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Ontario is one step closer to implementing the distracted driving law


Distracted driving can take on many forms, but the most common example that you’ll probably see cruising down the freeway on your morning commute to work are people who have one hand resting on the steering wheel and the other furiously thumbing through their Facebook newsfeed.

This is just one example among countless others, but these offences – as they will soon be known – are going to have some serious repercussions if you’re caught doing them in the Ontario, as the province’s new rules are set to take effect after receiving Royal Assent.

“The law has been passed — it’s now just a matter of time,” the Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said to 680 NEWS on Monday.

“You the driver has to decide, is answering that text message or making that phone call going to be worth it when you can’t buy your way out of this anymore. You will receive a licence suspension and you will receive a substantial fine.”

These new rules that are to come into effect will mean that offenders who are caught breaking the law and are convicted will automatically have their driver’s license suspended and will receive fines reaching as high as $3,000 for individuals who are convicted three or more times.

For your first offence, you will be fined a maximum of $1,000 whereas for your second conviction you would receive a maximum fine of $2,000.

The suspension of your license will follow a similar scheme to the fines, with your first offence leading to a three day suspension, you second conviction would be a seven day suspension and people who are convicted three or more times will have their license taken away for 30 days.

The license suspension, however, will be at the discretion of the judge who will have to order the license to be taken away, meaning officers won’t be able to confiscate licenses on the side of the road.

Click here to learn more about the distracted driving law in Ontario.


Tim Hortons Canada Is “Slightly” Raising the Prices on Some Breakfast Sandwiches


It started with their hot beverages getting a price hike this past August, and it now appears that your favourite Tim Hortons Canada breakfast sandwiches may also be witnessing a “slight” price increase in the next few weeks, as CBC reports.

According to the reports gathered by the CBC, Tim Hortons will raising the prices on some breakfast sandwiches by 20 cents.

When Tim Hortons was asked by the news outlet about which exact products would be seeing this unpleasant price hike and what locations would be receiving this update, they could not confirm. The only information that they could offer up was that the raised prices was not related to the minimum wage increase.

This price surge has come after some franchise owners in Ontario decided to cut the benefits of their employees in order to balance the hit they’ll take from Ontario increasing their minimum wage from $11.60 an hour to $14.

“Regular adjustments to menu prices are a normal part of the restaurant business,” said a Tim Hortons spokesperson in an email to CBC News. “Many factors are considered when determining the final price of each menu offering and prices may vary by region.”

Most of the locations that the CBC found reports of the price increase taking place were in Ontario, and after asking an employee of a Tim Hortons in Ontario about the company’s policy on raising prices he confirmed that they usually take place across a large region, such as the entire province.

One customer interviewed for the CBC report found that their go-to breakfast, a bagel sandwich breakfast meal, has increased in price from $6.77 to $7.

Have you noticed an increase in the prices of any of your favourite menu items from Tim Hortons?

Click here to find the nearest Tim Hortons location to you.


What to Expect From Apple in 2018: HomePod, New Large iPhone Xs, iPad Pro, Apple Watch 4 & More


Apple Canada made 2017 quite a landmark year. With the release of three new iPhones, an all new Apple Watch plus a number of other smaller releases – that probably didn’t garner as much attention in light of the products just mentioned – it would be difficult for 2018 to top the previous year. However, we’re already hearing rumours of some product releases that could very well dethrone 2017 for being one of Apple’s biggest years.

Here, we break down what some experts suspect might be some of Apple’s biggest releases for 2018:

HomePod – Early 2018 ($349 USD)

The HomePod is the first wi-fi connected smart speaker from Apple – think along the lines of competitor brands like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. You can expect to have this fine piece of smart technology in your homes by early 2018, or so that’s what Apple says. Originally it was supposed to come out on the market for Christmas, but has since been delayed to an unspecified date in 2017.

The device is apparently going to retail for $349 USD, which in Canada should translate to be about $433 by today’s exchange rate.

Three New iPhones – September 2018 ($805-$929)

There are apparently going to be three new updates to the Apple iPhones that were introduced in 2017; including the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

The followup to the iPhone X will have the same OLED display, but some rumours suggest that there will be both a 5.8-inch option and a 6.5-inch option.

In addition to these to OLED phones, there are suggestions that Apple is going to release a 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display. This smartphone is said to be more affordable than the already mentioned models.

iPad Pro – September 2018 (unknown price)

The iPad Pro, set to be released in September 2018 (allegedly), is said to feature some of the add-ons that made the iPhone X so popular, more specifically the face ID technology.

It apparently will also not include a home button and will include slimmer details like the iPhone X.

There has been no confirmation about the size of this higher-end iPad, but the company is likely to stick with their standard iPad dimensions of 10.5-inch options.

Apple Watch Series 4 – September 2018 (unknown price)

There is a very high probability that we will see the fourth-generation of the Apple Watch in 2018, considering the company has been updating the model annually since its original release.

Some of the changes anticipated to come with the fourth-generation is a redesign of the watch, particularly considering that it hasn’t changed since its initial release.

Other rumours indicate that Apple might be harnessing the use of micro-LED displays for the new Watch. And on the robes of tech companies wanting to expand into using their apps to gather technology for medical research, it would not be surprising either to see the new Apple Watch featured new sensors for testing a person’s EKG.

The new sensors might also include testing blood glucose levels – through non-invasive measures – but it has yet to be confirmed if this will be part of the 2018 release.

iMac and iMac Pro – Mid-to-Late 2018

Without fail, we’re likely to see updates to both the iMac and the iMac Pro, as there is typically an annual update for the former of these models. The 21.5 and the 27-inch machines are likely to receive the update to 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips, which – as Intel has said – should make the machines up to 32% faster than before.

Whether or not these machines will receive design makeovers is still to be determined, but stay tuned to this site and we’ll be sure to have updates once they are released to the general public.

New Software – June Preview, September Release

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place each June, we should anticipate a preview of the new software for iOS devices, Macs, Apple TV and the Apple Watch, as this is typically when the software is sampled.

After the conference, the general public can expect to receive beta versions and public beta testers before the big release in September.

Bloomberg is saying that Apple is working on creating a universal app solution that would sync apps across iPhone, iPad, and Macs. This would be really big news for developers, as currently they have to create an app for iPads, iPhones, Mac, the Apple Watch and the Apple TV if they want it to be used on all devices.

More information about the update is likely to begin surfacing in the week’s leading up to the conference.

Other releases and rumours:

Some of the other products that are rumoured to receive an update/get released in 2018 include:

  • Apple TV shows
  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro and display
  • new iPhone SE
  • possible new Macbook update
  • Macbook Pro update (June)
  • next-generation AirPods
  • AirPower Charging Mat

To learn more about the possible updates and rumours around Apple’s year ahead, you can read the full article at MacRumors.

Click here to begin shopping at Apple Canada.


Apple Apologizes Over Slowing Down Products & Offers Reduced Battery Prices


Apple Canada has issued an official apology to their customers after officially admitting to have intentionally slowed down some of their older models of iPhones and in exchange for their apology they are also offering customers a reduced fee of out-of-warranty battery replacements for all affected models.

The statement that Apple issued offered more details about an ongoing issue which has seen the company admit to having implemented measures that made the update from iOS 10.2.1 hinder the performance of iPhone models like SE, 6, 6Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.

Apple continued in their statement that they would never “intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

Currently, the company is contesting a power management feature that was originally introduced in the iOS 10.2.1, which came out with the iPhone 6 and 6s. The power management feature was part of an initiative to reduce the number of unexpected shutdowns that were the result of high power draws.

However, despite these claims, Apple has been on the receiving end of a number of lawsuits that claim that the company intentionally messed around with customers products to purposefully slow down older iPhone models.

In their supporting document, Apple claims that:

A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations.

The power management features that Apple is discussing are ones that will be added to newer models of iPhones, regardless of their model.

Issues of slower speeds began to surface this past fall when Apple claims they began receiving reports from customers that they were witnessing slower speeds in their Apple products. The company says that initially they believed this was in part to blame for the software updates involved with the products, plus there were some minor unaddressed bugs in iOS 11, however they now believe it may be the result of chemical aging of the batteries.

To relieve the possible woes of customers, Apple has said they will make several changes, including a price for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements, which is being dropped from $79 to $29. This change will last from late January through to December 2018.

Apple also plans to provide additional feedback on the price drop in the future, but they say it will apply to anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery requires replacing.

In addition to the reduced battery price, Apple has made the additional move to become more transparent by providing an iOS update that will include new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery. This way, they say, customers will be able to clearly see whether the state of the battery is affecting performance.

We will continue to provide coverage of this topic as thing develop in the future.

Click here to learn more about the battery issue with Apple Canada.


You Can Now Unlock Your Cell For FREE in Canada. Here’s How


Yes, you heard correctly. Thanks to the CRTC ruling back in June, cellphone carriers in Canada HAVE to unlock your phone for free.

Prior to the ruling, cellphone carriers in Canada could charge a fee if you wished to change carriers for either financial reasons, or for when you were traveling abroad. Having been on the mind-boggling end of this frustrating process on one too many occasions, I can 110% relate to the bothersome costs and stresses that this system used to cause. But now, customers needn’t worry about these ‘hidden’ fees.

But, the process for each carrier will be different, so you will have to follow the specific instructions provided by your individual carrier to get your phone legally unlocked.

We’ve rounded up the specifics from each of the most common carriers in Canada and also provided the numbers of these providers should you have any questions or queries about how to navigate this previously devilish system.

Bell Canada:

For Bell, you will have the option of either doing the unlocking in-store or online by going to your MyBell account page. If you should encounter any difficulty, you can call 1-800-667-0123.

Fido Canada:

For this, you can also go to a physical location or call 1-888-481-3436.

Koodo mobile:

Go in-store or call this number: 1-866-995-6636.

Rogers Communications:

There are three ways that you can unlock your phone with Rogers. The first is by heading online to live chat with Rogers support, probably the most simple. Alternatively, you can go into a physical location to have your phone unlocked or call 1-855-381-7835.

Telus:

You can either go in-store, go online to chat with TELUS support or call 1-866-558-2273 for more instructions.

Virgin Mobile:

You’ll have the option to login to your account and unlock through the main account page, or visit a physical location. Alternatively, you can call 1-888-999-2321.


Royal Canadian Mint New Coins: Pure Silver Swarovski Crystals – Zodiac Series: Sagittarius Coin + Gates of Canada 4-Coin Series


The Royal Canadian Mint really knows how to personalize your coin collection. Right now, you can pick up a Pure Silver Coin made with Swarovski® Crystals – Zodiac Series: Sagittarius – Mintage: 5,500 (2017) for just $54.95, which really is a fabulous deal since it is made with pure silver and two Swarovski crystal embellishments. Coins like this Sagittarius one, which is the 12th in a series of zodiac signs (so look out for the early iterations that may contain your birth sign), would make for a thoughtful and caring birthday present that will last a lifetime.

The second coin offer that the Mint has available right now is truly a special one. Starting with an iconic Enchanted Garden Gates coin, which will be the first in a four part subscription, you will eventually have some of the finest crafted coins that the Mint has ever produced to celebrate a unique mainstay of our country: gardens and gates.

The Gates of Canada – 2 oz. Pure Silver 4-Coin Subscription – Mintage: 5,500 (2017-2018) will begin shipping your first two coins in November, while the third coin will be shipped in February 2018 with the fourth and final instalment coming in July 2018. The cost of each individual coin is $239.95, but each coin will ship with its own Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshells with black beauty boxes.

The Royal Canadian Mint offers FREE shipping on all orders that are $100 or more.

Click here to begin shopping at the Royal Canadian Mint.


Here Are All the Places You Can Find Hatchimals This Christmas Season


The hot toy for Christmas 2016 was the unassuming and egg-citing lifelike Hatchimals, a toy that allows you to watch your toy hatch from egg to infancy. This year, we expect that there will be equal demand for these adorable creatures, particularly since there are even more ‘colleggibles’ to choose from in the 2017 selection.

We’ve collected and complied a list of the different species of Hatchimals you can collect, where you can find them (right now that is) and how much they are being sold at each location. We’ll be adding and updating this list as we approach closer to the holiday season and the stock/prices of the popular egg-focused toys begins to drop and/or rise.

Where to find Draggles:

Where to find Pengulas:

Where to buy Shimmering Pengula:

Where to buy Shimmering Draggle:

Click here to learn more about Hatchimals.

Click here to view all Hatchimals offers at Amazon.ca


Starbucks Canada Pumpkin Spice Latte Returns Today


Surprise! Fall has come early and for those of us who can’t wait to cozy up with a big wool blanket next to a warm fire, you’ll be pleased to hear that the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks Canada will be making its big return today September 1st 2017.

The news was announced on Starbucks’ Facebook page and Twitter in the last couple days and the announcement has already quite the reaction on various social media feeds.

Are you excited for the early arrival of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latter or do you think it’s too early to be hauling out the pumpkin flavoured goodies?


Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix Canada For September 2017


For those of you who were left hanging in the season 7 finale of the tongue-in-cheek animated spy sitcom, Archer, you’ll be relieved to hear that season 8 will begin streaming on Netflix Canada this September (the first to be exact).

Archer is just one among many titles that will be getting their season reboot on Netflix this fall, along with a number of Netflix originals (both TV series and movies) that will be premiering over the next few weeks. We’ve rounded up the full list of what you’ll be able to stream this September, and like always, we are providing asterisks (*) for the movies/TV series that have an 80% or higher ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.

September 1-6

  • Archer (season 8)*
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Black Sea*
  • Chelsea (season 2)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Dad of Light (season 1)
  • Hidden Figures*
  • LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Little Evil (Netflix Original)
  • Narcos, Season 3 (Netflix Original)*
  • Resurface (Netflix Original)
  • Say Anything…*
  • Silence*
  • Stretch*
  • The B-Side*
  • The Ice Storm*
  • The Last Shaman
  • The Lost Brother
  • The Squid and the Whale*
  • The Wiggles, Season 1
  • Timeless, Season 1
  • Who the F*** is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago
  • Why Him?
  • Marc Maron: Too Real (Netflix Original)
  • Newsies: The Broadway Musical*
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  • A Good American*

September 8-14

  • #REALITYHIGH (Netflix Original)
  • BoJack Horseman, Season 4 (Netflix Original)*
  • Fabrizio Copano: Solo Pienso En Mi (Netflix Original)
  • Fire Chasers, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Greenhouse Academy, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Joaquín Reyes: Una y no más (Netflix Original)
  • Spirit: Riding Free, Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Confession Tapes, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Space Between Us
  • The Walking Dead, Season 7*
  • Nashville, Season 5*
  • Son of Zorn, Season 1
  • Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster (Netflix Original)
  • The Little Rascals

September 15-19

  • American Vandal, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Dragons’ Den (UK) Season 13
  • First They Killed My Father (Netflix Original)
  • Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World*
  • Project Mc2, Part 5 (Netflix Original)
  • Strong Island (Netflix Original)
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • VeggieTales in the City, Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Trash
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Jerry Before Seinfeld (Netflix Original)

September 20-30

  • Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance*
  • Scream Queens, Season 2
  • This is Us, Season 1*
  • Wentworth, Season 5
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s*
  • Lethal Weapon, Season 1
  • The Deer Hunter*
  • The Good Place, Season 1*
  • 6 Days (Netflix Original)
  • Fuller House, New Episodes (Netflix Original)
  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Monster Trucks
  • The Exorcist, Season 1
  • Planet Earth II*
  • Terrace House: Aloha State, Part 4 (Netflix Original)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Lee Daniels’ Star, Season 2
  • The Other Guys
  • Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13
  • The Expendables 3
  • There Will Be Blood*
  • Big Mouth, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Club de Cuervos, Season 3 (Netflix Original)*
  • Gerald’s Game (Netflix Original)
  • Our Souls at Night (Netflix Original)
  • Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Real Rob, Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Rings
  • Southpaw
  • The Devil’s Candy*
  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Johnson & Johnson Paying $417 Million For Lawsuit That Links Baby Powder to Cancer


It was decided on Monday by a California jury that Johnson & Johnson, the multinational corporation valued to be worth at least $65 billion, will have to pay $417 million to a US woman who claims that the company’s talc-based products (namely, the Johnson’s Baby Powder) caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

The woman, Eva Echeverria, is one of 4,800 people who have brought similar allegations against the company’s baby powder product for feminine hygiene, though her lawsuit is by far the largest so far. In total, she will receive $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 in punitive damages.

The Los Angeles Superior court ruled in Echeverria’s favour with the allegation that J&J did not do an adequate job in warning customers about the potential risks involved using their talc-based products.

J&J is going ahead with appealing the verdict and said in a statement from a representative for J&J that:

“We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder. In April, the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query Editorial Board wrote, ‘The weight of evidence does not support an association between perineal talc exposure and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.’ We are preparing for additional trials in the US and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder”

This is the largest of the verdicts to be reached with second largest totalling to $110 million. And there have already been five trials leading up to the Californian one, all of which have taken place in Missouri state court.

There are still hundreds of California talc-based cases against J&J that have yet to go to trial, but this most recent case will set a harrowing precedent for the New Jersey based company.

Click here to learn more about the Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit.


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.


Costco Canada Weekly Instant Handouts Coupons/Flyers for: Quebec, August 21 – August 27


Costco Canada has now released the new weekly instant discount handouts! These handouts are available at all Costco wholesale warehouses in Quebec.

These Costco Canada eastern instant flyers are valid from today, Monday, August 21, 2017 until Sunday, August 27, 2017, some of these coupons are valid until Sunday, September 2, 2017.  Only Costco members in good standing may use these instant savings handouts and Costco discount will be automatically added when you purchase any of these items.

The new Costco Canada instant weekly savings handouts for Quebec province include:

  • $5 OFF Cashmere Premium 2-ply bathroom tissue 40 x 234 sheets
  • $3 OFF Welch’s Fruit Snacks 60 x 22 g
  • $2 OFF Rougemont Juice boxes 40 x 200 mL
  • $3 OFF Hostess Lunch variety pack 50 bags
  • $2.50 OFF Celebration Mini chocolate chip cookies 780 g
  • $6 OFF Starbucks French roast coffee 1.13 kg
  • $4 OFF Balderson 2-year-old cheddar cheese 750 g
  • $3.20 OFF Ziploc Sandwich bags 4 x 150 bags
  • $4 OFF Janes Lemon pepper cod 1.36 kg
  • $3 OFF Kellogg’s Rice Krispies squares pack of 54
  • $2 OFF Post Cranberry almond crunch cereal 1.4 kg
  • $2 OFF Fontaine Santé Traditional hummus 2 x 565 g
  • $4 OFF Olivieri Seven-cheese rainbow tortellini 3 x 750 g
  • $2.80 OFF Applesnax Apple sauce 36 x 90 g
  • $8 OFF Finish Powerball Dishwasher detergent pack of 132
  • $2 OFF Quaker Harvest Crunch cereal 1.8 kg
  • $2.50 OFF Q-tips Cotton swabs box of 1,875
  • $5 OFF Kirkland Signature Glucosamine sulfate 750 mg, 420 vegetarian capsules
  • $6 OFF Buffalo Men’s 5-pocket twill pants various sizes
  • $5 OFF Wellesse Liquid glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM 1 L

Click here to view all Costco Canada instant weekly handouts fly­ers.


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!


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.


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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