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For Toronto-based entrepreneur Daniela Saioni WeWork has been a lifesaver — literally.

In January, Saioni bought an international membership with WeWork, which operates co-working spaces worldwide. For $441 a month, including taxes, she has unlimited access to WeWork’s sites. Wherever she travels, she knows a WeWork office space will include a desk, private offices or phone booths to hold meetings or video calls — and good coffee.

Saioni runs Director Whisperer, a coaching business for film industry workers. She started it during the pandemic after spending more than 30 years in the film industry. When Covid restrictions lifted, she decided to see as many of her clients in-person as possible. She’s used WeWork locations in Toronto, New York, California and London, England. She estimates she’s at WeWork at least three times a week.

But one night in May, while working in Santa Monica, her overnight accommodations suddenly fell through. She had no money and hotel rooms cost hundreds of dollars. So, she slept at WeWork.

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Meagan Gillmore is an Ottawa-based reporter with a decade of journalism experience. Meagan got her start as a general assignment reporter at The Yukon News. She has freelanced for the CBC, The Toronto...