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Toronto Worse than LA in Terms of Commute times.

A recent study by the Toronto Board of Trade states “Toronto is a great place to live, if only you could manage to get to work”. This study shows that Toronto commute times are getting to be the worst in the world. Of the nineteen big cities included in the study, The average Toronto commute was about 80 minutes. Not only is this 12 minutes longer than the average New York City commute, but it was 24 minutes longer than Los Angeles. New York and LA are the two largest cities in North America and both are notorious for their traffic and gridlock. The European city that is most known for its gridlock and traffic is Barcelona, yet the average commute there was 32 minutes shorter than that of Toronto. It should also be noted that Toronto even fell behind Montreal and London England in terms of...

Easter and Passover

While Good Friday falls on April 2, 2010 and Easter Sunday is April 4th. Passover will start on Tuesday, the 30th of March and will continue for 7 days until Monday, the 5th of April., Easter is a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Easter is also the end of the Lenten period where many observing Christians have given up certain foods or pleasures. Passover is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays (Yom Tov), and is commemorated by many affiliated and nonaffiliated Jews alike as a time to contemplate the endurance of the Jewish people throughout history. The culmination of these two religious observations just happen to coincide this year, where some years they end a week apart. The T...

Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday March 27th at 8.30pm (local time) and the lights will be out for an hour somewhere in the world for that hour. Once again, famous and not so famous buildings along with landmarks and little known places will turn off their lights in contemplation of our planet.  Houses and businesses located everywhere from Australia, Europe,  Asia, Africa, to South America and North America will go dark for one hour. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights in contemplation of our planet. Earth Hour began back in 2007 when 2.2 million homes and businesses  in Sydney Australia turned their lights off for one hour. This was to be their way of showing a commitment to climate change. Then one year later more than 50 million pe...

March Madness leads up to sweet sixteen and the final four

With NCAA (US college) basketball championship underway, March Madness has began. The NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 65 college basketball teams, both conference champions and at-large selections.  While The phrase “March Madness” was coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to describe an Illinois high school basketball tournament. In 1982 Brent Musburger used the term “March Madness” to describe the madness of the single elimination tournament style that is used in the Men’s Division 1 College Basketball Championship. Another term used to describe this playoff tournament is “The Big Dance” This tournament will determine who the “sweet Sixteen” teams that fight for a place in the “Final...

Social Networking in real time.

I was at a social event on Saturday night and overheard a conversation about someone looking for downtown Toronto office space. It did not take long for one of the people involved in the conversation to point me out and say … “you should talk to him, he blogs about office space Toronto”. So I was pulled into this conversation and heard the person who was looking for downtown Toronto office space say that they were frustrated in their search. It seems that they had been looking at a number of raw office space locations downtown and none of them would work for their business. The more I talked to this entrepreneur, the more I learned that what they were looking for was a serviced downtown Toronto office, rather than just a downtown Toronto office location. Their office space downtown n...

Let the Coffee Wars Begin

First there was the cola war between Coke and Pepsi, then there was the burger war of Wopper versus Big Mac, now its the coffee war of McDonalds versus Tim Hortons. Over the past few years, McDonalds has been stepping up their game when it comes to coffee in order to compete with Tim Hortons. McDonalds took big steps when they introduced their premium blend CafeeRoast, a 100% Arabica coffee and not a blend. Blind taste test after taste test, McDonalds was being chosen hands down over Tim Hortons and Starbucks. But this was not helping them win the coffee war by having the better tasting coffee, they needed to get people to truly try it for themself. For the first two weeks of March McDonalds started handing out free coffee at any time of day, no purchase required. This just happens to coin...

International Women’s Day is a day to Celebrate Women

Today (8 March), is International Women’s Day a day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future all around the world. The first IWD was run in 1911. Next year marks the IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011 With International Women’s Day now an official holiday in countries like China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, and colleagues  with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent of Mother’s Day status, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. International Women’s Day is also a day that we ce...

Academy Award Results, not the show is what people seem to want

The 82nd Academy Awards were held Sunday night, but overnight ratings are not expected to be good.  This is due in part to declining ratings in past years and the show running an hour past prime time.  This is also due to the fact that people are losing interest in the show. These days there are more choices when it comes to TV viewing, there are more channels, there are more programs and there are on-demand and DVR’s. The Oscars had there heyday when there were few networks and fewer channels. Polls on the Internet are showing that more people will not be watching the Oscars than will be watching. Even those people who are interested in the Academy Award results, can find those results on the Internet, seconds after they were announced. or wait until after the show to get the full r...

Are you going to the Toronto International Bicycle Show March 5-7, 2010

While it is not bicycle weather yet, unless you are one of the hard core cyclists that ride year round. It has been a long and cold winter, so with the warmer weather approaching, people are starting to think of getting out their bike and getting it ready for a spring tune up.  Many others will be heading to the Toronto international Bicycle Show this weekend at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Besides looking for the new bicycle models, some people will be going to the bicycle show for the newest trends and fashions in bicycle clothing and the newest innovations in bikes parts and accessories, others will be going to watch some of the great bicycle demonstrations and competitions. Competitions include Toronto BMX Jam returning  for the 11th year. A number of the world’s best Pr...

Day 17 of the Vancouver Olympic Games ended with a bang and not just the fireworks at the closing ceremonies.

In some ways this is the saddest blog I have to write, it is also one of the happiest. I am sad that it is over, yet so happy with the results of these Vancouver Olympic Games. Canada’s last gold medal of these Olympic Games was the one that most Canadian’s were waiting to see. In a nail biting overtime time win, Canada beat the USA in men’s ice hockey 3 to 2.  At the closing ceremonies, the crowd in the stands actually let out a sigh when the  IOC president  declared the games closed, as no one wanted the games to be over. This has been the best Olympics for Canada in so many ways, outside of the Gold Medal Records for a nation at the winter games and the most Gold Medals by a host nation at a winter Olympic Games. What most impressed me was the positive spin that the American broadcaster...

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