Lifestyles

How to buy the right smartphone as a gift

(NC) -- There's no doubt that smartphones rank at the top of most Christmas wish lists, but choosing the right device can be time-consuming when faced with so many choices and new technology. Stephanie Lancaster, a tech expert and 'data girl' for Rogers, recommends focusing on the key features of a smartphone when choosing a device for that special someone.  “Canadians are passionate abou ....

University grads more likely to get jobs -- New Study

(NC) -- The deadline for university applications is fast approaching, and anyone helping teenagers decide what to do after high school should consider this: university graduates have the highest employment and highest incomes of any level of education. A new report showcasing survey data of Ontario undergraduates and released by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), shows that more than 87 p ....

Personal Finance: Top 5 clever ways to save every day

(NC) -- Any time we have to part with our money, there's a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing we got a good deal. But on a daily basis not everyone has time to clip coupons, or comb through weekly flyers to hunt down sales. In fact, while 92 per cent of Canadians say they feel it's important to shop around to find the best deals, busy schedules and lack of discipline keep us from getting t ....

Copyright: How to protect your brilliant idea

(NC) A brilliant idea can strike at any time, like a new invention, a catchy slogan, or the perfect love song. Protecting your brilliant idea, however, can be a complex process. “There are three main categories of intellectual assets,” says Ray Leclair, vice president of public affairs at LAWPRO, the provider of professional liability insurance for lawyers in Ontario, and TitlePLUS title insu ....

Update your financial plan as your family evolves

(NC) -- The “typical” family in Canada may be evolving, but one thing remains the same: Every family needs a financial plan to help manage its money and achieve its goals. But establishing a plan is just the first step. Reviewing it regularly is essential, especially if it needs to be adjusted to take changes within the family into account. “Today's families are more complex and diverse th ....

Make your credit card pay off on holiday shopping

(NC) Why not take the stress out of holiday expenses with help from your rewards card? Use the points earned from shopping, along with redemption options, and this costly season is going to be far easier on your wallet. If you'd like some guidance, RBC is offering a few tips on how to get the most out of your rewards credit card: Set a budget. Think about how much you plan to spe ....

Parenthood: An Emotional Rollercoaster

(NC) -- Imagine you've made the life-altering decision to have a child. You begin telling family and friends about your plans to conceive and when you gaze into baby store windows your heart is overwhelmingly warmed. But time begins to pass and you still haven't gotten pregnant. You feel resentful towards loved ones for checking in and sadness sets in when walking past the same store fronts that o ....

Don't fall victim to online phishing scams

(NC) -- You've received an email, seemingly from your bank, informing you about a suspicious transaction on your account. In order to ensure your account has not been compromised, you are asked to 'click here' to validate your identity. This type of online scam is commonly referred to as phishing. Phishing attacks typically use an email message appearing to come from an organization yo ....

How to protect your family from the “Silent Killer”

(NC) – While November gets attention for Remembrance Day and for being the month we change our clocks back (in much of Canada), it is also marks the time of year when most home heating systems get pressed back into service. That brings the increased threat of carbon monoxide in our homes – and the need for carbon monoxide alarms to keep families safe. While smoke alarms have had more than 25 ....

Tips for vacationing with the whole family

(NC)  - One of the greatest joys in life is spending quality time with family and friends, but it can often be a challenge to get everyone together. Sometimes a planned vacation is the only way to guarantee it, but that can come along with its own set of challenges. To simplify the process, from planning to packing, the travel experts at Choice Hotels Canada offer some helpful guidance for br ....

Top Halloween costume safety tips for pets

(NC) -- Are you dressing your pet up for trick or treating? As with our own children, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to costume safety. Before you dress up your four-legged friends, the leading retailer, PetSmart, offers some valuable guidance: Tags: Your pets should always have identification and registration tags on their collars. This simple little rule ....

Give your toddler playtime experiences, educators say

(NC) -- Today, research shows that traditional methods of teaching won't cut it for parents who say their children learn best through experience. A recent study conducted by Leger Marketing shows that 63 per cent of parents feel young children under the age of five learn best through hands-on involvement that includes touching, feeling, or doing. “An early childhood educator's approach recogni ....

Halloween safety tips from pumpkin patrol

(NC) -- It's easy to get caught up in the fun of Halloween but once the sugar rush sets in, kids can forget some of the safety rules they've learned. If we think about a few precautions now, however, this popular October event can be a safe and happy experience for the whole family. Even local companies are chipping in to help. “This year, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol celebrates 30 years of helpin ....

Newcomers Get Quick Info About Canada Online

(NC) -- It can be a challenge for new Canadians to find out basic information in their chosen country. This involves navigating a new lifestyle system, learning about community services, as well as where, and how, to seek support. Help has arrived however. “For new Canadians, it's so important to become quickly connected to the available services and to community support after arriving in the c ....

Seniors: How to Help If You Live Out-Of-Town

(NC) -- Last year's ice storm put many out-of-town relatives of Toronto seniors on edge. Images and news reports of power outages and extreme weather added to the worry factor for those whose only information was what was seen in the media. Not knowing about the health and safety of their loved ones, or how to find local community resources, added a level of concern for family and friends who wat ....

Emergency preparedness: Seniors and people with special needs

(NC) -- While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with special needs is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, and accessible transportation – all of which can be compromised in these situations. Public Safety Canada offers these tips for seniors and people with special needs: • Create a personal support network of a ....

First-ever Burt's Bees 'bee hotel' opens in Canada

(NC) -- An initiative to save bee populations has reached another milestone with the opening of the first in a series of sustainable hotels for bees on the rooftop terrace of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. A 2006 report on the Status of Pollinators in North America (by the National Acadamies of Sciences) identified 'loss and fragmentation of habitat' as a primary ....

Staying connected during emergencies

(NC) -- Being able to communicate with family, friends and first responders during an emergency is critical. However, everyday communication devices may not work at such a time. Here are steps you can take before an emergency strikes to help you stay in touch: • Keep at least one corded phone in your home (if you have a landline). Cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work durin ....

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