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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.

Disney Ending Deal With Netflix, Launching Own Streaming Service in 2019

Netflix Canada is taking a big hit this week. Disney has just announced that, as of 2019, they will no longer be allowing Netflix to use their content.

In a statement released on August 8th, 2017, Disney came forward and stated that instead of selling their content to be streamed on the internet’s streaming giant, they would be acquiring majority ownership of BAMTech, which would then launch their own Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service.

The shows will of course remain on the server until 2019, when Disney intends to launch their own service. There has been no mention of when or if this service will become available in Canada, but I can only assume that it will be some time after it has been initially launched in the U.S.

As a word of caution for you Marvel fans who may be hyperventilating in fear that hit Netflix originals like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage may be leaving the server, you can rest easy.

In an article originally published with NPR, they reported that Netflix intends to keep up their global partnership with Disney, particularly where it concerns producing its exclusive Marvel shows:

“Netflix, which lately has been focusing on its own exclusive programing, said it would continue to do business with Disney globally, including keeping its exclusive shows from Marvel television.”

Click here to learn more about the new Disney streaming service and its acquisition of BAMTech.

iPhone Glitter Gel Cases Recalled After Reports of Burns and Blisters

All that glitters is not gold, particularly for MixBins glittered iPhone cases, which have had 11,444 units recalled by the Government of Canada. The cases affected by this worldwide recall are liquid glitter iPhone 6, 6s and 7 cases that have been sold between October 2015 and June 2017 as there have been reports of these cases causing skin irritations, blisters and in extreme cases, burns.

In a statement from MixBin Electronics, the company that distributes these glittered phone cases to other businesses, they said:

“The cases are being recalled due to the risk of skin irritation, blisters or burns if the liquid contained in the phone case leaks and comes into contact with the skin due to breakage or cracking of the case.”

In addition to the 11,000 units that were sold in Canada, there were 263,000 glitter cases that were sold in the U.S. and about 400 in Mexico. The cases were sold in several stores across North America, including:

  • Henri Bendel stores and online at
  • Nordstrom Rack stores
  • Tory Burch stores
  • Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and online at

You can go online to MixBin’s statement to see pictures of the affected units and also read the full statement here.

If you have purchased one of these units you can contact MixBin toll-free at 855-215-4935 for your full refund.

Click here to learn more about the recall of MixBin’s iPhone cases.

Hunter Boots Opening First North American Location at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre

The UK rainboots that have probably been pinned more times than any other pair on Pinterest fashion boards are now coming to find a physical and non-virtual home in Canada.

Hunter, a British company that is best known for creating high-fashion and functional wellies, has decided to make Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto their first official standalone store in Canada. The store will be opening up in October and will occupy a whopping 2,800 square feet.

With all that space, they will obviously be filling their shelves with more than just rainboots. Hunter’s Toronto store will feature indoor and outdoor apparel, as well as accessories for your rainboots that will make braving the wet and sometimes slushy Canadian fall and winter a bit more bearable and, more importantly, fashionable.

Click here to begin shopping at Hunter.

Cineplex Canada Partners With Topgolf To Add New Canadian Golf Entertainment Locations

Cineplex Canada is certainly reshaping the ways we understand and experience entertainment in the 21st century. They first moved beyond the movie theatre brand that they initially gained fame for by adding entertainment venues like the Rec Room to their repertoire, and they are now looking to expand their idea of entertainment venues by partnering with Topgolf to bring this American brand to Canada.

Topgolf, as the name more than suggests, is a venue that gives customers the chance to play interactive and indoor games of golf with groups of friends. They have yet to suggest where the locations in Canada will be, but we can safely assume that the GTA will be one of the places across the country to test out the pilot of this program.

Topgolf games use microchipped balls so that you can play against single players, play in groups or simply by yourself to work on target practise. There are restaurants and bars that you can eat and drink at while you play, plus large plasma screen TVs that decorate almost every inch of exposed and available wall.

Topgolf and Cineplex have yet to say when or where these locations will be going, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we get word!

Click here to learn more about Topgolf.

City of Toronto Canada Adding FREE Sunscreen Dispensers in Waterfront and Park Locations

In Canada, there are over 80,000 cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year and it is one of the most common types of cancer; if you were to combine all of the new cases of breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer, there would still be more new cases of skin cancer!

These statistics should hopefully encourage all of us to follow more safe sun practises more vigilantly, but there are times when you’re out longer in the day then you intended and the sun starts beating down and you can begin feeling your nose and forehead beginning to crisp. For those of us living in Toronto, you’ll be excited to hear about the launch of a pilot project that aims to help those of us caught out in the middle of a park or the waterfront with no extra UV protection.

Through the funds of the Douglas Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation, Toronto will be adding 6 free sunscreen dispensers to five different locations across the city. They include:

  • Kew Gardens Park,
  • Sherbourne Common,
  • Harbour Square Park,
  • HTO Park and
  • Little Norway Park

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, you can check out

And for those of you not living near these free dispensers, or just generally looking to be more “Sun Safe”, here’s some tips from the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation website:

  • keep out of the sun between 10am-4pm (or remain in the shade) or any time the UV Index is 3 or higher
  • wear loose-fitting, tightly woven and light weight clothing that covers exposed skin (e.g. legs and arms)
  • wear a wide-brim hat to protect head, face, neck and ears
  • stay in the shade
  • wear sunglasses with a UV protection of at least 400, block 99% of UVA and UVB
  • use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going into the sun and reapply every 2-3 hours
  • also, reapply after swimming or perspiring
  • alternate application of bug sprays and sunscreen
  • reach under the edges of your clothing, the back of your neck, your ears and other places that are often missed or forgotten

Click here to learn more about the free sunscreen dispensers.

Pizza Pizza Canada Sneaks In Extra Charges For Supreme Toppings

You’ll remember our post the other day about how Tim Hortons was planning on raising the prices on select menu items. Well, it appears that they are not the only Canadian fast-food chain to be upping their menu prices as Pizza Pizza Canada has snuck some additional cents onto the price of adding select supreme toppings to your pizza.

With Tim Hortons increase, we at least received a notice ahead of time so that we wouldn’t be caught off guard when purchasing our morning double double. But with Pizza Pizza there was no such announcement, and the increase to the pizza toppings is done quite subtly so that you may not immediately notice the increase until checking out.

As you can see from the picture above, when you’re ordering a small, cheese pizza, when you add-on one of the ‘extra charge’ toppings, your pizza will shoot up from being $7.25 to $9.60. The total extra charge fee for these supreme toppings, versus the regular price toppings, will be $1.

This may not seem like a whole lot, but if you order pizza every week (as a fair number of us are guilty of doing…), the toppings could really add up.

The toppings that are affected by this new surge in price are:

  • Sriracha Chicken
  • Buffalo Chicken
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Chipotle Steak
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Steak Strips
  • BBQ Steak Strips
  • Pesto Chicken

Click here to find the nearest Pizza Pizza location to you.

Sport Chek Canada Offers: Backpacks Clearance & Marked Down from $19.88

Sport Chek Canada has great offers on Backpacks! Sport Chek has a backpacks clearance & marked down, that includes:

Clearance Backpacks:

  • adidas Originals Reversible Backpack, now for $19.88
  • Dakine Capitol 23 L Backpack, now for $19.88
  • Ogio Spectrum Promo Backpack, now for $21.88
  • Vans Old Skool 2 Backpack, now for $21.88
  • Roxy Caribbean 15L Backpack, now for $24.88
  • Vans Old Skool 2 Backpack, now for $24.88
  • Quiksilver Night Track Modern Original Backpack, now for $24.88
  • and more

Marked Down Backpacks:

  • Dakine Capitol 23L Backpack, now for $23.99
  • Nike Kids’ Ya Halfday Backpack, now for $24.99
  • Dakine Capitol 23L Backpack, now for $23.99
  • Vans Old Skool II Backpack, now for $26.99
  • Vans Women’s Realm Backpack, now for $26.99
  • Nike Kids’ Ya Cheyenne Backpack, now for $27.99
  • and more

Click here to get all Sport Chek Canada online offers.

Tim Hortons Canada Announces “Slight Increase” In Prices of Unspecified Menu Items

Your regular morning double-double may be going up in price this August, though hopefully it won’t be actually doubling in price. Signs across Ottawa and Toronto indicate that Tim Hortons Canada will be giving some of their menu items a “slight increase” that will come into effect on August 2nd 2017.

The reasoning behind this slight price increase is “due to rising operational costs” and this increase will affect both hot beverages and some breakfast menu items, meaning that your morning B.E.L.T or breakfast sandwich could be one of the items taking the hit.

The last time that Tim Hortons increased their prices was in November 2014, where they increased the prices of hot beverages and sandwiches by approximately $0.10. The next increase is not specifying how much, nor is it detailing if the price increase will take place across the country or just in the cities with the posted signage.

If you’ve seen a sign like the ones mentioned above in your local Timmies, and you live outside of Ontario, please comment below to let others in your area know that the forthcoming price increase could be affecting their morning routine as well!

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

Food Basics Opens in Junction Triangle, Despite Protest

Like it or lump it, the discounted sister branch of Metro – Food Basics – is now open at the base of the new Fuse2 condo building in the Junction.

Initially met with great protest from many of the new condo residents, the announcement that Food Basics would be coming to the Junction Triangle neighbourhood instead of the more expensive option, Metro, is a divisive move that has been causing tension throughout the community.

A petition has begun circulating that has garnered over 300 signatures, in which the people are asking that the Food Basics be changed to a Metro, as they believe they were promised upon purchasing their condos.

You can see some residents praising the decision to keep with the original neighbourhood’s inhabitants, who would prefer a cheaper option for their grocery shopping, while others are not so keen for the less expensive option:

On a much happier and less controversial point, the new Food Basics is selling beer and wine!

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