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19 Bell Canada Employees with the 50 Million Lotto Max

If you are having problems reaching the Bell Canada call centre in Scarborough today, blame Lotto Max.  Friday’s Lotto Max drawing for 50 million dollars was won with one ticket, that was jointly held by 19 Bell Canada call centre employees. Each of the wining ticket holders will take home about 2.4 million dollars each.  This is enough money for each of these workers to leave their jobs and take early retirement. In some workplaces throughout North America, group lottery purchases have been banned by employers out of fears of losing an entire group of staff. Some companies have been left high and dry by a group of employees winning a lottery and quiting their jobs. Most recently 4 employees at Lethbridge Iron Works won a 16 million dollar 649 draw and decided not to return to work, ...

Happy New Year 2011

2011 is going to be a great year! With New Years eve falling on a Friday Night and New Years day is a Saturday, my usual Saturday rituals are a little mixed up. Normally on a Saturday, I can be found wondering through St. Lawrence Market. I park my car at my downtown Toronto office space and walk the 3 blocks to the market. Some Saturday mornings I can be found on the streets that make up Kensington Market, but instead of parking at One Yonge Street and walking to the market, I will park at the Kensington “Green P” parking lot. This Saturday being a holiday the markets and most other stores are closed. A new year comes with new things to look forward to and plan for. I have so many things planned for 2011, so many that I will have to get an early start on them. Just before the ...

Wow is 2010 is over already!

As I was working in my Toronto private offices the past few days, I noticed that it was much quieter than most weeks. I guess that some people had taken the time between Christmas and New Years as a vacation. It was then that I realized that 2010 is coming to a close. While I am looking forward to 2011, I am going to miss 2010. It is hard to believe that 2010 is almost over. In the span of the year things have really changed for me. I started doing more photography work for various clients. I got to work with some other very talented photographers by assisting them on their shots, I also got to do a very special shoot with a model from Detroit and had the assistance of a very well known artist setting up the model. I am getting more and more known for my photography and getting the recogni...

Where was our White Christmas?

While there was snow on the ground, we sorta had a white Christmas. A true white Christmas would have been if snow had fallen Christmas eve. I find it ironic that some US states that are south of us experienced snowfall that crippled their roads. Take North Carolina and other parts of the South, where a rare white Christmas came with reports of dozens of car crashes. The US Northeast is expected to get the brunt of the storm. Forecasters have already issued a blizzard warning for New York City. It was not until I saw a TV in a store showing images of the US snow storm that I heard of any extreme weather. As I drove downtown to do some Boxing Day shopping, I noticed the skies were blue and there was very little cloud covering. Not being able to find any parking near the Eaton Centre, I deci...

Twas the night before Christmas (actually the day before)

Twas the night before Christmas (actually the day before) and the office was quiet. A few were still stirring, but most were out shopping for their spouse.  Ok I took some poetic license and tried to bring some holiday cheer to this blog. I myself was shopping today, when I realized that I had one of my gifts at my downtown Toronto office space. I left the crowded malls of the suburbs for a trip down to my office.  As I was driving down the Don Valley Parkway, I noticed that traffic was quite light for a Friday afternoon. It seemed that my office space Toronto was not the only office that was closed today, a lot of companies must have closed yesterday. This was one of the most easy drives I have had on a Friday afternoon in a long time. When I got up to the 18th Floor of The Toronto Star B...

My Home Internet Was Down Again

Every once in awhile, but more frequently lately, my home Internet connection has had some problems. The problems are not with my home network, but with my ISP. When my home internet connection is working, it is amazing that I can work from home and even remotely on my computer at my office space Toronto. Today was one of those days when I could not get onto the Internet at home. I had a great deal of work to do that could easily be done from my home office, so I decided to skip the holiday shopping traffic jams and just work from home. When I went to upload my work from home, I could not seem to connect to the Internet. I tried to reboot my computer and that did not work, so I tried to reboot my modem and that caused even more problems. After trying the steps that the first level of suppo...

Christmas is Just Under 2 Weeks Away

This has been an interesting December for me, some good, some not so good and a few disappointments.  I guess I should start off with the good things first. I had ordered a new camera using my Airmiles and the checkout process said that it would be shipped in four weeks time, then my new waterproof and shockproof camera arrived at my office yesterday.  The other good thing that happened in the past few days is that for once I have finished most of my Christmas shopping with weeks to go. Normally I am that guy you see scrambling around the mall on Christmas Eve having not even purchased one gift. The first disappointment came a few days ago when the battery on my cell phone died and I missed some important calls. I had been working through the night and I did not get to sleep until 7 am and...

Audition for a horror film

I enjoy acting and I do it for the fun of it, not for fame or the money. I like to make my real income from my web development and photography work. Acting in TV and film roles gives me an outlet, a way of expressing myself and becoming someone else for the moments that I am in front of the camera. My agent would prefer if I dedicated myself 100% to my acting, but I think I am too old to give up everything and pursue that goal. The funny part about this horror film that I was auditioning for is that the producer let me know the location where my scene would be shot. It was going to be shot at a condominium in the World Trade Center. The amusing part is that the World Trade Center condominiums are located directly across the street from my office space Toronto. I could film my scene in a fe...

Technology working against the cell phone provider

Over the past few days I have been missing calls on my cell phone that all seem to be from the same number, a 1-866 number. I tried to pick up on the first ring, but I seem to miss the call regardless. A friend suggested that it was a telemarketing call that was using an auto dialer. Because I have Ring Tunes (callers hear music instead of ringing when they call me) that my cell phone provider recently offered me, the telemarketing auto dialer thinks I have answered before I did and the call ends. As someone who gets annoyed by telemarketers, this might actually be a good thing. The problem was that the calls from this number kept showing up as missed calls. Finally after several more of these missed calls, I decided to call back the number to ask them to stop calling my number, as their a...

A new website focused on selling virtual office solutions

TelsecVirtualOffice.com is a new website developed for Telsec Business Centres, with the help of the great people at www.alliancevirtualoffices.com. This new site gives Telsec a chance to promote its Toronto Virtual Office solutions while giving our clients a place to arrange additional office locations around the globe. A Virtual office space Toronto is a great option for new or home based businesses to have an edge on their competitors. Virtual office clients get  all the benefits of having a downtown office at the fraction of the cost. A Toronto mail service address is an inexpensive program that provides these types of small businesses with a prestigious business address. They get a prestigious business address with the option of having a live professional receptionist to answer their ...