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Not only is the G20 here, but so are the Vuvuzelas

The fences surrounding the G20 Summit security zones are up and the protests have started, for the next 7 days downtown Toronto is going to be chaotic with traffic jams and protesters impeding pedestrian traffic. If that was not enough, the Vuvuzelas have also arrived in Toronto. Yes, those Vuvuzela horns that have created havoc for players and TV viewers of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa are now on sale in Toronto. Already people have started gathering at Dundas Square to watch the World Cup matches on the big screens and to play their Vuvuzela along with the fans in the stadium thousands of miles away. Along with being a great noise maker for soccer fans, some local fans have also found that the Vuvuzela can also be used as a great flagpole for whatever flag they chose to fly. S...

So You did not win the 50 Million Dollar Lotto Maxx

So you did not win the 50 million, don’t feel bad… It seems that for the third week in a row, there was no winner of the largest lottery prize in Canadian history. It also seems that only 27 of the 45 Maxmillion draws were won, 16 in Ontario and 11 in Quebec. Next week, the grand prize will remain $50 million, but it is estimated that there will be 55 Maxmillion draws.  This number may even increase, depending on how many additional tickets are sold. I too did not win the Lotto Maxx grand prize or one of  the Maxmillion prizes, which means that instead of taking a limo to the lottery prize office on Monday, I will be heading to my downtown Toronto office space. I may not have won the lottery, but I almost think I did when I found my office space in Toronto. Not only do I have o...

Twitter is taking over the way people communicate

It seems that almost everyone has a twitter account these days. Not only are people using twitter to keep up with their friends, they are now using it to keep up to date on things like the FIFA World Cup, news about the Gulf of Mexico oils spill, Paul McCartney’s birthday and now the Toronto Transit Commission will be using Twitter to keep people up to date on route problems caused by G20 protesters. Not to be outdone, even the G20 protesters are using Twitter for communications and propaganda purposes. If you look at what is trending on google and twitter in North America, you would be shocked to know that more Americans are paying attention to the FIFA World Cup than the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship. The recent boom in attention for the game of soccer can be ...

G20 Vs FIFA World Cup what are you paying attention to?

The two biggest news stories in Toronto are the preparations and security for the G20 Summit and the FIFA World Cup of soccer. These are also the two big topics of conversation in the kitchen at my office space Toronto. Now that the building that houses my Toronto office space is included in one of the yellow security zones for the G20 summit, people are talking about it. Just as much as they are talking about some of the unexpected upsets at the world cup. No one expected the Swiss team to defeat the Spanish powerhouse, the Spanish have been predicted as one of the teams that is expected to win the World Cup. I have never been a big soccer fan, but there is something about this World Cup that has caught my attention. I have never been able to watch a full match on TV, yet these past few d...

G20 Summit Planning Guide for Office Space Toronto

Telsec downtown Toronto office space  management has been working with the building management, who have been working with federal and municipal law enforcement to provide a safe and secure environment for our tenants during the period leading up to the G20 summit. Here are some of the recommendations It is strongly suggested that tenants avoid scheduling meetings between June 21-28, 2010 and also not schedule deliveries during this week. Large deliveries to the building will require 24 hours advance notice. The Integrated Security Unit for G20 has now announced the security-perimeters and traffic flow patterns which are outlined on the attached map. There will be “Traffic Control Zones” controlled by police within the boundaries of King Street, Queens Quay, Spadina, and Yonge....

Day Four of the FIFA World cup is buzzing

Day four of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer brings  Italy’s first game of this World Cup. The game has been widely anticipated around Toronto. Restaurants and pubs throughout the city are packed with fans who have taken this Monday afternoon off to watch their team in its first game of this tournament. While getting a coffee in the kitchen at my downtown Toronto office space this morning, there were a few people talking about how they would love to be able to get out to a pub to enjoy the Italy VS Paraguay. For most people who cannot get out of their office space in Toronto, the reality is that they would probably watch the game on the Internet or listen over the radio. As I am writing this blog, a fellow who has Toronto executive office space down the hall from me, just sent me an email mess...

My Downtown Toronto Office Space is alive with Word Cup Fever

For most of the next month, millions of people around the world will be glued to television sets and computer screens watching 32 nation teams compete in South Africa for the most coveted trophy in the sports world , the FIFA World Cup. World Cup fever has even reached my Toronto office space! I am working in the office on this Saturday afternoon and so are a bunch of other office space Toronto clients. What is interesting today is that there are some people I am used to seeing in suits dressed casually, some even wearing t-shirts and jerseys that support their FIFA World Cup team. When I walked past one of the Toronto meeting rooms, the door was open and a small group of people were sitting around a laptop computer watching the match between England and the USA. Even when I left my office...

Maybe Jim Balsillie should buy the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Sun splashed the headline of “It’s official: Leafs are NHL’s biggest losers”. I think the biggest losers are the Toronto Maple Leaf fans, as this new title will probably never be beaten by any other team. When the Chicago Blackhawks won game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, the longest championship drought in National Hockey League history came to a conclusion. Chicago had held the record for number of seasons without a Stanley Cup. Now the current record holder is the Toronto Maple Leafs with having the longest current Stanley Cup dry spell, 43 years. Going back to the days of Harold Ballard, the management and owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs realized that they did not have to put a high salary team on the ice to fill every seat in the a...

G20 Summit to cause traffic problems and cell phone interference.

While the actual G20 Summit is not actually until June 26 and 27th, Torontonians are already getting frustrated by the traffic inconveniences caused by the security fences for the restricted driving zones of the downtown core and around some of the hotels like the Westin Harbour Castle . The parking lot used by many Toronto office space clients at 1 Yonge street is accessed by Freeland Street, which is one block east of  Yonge and is outside of the restricted zone.  The traffic congestion in front of the Westin Harbour Castle along Queens Quay may cause a slowdown getting to it. Not all the traffic woes around the perimeter of the restricted zone will be caused by security checks, but by the people the security zone is intending to keep out… the protesters.  Some condo owners inside ...

The Toronto Mayoral Race is Starting to get interesting

There are six main candidates in this mayoral race Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Pantalone, Rocco Rossi, George Smitherman and Sarah Thomson along with another 20 candidates that many of us have never heard of. Hopefully the six primary candidates will keep coming up with plans that help keep bloggers writing about this election and getting the public interested in actually going out and voting. It is interesting that this will be the first Toronto mayoral election that social media sites and twitter will be in full gear by most of the candidates; including some of the lesser know candidates. Mayoral candidate Giorgio Mammoliti wants to replace cars on the Gardiner Expressway with pedestrian and cycling lanes as well as leaving a few lanes for Public Transit. The roads that were left do...

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