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All You Need To Know For The Solar Eclipse


Today, Monday at around 2:30pm EST, the afternoon sky will darken in a rare moment where the moon moves between the earth and the sun, known as a solar eclipse. The moon’s long shadow will cast across most parts of the U.S., though you will be able to catch some of the effects of the solar eclipse in Canada as well. People residing in Victoria will have the best chance of seeing the full solar eclipse, while people in Iqaluit will have the most reduced chances of seeing it.

As you’ve probably heard from the warnings, solar eclipses can cause blindness in some instances if you look directly at the sun without proper eyewear protection. Some schools and daycares will actually be letting the kids off early so they can be with their parents to watch the eclipse.

The next solar eclipse is not going to be until 2024, but that one will be less visible to us North Americans so I suggest you take an hour or two off tomorrow afternoon to grab a sneak peek of this rare astrological occurrence.

CTV News has put together this helpful graphic, which you can use to track where and when you should be for optimal viewing of the solar eclipse tomorrow.

Click here to learn more about the solar eclipse.


Your Essential Back-To-School Supplies List For High School and Middle School


Back-to-school shopping can be stressful no matter how many times you’ve done it. The school will often send out a list of mandatory supplies for elementary school students to help parents and their kids figure out what they need before the school year starts. But as kids get older there seems to be less guidance about what your child needs for the impending school year, even though they’ll often arrive on the first day of middle school or high school and have teacher’s asking why they didn’t pick up X item or get X brand of a specific scientific calculator.

We’ve decided to at least try and diffuse some of that back-to-school shopping anxiety by curating lists for both middle school and high school kids. These lists are obviously not exhaustive, nor are the items included on the list mandatory, but will probably serve best as a guide for what you should budget for.

Middle School back-to-school list:

  • backpack/sidebag and gym bag (especially if your child is involved in sports)
  • USB drive and backup drive (trust me, once you’ve had one of your projects magically erased, you’ll always backup your work)
  • lock for locker
  • agenda/calendar (unless supplied by the school)
  • pencils/mechanical pencils (if getting mechanical, be sure to get refills of led)
  • pens and highlighters for studying/notes
  • binder (either one big one for all subjects, or multiple smaller ones)
  • looseleaf
  • pencil case and lunch box
  • Notebooks (e.g. Hilroy 80 page Notebooks for studying/taking notes)
  • eraser
  • whiteout
  • folders for holding handouts

High School back-to-school list:

  • laptop (unless you have a desktop/shared laptop at home)
  • scientific calculator or graphing calculator* (your child may only need this if they are taking more advanced math/physics classes)
  • backpack/sidebag and gym bag
  • USB drive and backup drive
  • lock for locker
  • pencils/mechanical pencils (if getting mechanical, be sure to get refills of led)
  • pens and highlighters for studying/notes
  • binder (either one big one for all subjects, or multiple smaller ones)
  • looseleaf
  • pencil case and lunch box
  • locker organizer
  • Notebooks (e.g. Hilroy 80 page Notebooks for studying/taking notes)
  • eraser
  • whiteout
  • folders for holding handouts
  • project/essay/report laminated folders (e.g. Staples Clear Front Report Folder)

This should cover most of the basics that you’d need for your back-to-school supplies shopping. Most other items that you would need a teacher would specify ahead of time so that you could have time to go out and pick it up before classes begin.

As for back-to-school shopping, as kids get older they may like to exercise more agency in what they get for the new school year, especially if they’re in high school and have a part-time job that allows them to buy more, if not all, of their own clothes. This list is again more of a loose idea of what you can pick up to be prepared for the year ahead, but I’d suggest that before you go out shopping with your kids you do a purge of their closet where you lay all of their clothes out and sort them into three piles: things they still wear, things they’ve grown out of, and things they no longer wear anymore.

This will give you a clear idea of what their wardrobes are lacking in and what they’ve got too much of, which should also allow you to customize this suggested back-to-school shopping list to your child’s specific needs.

Back-to-school clothing checklist:

  • pants 2-5 (jeans, cords, khakis, etc.)
  • workout clothing/sports wear 2-3 (e.g. sweatpants, running shorts, leggings, etc.)
  • dress pants/skirts, at least one for either boys or girls
  • casual dresses/skirts (if your daughter likes them)
  • hoodies/sweaters, for the cooler days 2-5
  • casual tees and blouses (4-5) and long-sleeve tees/button ups (3)
  • 1 pair of casual sneakers, 1 pair of formal shoes, and (if needed) 1 pair of sneakers for sports
  • rainboots and winter boots (plus fleece liner, if needed)
  • winter coat (if coat from last year doesn’t fit)
  • fall coat/fleece (if coat from last year doesn’t fit)
  • winter accessories (e.g. mittens, hat, scarf, gloves)
  • socks and underwear (between 10-14)
  • hair accessories (e.g. headband for sports, barrettes, hair elastics, etc.)
  • nail polish (if wanted)
  • face wash
  • deodorant/anti-perperant
  • hand sanitizer
  • gum (if wanted)

Happy back-to-school shopping!


Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events: Wonder Event, Today August 19

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Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events in August. The Toys R Us June Family Events include fun make & Takes, product demos, giveaways and more.

Visit your local Toys“R”Us store to take part in the exciting promotions and activities your kids will love. All events are offered In-store only. While quantities last. Giveaways and make and takes are limit to one per child. Events recommended for children ages 4 years and up.

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Wonder Event , Join for hands-on demonstrations of toys that will give your kids something to think about!

  • Slime Kit Demo and Takeaway
  •  Gyroscope and Flywheel Demo
  •  Vex Catapult Demo
  •  Grow Snow Demo and Takeaway
  •  Scientific Explorer Electricity Kit Demo
  •  Rusty Rivets Botasaur Demo and Play
  •  Science Scavenger Hunt and Magnifying Glass Giveaway
  •  Magformers Demo and Giveaway
  •  Kitchen Science Experiments Demo
  •  LEGO Boost Coding Master Class (available in select stores only.)

Click here to view the Toys R Us flyer.

Click here to get more information on this event.


Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: Pup Star 2 Premiere For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, August 19 at 11AM!


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

  • Today, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11am the film Pup Star 2 Premiere, Comedy, Family, Musical, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (1h 30m).

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

August 2017:

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017: Pup Star 2 Encore

Sebtember 2017:

  • Saturday September 2, 2017: Power Rangers
  • Saturday September 9, 2017: Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Saturday September 16, 2017: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Saturday September 23, 2017: The Princess Bride
  • Saturday September 30, 2017: Boss Baby

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

Click here to get tickets from Cineplex online


Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events: Play-Doh Pencil Case Gift With Purchase, Today August 18


Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events in August. The Toys R Us June Family Events include fun make & Takes, product demos, giveaways and more.

Visit your local Toys“R”Us store to take part in the exciting promotions and activities your kids will love. All events are offered In-store only. While quantities last. Giveaways and make and takes are limit to one per child. Events recommended for children ages 4 years and up.

August 18, 2017: Play-Doh Pencil Case Gift With Purchase

  • FREE Play-Doh Pencil Case when you spend $20 or more (before taxes) on ANY Play-Doh
  • Pencil Case includes: 3 Play-Doh mini cans and activity booklet. While they last. Max. 30 per store. Available instore only. Selection varies.
  • While they last

Click here to view the Toys R Us flyer.

Click here to get more information on this event.


Seinfeld Pop-Up Cafe in Toronto this Weekend


Shout out to all Seinfeld fans! If you’re in the GTA this weekend then check out the pop-up cafe at Field Trip Cafe which will be selling Seinfeld-related art, drinks and snacks starting today, August 18 until Sunday August 20 2017.

Field Trip Cafe is located at 3 Westmoreland Avenue, Toronto, ON.

Remember, don’t double dip the chips otherwise there’ll be no soup for you!


PC Financial Moving Customers Over to CIBC Under Rebranded Bank, Simplii


Customers of Loblaws PC Financial bank will be experiencing some major shifts come this October, as CIBC has officially taken over PC Financial and will be rebranding the bank as Simplii.

CIBC has been running the back-end of PC Financial’s in-house brand bank since its inception in 1997, but the two companies have decided to part ways, leaving CIBC in full control of the reins.

People who are currently members of PC Financial will continue to take advantage of the new bank, Simplii’s, no-fee daily banking and interest rates that were part of PC Financial.

Mortgages that were issued by CIBC will also remain the same, but customers will no longer be able to collect extra PC Plus points by using their Simplii card as of October 31, 2017. Points collected prior to this date, however, will remain on your account and can still be used towards collecting free groceries.

Loblaws has come out and said they plan to develop more products and to continue focusing on their popular loyalty program.

The PC Financial MasterCard products will also remained unchanged by CIBC’s absorption of PC Financial, meaning that you can still collect bonus PC points by using your MasterCard to pay for groceries.

Click here to learn more about the CIBC swallowing of PC Financial.


The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops for Her: Open the Door to an Organized Closet: Choose & Install a Closet System, Today, Wednesday, August 16

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The Home Depot Canada has a new FREE workshops available today! The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Do-It-Herself Workshops – Open the door to an organized Closet: Choose & install a closet system.

Participants You will learn basic information on organizing personal items, choosing closet storage systems, and installing ClosetMaid Closet Storage Systems.

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

To book your slot at a workshop, contact your local Home Depot location.

Click here to get all Home Depot Canada online offers.

Click here to view The Home Depot flyers

 


IKEA Canada 2018 Catalogue Now Available Online


With the rise of the tiny home, it only makes sense that IKEA Canada would respond by making their already functional and space conscious furniture even more responsive to the design needs and wants of the new home owner/renter of 2018. And as you’ll see featured in the newly released IKEA 2018 Catalogue, everything is designed around the theme of “making room for life”.

As you navigate through the catalogue, you’ll be taken from living room, to dining room, to kitchen, to bedroom and ending in the bathroom. Within each of these sections, you’ll see that IKEA has highlighted how to use their products to make the most of your space. Items like the FRIHETEN sofa bed and the VIMLE four-sectional seater are ideal for smaller apartments who would also like to have a place for guests to crash, should they want to stay the night.

New products, which hare sprinkled throughout the catalogue and are also highlighted in their own section at the end of the catalogue, are also centralized around the theme of being efficient on minimal space. The BACKIG series is a perfect example of kitchen dinnerware that is attractive, but also functional by being stackable and consuming as little space as possible.

If you’d prefer to look at the catalogue on your phone, you can browse through the IKEA 2018 catalogue on the app. Printed copies of the catalogue, however, will not be available in the stores until August 26th, while subscribers can look for the catalogue in their mailbox between August 14-26.

Click here to check out the digital version of the IKEA 2018 catalogue.


Via Rail Canada Tuesday Discount Offers: Toronto to Montreal for $39 + More Deals, August 15


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Via Rail Canada has a new list of deals where you can save on select train tickets across the country from Vancouver to Halifax! Keep in mind that you’re also permitted to take one stop-over at no extra charge, making this a possible two-in-one trip! Take advantage of Via Rail reduced fares on select routes in Economy and Sleeper class from coast-to-coast. Take a look at some of the deals below as these offers are valid today only, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, until midnight.

  • Toronto – Montreal: starting at $39, was $44
  • Toronto – Ottawa: starting at $39, was $44
  • Toronto – Kingston: starting at $35, was $42
  • Toronto – London: starting at $29, was $33
  • Toronto – Vancouver: starting at $374, was $415
  • Toronto – Windsor: starting at $39, was $44
  • Toronto –Winnipeg: starting at $184, was $204
  • Toronto – Edmonton: starting at $274, was $304
  • Toronto – Saskatoon: starting at $230, was $255
  • Montreal – Quebec City: starting at $29, was $33
  • Montreal – Ottawa: starting at $29, was $33
  • Montreal – Halifax: starting at $108, was $120
  • Montreal – Moncton: starting at $94, was $104
  • Montreal – Bathurst: starting at $72, was $80
  • Montreal – Kingston: starting at $35, was $41
  • Vancouver – Winnipeg: starting at $233, was $359
  • Vancouver – Saskatoon: starting at $181, was $201
  • Halifax – Moncton: starting at $46, was $51
  • London –Windsor: starting at $29, was $33
  • and more

Click here to browse all deals at Via Rail


Real Canadian Superstore Flyers Deals: No Tax, Today, Saturday, August 12


Real Canadian Superstore has No Tax on  today, Saturday, August 12, 2017 on Home, electronics, toys, baby, health & beauty department, Floral and Joe Fresh Apparel.

Click here to view Real Canadian Superstore Flyers.


Food Recall Warning Raspberry Mousse Cakes Recalled Due to Norovirus

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Industry is recalling various raspberry mousse cakes from the marketplace due to norovirus. Consumers should not consume and retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions should not sell, or serve the recalled products described below.

Retailers, hotels, restaurants and institutions are advised to check the labels of raspberry mousse cakes or check with their supplier to determine if they have the affected product.

These products may also have been sold frozen or refrigerated, or clerk-served from bakery-pastry counters with or without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

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.

People with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis within 24 to 48 hours, but symptoms can start as early as 12 hours after exposure. The illness often begins suddenly. Even after having the illness, you can still become re-infected by norovirus. The main symptoms of norovirus illness are diarrhea, vomiting (children usually experience more vomiting than adults), nausea and stomach cramps. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue (a general sense of tiredness).  Most people feel better within one or two days, with symptoms resolving on their own, and experience no long-term health effects. As with any illness causing diarrhea or vomiting, people who are ill should drink plenty of liquids to replace lost body fluids and prevent dehydration. In severe cases, patients may need to be hospitalized and given fluids intravenously.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Click here to read more information about this recall.


Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: The Lego Batman For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, August 12 at 11AM!


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

  • Today, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11am the film The Lego Batman, Action, Animation, Adventure, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (1h 44m).

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

August 2017:

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017: Pup Star 2 Premiere
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017: Pup Star 2 Encore

Sebtember 2017:

  • Saturday September 2, 2017: Power Rangers
  • Saturday September 9, 2017: Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Saturday September 16, 2017: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Saturday September 23, 2017: The Princess Bride
  • Saturday September 30, 2017: Boss Baby

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

Click here to get tickets from Cineplex online


The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops for Kids: Build a Home Depot Truck, Today, Saturday, August 12

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The Home Depot Canada has a new FREE workshops available today! The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Kids Workshops – Build a Home Depot Truck.

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a Home Depot truck. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their Home Depot Truck with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project and receive a FREE certificate of achievement and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be between the ages of 5-12 and must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit.

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

To book your slot at a workshop, contact your local Home Depot location.

Click here to get all Home Depot Canada online offers.

Click here to view The Home Depot flyers


Netflix Canada Increasing Prices For New Users and Soon Existing Members


Your “Netflix and Chill” habit is going to be increasing soon, and if you’re new to the streaming service, then the monthly fee increase of $1 (or $2 on the Premium plan) will be taking place immediately.

Netflix announced that Canadian users will be experiencing their first price bump in two years (the last one took place in October 2015) so that the service can “bolster its content and services”. There has been no mention that this price increase will affect other countries, more specifically the U.S.

It will now cost Canadians $8.99 for the basic plan (reg. $7.99/month), $10.99 for the standard plan (reg. $9.99) and the premium plan will see a $2 increase, as it will now cost $13.99/month rather than the $11.99/month that it was usually offered at.

In a statement, the streaming giant said that this price increase was a result of them introducing more product features and to “improve the overall Netflix experience.”

Netflix usually implements their price increases by country, as they respond to the local markets and the various demands for their service.

Click here to read more about the Netflix Canada price increase.


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