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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...

Having access to 650 locations world wide

I got an interesting email today from a friend who moved their downtown Toronto office space to Telsec a few months ago.  He made a business trip to New York City this week and was able to use a meeting room in New York as part of his office space Toronto arrangement. Having the access to this meeting room impressed his clients so much they signed a deal with him and now they want office space at the location. (hope I get a commission on that deal … LOL) This story is not unique, many business people with office space downtown Toronto at Telsec  utilize the available meeting rooms at one of the 650 office space locations in over 40 countries. When Toronto office space clients are planning a trip to another city, they can talk to the staff at Telsec who will help them book a meeting r...

D-Day June 6th 1944–Lest We Forget

Today is the 66th anniversary of D-Day. A day to remember approximately 215,000 Allied soldiers, who were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing months it took to secure the capture of Normandy. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, landing craft carrying approximately 14,000 young Canadians troops, who where members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, prepared to storm the heavily – fortified Normandy coastline. The Canadian forces, under British command, were assigned to Juno Beach, it was also known as the Canadian beach. With the exception of Omaha Beach, the Canadians unknowingly faced the strongest opposition. The battle for Juno Beach cost 340 Canadian lives and resulted in another 574 wounded. The original planned date for the invasi...

Discovering interesting trends on the internet

It is amazing the things that people are searching for at midnight on a Friday night. It seems tonight the biggest trend in terms of searches is whether the character known as the Undertaker in WWE is indeed dead. It amazes me who is up at midnight trying to find out whether a fictional character on wrestling tv show is dead. So I followed the link and found that there are hundreds of blogs that are dedicated to wrestling news, and many of them are blogging about the particular storyline. When I saw this google trend, I thought the actor Mark Callaway who plays the Undertaker had passed away. This was not the case, but people are speculating on a storyline and how it will play out.  Wow the power of the Internet. I want to know when people search for “office space Toronto”, obviously it is...

Avatar Director James Cameron asked to help with oil spill

With several failed attempts including last week’s “top kill” method had failed to contain the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the United States government is now seeking a Hollywood ending. The latest person to be recruited to help ending the spill is “Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron. Cameron was invited to Washington to meet with scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other officials for a brainstorming session to help find solutions to end this environmental disaster. Cameron attended the meeting along with deep-ocean expert Phil Nuyteen, president of Vancouver-based Nuytco Research, a world leader in underwater technology. Cameron is considered one of the leading experts in underwater filming a...

Downtown Toronto Power outage

A large section of downtown Toronto has been hit by a power outage affecting hundreds of thousands of people. The extent or cause of the outage was not immediately clear, but many businesses in the downtown core were affected, but there are numerous traffic lights out in the affected area, causing traffic jams on streets. The blacked-out area is bordered by Yonge Street in the west, Bayview in the east and Shuter Street to the north and Lake Shore Blvd. to the south. The cause seems to be an underground main line. This power outage does does not affect tenants with office space Toronto at Telsec. The lights are on and no one has noticed any power fluctuations. The interesting thing about this outage is that people are using twitter on their cell phones to let others know that they are stuc...

G20 Security Zone to Displace Don Juan Chip Truck

One of my favorite places to grab a quick lunch when I am in my downtown office space is the Don Juan chip truck. Don Juan, along with many other chip trucks and hot dog vendor’s are going to be displaced from their usual permitted locations that are within the traffic restricted yellow zone and from in front of the Metro Convention Centre that is in the red zone. So what if one of the G20 delegates have heard of the famous Don Juan chip truck and decides to go out onto front street, only to find the Don Juan has been displaced from his regular spot. A spot that he has had for over 25 years. Where will that delegate  from England or even Barack Obama have to go to find the Don Juan chip truck? With the leaders of the world 20 top economies heading to Toronto for the June 26th and 27t...

Welcome to Cottage Season

This past weekend was the first long weekend of the summer. This is traditionally the weekend when most people make their first trip to the cottage and open it up for the season. This is also the time when many people try to figure out how to take advantage of having a cottage and spend as much time there. For many people the solution is leaving early on Thursday and coming back to the city on Monday. That is not always that easy, because they do not want to miss important calls from customers or potential new clients. We have all had those clients who tend to call near the end of the day on a Friday or the new potential customer who calls early Monday morning. In many cases these are not calls that should go unanswered, as they are very important to our businesses. I do not have a cottage...

Wow you have and office there!

I was at an event over the weekend and someone asked me where my office was located, so I told them at 1 Yonge Street in the Toronto Star building.  They replied “Wow you have an office there! Isn’t that expensive?”  All I could say was “NO not really” I explained to them that my Toronto office space was a business centre that offered a wide range of office space options, including virtual office space in Toronto. This got them asking more questions. I told them that I originally signed up for a Toronto mail service with Telsec, so that I could get my business mail at a prestigious address rather than a post office box which sounds unprofessional. As I found myself needing a physical office, I then rented a shared office space that gave me access to boardrooms and modern office equipment l...