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Shriners are the latest group to take over Toronto streets

Just when you thought it was safe to drive in downtown Toronto again, the Shriners  come to town. Over 10,000 Shriners are in Toronto this week for their annual convention. As part of their convention, they hold a parade with elaborate floats and miniature vehicles.This year with the Shriner convention in Toronto, they will be having their parade on University Avenue. The parade, scheduled to start around 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park, will cause the shut down of University Avenue in both directions from College Street all the way down to Front Street. The closures are expected to begin early this morning and remain closed until 7 p.m. The Shriners are mostly known for their funny fez hats, miniature cars and a well known circus. They do a great deal of fund raising for children’s hospitals...

It’s Officially a Heat Wave

To be considered a true heatwave it must be over 32 degrees for three consecutive days and today it hit over 35 (not including the humidity factor). The City of Toronto upgraded the “Heat Alert” they posted on Sunday, to an “Extreme Heat Alert” today. The city has opened several cooling centres such as Metro Hall that will be open for residents to cool off. Instead of going into my air conditioned downtown Toronto office space today, I had to work from home (where the air conditioning was not working) and wait for a delivery. While I was at home I had CP24 on the television in the background. One of the stories they were talking about was about the 84 year old Queen and 89 year old Prince Philip visiting Research In Motion at the companies Waterloo headquarters. Par...

Happy Pride Toronto.

Toronto’s second largest parade and North America’s largest pride parade happened on Sunday. The 30th annual Pride Toronto parade was full of colourful floats and groups showing off their pride. The missing float was that of those who were proud to have a downtown Toronto office space, but there is always next year. Meanwhile a few hours before the parade, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second was on a walk further down Church Street, at a morning service and dedication at St James Cathedral at Church and King Streets. Back up Church Street, there were plenty of other queens for the pride parade, including one who chose to wear a balmomaral kilt (the official kilt tarten of the royal family) . With all the security for the Queen, I was still able to park my car at my Toronto o...

Happy 143rd Canada

Saying Happy 143rd Birthday Canada makes more sense than saying Happy 27th Canada Day. What a lot of people may not know or may not remember is that the first time July 1st was called “Canada Day” was 1983. Previously July first was known as “Dominion Day”, but an Act of Parliament in October of 1982, changed the name so to make the name sound less colonial and because in 1992 Canada had its own constitution that replaced the British North American Act (BNA). Some (like my father) refused to accept this name change and continued to call it “Dominion Day” because they believed that dominion referred to to the fact that Canada had dominion from sea to sea.  I still remember asking when I was about 10, why Dominion Stores had day named after it . Regardless...

Her Majesty The Queen’s 22nd tour of Canada

Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s began her 22nd Royal tour of Canada today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but she has actually visited Canada 24 times (twice as Princess Elizabeth). The Royal Couple had been met by heavy rain earlier when their Canadian Armed Forces plane touched down at Halifax. The Queen will be in Canada from June 28 to July 6, 2010, before heading off to New York City. As part of her itinerary, she will celebrating the Canadian navy’s centenary. The Queen will be unveiling two plaques commemorating the Canadian Naval Centennial and the HMCS Sackville. The Queen also has a personal interest in the Royal Canadian Navy. She is the patron of  The Navy League of Canada, The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and The Royal Canadian Naval Association. This Royal...

The G20 is over and now I can pay more attention to the FIFA World Cup

I was writing a great blog, then the power went out. This is not something I could blame on the G20 protesters or the near riots going on downtown Toronto, but it was mother nature that caused this power outage. The blog I was actually writing was about the disappointment I had with the protesters to keep their protests civil. Like many other Torontonians and other Canadians, seeing police cars on fire and stores being damaged was not something I would have ever expected to see in Toronto. What happened in Downtown Toronto was something you would have expected to see in some far off country. I did not notice the protesters when I was at my downtown Toronto office space on Saturday, but after watching it on the evening news, I was happy that while my office space Toronto downtown, was near ...

Earthquake in Toronto? Did you feel it?

Today a 5.o magnitude earthquake hit Toronto and I did not even notice it. At the time the quake struck, I was in my car on my way to my downtown office space for an afternoon meeting. I was totally unaware a earthquake had happened until I had parked my car. There were some protesters parking their BMW heading towards the Westin Harbour Castle protest area that asked me if I felt the Earthquake. They thought this may have been the work of the G20 security forces in an effort to scare away protesters. When I got to my office space Toronto downtown, no one seemed to be talking about this so called earthquake. So I had to go to the internet for more information. It turns out that this earthquake epicentre was somewhere in Quebec and Toronto got only a light feeling of it. To those protesters...

Today is the First Day of Summer and the longest day of the year

Today is the official 1st day of summer 2010, June 21, 2010 is the official first day of summer, it is also known as the “longest day of the year”. It’s the longest because this day is when the northern hemisphere gets the most sunlight of any other day in the year. However, this does not always mean that it is the hottest. Now that summer is here, many people are not thinking of their downtown Toronto office space, but how to get away from it and to the cottage. People who have office space downtown Toronto at Telsec Businesses Centres, know that they can escape the office and still have their calls professionally answered by the receptionist who will follow the instructions on their profile as to how they should handle the call. If the client is going to be away from their downtown Toron...

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...

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