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A new website focused on selling virtual office solutions

TelsecVirtualOffice.com is a new website developed for Telsec Business Centres, with the help of the great people at www.alliancevirtualoffices.com. This new site gives Telsec a chance to promote its Toronto Virtual Office solutions while giving our clients a place to arrange additional office locations around the globe. A Virtual office space Toronto is a great option for new or home based businesses to have an edge on their competitors. Virtual office clients get  all the benefits of having a downtown office at the fraction of the cost. A Toronto mail service address is an inexpensive program that provides these types of small businesses with a prestigious business address. They get a prestigious business address with the option of having a live professional receptionist to answer their ...

It’s not winter yet and we have snow

The first day of winter is not until December 21, 2010 and we already have our first taste of snow. It may not be the biggest dumping of snow we will get this winter season, but our first snow fall is enough to throw people into a panic.  Ever since the mainstream popularity of the  SUV, I have joked with my friends that it is not winter until the first SUV goes into the ditch. This is due to the fact that people buy SUVs expecting they will not have any problems with winter driving conditions, but because they do not understand that a heavier SUV makes them more likely for problems in the winter months. They expect the vehicle to help them, but forget the limitations of having a heavier vehicle. While the snow we got today was a little bit of a surprise to me, it came as no real surprise ...

Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is to online retailers what Black Friday is for brick and mortar retailers. This soon to be Hallmark holiday is where online retailers help kick off a season of sales. While most aren’t discounting products as low as they did on Black Friday, there are still plenty of savings to be found. Even Canadian online retailers jumped on board and are creating sale prices to stay competitive with their American counterparts, especially with a strong Canadian dollar that has shoppers looking for deals in the USA. Along with the great online deals also comes what the Internet security experts at McAfee calls “The Twelve Scams of Christmas”. The biggest scam is the iPad giveaway where people give their credit card number to purchase other inexpensive items to receive a f...

Is it Christmas shopping season already

It only feels like yesterday that I was enjoying summer, it is hard to believe that November is almost over and that Christmas is just over a month away. I was reminded of this on Sunday as I was driving downtown and got caught in traffic as Mother Goose was passing along Bloor Street. I had forgotten that Sunday was the Toronto Santa Clause Parade. All of the signs were out there that the Christmas shopping season is upon us. The malls and stores started playing Christmas music November 1st, Christmas lights are starting to appear on homes and apartment balconies (some never come down), and Christmas gift packages are filling the isles of the LCBO. Other signs of Christmas coming soon is that some retailers already advertising early Boxing Day sales. This Thursday is the American Thanksgi...

Celebrating National Unfriend Day

Friendship is sacred, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel believes Facebook is cheapening the meaning of friendship. Jimmy Kimmel is encouraging that on November 17th, you cut out some of the “friend fat.” Jimmy Kimmel has declared a new national holiday on November 17th – National UnFriend Day. NUD is the international day when Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends. Get ready to unfriend! Who should you consider Unfriending: Anyone you wouldn’t give your phone number to. Anyone who has your phone number but every time they call you let it go right to voicemail . The annoying people. The overposters. Your mom. Your aunt. People who dress th...

Who needs cable tv when you have the Internet

When I moved into my new apartment back in the summer, I held off ordering cable right away. I did not watch much TV when I had cable, so why pay for something I did not watch. There was some TV shows that I did watch and like, but I quickly discovered that I could watch my favourite shows on the Internet. Just in case you were thinking that “The office” was one of those shows, you would be wrong. Just because the theme of this blog is about office space Toronto, that does not mean that I watch The office. In fact that TV show is nothing like my Downtown Toronto office space. Unlike the TV show my Toronto private office does not have the office politics and drama. Being my own boss, I set the hours that I go into the office and when I perform certain tasks. One of the other benefits of wat...

The Guild Inn and the injured coyote in ET Seton Park

I had a meeting today with clients at my Toronto office space to discuss taking their wedding photos in the spring of 2011. They told me that they had already applied to the city for a permit to have their wedding and photos taken at the Guild Inn in Scarborough. They showed me some examples of photos they wanted to have done and looked at my wedding portfolio. After our meeting, I decided to pick up my girlfriend (who was waiting for me at my place) and to take a field trip to really scout the place out. I had been there before and wanted to remember why so many like to have wedding photos done there. The Guild Inn was an historic hotel in the “Guildwood” area of Scarborough. It was originally a 33 room, Arts and Crafts-style manor house built in 1914 for Colonel Harold Bickford. Bickford...

Remembrance Day is November 11th – do you have your poppy yet

Today as I entered the lobby of my Toronto office space in the Toronto Star Building, I was greeted by a Veteran with a box of Poppies.  As I rode the elevator to the 18th floor, another Telsec office client (who recently relocated from France) asked me what the poppies were all about. I explained to him that every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11), we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country. For the past week Veterans, Legion members, Cadets, and other volunteers have taken to the streets to distribute poppies. I explained that the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance comes from a poem written by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in the military. The poem is called “In Flanders Fields” and describes the poppie...

Writer’s Block – How do you deal with it?

Today was one of those days that I just could not find anything to write about. When I did get a nibble of an idea, I could only write a line or two. So I tried my usual source of inspiration “The News”. All of the local news was about a chemical spill in the east end, a shooting in the west end, the flood that closed the subway down during the morning commute and Stephen Harper’s decision to stop the Australian takeover of a Saskatchewan’s Potash Corp. None of those stories were of worthy of a full blog, so I continued to search for ideas. I finally decided to take this writer’s block head on, so I Googled it! The first link that came up in Google was a Wikipedia entry.  According to Wikipedia “writer’s block is  is a condition, associated with writing ...

An interesting Halloween with Tricks and Treats.

Here in Toronto Halloween was not filled with the typical shenanigans and according to police it was uneventful. At my door, the numbers of “Trick or Treaters” seemed to be down. This may be because of Halloween falling on a Sunday night. One person got a real “treat” on Sunday, that was Lee Westwood. Westwood overtook Tiger Woods as golf’s No. 1 player. This leaves many to speculate that the fall out from Tiger Wood past “tricks” are distracting Woods. Most will say that Halloween is for kids. A chance for them to go out in search of “trick or treats”, but also a chance for adults to decorated and theme their homes. In some neighborhoods, you would see a whole block that got together to make their street the most Halloween themed. Even...