Lifestyles

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 ....

Do you have phone bill phobia?

(NC) -- It starts during travel, and then it increases after the trip when you open the phone bill to find your mobile provider has buried you in roaming charges. While away, you may not have realized that you were being charged for sending texts, looking up your location online, or calling back home. Your phone can be a great resource on vacation, but being scared of high phone bills can be ....

Technology speeds up small purchases

(NC) – Years ago, we used to barter for goods and services. Today, paying for items is easier than ever as we can shop over the Internet using plastic or even pay using our smartphones. One of the most popular new technologies are 'contactless' transactions, which allow consumers to pay for smaller value items effortlessly at checkout by simply holding their payment card over a specialized ....

Pets: Top Three Myths About Dog Care

(NC) – Your furry pal is your best friend in the world and there's nothing you wouldn't do for him or her. In fact, many Canadians go above and beyond for their dogs. A recent Western Financial Group study showed that six in 10 Canadians always buy their pet a birthday or Christmas present – and nearly one in three consider their dog to be a family member. Our love for family pets can oc ....

How to pick the perfect back-to-school tech

(NC) -- As another summer creeps to end, students and parents are looking for the latest and most affordable tech tools for back to school. In fact, with the growing popularity of mobile technology, consumers are searching online months before school even starts for the newest tablets and laptops. “Since there are so many versatile tablet options available, students should consider how the ....

Revitalize your outdoor space this summer

(NC) – Love sitting on your deck or patio, taking in the sunshine, but wish you could revitalize your deck to make it look new again? Resurfacing your deck or concrete is easier than ever with Behr Premium Textured DECKOVER coating. This innovative solid colour coating brings new life to old wood and concrete, and comes in a new textured finish that your family and friends can enjoy for y ....

Planning the perfect staycation

(NC) -- Finally summer's here and this year the family is staycationing, which appears to be the current trend. Even if gas prices fall and the economy looks bright, Canadians are opting to stay closer to home. And why not when they can travel back in time in Old Quebec City, check out a jazz fest in Toronto or enjoy some pancakes at the Calgary Stampede. Whether you're going camping in one o ....

5 summertime ways to support a favourite charity

(NC) -- There are many ways to make a contribution to the charity that's closest to your heart. We spoke with Hala Al-Madi, events coordinator for the human rights organization Amnesty International, who passed on a few ideas for getting outdoors to help a cause: • Get permission to set up a table at a fair or festival to hand out information about your charity and raise awareness of thei ....

A new barbecue season -- Think Natural Gas?

The doorbell rings. Your guests have arrived and their stomachs are empty. It's time to fire up the grill. Coming off an unusually long winter—the coldest in 35 years—Ontarians everywhere will be looking to take advantage of great weather with family and friends. And with outdoor temperatures on the rise, so too is the sweet smell of the backyard barbecue. Whether you're completely new t ....

Protect Your Pet For Any Emergency

(NC) -- Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4-10, 2014) is a good time to think about preparing your family for emergencies of any kind, like a power outage, severe storm, or hurricane. It's also important to remember the furry and feathered members of your family too. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe: Identify your pet. If you become separated during an emergenc ....

Beautify your patio with outdoor-friendly materials

Have you ever wondered why some products are suitable for the outdoors while others can only be kept inside? “Outdoor furniture and accessories are made with materials that offer more durability and weather-resistant appeal,” says Aimee Beatty, an in-house stylist with Pier 1 Imports. “Durability doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style, however. There are many items that could look jus ....

Five tips for better conversations with kids

(NC) -- If you are a parent, you probably understand the value of maintaining open communication with your kids. But getting there is not always easy – for parents, or for kids themselves. “There are a lot of concrete things parents can do to have better conversations with kids and teens,” says Alisa Simon, VP of Counselling Services and Programs at Kids Help Phone. “Building trust a ....

Share This: Social Media Scams Grow

(NC) -- Fraud artists can be ruthless when it comes to devising new ways to rip people off and it appears social media and networking sites are the latest crime scenes. Anything and everything is up for grabs and no one is immune from these devious fraudsters. March is Fraud Prevention Month and government and law enforcement agencies across Canada are reminding Canadians to be on the looko ....

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