News & Events from Gatineau & Ottawa Movers

October 17, 2013

Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner

By: Heather @ 2:31 pm

We might be a moving and warehousing company, but we also LOVE our sports. Whether it is moving teams (Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and the Kitchener Rangers), sponsoring them (Ottawa Soccer Club, Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship) or even participating in major sporting events ourselves (Westmount Moving Hockey Team VS the Mighty Yuks, benefiting the Montreal Children’s hospital, Tour de Force, Tinman Triathlon, as well as various golf tournaments) we love sports and everything surrounding them. While Westmount Moving and Warehousing has three main offices; Montreal, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, the company first grew out of Montreal.

As Joe Gagnon, our president said in an interview last spring, “Montreal is a sport town.” This love for sports has carried itself throughout all three offices during our companies growth and with that, our love for sharing sport related news! How about the 16th Annual Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner? If you haven’t heard of this event before, on Monday, October 21st 2013 at the Ottawa Conference and Event center, the MLB’s all-time hits leader, the former player for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and the former manager of the Montreal Expos and Reds: Pete Rose, will be the guest of honour at this fabulous event:

“Rose has won three World Series Rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award and made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequalled five different positions.”

The Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner is organized each year to bring together elite members of Ottawa’s business community to raise money for local charities. This year, the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner fundraiser is supporting the Soloway Jewish Community Centre as well as The Ottawa Food Bank. For more information about this event, visit their website: www.celebritysportsdinner.com

October 8, 2013

‘Swabbing Parties’: New-age trend to find a match

By: Heather @ 7:45 pm

Normally when one visits a bar, they last thing they expect is to be cotton swabbed upon entrance. However, if it can help save someone’s life, swab away! Welcome to a Swabbing Party or ‘Swab-a-thon’. Confused? Read below.

Welcome to a Swabbing Party or 'Swab-a-thon'. Chris Taylor is the general manager at Grace O’Malley’s bar in Ottawa. Chris was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was told he needed bone marrow transplant. Un-able to find a match that could give him a chance to be cured, his boss who owns other bars in the Ottawa and Toronto area organized something called a ‘Swab-a-thon’ for Chris.

Basically, every person who visits the indicated bars during the swab-a-thon dates with have their mouths swab in order to potentially track down a stem cell match that could be donated. With a large turn-out and a simple cheek swab, Chris has an 80% chance of finding a match and 50% chance of being cured. Chris is taking it day by day and is hopeful, although he does suffer intense muscle pain and nausea because of the illness.

He is currently going through the chemo process and thinking positively. He is thankful for the support he has behind him and encourages others to the same for their friends or family that are suffering from an illness where a simple swab and can be the cure.

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October 1, 2013

Home Safety Tips

By: Heather @ 2:21 pm

We help you move into a home. We go through the process with you from the beginning to the end. Therefore, the last thing we want is for your new space that we helped you move into, get burglarized or destroyed in some way. With Ottawa police issuing a warning to keep doors and windows locked after two women were woken up by a strange man in their bedrooms in Sandy Hill early Sunday morning, we think it’s time to re-think some safety measures. Coming straight from the Toronto police, are some valuable tips to keep your castle safe from invaders:

  1. Keep your doors and windows closed
  2. Leave some lights on at night and keep noise on when you’re away
  3. It doesn’t pay to advertise: Answering machines that tell strangers you’re going to be away for a week will not help you.
  4. Stow the usual suspects: Hide your valuables
  5. Stow your car
  6. Keep an eye out: If you see something suspicious, trust your gut
  7. If your house has been broken into: Don’t go in, call the police and don’t touch anything. Once police have arrived, take lots of photos.
  8. Ask to see company I.D. or a badge if someone knocks at your door
  9. Have more than one phone line
  10. Install an alarm
  11. Check your locks often
  12. Take a walk around your house to spot any weakness or area a burglar might use
  13. Change your routine: Burglar’s often stalk homeowners to learn their routine, change yours up to keep them off their game.
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September 6, 2013

Share the Warmth and Honour Our Firefighters

By: Heather @ 10:40 pm

At Westmount Moving and Warehousing, we believe in giving back to the community and value the action as something that is extremely important, especially in this day and age. We are proud to sponsor the Children’s Wish Foundation, Partageons L’Espoir (Share the warmth), West Island Community Shares, the Ottawa Soccer Club and Clarky’s kids. We also give our support to the Montreal Children’s hospital and other organizations. Aside from our efforts, we like to promote the efforts of others to better their community and raise awareness.

Today, Friday, September 6th, Ottawa firefighters gathered to honour and remember their friends who have died in the line of duty. They started at 11:30 am and marched from the Canadian Museum of Nature all the way to the Ottawa City Hall. At noon, the memorial was held at the Ottawa Fire Fighters Monument. Memorial events will continue into the weekend as firefights and their families from across Canada gather for separate memorials. The gathering will lead to the National Firefighters Monument at LeBreton Flats. Even if you do not personally know a firefighter, we believe that we should all stop and recognize the enormous sacrifice that these men and women make every day and honour them the best way we can.

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August 30, 2013

The joys of Labour Day weekend!

By: Heather @ 6:31 pm

Happy Labour DayOh the joys of Labour Day weekend! The classic, ‘last weekend before summer ends’ trip with the family and/or friends! The family get-togethers and feasts, the parties and the memories! What would we do without it?

Well, people did survive without it for quite some time. The day only was made official in 1894 to celebrate various labour associations’ strengths and contributions and to give a much needed day of rest. However, we, in modern times view this day a little different. Sure, it could still be a ‘day of rest’ but for most, it is exactly the opposite!

For many, Labour Day is viewed as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events! For teens and university students it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighbourhoods (maybe yours), there are fireworks, BBQ’s and other public events. Let’s not forget football season starts and many teams play their first game of the year during Labour Day weekend.

If moving/relocating is in your Labour Day weekend plans we have a few tips that will make the move as easy as can be! These tips could make your move quicker and more efficient, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your Labour Day weekend! Jump in a pool, go biking, see the sights, catch up on your gossip and most of all, rest up and take full advantage of the time off.

Tips and Moving Checklist

Before you move:

  • Determine what you’re going to keep, discard or donate
  • Gather your valuable documents in a safe location
  • Dismantle furniture and/or disconnect electronics-this service may be offered to you

When planning the move

Change of address

Cable/Internet/Telephone/Mobile

Also think about advising your:

  • Financial institution
  • Life insurance company
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Family doctor/Pharmacy

The day of the move

  • Is the elevator available (arrange with concierge or building manager)
  • Has parking been arranged?
  • Did you make sure to provide an easy access for the movers
  • Have your considered your kids being baby sat?
  • Did you provide your cell phone number to the moving company
  • Have arrangements been made for your pets?
  • Have you emptied your fridges and freezers?
  • Make sure you have cleaning products available for the final round
  • Advise the new occupants of your new address

Don’t forget to take a final look outside!

(Shed, under the balcony, etc)

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August 19, 2013

Hub Ottawa hosts Launch Some Good entrepreneurial competition…with a Twist

By: Heather @ 6:07 pm

Who knew that smoking would ever be considered in a six-minute pitch for an entrepreneurial competition based on improving life on Earth?

Over the weekend, Hub Ottawa, a for-profit company that provides working space and a collaborative atmosphere for entrepreneurs hosted Launch Some Good, an entrepreneurial competition that has been said to share the same qualities as that of Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. On Friday night, 25 entrepreneur hopefuls were given just 48 hours to divide themselves into five groups and plan a six minute pitch for a business venture that would help clean up the Earth, improve life on Earth and yet still earn revenue. What emerged in those 48 hours was spectacular and incredibly diverse.

From ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ (a concept to address youth unemployment by helping to teach teenagers and young adults to execute activities for children) to phone apps that would provide real-time information on how long one would have to wait in Ottawa Hospitals, one group stood out among the rest. Coined ‘butt barons’ by the Ottawa Citizen, four young adults (ages ranging from 20-22) the group explained to the judges that discarded cigarette butts make a city ugly to look at and are also not environmentally friendly. Their plan? Create collection bins and sell them.

Who would want to buy such things? The group explained that the butts could be used for insulation or be given to a company in New Jersey that would turn them into furniture and other household items. Being operated on solar power, these containers would count the number of butts that were dropped inside, to stimulate public interest. As one of the team members pointed out “butts are still the world’s most common type of litter.” This venture is still at the idea stage, but with a little help and a bit more planning, Ottawa and other cities may soon see those butt containers alongside their city corners.

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August 16, 2013

Back to school!

By: Heather @ 5:41 pm

With summer coming to a close, some feel like the party is over. However, for others, the party has just begun!

While a vast majority of students dread returning to school, those newly graduated from high school have yet to embark on one of the most epic journey’s they will ever encounter: Leaving the nest and relocating to a university dorm or apartment complex. Yes, it’s that time of year! Parents, get your Kleenex boxes ready, your wallets open for dorm furniture, school books and of course those moving supplies and send your ‘little ones’ off to University!

Whether your child’s new dorm or apartment is near or far, you can still be a part of their new journey thanks to social media and all the wonders it brings to communication. Whether you chose to Skype, FaceChat or even share photos and links via Facebook or Twitter, staying close to your child while they take their first adult steps into the world has never been easier. Before you bid adieu to your university bound ball of joy, here are some useful tips to make your child’s moving experience from home to dorm room as easy as can be: Determine what you’re going to keep, donate or discard. Dismantle furniture. If necessary, advise your family doctor, pharmacy, subscriptions… etc about the relocation.

Good luck freshmen!

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July 24, 2013

Deadly Driving: A Look At Teen Drivers

By: Heather @ 4:07 pm

Reprinted from CarInsurance.org’s Car Owner Blog.

If you’re seeking a car insurance plan, there are many, many factors that get taken into account, particularly if you have a family with kids in it—kids who will one day likely be sitting behind the wheel of your family car. Getting your teen started down the road with a learner’s permit can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences in your entire adult life. Most teens are ready and eager to hit the open road, but there’s a lot of consideration that needs to go into making sure your teen is safe and insured properly for any circumstance that may arise. Teenagers and younger drivers are hands-down the most accident prone demographic on the road: They crash more, seem to think less, and tend to engage in more risky behaviors, like drinking and driving or texting while behind the wheel. You want your teen to be safe, and you also want them to be taken care of by your insurance plan. If you’re curious about the proper way to be sure your teen is well cared for by your insurance plan, check out this handy guide to the best insurance for your young driver. Every parent’s ultimate desire is for their teen to stay safe, but the odds of your 16-year-old getting into a fender bender are too high to not make entirely sure that your insurance policy is reliable and effective for any situation. Whether you’re the parent of a soon-to-be-driving teen yourself or you simply want to be more aware of those young folk you share the road with, the following infographic takes an in-depth look at some of the dangers that are present among teen drivers today.

Click to enlarge.

Teen Driving

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June 27, 2013

Get ready to sing the blues!

By: Heather @ 12:18 pm

The Ottawa Bluesfest is kicking off July 4-14th. With an impressive line-up showcasing local, national and international musicians, Ottawa Bluesfest is one of Canada’s foremost music festivals.

To plan your visit, be sure to check out RBC Bluesfest Executive Director Mark Monahan’s “Best Bets” series on the Bluesfest website – a day-by-day summary of his sure-fire picks for the festival.  Get out and get moving in Ottawa!

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Get Moving Ottawa – Active Sitting for Seniors

By: Heather @ 12:10 pm

We love to move – and everyone should get moving, including seniors – as per the active sitting program promoted by the city of Ottawa.

To stay healthy and maintain independence, seniors need to move and be physically active. Ottawa is encouraging seniors to get moving by distributing a DVD set called Get Moving: Active Sitting Program. The easy to follow 30 minute DVD and user’s guide present physical activity geared to seniors with a low level of physical activity.

For more information, consult the City of Ottawa web site.

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