The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops: Build a Planter Bench! Today, April 19

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The Home Depot Canada has a new list of workshops! The The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Build a Planter Bench. Planning, cutting, assembling and finishing touches.

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 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

Subway Canada Introducing Four New Paninis To Lineup

This may be a publicity stunt to detract attention away from Subway Canada’s previous reputation with ‘transparency’, but it sure is a delicious sounding one if that be the case. Subway is introducing four new paninis to their menu, which are being described as gourmet sandwiches as they will feature the freshest vegetables, quality meats and melted cheese.

The sandwiches will include:

  • Chipotle Steak & Cheese: 100 per cent Canadian steak, green peppers, red onions and cheddar cheese on the new ciabatta bread
  • Triple Cheese: Cheddar, Swiss and Monterey cheeses, baby spinach, red tomatoes and crunchy red onions
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu: Canadian ham, grilled white meat chicken strips, Swiss cheese, baby spinach and tomatoes drizzled with creamy honey mustard
  • Italian B.M.T. Melt: Genoa salami, pepperoni, ham, cheddar cheese, spinach, tomato and red onion drizzled with house sandwich sauce

This is all part of a rebranding strategy that Subway Canada’s Senior Marketing Director described as “a declaration of our commitment to the sandwich.” She described how there are a number of “exciting” changes coming to Subway’s across Canada, including new packaging and uniforms in their sandwich shops.

The gourmet paninis will be touring across Canada in a truck called the Panini Express. Beginning in Toronto and making their way east to Charlottetown, and then back west to Vancouver, the paninis will be showcased in a one-of-its-kind transparent food truck so that customers can see how the sandwiches are prepared from start to finish.

You can follow the Panini Express tour on Subway Canada’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Click here to learn more about the paninis from Subway Canada.

Starbucks Canada’s Unicorn Frappuccino is Here!

Catch it while you can! Starting today, and for five days only, Starbucks Canada will be offering UNICORN Frappuccinos! Capture the colour-changing, flavour-changing, limited-edition-totally not-made-up-Frappuccino before it disappears!

This sweet and pleasantly sour spectacle is in participating Starbucks Canada stores until April 23rd 2017 only.

Did you try it? We’d love it if you share your experience with us (in the comments) once you do! 🙂

Click here for more information on Starbucks Canada’s Unicorn Frappuccino!

Home Depot Canada FREE May Workshops: Learn how to Select & Care for Assorted Perennials!

The Home Depot Canada has a new workshop in May 2017! The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops of May 2017 includes: Learn how to Select & Care for Assorted Perennials!

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid on Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

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.

McDonald’s McCafé Canada Introduces New Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffin!

Better late than never! McDonald’s McCafé Canada is introducing a new banana chocolate chunk muffin. Made with 8 grams of whole grains, real banana, dark chocolate and topped with granola – it sounds delicious!

Furthermore, you can buy any muffin and coffee for only $1.99. The other muffins available are: blueberry, carrot, cranberry orange, and fruit and fibre.

Click here for more information on this McDonald’s deal.

While U.S. Plans to Cut Trans Fats, Canadians Reflect on Lack of Measures in Own Country

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban all trans fats in the United States, citing the fats as being “a public health concern”. While the U.S. is taking steps to formally remove the artificial fats from their market, Canada still stands steps behind their southern counterpart as they have yet to meet their own 2007 goal of eliminating trans fats from products.

Trans fats can be naturally found in some meats, but the kind we’re talking about is the artificial kind, which are made by making oil into a solid through the addition of hydrogen (hence why they are also known as partially hydrogenated oils). Trans fats are often used to create a softer texture in manufactured goods, like baked treats, breads, deep fried foods, and margarine. They also extend the shelf life of food.

The problem, among many, with trans fats is that they raise your bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) while lowering your good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein). These artery cloggers have been linked to a greater risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

And so, with the U.S. finally making steps to curb the use of these proven heart stoppers, where is Canada’s plan?

To understand Canada’s history with trans fats, you have to go back to 2007, when Health Canada asked the food industry to eliminate or at least reduce the use of trans fats in their products. They were given two years to meet this deadline, and if they did not meet it voluntarily, then the government said they would step in to make regulations that would force them to alter their trans fats usage.

In 2009, even with the voluntary bans in place, trans fats were still found to be in 25 percent of the food consumed by Canadians. And since then very little has been done (officially) to stop trans fats from being put into our food. What’s more harmful is that under food labelling regulations in Canada, if the food product you are consuming has less than half a gram of trans fat per serving, then producers are allowed to list the amount of trans fats as being ‘0’.

This may not seem like a lot, but trans fats are one of those unsaturated fats that any amount is considered bad for you, and those hidden amounts can really add up.

That being said, Health Canada is attempting to follow the steps of our neighbours to the south. On Friday, Heath Canada presented a “Notice of Proposal” which would prohibit the use of industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils. If passed, this shift would be the first major step in completely eliminating trans fats from the Canadian diet.

*Note: In B.C., they decided to take matters into their own hands and removed all artificial trans fats in foods prepared and served in the province in 2009. This included restaurants, schools and health care services.

Until then though, here’s a helpful little list of some of the biggest offenders for containing trans fats that you should be on the look out for (though you should always be checking the nutrition label to be sure your specific brand does or doesn’t have trans fats in it):

  • margarine (stick or tub)
  • shortening
  • microwave popcorn
  • deep fried fast foods
  • doughnuts
  • cream filled candies
  • frozen pizza
  • pie crust
  • pre-packaged frostings and baked goods
  • pancake and waffle mixes
  • non-dairy creamers
  • frozen/pre-packaged biscuits
  • frozen treats/creamy drinks (e.g. Dairy Queen blizzards)

This just a cautionary list of places where you could find trans fats. This is by no means an exhaustive list and it also doesn’t mean that because margarine is listed as one of the usual offenders for using trans fats that your specific brand of margarine also has trans fats in it (e.g. Smart Balance is a popular margarine that’s trans fat free).

Happy and healthy shopping!

Food Recall Warning: High Liner Captain’s Crew Brand Breaded Fish

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According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, High Liner Foods Inc. is recalling High Liner Captain’s Crew brand breaded fish strips and High Liner Captain’s Crew brand breaded fish nuggets from the marketplace because they may contain milk which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to milk should not consume the recalled products described below.

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 have an allergy to milk, do not consume the recalled products as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of these products.

Click here to get more information on this recall at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,

Loblaws to Open 50 New Stores and Renovate 150 Existing Stores

Loblaws Canada made a big announcement on Thursday afternoon that they would be adding 30 new stores and renovating 500* of their existing stores in 2017. The stores that will be renovated will include both grocery stores that fall under many of Loblaws banners, as well as Shoppers Drug Mart stores. The company is also excited to announce that this expansion will add 10,000 retail and construction jobs.

This announcement comes almost exactly a year after the company announced that they would be adding 50 stores and renovating 150 of their current stores.

They have yet to release where the new stores will be added or which stores are going to be renovated. The stores receiving renovations will be designed to accommodate for the inclusion of click and collect e-commerce (to keep up with e-commerce giants like Amazon), improved health and wellness services and the addition of fresh produce at select Shoppers Drug Marts.

The renovations and expansions are going to cost Loblaws $1.3 billion.

*A previous version to this story incorrectly listed the number of stores being added as 50 and the number of stores being renovated as 150. 

Click here to see this week’s flyer from Loblaws Canada.

Food Recall Warning: Various Brands of Flour & Flour Products Recalled Due to E. coli

The food recall warning posted before has been updated to include additional products. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Ardent Mills is recalling various brands of flour and flour products due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. The brand name include: Brodie, Creative Baker, Golden Temple & Robin Hood. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described here.

What you should do:

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

Food contaminated with E. coli O121 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.

Click here for more information on this recall!

The Cheesecake Factory to Open its First Restaurant in Canada

Here is some delicious news to brighten your Wednesday: The Cheesecake Factory will open its first location in Canada (first one in a long time to be exact)! The full-service restaurant, popular for its encyclopedic menu and over 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts, will open in the fall of 2017 in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, ON.

Spanning over 10,400 square feet with two covered patios, The Cheesecake Factory location will feature imported limestone floors and custom wood columns, hand painted murals and modern lighting — décor that is as creative and imaginative as the menu itself. Food-wise, the restaurant will offer its famous menu that includes: “super foods, pizzas, glamburger® & sandwiches, pastas, steaks, chops, fish & seafood, skinnylicious®, Sunday brunch, all handmade, in-house with fresh ingredients.

Click here for more information on The Cheesecake Factory opening Canada.

National Canadian Film Day 150 Offering FREE Screenings Across Canada!

National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive, free, one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On Wednesday April 19th 2017, join your fellow Canadians in theatres, libraries, schools, online, public squares and drive-ins across the country to celebrate our nation’s cinema on National Canadian Film Day 150!

With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world. Ever.

Click here for more information.

How to Make McDonald’s Discontinued Szechuan Sauce

The internet blew up last week following the surprise (and tongue-in-cheek serious) premiere of season three for the hit Adult Swim cartoon, Rick and Morty. Though the show premiered on April 1st, the content of what the show discussed – that is, the fabled szechuan sauce that was retired from McDonald’s menu in the late 90s – is gearing up to have some real world consequences.

In the show, the main character Rick (an alcoholic, mad scientist) admits that the Pandora’s box for all his crotchety and time travelling behavior was the discontinuing of McDonald’s szechuan sauce. Since then, he has been on a mission to bring the sauce back into his life.

For those of you not familiar with the Rick and Morty universe, you can check out a clip from the most recent episode here for more context:

But for those of you who either don’t trust the ‘suits’ behind the Golden Arch or can’t wait for McDonald’s to re-release the szechuan sauce (some Twitter followers speculate 2018 might be the perfect time to re-launch the sauce, as Disney’s live action Mulan will also be coming out in 2018), here’s a video tutorial that can show you how to make a homemade, copy-cat version:

Happy McNugga Lubba Dub Dub sauce making!

Toys R Us Canada FREE Family Event: LEGO CITYBuild Your City Of Tomorrow, April 8 & 9 From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Toys R Us Canada has a great FREE Family Events in April on Saturday including fun make and 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 5 years and up.

Today: Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, 2017  from 11am – 1pm

  • LEGO CITYBuild Your City Of Tomorrow
  • The LEGO City of Tomorrow Team is coming to a Toys“R”Us store near you. Join Toys“R”Us to help build an amazing City of Tomorrow!

Here’s the upcoming event on April at 11am:

Sunday, April 22, 2017

  • “Play Day Event”, Join Toys“R”Us for a Play Day Event & celebrate Earth Day!

Click here to view the Toys R Us flyer.

Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: The Land Before Time For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, April 8 at 11AM!

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

  • Today, Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11am the film The Land Before Time. Animation, Adventure, Family, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (1h 09m).

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

April 2017:

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: Hop
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: E.T Extra-Terrestrial
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017: Sing

May 2017:

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017: The Lego Movie
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017: Heidi
  • 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

The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops: Build a Bunny Basket! Today, April 8

The Home Depot Canada has a new list of workshops! The The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Build a Bunny Basket. Kids will learn how to build a Bunny Basket with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Kids’ projects can be painted in-store. Please dress appropriately for painting. FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 10:00 am to noon.

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

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