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Walmart Canada – Update 2


I thought I’d update you guys on what happened in regards to Walmart’s legal threat

I emailed the lawyer with the letter we prepared (after changing it based on the feedback I got in the comments). I never heard back from them which I think is a good thing. Thank you everyone for your help and support. I think that everyone contacting Walmart Canada and letting them know that SmartCanucks is authentic significantly helped! Here’s a reply Kimable, a SmartCanucks reader, got from Walmart Canada when she emailed them:

Good morning,

We appreciate your concern and the opportunity to respond. The communication sent to Smartcanucks originated from an external law firm in the United States, as part of our global company’s effort to defend customers against the growing incidence of online fraud. Unfortunately, Walmart Canada did not have the opportunity to review the communication before it was sent. We believe it was overzealous. However, we continue to urge customers to be very cautious when assessing online offers bearing Walmart’s name

Regards
Debbie
Customer Relations Administrator

Once again, thank you everyone for your advice and support  😀


When What to my Wondering Eyes Should Appear . . .


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So I’m flipping through the October issue of Canadian Living looking for coupons (scan for coupons first, read later) when I see the word ‘coupons’. Upon closer examination I discover that it is an article entitled “Online Coupons” by Deena Waisberg. Hmm, I wonder to myself, what sites does she list? I scan the bolded text box on the bottom right hand side of the page, pretty much assuming it’d be save.ca and the like, and what do I see but – you know what’s coming here don’tcha??? http:smartcanucks.ca !!!!!!!!! Woohoo! That’s Us!! I mean I know it’s Boo Radley (did I mention you’re fantastic!) but collectively it’s us!!!!  Right there in print on page 186 of Canadian Living – wooh Boo your name’s going to be in bright lights! (well, your user name anyway ;-p) Congrats SmartCanucks!!


Smart Canucks will be on CTV This Thursday, 7:45am & 6:20pm EST


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First of all I’d like to thank Koala who took the time and effort to meet with the CTV crew and represent SmartCanucks in the wonderful way she did. I’m looking forward to seeing her interview this Thursday. More details from Koala:

Smart Canucks will be on Canada AM this Thursday July 9 @ 7:45 am EST

and will also air

Thursday July 9 on CTV @ 6 pm EST
( Pat Foran’s segment is usually about 6:20 pm EST)

He says there is a good possibility it will go NATIONAL and the west and east coasts may air this as well, so you will have to check your listings.

Also to add, if the response is good, there will be a follow up.

Here is a little more more info about Pat Foran

More pictures and details about this CTV interview here


New Canadian Reviews Blog: Express Yourself!


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I’ve added a new reviews blog on here where you can freely express yourself and share with us your positive or negative store, service or product experience! This reviews blog will be 100% uncensored and 100% unbiased, and no review will be removed even if a company contacts me and asks to have it removed.

  • Had a good or bad retail store or shopping experience?
  • Got scammed? Cheated?
  • Got treated unfairly?
  • Had an good, bad or unusual product experience?

You’re at the right place! The Canadian Reviews Blog is where you can freely write about your experience and express yourself without being censored! This is where we, the consumers, bite back on unfair and rude services and reward good ones!

Share your stories and have other readers comment, give you advice and help you out!

Click here to visit the reviews section and submit your review

You can also access the reviews blog by clicking on the “Reviews” tab in the website header.


Know of a Good Deal, Coupon or Freebie? Let us Know!


The “Suggest a Deal” Form is back on SmartCanucks’ sidebar 😀

Except now it’s even better! You can now upload files too! So if you come across a good deal, coupon or freebie please let me know and I’ll blog about it! If it’s a PDF or an image you can upload that too! Once I get your deal suggestion I will blog about it on SmartCanucks 🙂

Thanks in advance for sharing the deals you come across with the rest of us 🙂


Our Beautiful Ashley (RoseofBlack) is in June’s Issue of ELLE Canada Magazine


The June issue of ELLE Magazine is a million times prettier because the gorgeous Ashley is pictured in it!

Ashley who a lot of you know her by roseofblack (the moderator) on SmartCanucks’ Forum won the makeover contest from Herbal Essences, traveled to Toronto a couple of months ago for the photo-shoot and is featured in June’s ELLE Canada magazine. Congrats Ashley 😀

Here are some of her ELLE Canada / Herbal Essences photos:

Ashley - ELLE Canada
Ashley - ELLE Canada

You Can view more of her photos at ELLE Canada Stylista


SmartCanucks Contest – Free $10 Giveaway Daily – Memories


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Winners So Far

  • May 7 Winner: Post 109 by Kitty
  • May 8 Winner: Post 105 by Connie Walsh
  • May 9 Winner: Post 25 by Maybe
  • May 10 Winner: Post 139 by Ivan
  • May 11 Winner: post 93 by vibrantflame

Winners Please send an email to [email protected] with “Date X Winner” in the subject. Let us know whether you’d prefer a gift card or paypal and the neccessary info to have the gift sent.

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As promised, today I launch SmartCanucks’ largest contest ever in celebration of the new design and as a thank you to all the wonderful readers who made SC the beautiful place it is today. I’ve met a lot of amazing people through SC and made some everlasting friendships and I look forward to meeting new people and making new friends. Thank you.

I’ll be giving away a $10 Gift Card or PayPal cash daily for the next few months. Everyday we’ll have a different winner (you cannot win more than once). This means that we’ll have over 100 different winners so you have an excellent chance of winning.

Here’s how the contest will work: Every week we’ll have a new discussion topic. You can enter the contest by leaving comments and participating in the discussion. You’re allowed a maximum of 3 entries per week but you are more than welcome to post more than 3 comments if you’re enjoying the discussion (they will count as 3). Any spammy comments that don’t add true value to the discussion will not be included as contest entries.

Everyday (at no particular time because my schedule is pretty hectic) a winner will be randomly chosen.The winner will be chosen from all entries since the beginning of that week’s contest. So you may have left a comment on Day 1 and you could still win on Day 5. The winner can choose a gift card for a national store like Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Tim Hortons, MasterCard cash card, etc. or cash via PayPal.

A few more quick points…

I’m looking for sponsors

If you own or work at a company or in Marketing/PR and are interested in sponsoring a day or week of my contest I’d really appreciate that! Please email me at smartcanucks at gmail dot com.

I’m looking for a reputable Youtuber or Blogger to randomly choose the daily winner

Right now I’ll be randomly choosing the daily winner myself. But if a well known Youtuber or Blogger is interested in taking over that task to prove it’s done fairly that would be great! Please email me at smartcanucks at gmail dot com.

How am I affording to pay for this?

I’ll be paying for this using the money I made from GoogleAds mainly. Hopefully I can get a few sponsors too.

Is this the same as the contest running on Smart Canucks Forum?

No, it is different.

Now onto the contest…  😀

Let us know of your childhood or young adult memories  and the things you cherished the most. What makes you nostalgic? What do you miss? Tell us about a special moment you recall.

Contest info: New $10 gift card or paypal winner chosen daily.


Happy Mother’s Day from SmartCanucks!


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Spring is in the air, and I’m alive. It must mean I have a mother somewhere and it’s time to say thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there in the SmartCanucks community. I hope your day is full of breakfasts in bed, cards made from macaroni, and lots of hugs and love.

While I can’t be nearly as nice to my wife today as I’d like to be (due to my erratic work schedule) I’d just like to give her an extra special thank you. We have two great kids, and you’ve been an amazing mom for nearly five years now. I might not be able to make breakfast in bed happen today, but hopefully this public thank you for all you’ve done can help make up for it.

Pictured above are my wife and our second daughter, Emily, taken shortly after her birth. I love my kids. I love my wife. And I’m very thankful for both. Happy Mother’s Day, Hailea.


Happy Birthday Boo!


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If my Facebook is to be believed (and I think it is!) today is the birthday of our fearless leader and good friend Boo Radley.

Happy Birthday Boo! It’s been a great few years working with you sir, and I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

I won’t give away the gentleman’s age, lest I ruin the mystique. Instead I’ll share the above photo with you, one of the rare brief sightings of a Boo Radley in the wild. No one really knows what he looks like. Catching a glimpse is about as rare as the Sasquatch..

Boo – are you the Sasquatch? 😉


Would you like to use an avatar in the comments?


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Lots of new changes around here lately thanks to the beautiful new overhaul Boo has given the site. I’d like to talk to you about one of those changes right now, since I know questions about it are bound to pop up about it sooner or later: avatars.

As you may have seen, a few folks (myself included) now have their picture beside their name when commenting on a post. This is done not through SmartCanucks, but through a website called Gravatar. Gravatar is something of a universal avatar system. While it won’t work for every website you visit, you’ll find that many of the blogs you comment on have gravatars active.

Once you’ve set up your gravatar account any site that has a connection to gravatars should automatically begin to show your photo next to the comments. Neat, huh?

If you want to start showing off that pretty face of yours, click here and set up a Gravatar account!


SmartCanucks New Logo, Design & Blog Contest!


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I’ve made a few enhancements to SmartCanucks’ blog design and also got a proper logo designed for the website at last. I hope you like the new design changes and the new logo 😀

If you have any feedback, suggestions or ideas please let me know! I will take your feedback very seriously and try making the blog as pleasant as possible to all SmartCanucks.ca readers!

To celebrate the new design and logo we’ll be having a contest this Wednesday on the SmartCanucks blog and the contest will go on for over a month with someone winning a $10 gift card daily! Check out the blog on Wednesday for the official contest launch and more details!


Welcome Koala to Our Blogging Team


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I’d like to welcome koala the lucky bear to our Blog Team 🙂

Many of you know koala through the forum. She has years and years of experience entering contests and knows all the secrets to winning as many contests as possible. Last year alone (2008) she won $6000 worth of contest prizes 😯

Koala has volunteered to share her tips and tricks and winning secrets with us. She’ll also post the hottest contests each week on the blog and will be blogging on the Canadian Contests Blog with RoseofBlack.

Never won a contest before? Think you’re an unlucky person? This may now change! The more you learn about contests and the more contests you enter the more you’ll win. In no time contesting will become a skill. As Thomas Jefferson once said “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

Thank you Koala for sharing your invaluable information with us and I’m looking forward to your blog posts!


Smart Canucks Cutest Pet Contest


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I should’ve probably blogged about this earlier but I was extremely busy this holiday season. On SmartCanucks we’re having a Cute Pet Contest where you can submit a picture of your pet for a chance to win one of 30 prizes that include a Zune, a $75 Zellers Gift Card and an iPod.

The deadline for submitting a picture was supposed to be today but I’m extending it for 3 more days to give my blog readers a chance to submit a picture too. So the new deadline to submitting a picture is 11:00pm on  January 3rd, 2009.

Click here for more details on this Cute Pet Contest


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Read it FREE


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Not so much a deal per se, but I’ve stumbled across a free online version of the original F Scott Fitzgerald short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Considering the film is such a hot topic amongst movie goers right now, I thought some of you might enjoy giving this one a quick read. I haven’t seen the film yet, but the story is wonderful. It definitely has me booking a date to get out to the movie theater.

The online text is part of a full online reprint of Tales of the Jazz Age, the collection in which Benjamin Button first appeared. If you liked the story, why not check out the others? You can find the Table of Contents for Tales of the Jazz Age here.


Know of Advanced Boxing Day Flyer Deals? Post them here & Get a Free Gift Card!


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If you work at a certain store and have advanced access to Boxing Day Flyers please scan the flyer or list the deal in the Boxing Day Flyers forum section and you will get a free Gift Card from President’s Choice, Shoppers, Subway, Tim Hortons or Zellers.

Click here for details on posting Boxing Day Flyers & getting free gift cards


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