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Alexandre Bilodeau Ends Gold Medal Drought on Home Soil

Tonight Canadian Olympic history was made when Mens Moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau took Canada’s first ever Gold medal at a Canadian hosted Olympic Games. Watching the games on TV gave me a chance to watch it live on CTV then ten minutes later on taped delay on NBC.  The American commentators on NBC almost sounded more excited that Canada had finally won Gold at home. Now with that cloud no longer over Team Canada’s head, the door is now open for more Canadian athletes to win gold. Canada is expected to win many more gold medals in various sports, but the One gold medal that most Canadians are looking forward to will be mens ice hockey. Tonight team Canada members started to arrive in Vancouver and what better way to be greeted, than with news of Canada winning first gold. Bus...

Let the Games Begin

As this blogger watched the opening ceremonies of 2010 Olympic game (yes on TV, because I could not get press credentials as the Telsec Blogger) I was impressed by the artistic show that was put on. Then came the parade of nations. I was a little confused by some of the nations who entered one or two athletes. I know that there is no winter in Africa or Australia, so where do these people train? This is a chance for Canada to show the world how multicultural it is, as some of the athletes from many of these obscure countries are actually from Canada and have gone back to the homelands of their parents and grand parents, just so they could compete at these games. Since I was watching on the opening ceremonies on TV, I got the privilege of also seeing the commercials. One commercial that sto...

Unique Valentine Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day on Sunday, many people are still trying to find that unique Valentine’s gift. For many it will end up coming down to a box of chocolates and a dozen red rose, for others it will be a Vermont Teddy Bear or a Pajamagram.  But there is still those hopeless romantics who seek that ultimate Valentines gift that their love would not expect. Some of those unexpected gifts for her would be; giving the gift of Chic Flix (a nice gift card from a video rental service and a promise that he will watch them with her).  An in home spa day (complete with manicure, pedicure and a massage) or even a trip to Chicago (with tickets to see an Oprah taping). Some unexpected and unique gifts for him would be; a weekend getaway with his best friend (Vegas Baby), tickets to see his favourite sp...

How Would Your Company Recover From a Disaster?

With cold Canadian winters, comes broken pipes, flooding, electrical  fires, and other unexpected disasters. While the world is looking at the earthquake disaster in Haiti, smaller disasters that effect businesses here at home often go unreported. Some of the recent business disasters I have heard of in the past two weeks were; a small legal practice was forced out of their offices when a pipe burst, a 3 story office building was shut down when an electrical fire destroyed the transformer, the  Toronto office space of a company was flooded when a toilet from a unit above overflowed, and even the newsroom of CTV Ottawa was destroyed by a fire. While for most businesses their insurance will cover the damages, the most important thing is the implementation of disaster recovery and getting bac...

Canadian firms get a broader exemption from Buy America

The Canadian government had been working on a waiver that would shield Canada’s exporters from the Buy America provisions that  the U.S. Congress placed on U.S. President Barack Obama’s $787 billion  economic stimulus package introduced last year. This type of protectionism did not only harm Canadian exporters, but it also prevented US firms from spending their money on developing their Canadian markets. Many US companies gave up their Canadian office space and tried to service Canadian clients from offices in the United States. As news spreads of the lifting of restrictions, more and more American firms seeking Toronto office space are looking at coming back to Canada, but are looking at more economic office solutions that do not involve a great deal of investment. These companies who are...

Obama unveils $3.83T budget and Donald Trump is coming to Toronto

US President Obama unveils $3.83 Trillion budget and yet there is more of a buzz that “The Donald” (as in Donald Trump), is coming to the Toronto area for 4 days to conduct free seminars on building wealth, rather than spending it. Maybe Trump needs to buy the White House and flip it for a few Trillion dollars. Then Obama could use that money to offset the US budget deficit. Trump could then rent the White House back to the government as Washington office space. The President could also rent office space in New York and Office space in Toronto from Telsec. Having serviced offices in Toronto and other major cities, companies can have a presence without the expense of furnishing a full sized office. They would get the amenities of a serviced office without the capital expense of ...

The Super Bowl 44 hype, but is it all about the Game?

Next Sunday is Super Bowl 44, it is estimated that over 100 million people will be watching the game at some point during the game. Many of those millions of people are not even football fans. There are millions of people who will be watching Super Bowl 44 for the commercials. Companies pay millions of dollars for the various 15 or 30 slots or even more for a 1 minute slot. These advertisers make epic commercials that are meant as one off commercials only to be run during the Super Bowl . This was not true before 1984, when Apple Computers purchased a 60 second spot to introduce their new MacIntosh personal computers. They created a commercial like never before. The ad was a take on George Orwell’s 1984 and ended with the statement “ On January 24th, Apple Computer will introdu...

Haiti Earthquake

It is amazing how people come together in a time of disaster and tragedy. I went into the office the other day and there was a jar on the reception desk full of pennies and other change. The sign on the jar said “Pennies For the Children of Haiti”, it went on to say the goal was to raise 1 million pennies. This was the idea of a Telsec Toronto office space client. They have set up jars not only at Telsec, but at Toronto offices of their suppliers and clients. It is good to see people finding a way to get others to donate without having to think about it. Telsec has made a sizable donation to the Salvation Army Haiti Relief Fund and encourages its office space Toronto and Virtual office Toronto clients to donate what they can. The United Nations has designated The Salvation Army...

National Popcorn Day? When is International Coffee Day?

It seems that today is another one of those days that no one bothered to advertise or tell anyone about.  It is National Popcorn Day, yes, you read that correctly National Popcorn Day. Today is a day to celebrate popcorn and all the wonderful ways of enjoying that fluffy treat. The funny thing is that according to holidayinsights.com October is National Popcorn Month.  As I look out of my Toronto office space window, I am looking up Yonge Street to see the National Popcorn Day Parade, but I guess the parade may have been earlier today.  That is okay if I missed it, because I am looking forward to Carmel Popcorn Day on April 17th.  I may have to organize my own Carmel Popcorn Day parade or at least some sort of celebration. For today, why not celebrate National  Popcorn Day by grabbing  a b...

Where is Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods has not been seen since the US Thanksgiving weekend when he drove his Cadillac Escalade into a tree just outside his Florida home.  He  has been said to be hiding in places everywhere from Arizona to South Africa. Now the latest Internet rumours has all of Mississippi buzzing. It seems that several Web sites have claimed that the golf star is undergoing rehabilitation for sexual addiction at a respected clinic in the southern Mississippi town of Hattiesburg. Of coarse officials at the Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction  Services  facility will not confirm or deny that Tiger is a client. To do so would be not only a breach of his privacy but unethical.  The worst thing a business could do would be to breach the privacy of its clients. Another rumor that I heard was that ...

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