over 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, The Ex offers a wide variety of entertainment and events, including midway rides and games, a working farm, parades and sports, international food and shopping, Kids’ World, and a three-day air show. Over the course of its late summer run, the CNE attracts over a million people each...

Networking When You Are Not Even Trying

Thursday night I was asked to attend an event that was being held by one of my clients and to take some photographs for their website. The event included a guest speaker Howard Brown, who is the President of Brown & Cohen Communications. Mr. Brown was to be talking about “The Art and Science of Networking”. I picked up some interesting networking concepts from the speaker at this event, including not to be afraid to randomly go up to people and introduce yourself. Another concept Mr. Brown reiterated was to make the introduction of yourself to people about them, meaning to ask questions about them rather than talking about yourself. After hearing the speaker, guests were treated to some hot hors d’oeuvres and encouraged to mingle. While all of the guests were in the same industry (one ...

Living and Working Downtown Toronto

Downtown Toronto is really becoming home for so many people. Today I had a meeting not far from the St. Lawrence Market, so I parked my car at the “Green P” parking lot just down the street from the market instead of my regular place behind my downtown office space Toronto. After my meeting, I decided to leave my car at this downtown parking lot and walk to my downtown office. While I was walking this short distance from the St Lawrence Market, I noticed how many condos that were near by, as well as all the ones that were under construction. It used to be they wanted to tear down the Gardner Expressway to open up the view of the waterfront, now that is a mute point due to the condos that are even taller than this elevated roadway. As I was looking at all these downtown Toronto ...

Camping on Friday the 13th near Port Dover

This past weekend I escaped my Toronto office space and took my girlfriend camping for 5 days. We left on Thursday and headed down to Turkey Point without giving much thought to the date or what towns were not far away. Thursday was August 12 and Friday would be the 13th, Turkey Point is only minutes away from Port Dover. Every Friday the 13th, thousands of motorcycles from across North America converge on Port Dover and this one was no different. Actually this Friday the 13th was different, August 13th is the only one this year, so more people made a point of attending. I later heard that police and organizers estimate that more than 150,000 people and over 50,000 motorcycles poured into the town of 6,000 this year. You could not drive anywhere near the actual town of Port Dover with a ca...

Toronto International Film Festival fast approaching

The Toronto International Film Festival is fast approaching, TIFF runs from September 9th to 19th and is now one of the most sought after film festival in the world. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. On Wednesday, July 28 organizers announced many of the Galas and Special Presentations for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto International Film Festival opens September 9 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of Score: A Hockey Musical, written and directed by Michael McGowan. Today TIFF  announces a wealth of Canadian features including highly anticipated new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Denis Villeneuve, Bruce McDonald, Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney, Louis Bélanger and William D. MacGillivray, Sturla Gunnarsso...

Traffic Nightmares in Toronto

This past weekend I had to meet a client at my downtown office space to review a contract. If it was not for the subway being so close to my office, I would not have been able to make it to the office. The city closed down the Gardiner Expressway this weekend for major construction, but also allowed some street closures on major arterial roads for festivals and other events. Trying to get around anywhere downtown or even across town was very difficult and draining on commuters. Even Saturday night I had to help friends set up an event in the west end and then go back to the east end for my sister’s fiftieth birthday celebration, on to have to return to the west end for the event I started off at. Trying to get from Dufferin and Queen to Broadview and Queen was not easy or direct. Not...

Mary Hart is almost 60? and now retiring

The things you learn when you line up for coffee at Tim Hortons at the fourth floor cafeteria of the Toronto Star building. Yes I can have free coffee and tea at my downtown office space, but sometimes it is a social thing to stop at Tim Hortons in my office space Toronto. Has it really been 35 years of Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight?. She has been known far and wide for her great legs and youthful looks on the long-running Hollywood gossip style TV show Entertainment Tonight. Now at 59, she is stepping down from the anchor helm. It is hard to believe that show has been on for 35 years Looking at her today, I can’t believe Mary Hart’s 59 years old. I want to question my sources and believe that she is more like 49. When Mary Hart leaves Entertainment Tonight, she will leave...

Moving is not always fun or easy

This past 4 days have been crazy for me, not only did I need to find a new place to live, but I had to find a place within hours and not days due the urgency of my living situation changing. I was fortunate that a friend knew of a place that was available, that was within my budget and closer to my downtown office space than my previous place. This move has been the hardest move I have known. Being a long weekend, it was not only hard to find friends who did not already have plans or that were going out of town, to ask for assistance with this move. Finding a truck was even more impossible, so the moving of boxes were done in several carloads. As boxes were packed, they were loaded in the car. As soon as the car was full, we would take a trip to the new place. With several carloads moved, ...

Cell phones and pools do not mix

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I have not been spending much time in my downtown office space this week and have instead been playing tour guide to a visitor from Australia. Some of my clients see this as me taking a vacation and they are contacting me by my cell when they need help, but potential new clients would not understand me taking a mini vacation when they are looking for my services right now. The only reason I am able to have this time away from my Toronto office space and take day trips to tourist attractions is that I have a professional receptionist who can screen and route my calls to my cell phone, without me having to be in my office space downtown Toronto. Today we had a very hot and humid day, so our plan was to maybe go to the Olympic Pools at Woodbine Beach. T...

You can fight City Hall, but they make it hard to

Last Sunday I went down to my downtown office space to take some preliminary test shots of the boardroom and the seminar training room. On my way in I stopped at McDonalds on Front Street  for an Egg McMuffin. This McDonalds does not have a drive through or a parking lot, so I pulled down the side street and ran in. As I was coming out there was a parking enforcement officer writing me a ticket. When I read the ticket it said parking in a no stopping zone – $60. This was crazy, where was the sign. It seems the sign was hidden under an overhanging tree branch.  I knew I had to fight this one. I was not able to get to the parking enforcement court last week, but I finally got there today. I got into a line that said something like report here first (basically where you get the right fo...

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