Commerce Court Compass Newsletter - February 2020
Commerce Court Fire & Life Safety Supervisor, Operations Department
At Commerce Court, Fire & Life Safety are of utmost priority and Ralph Martell, Fire & Life Safety Supervisor, Operations Department is the member of the Property Management team that oversees this area of daily operations. Ralph has worked in the Security and Operations Department at Commerce Court since 1997 and is responsible for the maintenance and testing of all fire protection systems and fire suppression equipment. He is also responsible for inspecting the building premises to locate and correct any hazards, and he works with tenants and contractors to ensure that all construction and renovation projects meet the required codes and laws. Should you see Ralph about the complex, please feel free to say hello.
National Sweater Day
Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have shown their support for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by turning down their thermostats by the same amount (or more) and wearing their favourite sweaters to stay warm.  

On Thursday, February 6th join us once again in celebrating this annual conservation initiative by donning your sweater and taking a photo. Teams that submit their sweater photos to by Tuesday, February 11th will be entered into a draw for a prize for the office.

YSM PATH Clothing Drive Success

Commerce Court proudly participated in the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) PATH Clothing Drive for the 7th year in a row this year! From January 20th to 24th, tenants, visitors, and members of our local community came by the Compass to drop off gently used clothing in support of YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store, a community training and employment initiative for those who may face obstacles to regular employment and newcomers to Canada. A big thank you to everyone for making this year’s clothing drive a huge success!

Happy News: Free Games to Train the Brain

While many of us enjoy a good cell phone game – whether it be Candy Crush or Angry Brids – just for the fun of it or perhaps to pass the time, how many of these games have been proven to train our brains? Last month, university professors from New York University, City University of New York and University of California, Santa Barbara released three free games that have been shown to help children and adults boost memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. Want to give the games a try? Gwakkamole, CrushStations and All You Can ET are available for download on the App Store.
Green Scene

Green Champion Spotlight: Pantry

Food waste is a growing and often overlooked problem. Did you know that Canadians throw out over 30% of edible food annually? That is enough to feed every Canadian for 5 months! The management team behind Pantry in the Commerce Court Food Court decided to do something about it.

We at Pantry have proudly partnered with B12gave, a local Toronto company dedicated to bridging this gap between food waste and individuals whom are in need. Their team rescues our restaurant’s surplus food everyday and redistributes these meals within the hour to those who are food insecure.  We hope that our small steps in aiding the greater community in Toronto will influence others in helping this growing cause.
— Michael Bottomley, General Manager, Pantry

You can watch the full news story here. Stay tuned for more Green Champion profiles of tenants at Commerce Court who are doing their part to enact change where we work and live.

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