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26 Days till Christmas – A Muppets Christmas Carol

A Muppets Christmas Carol, the wonderful story written by Charles Dickens and told by the Muppets is a movie full of strong values and clean family humour. Here’s a video clip from the movie:


29 Days Till Christmas – Kids, Write to Santa!

Canada Post's Santa

Looks like Santa learned how to use the Internet at last ;-). This year you could email Santa instead of mailing him a letter.

I still like the good old snail mail more, especially when you don’t have to buy stamps.. yes letters to the North Pole are free :-). Whether you send your letter to Santa Claus by mail or email, be assured that Santa will reply back!

Santa hasn’t changed his mailing address. He still lives in the North Pole. Send your letters to:

Santa Claus
North Pole HOH OHO

and remember to include your return address so that Santa could reply back :-)

More info on the “Write to Santa” program by Canada Post here

30 Days Till Christmas


Please Support Our Fight Against Forced Finger Scanning!

The new sports center at the University of Northern British Columbia has recently introduced *mandatory* finger scanning for all members. Anyone opposed will be banned from accessing members only areas, however all students will still be charged a membership fee for the facility. There are NO CURRENT alternatives. This means that I am currently paying for membership to a facility that I cannot access.

The situation became openly coercive this morning when within half an hour of setting up our table protest the situation, a member of management walked by the table while swearing and insulting us.

This new policy is actually in violation of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) as it is not essential for the running of the facility. Many facilities at larger institutions run quite smoothly without a biometric data system. A meeting with members of the sports center itself has not convinced us that proper action will be taken. We are in the process of gathering a petition, and working with student councils and on campus groups to gather support. We have also set up an online petition where you can voice your support for our struggle.

PLEASE help!!! Please pass on this information by any means you can, and feel free to borrow both from this post and the petition itself to post on other sites.

Please click here to sign the petition. It will only take a few seconds


Toys R Us… Grammatically Correct New Logo

Toys “R” Us has legally changed its name to Toys R Us getting rid of the grammatically incorrect quotation marks around the backwards R 😛 . To accompany this change a slight modification was made to the logo: the star has been stuffed into the R giving it a cleaner look that is less “American”. I love the new bulbous fun logo.

Toys R Us… Grammatically correct new logo

Although the logo has been changed, the Canadian website is still full of Toys “R” Us so hopefully they’ll change that soon.

[via underconsideration]

The Price is Wrong

The Price is Right was hosted by Bob Barker from 1972 to 2007. On Monday, Drew Carey debuted as the new host.

Will the Price ever be right again?


No Wonder our Perception of Beauty is Distorted – Part II (Evolution)

Remember that breathtaking campaign by Dove for real beauty?

Well here is a follow up campaign entitled “Evolution” and also known as “Dove Onslaught”. I love this Dove campaign. Even if their ultimate goal is advertising, I think they’re sending out a wonderful message.


Dying Professor Gives his Last Lecture on Life

Randy Pausch set the tone early on yesterday at his farewell lecture at Carnegie Mellon University titled Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. “If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you,” said Dr. Pausch, a 46-year-old computer science professor who has incurable pancreatic cancer. He is expected to live for a few more weeks or months. More details

Prof Randy Pausch’s speech brought a tear to my eye: it’s very moving and inspiring and I strongly recommend you watch it.



More than 18 million Mattel toys on recall globally – Nearly one million toys in Canada

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Source: CBC News  

Mattel Inc. announced another recall on its Chinese-made products Tuesday, bringing to 18.2 million the total number of its toys with small magnets or lead paint on recall around the globe.

The announcement, made by Mattel on its website, comes less than two weeks after the toymaker recalled nearly one million Chinese-made toys sold in the U.S. because of excessive amounts of lead in the paint.

Nearly one million toys have been recalled in Canada. They include about 890,000 magnetic toys such as Polly Pocket dolls and Batman action figures, and 32,800 Sarge die-cast cars that contain lead paint.

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Mattel is asking parents to visit its website if they think one of the affected toys is in their home. (See Mattel recall information under external links on right). Consumers should immediately take the product away from their children and contact the toy company to receive a voucher for a replacement item.

No injuries have been reported with the most recent recall. However, the commission reported that since an earlier recall of Polly Pockets play sets in November, three children have been injured by swallowing more than one magnet. All three suffered intestinal perforations that required surgery.

If more than one magnet is swallowed, they can attach to each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal.

Click here to read the full article 

(includes info on how to check and what to do if you have a toy being recalled)

Nokia warning affects 46 million cellphone batteries in Canada & The US

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Source: CBC News  

Nokia issued a product advisory Tuesday, warning that as many as 46 million cellphone batteries could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating.

The advisory applies to BL-5C batteries manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. from December 2005 to November 2006, the Finnish company said. Any BL-5Cs or any other battery type manufactured outside of those dates are not considered a risk.

“Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred while charging the battery,” the Finnish company said. “According to Nokia’s knowledge, this issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device.”

The advisory affects seven models of phone sold in Canada. Five are sold by Rogers and the other two by Fido. The model numbers are:

  • 6620, 3120, 6682, 2610, 6085, 6030, 6670

Nokia was unable to provide specific numbers of how many Canadians may be affected by the advisory, but company spokesperson Keith Nowak said the impact will be minimal since the affected models are not among the more popular units.

“Those models affected by this advisory represent maybe 10 per cent of our Canadian sales volumes,” he said.

Problem identified

Nokia has revealed that in some cases, the affected BL-5C batteries could experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. A short circuit in a lithium-ion battery can ignite the flammable liquid inside, or generate even more heat that increases the pressure of the liquid and potentially causes a battery to leak or explode.

Manufacturers take steps to prevent this — all lithium batteries must include a protection circuit that limits voltage and temperature spikes.

However, Nokia also said that any overheating is likely not a serious danger.

“There have been 100 incidents out of 300 million batteries, so there’s not much risk,” Nowak said.

Nowak conceded that the battery defect could damage a phone, although there have been no reports of serious injuries or property damage.

Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan is one of several suppliers that have together made some 300 million BL-5C batteries. The lithium-ion battery is one of 14 different battery types used in Nokia phones.

Spotting an affected product

To determine whether a battery is subject to the advisory, customers must remove the battery from the phone to view certain product information. A Nokia battery will have “Nokia” and “BL-5C” printed on the front. On the reverse is a 26-character battery identification number.

Consumers in the U.S. and Canada should visit the website www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement and enter the battery identification number. The website will say whether the battery is affected by the recall. Alternatively, customers can contact Nokia via the following numbers: In the U.S., 1-888-259-4399; in Canada 1-888-226-6542.

Nokia said it will swap any affected batteries for free.

The Simpsons in Britain – some tips for Boo!

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Since Boo is in England for a few weeks, thought I would post some helpful advice from the Simpsons for him! 🙂

Tip 1: Driving – what not to do!

Tip 2: Watch out for the candy!

Presidents Chioce Canada: 50 PC points when you use the Greenest Shopping Bag


Earn 50 PC points with PC Green®

Each time you use a PC Green Canada’s Greenest Shopping Bag or PC Green Box at participating stores* and pay with your President’s Choice Financial MasterCard of bank card, you’ll receive 50 PC points.

* Offer available at the following participating supermarkets: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, The Real Canadian Superstore, Atlantic SaveEasy, Fortinos, Loblaws, Provigo, SuperValu, Valu-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Extra Foods,  Maxi, Maxi & Cie, No Frills, Cash & Carry, Presto, The Real Canadian Wholesale Club.

PC Green Boxes and PC Green Canada’s Greenest Shopping Bag are available at supermarkets where President’s Choice products are sold.  Supplies may be limited.

Click here for more info

Reasons to Love the Brits

Since I’m on a vacation in Britain now where everyone is a “Stewie” 😉 I thought I’d post a funny click of him every now and then 🙂


How Long Foods Stay Fresh In Fridge

Source: CBS

It’s easy to put something in the refrigerator and forget about it.

But foods don’t stay fresh in the fridge forever, and the day will come when you take something out and wonder if it’s still good to eat or has gone bad.

On The Early Show Monday, ShopSmart magazine Editor in Chief Lisa Lee Freeman had the lowdown on how long foods last in the fridge.

ShopSmart consulted a panel of experts to determine which foods could be spoiling by just sitting in the fridge.

Freeman says it’s not always the best idea to rely on labels. Some foods don’t have them, and the ones on others can be confusing.

Also, most people don’t realize that once they open certain popular items found in containers or cans, a new freshness clock starts ticking.

So, it’s important to know which foods have a shorter lifespan once placed in the fridge.

If items that have been sitting in the fridge too long are eaten, they can lead to food poisoning and, in some cases, serious health problems.


An open jar of strained fruits and veggies lasts two-to-three days in the fridge. Opened cooked meat and vegetable combos need to go after a day or two. Meat and veggie combos should go after two days, tops. The bottom line: Don’t leave open jars of baby food in the fridge longer than three days. A hidden danger with baby food is that parents may feed babies right out of the jar, so saliva transferred to the jar can promote bacterial growth when placed back in the fridge. If you’re using a jar more than once, make sure you portion out what you’re going to use, so the dirty spoon doesn’t go back into the jar.


The Simpsons Vs. The White Stripes


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