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Real Estate News Toronto – 1/2 September 2009

Commercial Real Estate News Canadian commercial market to recover over 12 to 18 months – The worst is likely over, say the heads of four of Canada’s largest real estate brokerages. Canadian commercial real estate now faces 12 to 18 months of slowly climbing back to normal activity. And when recovery finally kicks into full gear the pace of activity – buying and selling, leasing and even construction. This recession, the four agree, has not been as devastating for the industry in the early 1990s. Globe and Mail, Sep 01, 2009 Cushman & Wakefield LePage transition to Cushman & Wakefield – cushwake.com – Cushman & Wakefield LePage Inc. has changed its name to Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. (Cushman & Wakefield Ltée in Quebec), effective immediately. This c...

Ontario Update: Preparing for the Harmonized Sales Tax

Toronto Ontario HST In March 2009, the Ontario government announced that it would be harmonizing its PST with the federal GST in order to create a single consumption tax of 13% effective July 1, 2010 (“Harmonized Sales Tax” or “HST”). Other provinces have previously implemented a similar regime or are about to follow suit. The change brings with it the need for both landlords and tenants to understand and plan. From a leasing perspective, that includes ensuring that their leases adequately address the new system. Before HST Currently, separate consumption-based taxes are collected by the Canadian (federal) and Ontario (provincial) governments. At the federal level, a Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) is charged at the rate of 5%. GST applies to most transactions generally seen within the comm...

Its Almost Flu Season Again

As September nears to a close, so does the approach of flu season. While traditionally flu season is from November to April, cases are already being reported of the H1N1 (swine flue) The first pandemic swine flu outbreak of Canada’s fall flu season has struck remote aboriginal communities on Vancouver Island in westernmost Canada. Even FluWatch (Canada’s national surveillance system) who monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. FluWatch reports are posted every Friday, they contain specific information for health professionals on flu viruses circulating in Canada. According to FluWatch “The intensity of Pandemic (H1N1) infection 2009 in the population is low to moderate with a small number of hospitalizations” This does not mean you sh...

Not all ads are created fairly

Not all ads are created fairly, especially when they are for Toronto Office Space on free bulletin boards. Recently I was helping a friend who is looking for a new place to live, I stumbled on the commercial and office section of one of the boards. I was curious to see what others were listing in terms of office space Toronto. It seemed like some ads put one thing in their headline and did not even mention what that had to do with the office space they were renting. Some ads listed a price in the headline, but did not say what that price was for in the body of the ad. The one that floored me the most was the ad offering $100 per month office, but when I called them I was told that was for a virtual office, I wondered why they did not mention that in their ad. If the ad says one thing and t...

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We are a well established professional services firm seeking a CORPORATE Receptionist to join our team on a permanent, full-time basis. The successful candidate MUST have previous reception experience within a CORPORATE professional services environment. Start Date: ASAP Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Responsibilities: Receive and redirect incoming calls Greet a high volume of clients and provide exceptional customer service Administrative duties requiring intermediate to advanced MS Word Retrieve, sort and distribute incoming mail and couriers daily Co-ordinate meeting room bookings Collect outstanding accounts Maintenance of internal meeting rooms, copy rooms and kitchens Other clerical duties as requested Requirements: 2-3 years proven reception experience in a similar ...

Telsec Publishes First YouTube Video

Telsec has just created and uploaded its first video on YouTube. Over the coming weeks and months, more videos will be created and uploaded including videos about the Toronto training rooms, virtual office space, mail service Toronto, and other unique office solutions that Telsec offers its clients. Toronto Small Business Offices – Office Space Toronto on YouTube This video was created to introduce Telsec Toronto office space.

Working from Home is Not Easy

This is a topic that I have touched on before, but it is an important one that needs more addressing. For the past few years, I have had a virtual office at Telsec and it has worked well for the image that I want to portray to my clients. I have a professional address and a place I can meet clients when required. Having a professional receptionist answer my calls has also been good for business. Why am I thinking of upgrading? When your friends and family know you work from home, they think that means they can call you anytime. The problem is that they do not realize they are distractions to you getting your work done. They would not call you at an office and expect you to be able to speak for a long period of time. There is also that ability to turn work mode on and off when you go to a p...

Back to School Can Mean Savings for Business

It is this time of year that parents start think of getting the kids back to school. While a lot of the shopping is for back to school clothing, there is also back to school supplies. Most of the major retailers who sell back to school clothing, also set up an area to put stationary and other school supplies on sale. Even the big box office supply stores will also put office supplies and computers on sale to attract parents into their stores. While a large portion of these supplies are intended for kids going back to school, a great deal of the items they put on sale can also be used in an office. Some big box office retailers like Staples, are even offering up 50% off sales on office supplies like paper, printers, pens, file folders, even desktop computers and notebook computers. The savi...

Free Blue Jays Tickets

While in a meeting this week, the conversation got side tracked and I jokingly asked, if people would use the city garbage service less, like they attended baseball games less after the strike of 1994 Major League Baseball strike? Well, obviously unless you have a Toronto office space that uses a private garbage collector, the garbage has piled up during the Toronto garbage strike. Somehow the conversation came back around to baseball and the low attendance at Blue Jays games, even when they were doing well.  So when I got to my next meeting at Telsec, I suggested a promotion. Anyone who signs up for a Toronto virtual office package during the month of August, would be given a free set of Blue Jays tickets. Yes, event when someone signs up for a $30 Toronto Mail Service virtual office pack...

Infrastructure Upgrades at Telsec

Telsec Office Business Centres Inc is currently upgrading their Toronto office space infrastructure to better the needs of current and future clients. These changes will not only allow for faster Internet, but they also will allow Telsec to offer its clients various Internet options including private t1 connections and other services. The infrastructure of your Toronto office space is key to the success of your business.  Not improving it will cause your company to fall back in terms of technology and cost more to fix or upgrade when your current technology fails. Telsec realizes this and keeps long term plans for continuous upgrades on track, even in tough economic times. This is why many clients choose to stay and grow with Telsec. When you rent an office space Toronto at a Telsec office...

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