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Air Canada to Offer Refunds for All Flights Cancelled by COVID-19 Since Feb. 1 2020

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Air Canada said that eligible customers who purchased a non-refundable ticket for travel on or after February 1, 2020 but did not fly can now obtain a refund from the carrier by submitting a request online or with their travel agent. The revised COVID-19 refund policy covers tickets and Air Canada Vacations packages purchased before April 13, 2021 for flights cancelled either by the airline or by the customer for any reason.

“Air Canada will be offering refunds to all eligible customers whether they cancelled their ticket or if their flight was cancelled by the airline. Customers can now submit refund requests online or through their travel agent and we are committed to processing refunds as fast as possible,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“In addition, Air Canada has revised its booking policies for all future travel. Starting today, in cases where a customer’s flight is cancelled or rescheduled by more than three hours, we will now offer all customers the choice of receiving a refund, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus. This new policy will provide more certainty and flexibility, so customers can book their future travel with greater confidence and we look forward to welcoming you back on board.”

In addition to the expanded refund policy announced today, Air Canada customers will continue to have the option of accepting a fully transferrable Air Canada Travel Voucher (ACTV) with no expiry date or converting the value of their ticket to Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus. Customers who have already accepted an ACTV or Aeroplan points will have the option to exchange these for a refund to the original form of payment, including for the unused portion of any ACTV issued or in cases where a partial refund was provided.

Since March 2020, Air Canada has refunded more than $1.2 billion to customers holding refundable tickets. With today’s announcement, Air Canada is extending a refund option to all eligible customers with tickets for travel dates on or after February 1, 2020 and who purchased their ticket before April 13, 2021. Refunds are available to those customers whose flight was cancelled or who voluntarily cancelled their flight for any reason, and who wish to submit a request for a refund to their original form of payment. Customers can request a refund online at www.aircanada.com/refund until June 12, 2021. The policy also applies to Air Canada Vacations packages.

Customers who booked through a travel agency must contact their agent directly. In support of its travel agency partners, Air Canada confirmed today that it will not recall agency sales commissions on refunded tickets that they process.

Air Canada also announced a new policy for all tickets purchased for future travel that is effective today. For new tickets purchased on or after April 13, 2021, Air Canada will provide customers an option for a refund to the original form of payment in instances where Air Canada cancels their flight or reschedules the departure time by more than three hours, irrespective of the reason. Air Canada customers will also have the option of accepting an ACTV or Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus.

For customers who make voluntary changes, normal fare rules will apply. Air Canada has also extended its existing goodwill policy so that customers can make a one-time change without a fee for all new or existing bookings made through May 31, 2021 for original travel until May 31, 2022.

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Food Recall Warning: Consumption of Double Happiness Brand “Dried Almond” May Cause Cyanide Ppoisoning

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Tun Hau Enterprises (Canada) Ltd. is recalling Double Happiness brand “Dried Almond” from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below as it contains excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

What you should do

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

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

Apricot kernels naturally contain amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten. The human body can eliminate small amounts of cyanide, but larger amounts can result in cyanide poisoning, which could lead to death.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

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

PlayStation Plus April 2021 FREE Games: Days Gone, Oddworld: Soulstorm, and Zombie Army 4: Dead War


PlayStation Plus releases FREE games each month! Here are the games that will be available for FREE in April 2021:

All playable starting April 6, 2021:

Click here to for more information on PlayStation Plus.


Food Recall Warning: Kolapore Springs Brand Smoked Trout Products Recalled Due to Potential Presence of Dangerous Bacteria

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North Shore Specialty Foods is recalling Kolapore Springs brand smoked trout products from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

What you should do

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

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

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness.

Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. this active outbreak investigation.

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Food Safety Warning: Consumption of Our Father’s Farm Brand Extremely Bitter Apricot Kernels May Cause Cyanide Poisoning

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use the product described below due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the product described below as it contains excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

What you should do

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

Check to see if you have the affected product in your home or establishment. If the affected product is in your home or establishment, do not consume, sell, or use it.

Apricot kernels naturally contain amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten. The human body can eliminate small amounts of cyanide, but larger amounts can result in cyanide poisoning, which could lead to death.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

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

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Sobeys’ Parent to Purchase Controlling Stake in Longo’s & Grocery Gateway

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The parent company of Sobeys, Empire Company Limited, announced today an agreement to purchase 51 per cent of Longo’s and Grocery Gateway, accelerates growing presence in Ontario

Empire building momentum and increasing footprint in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario:

  • 36 Longo’s locations to join Empire’s growing store network in Ontario
  • Grocery Gateway adds 70,000 long-standing online customers to Empire’s e-commerce business
  • Longo’s and Grocery Gateway will continue to be operated by the successful Longo’s leadership team, led by President and CEO, Anthony Longo
  • Empire and Longo’s will together unlock non-customer facing synergies and other benefits
  • Acquisition price of $357 million for 51% is based on an enterprise value of $700 million
  • Expected to be accretive to earnings per share in the first full fiscal year after closing

Empire Company Limited (“Empire” or the “Company”) (TSX: EMP.A) announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase 51% of Longo’s, a long-standing, family-built network of specialty grocery stores in the GTA of Ontario, and the Grocery Gateway e-commerce business.

The transaction immediately adds two high-quality banners to Empire’s growing grocery store and e-commerce businesses in Ontario. Longo’s and Grocery Gateway are powerful strategic additions to Empire’s family of brands in the province – Sobeys, Foodland, FreshCo, Farm Boy and Voilà. Longo’s operates an excellent business with a very strong brand in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, the largest grocery market in Canada, and furthers Empire’s strategic goal of growing its market presence in Ontario.

“Empire has strong momentum and we are laser-focused on our Project Horizon growth plans in key markets like the GTA, both in bricks and mortar and e-commerce,” said Michael Medline, President and CEO, Empire. “Longo’s has built one of the most successful and sought-after brands in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario. Longo’s is a crown jewel of grocery and as a values-driven company, Longo’s culture aligns closely with Empire. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with Anthony and the Longo’s team.”

Empire’s success with the Farm Boy acquisition has set a strong foundation to welcome the Longo’s and Grocery Gateway businesses into its family of banners. The Company will continue to grow the Longo’s and Grocery Gateway businesses while unlocking benefits through non-customer facing synergies. Longo’s and Grocery Gateway customers will see no changes to their experience. Longo’s plans to open several new stores over the next five years.

“With strong alignment to our family values and purpose, we look forward to working together with Empire to bring the Longo’s experience to even more Canadian families,” said Anthony Longo, President and CEO, Longo’s. “The more we learned about Empire, the clearer it became that this was the right team to partner with to support our next chapter of growth. And of course, we will continue to offer the same high-quality service and fresh products, exceptional private-label offering and the convenience of e-commerce that our guests have come to know and love.”

Grocery Gateway, which currently serves 70,000 loyal customers, will continue as a stand-alone business. Empire will continue to invest in the growth of Grocery Gateway’s customer base, while seeking efficiencies through collaboration with Empire’s fast growing Voilà online business.

Longo’s will continue to be led by President and CEO, Anthony Longo, and his team of talented food retail executives. Although managed separately, Longo’s will benefit from Empire’s infrastructure and capabilities, in areas such as Sourcing, Logistics and Real Estate. The Longo’s commitment to community and philanthropy through the Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation will continue and, with Empire’s support, is expected to grow over time.

Founded in 1956, the first Longo’s store was opened by three brothers, Tommy, Joe and Gus Longo. Today the business has grown to 36 locations in the GTA, including 10 new stores in the last 5 years and the Grocery Gateway e-commerce business. Sales were approximately $1.1 billion for the year ended February 28, 2021. Longo’s has developed strong customer loyalty by focusing on providing guests (customers) in their stores with fresh, high-quality products, including a variety of prepared foods, and an exceptional assortment of private label products, all paired with remarkable service from their team members. The Longo family has expressed their intentions to remain as long-term shareholders of Longo’s.


Food Recall Warning: Consumption of Organic Traditions Brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels May Cause Cyanide Poisoning

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Advantage Health Matters Inc. is recalling Organic Traditions brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below as it contains excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

What you should do

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

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

Apricot kernels naturally contain amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten. The human body can eliminate small amounts of cyanide, but larger amounts can result in cyanide poisoning, which could lead to death.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

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

Click here to read more information about this recall.


Tim Hortons Canada Roll Up to Win 2021


Tim Hortons Canada’s Roll Up to Win 2021 starts on March 8! Get ready because this year’s Roll Up to Win is better than ever! New this year, say goodbye to “Please Play Again” and hello to Every Roll Wins! Among Tim Hortons’ largest prize pool ever are exciting grand prizes, coffee and donut prizes, and – new this year — digital prizes like Tims Rewards points and subscriptions to popular streaming services. There’s something everyone will love in Tim Hortons 2021 Roll Up to Win.

This year, Tim Hortons is retiring the cup and featuring their most prizes ever in an all-digital game hosted in the app and online. You’ll need the Tim Hortons app or a registered Tims Rewards card to play. Make sure you’re ready by downloading the app or creating a Tims Rewards account at www.timhortons.ca/signup. Sign in and link your physical card here. You’ll earn digital rolls for every eligible purchase starting March 8 and can reveal them in the app or at www.rolluptowin.ca.

Roll Up is back at participating Tim Hortons restaurants from March 8 to April 4 2021.

Click here to find a Tim Hortons near you.


RECALL: Ranitidine products recalled because of a nitrosamine impurity

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This month, a new update has been released regarding ranitidine drugs. Pharmascience Inc. recalls certain lots of prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine as a precaution Pharmascience Inc. is recalling 13 lots of prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs (150 mg tablets) after tests found NDMA, a nitrosamine impurity, at below but close to the accepted level. Please refer to the Affected Products table below for detailed information on the recalled lots.

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Food Safety Warning: Certain Recalled Isagenix Brand Products Being sold Through Various Internet Sites May be Unsafe Due to Over-Fortification of Vitamins

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to buy and consume Isagenix brand products recalled on October 31, 2020, November 7, 2020 and November 14, 2020 due to over-fortification of vitamins. The CFIA is aware that some of these products are currently being sold through various internet sites that are not affiliated with Isagenix International LLC.

The following products may have been sold nationally through internet sales.

Click here to view the recalled products.

What you should do

Check to see if you have the affected products in your home. If the affected products are in your home, do not consume them.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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Food Recall Warning: Harvest Brand Polish Sausages May be Unsafe Due to Undercooking

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Harvest Meats is recalling Harvest brand Polish Sausages from the marketplace due to undercooking. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

The recalled products distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan.

What you should do

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

Undercooked food may contain bacterial pathogens that can make you sick.

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

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Food Recall Warning: Eggs from Hilly Acres Farm Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Hilly Acres Farm is recalling eggs from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers, and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes should not serve, sell, or use the recalled products described below.

The recalled products have only been sold in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Only eggs from Hilly Acres Farm with best before dates indicated in the table below where the lot code contains “N38” or where there is no lot code on the package are implicated by the recall.

What you should do

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

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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

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Food Recall Warning: Certain Metro Brand Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Metro Ontario Inc. is recalling certain Metro brand products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products: Click here to vire the Recalled products

What you should do

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

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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

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Food Recall Warning: Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Vegpro International is recalling Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

What you should do

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

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

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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

Click here to read more information about this recall.


Food Recall Warning: Compliments Brand Smoked Beef Pastrami Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

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Levitts Foods Canada Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Smoked Beef Pastrami from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

What you should do

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

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

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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

Click here to read more information about this recall.


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