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Spinners and Fidget Cubes: Where to Buy Fidget Toys in Canada


The addictive and exploding with viral popularity Fidget toys are definitely the ‘it’ toy of the summer if not for 2017. The toys can be used for controlling stress or aiding in focusing your attention, and they are suitable for both children and adults – though I’ve more commonly seen them used by kids and teens.

Here’s a roundup of where you can find these hot toys and at what prices they can be bought for:

Fidget Spinners:

Fidget Cubes:

Other Fidget Toys:


Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: Trolls For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, May 20 at 11AM!


Cineplex Canada has released their new schedule. The Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies include:

  • Today, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11am the film Trolls, Animation, Family, Musical, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (1h 33m).

Here’s the upcoming movie every Saturday morning at 11am for Cineplex Family Favourites at $2.99 each:

May 2017:

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017: Storks

June 2017:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017: A Dog’s Purpose
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017: The Muppet Movie

Click here to see a list of Cineplex participates in the Family Favourites event.

Click here to get tickets from Cineplex online


KFC Canada New Kentucky Flatbread Sandwich


KFC Canada is stepping up their summertime snack game! KFC has unveiled their newest summer 2017 offering and it’s going to be perfect for walking around the city or the beach, as it’s a handheld Kentucky Flatbread Sandwich.

The sandwich will come in two options, one regular and the other spicy, but both will feature an original recipe chicken tender, lettuce, and either spicy mayo or pepper mayo.

Here’s the price breakdown of how you can order these delicious and convenient sandwiches:

  • $5 Fill up, includes Kentucky Flatbread Sandwich, individual Popcorn, Individual Fries, 355ml Drink & Chocolate Chunk Cookie
  • $9 Kentucky Flatbread Mighty Bucket For One, includes 2 PC Chicken, individual Popcorn, Kentucky Flatbread Sandwich, Individual fries, Individual Salad, 355ml Drink & Cookie
  • $2.50 Kentucky Flatbread Sandwich (regular or spicy) individual

Click here to find your nearest KFC.


7-Eleven Canada Events: Slurpee Bring Your Own Cup C-Quel, Only $1.50


It’s baaaack! 7-Eleven Canada is celebrating the long weekend by bringing back a c-quel to their ever so popular bring your own cup slurpee event (#BYOC) where you can bring in any size cup and fill it up for just $1.50!

The event is only going to be running for one day only and that day will be Friday, May 19th. There are, as would be expected, a few rules about what cups and containers can be used for this offer – so hold off on emptying out your garbage can just yet.

The container will have to meet all of these qualifications, and then you can happily fill it up to the brim for just $1.50:

  • must fit into the magic measuring hole displayed in store (when full must fit within 26cm diameter, 26cm wide and 26cm high when full)
  • no inflatables
  • must be clean
  • one container per customer per day
  • container must be able to hold liquids (no leaks!)

Check out the list of delicious and delectable flavours being offered in this year’s #BYOC event at 7-Eleven.

Click here to learn more about the #BYOC event.


MINISO Canada Expansion Planning to Launch 500 Stores


You may not have ever heard of the Japanese lifestyle brand MINISO, but this time next year you could very well have one operating at your local mall. The brand, which only just opened its first Canadian store last month in Vancouver, has ambitious plans to operate 500 more stores across the country in the next few years.

The self-described lifestyle brand offers everything from cosmetics to home appliances, but offers all of these products at extremely low prices. Picture a Japanese dollar store, but with the aesthetics of UNIQLO – who happen to be one of the brand’s main forms of competition.

In the next year, MINISO hopes to add 30 to 50 more retail locations across Canada with the second location being added to Vancouver’s Tsawwaseen Mills. As you can tell, MINISO’s plans for breaking into the Canadian market are beginning on the west coast and will make their way to bigger cities throughout the year (Toronto, Montreal, Calgary) and then begin branching off into the smaller markets.

Should MINISO have the success their envisioning for themselves in the Great White North, then there could be some serious disruption amongst value lifestyle retailers, more specifically retailers like Dollarama.

Click here to shop MINISO Canada.


Swiss Chalet Canada Unveils New Kick’n Crispy Chicken


Swiss Chalet Canada is kicking off what may be one of the tastiest menu additions all summer. Starting today, you can pick up the brand new Kick’N Crispy Chicken from Swiss Chalet, which is essentially the Canadian chain’s take on a certain southern colonel’s brand of deep-fried chicken, except the Swiss Chalet adaptation will feature hints of the rich Chalet sauce baked right into the crispy skin.

You can buy the Kick’n Crispy Chicken in five different meals, but you will only have until June 11th to experience this deep-fried goodness!

Here are the prices for the meals in my region, but be sure to check online to see if the prices vary by your region as they could:

  • Crispy Quarter Chicken: – 2 pieces, a combination of dark and white meat, your choice of 2 sides, coleslaw, white or multigrain roll and Chalet Sauce, costs $14.99.
  • Crispy Chicken Half Chicken: – 4 pieces, a combination of dark and white meat, your choice of 2 sides, coleslaw, white or multigrain roll and Chalet Sauce, costs $19.99
  • Crispy Chicken Pak – 8 Piece  comes with 8 pieces of Crispy Chicken on its own – a combination of dark and white meat, costs $29.99
  • Crispy Chicken Pak – 16 Piece includes 16 pieces of Crispy Chicken on its own – a combination of dark and white meat, costs $56.99
  • Crispy Family Pak: – 8 pieces, a combination of dark and white meat, your choice of 4 sides, a large coleslaw, 12-oz of Chalet Sauce, and 4 white or multigrain rolls for $38.99

Click here to find your nearest Swiss Chalet Canada.


McDonald’s Canada Adds Books to Happy Meal Toys


There’s no feeling as satisfying as cracking open the spine of a new book. This love of course did not grow overnight, it was one that was fostered from a young age with the help of kind librarians and teachers. McDonald’s Canada has apparently recognized the importance of instilling a love of reading from a young age and so are offering books alongside their iconic Happy Meals in lieu of plastic figurines.

From May 16 to July 17, kids will have the choice of grabbing either a toy or a book with their Happy Meal. The launch of these books is the result of McDonald’s partnering with Kids Can Press, a Canadian publisher of both fiction and non-fiction children’s books. The books will be rolled out in sequences, with the first sequence including the choice between either Scaredy Squirrel At the Beach and Hurry Up, Franklin.

Click here to learn more about McDonald’s Canada’s Happy Meal books.


Toronto Island Park Closed Until June 30


The unprecedented levels of rain that the east coast of Canada has been ravaged by over these past few weeks is continuing to have rippling effects on the community. The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) waterfront specialist Nancy Gaffney has confirmed that Toronto Island Park will definitely be closed until June 30, and may even be closed “well into July”.

The TRCA expects water levels to rise in the next month, and that they could pose a risk of considerable flooding and even damage to some of the homes on the waterfront.

Other concerns, beside the fact that Toronto Island itself is closed for public access (only residents and essential workers have permits for accessing the island) Toronto Hydro station and the fire station have also been issued warnings on how to proceed should there be another storm.

The work permits for for activities taking place on the island leading up until June 30 have been revoked and we are still awaiting news about whether or not services will open up in July.

The Victoria Day fireworks scheduled for this weekend are still set to go off, but they will be relocated to the barge as opposed to the beach.

Click here to learn more about about the closing of Toronto Island.


Ontario Adds 76 More Grocery Stores Authorized to Sell Beer and Cider


Canada Day 2017 is going to be quite the celebration, especially for the 76 grocery stores across Ontario that will be authorized to sell beer and cider starting on June 30. The 76 latest independent and larger grocery stores that are now licensed to sell these alcoholic delights are joining a list of 130 other grocery stores in the province that can sell beer and cider, bringing the provincial total to 206. There are also 70 stores that sell wine.

Here’s the list of new locations that will be offering beer and cider in between the chip and pasta aisles of your grocery stores:

GTA:

  • Fortinos – Burlington – 1059 Plains Rd. E
  • Fortinos – Toronto – 330 Queens Plate Dr.
  • Fortinos – Oakville – 493 Dundas St. W.
  • Loblaws -Richmond Hill – 301 High Tech Rd.
  • Loblaws – Toronto – 650 Dupont St.
  • Loblaws – Toronto – 396 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • Loblaws – Toronto – 60 Carlton St.
  • Longo’s – Brampton – 7700 Hurontario St.
  • Longo’s – Toronto – 15 York St.
  • Longo’s – Vaughan – 9200 Weston Rd. W.
  • Metro – Brampton – 10886 Hurontario St.
  • Metro – Toronto – 89 Gould St.
  • Metro – Toronto – 100 Lynn Williams St.
  • Metro – Toronto – 735 College St.
  • Pat Mart – Mississauga – 3415-333 Dundas St. E.
  • Real Canadian Superstore – Ajax – 30 Kingston Rd. W.
  • Sobeys – Toronto – 147 Laird Dr.
  • Sobeys – Oakville – 1500 Upper Middle Rd.
  • Sobeys – Toronto – 81 St.Clair Ave. E.
  • Starsky Fine Foods – Mississauga – 3115 Dundas St. W.
  • Starsky Fine Foods – Mississauga – 2040 Dundas St. E.
  • Vince’s Martket – Sharon – 19101 Leslie St.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Brampton – 50 Quarry Edge Dr.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Mississauga – 100 City Centre Dr.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Bowmanville – Hwy #2 Bowmanville
  • Walmart Supercentre – Milton – 1280 Steeles Ave. E.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Oshawa – 1741 Harmony Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Toronto – 799 Milner Ave.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Toronto – 1900 Eglinton Ave.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Mississauga – 800 Matheson Blvd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Brampton – 30 Coventry Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Woodbridge – 8300 Highway 27
  • Walmart Supercentre – Oshawa – 680 Laval Dr

West

  • Commisso’s Fresh Foods – Niagara Falls – 6161 Thorold Stone Rd.
  • FreshCo – Cambridge – 1 Hespeler Rd.
  • FreshCo – Hamilton – 905 Rymal Rd.
  • Loblaws – London – 3040 Wonderland Rd. S.
  • Real Canadian Superstore – Strathroy – 626 Victoria St.
  • Sobeys – Kitchener – 1187 Fischer-Hallman Rd.
  • Sobeys Waterloo – 94 Bridgeport Rd.
  • Sobeys – Orangeville – 500 Riddell Rd.
  • Sobeys – Stratford – 581 Huron St.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Stoney Creek – 510  Centennial Parkway N.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Welland – 102 Primeway Dr.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Kitchener – 1400 Ottawa St. S. Unit E
  • Walmart Supercentre – Windsor – 7100 Tecumseh Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Woodstock – 499 Norwich Ave.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Brantford – 300 King George Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Cambridge – 22 Pinebush Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Sarnia – 1444 Quinn Dr.
  • Zehrs – Waterloo – 450 Erb St. W.
  • Zehrs – Guelph – 297 Eramosa Rd.
  • Zehrs – Guelph – 1045 Paisley Rd.

East 

  • Farm Boy – Kingston – 940 Futures Gate
  • Farm Boy – Ottawa – 1642 Merivale Rd.
  • Farm Boy – Ottawa – 3033 Woodroffe Ave.
  • Foodland (Midland) – Midland – 795 Blam Beach Dr.
  • Foodland (Vankleek) – Vankleek Hill – 5666 Highway 34
  • Loblaws – Barrie – 472 Bayfield St.
  • Monacan’s Your Independent Grocer – Ottawa – 685 River Rd.
  • Real Canadian Superstore – Simcoe – 125 Queensway E.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Barrie – 35 Mapleview Dr.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Kingston – 1130 Midland Ave.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Orleans – 3900 Innes Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Peterborough – 1002 Chemong Rd.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Barrie – 450 Bayfield St.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Ottawa – 2210 Bank St.
  • Winchester Foodland – Winchester – 12015 Main St.

North

  • Food Basics – Sault Ste. Marie – 625 Trunk Rd.
  • Metro – Thunder Bay – 640 River St.
  • Parker’s Your Independent Grocer – North Bay – 1 Laurentian Ave.
  • Sobeys – Parry Sound – 25 Pine Dr.
  • Sobeys – Fenelon Falls – 15 Lindsay St.
  • Sobeys – Gravenhurt – 225 Edward St.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Thunder Bay – 777 Memorial Ave.
  • Walmart Supercentre – Timmins – 1870 Riverside Dr.

Click here to learn more about the grocery stores in Ontario getting beer and cider.


Canadian Tire To Test Home Delivery by End of 2017


Slowly but surely, Canadian Tire is making their way into the e-commerce game, and this latest development of adding home delivery to their lineup is just one of the 30 new endeavours that they’ll be undertaking in the next year to remain competitive in the ever shifting industry, said CEO Stephen Wetmore.

Canadian Tire currently only offers click and collect at their retail locations, which has kept them somewhat in the dark ages when it comes to online commerce. What’s interesting is that their other banners, like Mark’s, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, and ProHockey Life, all offer online shopping. But that’s all going to change, says Wetmore, who plans to test at-home delivery by the end of 2017.

Wetmore also announced that the company will be adding a new credit card and loyalty program.

The details for when – a more importantly, where – the home delivery testing will begin has yet to be released, but keep checking back for updates as we will continue to follow this story as it develops in the next coming months.

Click here to begin shopping at Canadian Tire.


Air Canada Replacing Aeroplan With In-House Loyalty Program in 2020


Canadians across the country woke up to some startling news on Thursday. Air Canada has decided to not renew their contract with Aeroplan provider, Aimia, and are instead branching off on their own in 2020 to create their own in-house loyalty rewards program.

The announcement came from an Air Canada press release, which quoted CEO Calin Rovinescu as believing that this decision was “the right one for our customers, our employees and our shareholders”.

The program won’t officially come into effect until June 30, 2020, and until that day, the program will remain intact and be “business as usual”. This means that you can continue using and collecting your Aeroplan points for the next three years, but as of June 30, 2020 the following will take place:

  • miles earned from Air Canada and Star Alliance flights will be credited to the new program
  • customers will then be able to redeem those miles for rewards, which will include Air Canada and Star Alliance partner flights
  • Aeroplan miles earned up until June 2020 will stay in your Aeroplan account, and will continue to be subject to the conditions of their program
  • Air Canada will continue to offer Aimia redemption seats for Aeroplan members after June 2020
  • frequent flyers will continue enjoying Air Canada Altitude status recognition
  • all Million Mile program qualification activity and status will also be honoured

The company says that the reason for starting their own loyalty program is because of the $10 billion worth of investments they have made into improving the flying experience on Air Canada flights and that through their own program “they will be able to take better care of customers by making decisions in real time that address specific needs”.

While Air Canada says that customers will safely be able to use their Aeroplan points after the June 2020 expiration, the Toronto Star reported that the CEO of Aimia is not so sure and that there are still a lot of details to be worked out.

Click here to read more about the Aeroplan and Air Canada loyalty program.


Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: Heidi For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, May 13 at 11AM!


Cineplex Canada has released their new schedule. The Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies include:

  • Today, Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11am the film Heidi, Adventure, Family, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (1h 46m).

Here’s the upcoming movie every Saturday morning at 11am for Cineplex Family Favourites at $2.99 each:

May 2017:

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: Storks
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017: Trolls

June 2017:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017: A Dog’s Purpose
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017: The Muppet Movie

Click here to see a list of Cineplex participates in the Family Favourites event.

Click here to get tickets from Cineplex online


Food Recall Warning: Tiny Tummies Baby Food Inc. Recalled Scarlett’s Sweet Beets Blend Baby Food Due to the Potential Presence of Whole Pits or Pit Pieces


Tiny Tummies Baby Food Inc. is recalling Scarlett’s Sweet Beets Blend Baby Food from the marketplace due to the potential presence of whole pits or pit pieces. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

What you should do
Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of this product.

Click here to read more information about this recall.


McDonald’s Canada Releases Three New Salads


McDonald’s Canada knows that in the summertime, a lot of us can’t even stand the sight of piping hot food, so much as stomaching it. This probably explains why they’re releasing three fresh, new salads to their menu, which will include an asian sesame fusion salad, a greek salad, and a kale caesar salad.

The salads are definitely a healthier option to the standard Big Mac, but bare in mind that those dressings do pack a bit more caloric punch than you probably assume. The salads range in calories from 250-520, depending on if you get the grilled or fried chicken. But where the calories really add up is in the salad dressing section:

As you can see, should you get a kale caesar salad with crispy chicken (520) and then use the Pure Kraft Asiago Caesar Dressing (210), your seemingly ‘lighter’ take-out meal is adding up to 730 calories! In that case, you’d almost be better off getting the Big Mac, which has 520, and also has far less sodium than the fully dressed salad.

It is refreshing to see McDonald’s adding healthier options to their menu, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re eating better simply by eating something green. To keep your salad clean, you could instead opt for the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (only 120), and then only use half the dressing as opposed to the entire packet and save yourself an extra 60 calories.

Will you be trying McDonald’s new summer salads?

Click here to find the nearest McDonald’s location.


Food Recall Warning: Industry Recalled Certain Ground and Tenderized Meat Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination


Industry is recalling certain ground and tenderized meat products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products were sold from specific locations in Ontario. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased affected products should check with their retailer.

Click here to view all the recalled products.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Click here to read more information about this recall.


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