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Your Guide to Online Professional Development 

June 23, 2020
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As Canada begins the deliberate process of reopening the economy, we’re left wondering whether key changes brought on by the pandemic will stick around for good. Will our new normal consist of online schooling, virtual doctor’s appointments, and working from home? Only time will tell.

What we know for sure is that things will never be the same, and even something as basic as short-term rentals in Toronto has been changed forever. And while the employment market has taken a hit, certain sectors have thrived under COVID-19, including areas within tech, supply chain manufacturing, logistics, and shipping. But what about everyone else?    

For employers and employees alike, now is the time to learn new skills while sharpening your existing set. We’ve done the legwork and gathered the best resources for you to build your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage in the post-COVID marketplace—all for free. 

It should be noted that the benefits of professional development extend well beyond the workplace—they empower you in your daily life. Learning improves your health and wellbeing, drives curiosity, and creates unexpected opportunities.

Let’s take a look at what free online learning resources are available to you while staying in a furnished suite in Toronto.  

Professional Development Courses Offered by Canadian Universities 

Canada’s leading universities are providing a wide variety of free online courses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating institutions include: 

  • University of Toronto. UofT is using Coursera to offer online courses across disciplines, including topics such as programming, introductory psychology, and Aboriginal worldviews and education. They’re also providing a course on managing your mental health during COVID-19. 
  • University of British Columbia. UBC Is providing courses through edX on subjects such as coding and software development, novel-writing, climate change, and a wide range of business topics. 

Other well-known institutions, including Harvard and MIT, have followed a similar route. Take a look at what interests you:  

  • Princeton University. Princeton has taken the Coursera route, with 14 courses currently available. Its selection primarily revolves around computer science theory and computer architecture—the standalones include a course called Buddhism and Modern Psychology.  
  • Stanford University. Stanford’s selection is similar to Princeton’s, with 23 courses offered on Coursera. Start dates range from currently available to launching October of this year. Some highlights include Game Theory, Love as a Force for Social Justice, and Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity. 
  • Yale University. Yale is also using Coursera to offer its selection of 30 courses, many of which specialize in American law. Health-related courses include Introduction to Breast Cancer, Essentials of Global Health, and Health Behaviour Change: From Evidence to Action. 

More Resources to Boost Your Potential

A number of well-known organizations are currently offering free online courses and webinars to further your knowledge across a vast range of topics. Check out what’s available: 

  • The Linux Foundation Training. An expanded mentorship program was launched in response to COVID-19, offering free educational content on open source technologies. Check out their 45-page ebook introducing open source strategies and software for enterprises. 
  • CPA Canada. Their blog updates you on the latest podcasts, webinars, and training to expand your skillset. Keep yourself in the loop with a stream of relevant resources and reading material. 
  • LinkedIn Learning. Pick up in-demand skills from real-world professionals with over 14,000 courses to choose from. Free trials last for a month. Not sure where to start? Check out LinkedIn’s course on how to use LinkedIn Learning

A Quiet Space to Learn and Work 

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For many of us, the lockdown has been far from peaceful. With our usual outlets unavailable, little to no contact with family and friends, and the anxieties of a viral pandemic weighing on us at every turn, what we really need is a break from isolation. But we need to be careful. 

The solution is to find a space away from home (but not too far) where you can relax and focus while staying as safe as possible. Think of it as a temporary wellness retreat or a second home office. So, what’s the answer? 

Short-term rentals in Toronto allow you to work and learn without constant interruptions. In particular, a furnished suite by DelSuites lets you take a breath and unwind while providing you with everything you need to stay exactly where you are, from a fully-stocked kitchen and ensuite laundry to high-speed internet. Our furnished apartments in Toronto offer the luxury, comfort, and safety of a hotel—only without the hefty price tag and high turnover of guests. 

Are you looking for a calm space to rest, rejuvenate, and learn new skills? Book your suite today by visiting our website. Feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions. 


Looking at Short-term Rentals in Toronto? Here’s How You Can Stay Safe

June 10, 2020
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Finding the right short-term rentals in Toronto is challenging in a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and interact with one another. But most of all, the outbreak has brought health and safety to the forefront of our thoughts. We ask ourselves the same question every time we leave the front door: How do I keep myself and my loved ones safe from a highly infectious and potentially deadly virus?  

If you plan on relocating during the COVID-19 pandemic, your first concern should be safety. Whether you’re a frontline healthcare worker determined to self-isolate closer to Toronto’s network of hospitals, or you’re hoping for a brief escape from isolation, we’ve done the legwork and put together a comprehensive guide to staying safe while enjoying your stay in Canada’s most famous city.     

The Latest From the City of Toronto

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What we know about COVID-19 changes almost daily. The City of Toronto has created a detailed set of coronavirus resources that Toronto residents can use to understand the latest bylaws, suggestions, and more.

Browse Short-Term Rentals in Toronto With Virtual Tours 

So, where’s the safest place to stay in Toronto during a viral pandemic? When it comes to safety, short-term rentals in Toronto must adhere to the rigid disinfection standards that home-sharing platforms like Airbnb have no way of enforcing. At the same time, these suites provide the luxury experience that you get with a hotel room—only without the hefty price tag or high turnover of guests. 

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the value of preparation. Before deciding on a short-term rental company, check for flexible pricing and cancellation terms. Moreover, what amenities are offered? How close will you be to grocery stores and pharmacies? What do properties look like on the inside? 

DelSuites offers virtual tours with 360-degree interactive panoramas of each room in its properties. A “walk” score assigned to each listing informs you whether errands can be accomplished on foot. “Bike” scores tell you a property’s proximity to bikeable areas. 

Food Delivery 

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The best part about short-term rentals in Toronto is the abundance of delivery services available. Whether we’re talking about fresh produce or fresh loaves of bread, Toronto is home to a broad network of grocery delivery services. Have the essentials and more delivered directly to your furnished suite by connecting with the brands we recommend:

  • Instacart. Download the Instacart app or visit their website to find exclusive deals with same-day delivery (or order up to six days in advance). Instacart lets you purchase from well-known brands like Loblaws, Walmart, T&T Supermarket—even Bulk Barn to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
  • Walmart. You can always rely on the world’s largest company in times of need. Keep in mind that Walmart only offers home delivery for orders of $50 or over. 
  • Metro. Metro’s Online Grocery Service has same-day delivery with a fee of $12 plus tax. Just make sure to reserve your time slot before you start shopping. New time slots are added every day to meet increasing demand. 
  • Grocery Gateway. For gourmet groceries and perhaps some adult beverages on the side, check out Longo’s grocery delivery service. Same-day deliveries are made during a 90-minute window. 
  • Fresh City Farms. Shop from local farmers’ markets all year long with Fresh City Farms’ organic and artisanal suppliers. Minimum order values are set at $27, with delivery fees waived at the $75 mark. 

Avoid crowded supermarket aisles by taking advantage of same-day grocery delivery. Plus, DelSuites provides you with everything you need to reignite your love of cooking, from a spacious kitchen area to top-shelf equipment. But what if you’re not in the mood to cook?

Takeout Options

Toronto is famous for its diverse flavour profile—we’ve got something for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen crowd favourites hop onto third-party apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash to stay in business. 

What are the city’s most treasured food spots, and where can you order from them?

  • TORA. If you’re craving flame-seared aburi oishi, beef tataki salad, or crispy pork gyoza, one of Toronto’s top higher-end sushi spots is available to order from through Uber Eats and Ritual. 
  • Oretta. For fresh pasta, pizza, and salad, look no further than Oretta’s authentic Italian menu. You can find them on Uber Eats and Ritual. 
  • Aba’s Bagels. If you’re in the mood for freshly-baked bagels, check out Aba’s. Plus, their Bagel It Forward program lets you deliver a bagel care package to loved ones, family, and friends. 

Curbside Pickup

Shop for the essentials without ever getting out of your car. So, which brands are offering curbside pickup?

  • Apple. Do you need a new set of Airpods to work from home? Order any Apple product online and pickup in-store or curbside within the next hour—or have them delivered directly to your suite. 
  • Bed Bath and Beyond. To hang a mirror or roll out a rug, stop by Bed Bath and Beyond. If you choose to have items delivered instead, shipping is free for orders over $39. 
  • Best Buy. Are you looking for a new headset for video conferences? Do you need a second monitor for work? Best Buy will hold your items for up to five days.
  • Home Depot. Do you finally have time for that side project? Select the tools you need for the job and have an associate bring them straight to your car. 

Keep Yourself Protected With DelSuites 

DelSuites has a wide selection of short-term rentals in Toronto, making it easy for you to choose the neighborhood you love—complete with all the amenities you need in this new world.

Are you thinking of moving to Toronto for work, school, or for a medium-term stay? Visit our website to book a furnished suite today. 

For more information on how you can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, get in touch with our team by emailing info@delsuites.com.