Shoppers Drug Mart Referral Chain


Shoppers Drug Mart Referral Chain for Bee the Buzz Event

To join the Shoppers Drug Mart referral chain please add

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to your msn messenger contacts and send a message to Prue and she will add you to the chain.


Shoppers Drug Mart Referral Chain for Bee the Buzz Event


Shoppers Drug Mart is having a new 20x refer a friend event. We set up a referral chain this time too to help everyone get more optimum points 🙂

Alajen and Prue7979 are managing the chain this time round so it’s way more organized than last one 🙂

If you already signed up for this event through the link emailed by Shoppers Drug Mart you CANNOT join the chain period.

Click here and READ the instructions on how to join the referral chain


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The Best Canadian Kids Channels, Part 3: PBS

Reviews / Canada

pbskids.gifIf you’re a parent, chances are you have to sit through more children’s programming in a week than you ever would in your life if you had the chance. That’s not to say all of it is bad – in fact, some of it is quite good. In Canada, we’re fortunate enough to have a number of excellent channels at our disposal that commit part of their programming to childrens television. With each of these channels being so different, it’s hard to know which of these is most suitable for your family. Luckily, we here at SmartCanucks have the inside track, and we’re going to share it with you in our seven part series “The Best Canadian Kids Channels.”

Ok – so it’s not exactly a “Canadian” kids channel, but it is available in most of Canada, so I’d say it counts.  If you’re fortunate enough to have a cable provider that offers the American PBS network, then chances are you’re fortunate enough to be able to show your children Sesame Street in the way it’s meant to be seen. Sure, cobbled down version such as Elmo’s World and Play With Me Sesame appear on Treehouse – but to get the real experience you’re going to need PBS. After all, how else will your kids learn about Big Bird?

In addition to Sesame Street, PBS offers an excellent selection of original toddler-friendly programming — much of it from the Jim Henson Workshop. Between The Lions, Bear in the Big Blue House, and It’s a Big Big World all hail from the house of Kermit.

PBS has another big plus going for it — if you’re fortunate enough to have an HDTV, PBS is the only children’s channel that offers HD content. There’s nothing creepier than a crystal clear Boobah, trust me.

The period of time in which children’s content is offered varies from region to region. Where I am it’s a rather small window, but what is shown in that time is some of the best. For the parents out there, PBS evenings offers some brilliant original programming. If you want to check it out but don’t know where to start, let me recommend History Detectives. Like most things on PBS, it’s both entertaining and educational – a surprisingly fun combination.

PBSKids.org is the national website for children’s programming on PBS, but since each station has it’s own scheduling and selection of programs the website doesn’t really lend any direct help in finding the shows your looking for.  Still — it’s a good starting point if you’d like to learn more about PBSKids.  Most local stations have their own websites complete with schedules, so if you google the call letters for your PBS you’ll probably find what you’re looking for.

This article was written by our very own Jim Squires. To check out more of his writing visit the pop culture blog Fjetsam, now updated daily.


Future Shops 13 Days of Web Deals, Day 5: Protron 37″ LCD HDTV


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I’m a big believer in buying namebrand electronics. For the most part, you get what you pay for when it comes to TV’s, cameras, MP3 players, etc.. That’s why, when I hear of a brand like “Protron” I instantly cringe. I checked online – the only thing I could find that offered any information whatsoever was a 64 page thread on LCD TV Reviews. Some people are happy with it, most people aren’t — and one comment stood out above all else. Remember kiddies, this is the internet and this really could just be from a disgruntled customer — but what if it’s not?;

“I work for Protron.

We are in a big dispute with the Chinese factory that makes Protron LCDs. No replacement parts will be coming, ever.

There are no remotes and no power supplies available.

PROTON has already won their lawsuit which prevents us from selling under the name PROTRON. As soon as they pay the bond, we are shut down.

Our management is in chaos. Our customer service dept is non-existant. Our rating with the BBB is ‘F’. The product is cheap because it is made with cheap parts. Getting the picture here?

If you buy a Protron LCD, you are completely on your own.”

One of a million reasons to stick to a namebrand. Besides – if you’re going HD, do it right. 1080p isfast-becoming the standard (when I went HD last fall it was barely available — I wish I’d waited!) and this unit doesn’t offer it. Just pinch your pennies — Samsung, LG and Sony all make 1080p HDTV’s in the 37″-42″ range for under $2000 now. I don’t expect them to go any lower.

If for some reason you’re still interested, this deal can be found here.


Future Shops 13 Days of Web Deals, Day 4: TomTomOne GPS Navigation System


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A navigation system is something I could never see myself using. Of course, I don’t travel into uncharted territory very often, so I’m probably not who they’re trying to sell to anyways. Still – couldn’t you just spend three dollars on a map instead?

Regardless of my old-man unwillingness to adapt to progress, this is a fantastic price on a GPS navigation system. A new non-refurb model is going for $399 at Best Buy. If you’re looking to add GPS and don’t mind refurb products, this is an excellent way to go.

You can grab this deal here.


McDonald’s Mondays: The Bionic Burger

Other / Canada

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Normally we’re quite pro-McDix around here on McDonald’s Mondays, however, in an effort to provide fair and mcbalanced coverage (and in an effort to showcase something really cool) we present The Bionic Burger.

While the first part of this video is a re-creation and the last part of the video is fact-based slander, it’s the middle part of this video that makes sitting through this worthwhile. In it, they showcase The Burger Museum — a collection of McDonald’s hamburgers that have been left out for years — the earliest being 1989 — and have yet to decompose.

This video is an attempt to plug the website thebestdayever.com, which is basically just a pricey weight-loss infomercial. That being said, images of The Burger Museum (including a live webcam of the most recent entry) are on a sub-page which I’ve linked to here.

So now when the nuclear winter settles in, we’ll have Twinkies AND Big Macs to munch on. The post-apocalypse isn’t looking so bad after all.

McDonald’s Mondays is a weekly series of posts written by our own Jim Squires that initially appears on his pop culture blog fjetsam.com.


Free Online Dating Sites


kissing.jpegJust because you’re all Smart Canucks doesn’t mean that some of you aren’t Single Canucks. Maybe you just haven’t met that special someone, or maybe youwouldn’t even know where to begin looking. But have you thought to try looking on your computer?

Online dating sites used to have the same stigma as newspaper dating ads, but as our lives are becoming interwoven with our computers more and more, online match-up’s have become the logical next step for a lot of single surfers. Don’t think of them as the evolution of newspaper ads — dating sites are more like MySpace with intentions. You’re letting everyone know all about you, and you’re letting them know you’re available. And don’t think you can’t make meaningful connections online — not only have many of us made friendships on the very forums of this site, but I first met my wife online! So believe me, it can happen.

A number of free dating sites have sprung up online over the past few years, however, many of them claim to be free when they actually offer their service free for women. It’s their clever way of making sure that there are always enough ladies in the house. JustSayHi.com is a fairly new site, and it’s absolutely free for both genders. Probably worth checking out. Their service covers Canada and the US, so if you live in a border town like me your circle of opportunity is even greater.

So what about you? Have you met anyone through online dating sites? Are you thinking of giving this service a shot? Tell us all about it!


Future Shops 13 Days of Web Deals, Day 3: Polk Audio R50 Speaker System


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Today’s deal may seem like it offers some unbelievable savings on a set of pretty decent speakers, but don’t be fooled. Polk discontinued these a while back, and while searching for reviews I’ve been discovering that most people were able to pick this up on clearance in the $75-$200 range. That being said, the reviews were also glowing. Like — “these should have cost me a grand” glowing. If you’re looking for good sound on the cheap and haven’t seen these at a better price, you’ll have a hard time finding a better bargain than this — unless of course Future Shop discounts them further at some point, which they inevitably will. You can pick up the Polk Audio R50’s here.


Future Shops 13 Days of Web Deals, Day 2: 500GB External Hard Drive


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As a bit of a download junkie, and item like this sets my heart aflutter. Not only is this a great price on a 500GB External Hard Drive, but it’s the first web deal I’ve seen to be available both in store and online. But not all is good in Comstar-town.

When searching for a review of the product, nothing came up. That’s not exactly the mark of a quality brand name. As a a matter of fact, the only information I could find came from our very own Boo when he posted the November’s 6 Days of Web Deals and this item just happened to show up;

Comstar manufactures mediocre products and when it comes to a sensitive items like external hard drives I’d rather spend a few more bucks and buy a higher quality product. If however you’re looking for the lowest price you could spend on a 500GB external hard drive then this is definitely the right deal for you.

There you have it folks – it’s not good, but it’s cheap. And at that time, Boo was writing about a price of $229 – so it’s dropped even further.

If you’re interested, you can pick up this deal here.


The Best Canadian Kids Channels, Part 2: Treehouse

Reviews / Canada

treehouselogo.gifIf you’re a parent, chances are you have to sit through more children’s programming in a week than you ever would in your life if you had the chance. That’s not to say all of it is bad – in fact, some of it is quite good. In Canada, we’re fortunate enough to have a number of excellent channels at our disposal that commit part of their programming to childrens television. With each of these channels being so different, it’s hard to know which of these is most suitable for your family. Luckily, we here at SmartCanucks have the inside track, and we’re going to share it with you in our seven part series “The Best Canadian Kids Channels.”

Offering 24 hour a day children’s programming, all aimed at toddlers, isn’t an easy task. But Treehouse pulls not only that off, but offers a Video On Demand channel as well! Treehouse On Demand offers a good selection of the station’s most popular original and exclusive shows (ex. Max & Ruby, Toopy & Binoo, Pocoyo) absolutely free of charge. Both stations offer a healthy mix of popular programs (Dora, Diego, The Backyardigans) and original content. Given the 24-hour, always toddler safe (and always high quality) nature of Treehouse, it’s generally become the default kid’s channel for parents of kids under five.

In addition to Treehouse and Treehouse on Demand, a new service has recently rolled out, Treehouse Direct. Treehouse Direct allows you to stream episodes of certain shows right to your PC. Direct is a little finicky still because it’s new (for example, it won’t allow me access as it thinks I’m not from Canada), however I have no doubt that it will evolve into a service just as dependable as their On Demand has been.

If you’re not sure if you have Treehouse On Demand, call your cable provider. The Treehouse website not only offers schedules, contests and games — but they also have a fantastic forum community for parents. You can check it out, as well as Treehouse Direct, online at treehousetv.com.

This article was written by our very own Jim Squires. To check out more of his writing visit the pop culture blog Fjetsam, now updated daily.


The Deal Or No Deal Canada Prize Board


Samantha Burns posted the Deal or No Deal Canadian Prize Board. Here is her blog post:

I saw a commercial about that game show coming to Canada, and thought I’d share the new prize board with you all.

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Go for the ‘big money’ – a Year of Beer!

By the way, what’s with Howie Mandel’s little fist handshake thing, also known as ‘The Touch‘, aka ‘Knucks’, aka The Fist Bump, and who knows what else it’s called.

Does he have some phobia about shaking people’s hands or something? (Probably, I mean, doesn’t half of Hollyweird have some bizarre hang up?)

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M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day Tomorrow

Events

charitybbq.pngIf you happen to be out for a leisurely drive this Saturday afternoon, why not swing by your local M&M Meats location and have a hot dog for charity? This Saturday, May 12th, from 10am to 4pm, M*M Meat Shops Locations across Canada will be hosting a charity BBQ event in an attempt to raise $1.9 million for Crohn’s and Colitis research. A minimum donation of $2.50 will get you your choice of hot dog or hamburger and a bag of chips.

If you happen to have no plans for tomorrow, why not volunteer? Call your local M&M Meats to see if they need an extra hand – I’m sure they’d appreciate all the help they can get. You can check out more about this special day on their special Charity BBQ website.

Many thanks to LittleVampire for bringing this to my attention via our forums. 🙂


Future Shops 13 Days of Web Deals, Day 1: Sansa 2GB Photo/MP3 Player


Future Shop’s 13 Days of Web Deals are back! By now we all know the drill, but just in case we don’t, here’s a recap. Every day for 13 days Future Shop will be posting a different deal on their website. The deal will be web only, and there will be limited quantities — so you’re going to want to order quick.

Now that we’ve gotten that our of the way, let’s see what’s on tap for Day One:

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If you’re looking for a better deal on a 2GB MP3 player, you’re going to have a pretty hard time. The Sandisk Sansa 2GB Photo MP3 Player (C150). I don’t have any personal experience with the device myself, but here are the highlights from the CNet review;

Score: 6.7 (good)

The good: The affordable SanDisk Sansa c100 series boasts a simple and effective control interface; a small but handy color LCD that displays photos and album art; extra features such as an FM tuner, voice recording, and photo support; and compatibility with Audible and WMA subscription services.

The bad: The SanDisk Sansa c100 series utilizes a proprietary USB cable and has poor battery life for a AAA unit. It also offers poor voice and FM recordings, and you can hear a tiny click when you start a track.

The bottom line: The SanDisk Sansa c100 series gives you a decent set of features for a decent price, but don’t expect great battery life.

If you’re still interested after all of that, you can pick this deal up here.


The Best Canadian Kids Channels, Part 1: TVOntario


tvokidsrightlogo.jpgIf you’re a parent, chances are you have to sit through more children’s programming in a week than you ever would in your life if you had the chance. That’s not to say all of it is bad – in fact, some of it is quite good. In Canada, we’re fortunate enough to have a number of excellent channels at our disposal that commit part of their programming to childrens television. With each of these channels being so different, it’s hard to know which of these is most suitable for your family. Luckily, we here at SmartCanucks have the inside track, and we’re going to share it with you in our seven part series “The Best Canadian Kids Channels.”

For more than half of the day, from 6am-7pm, Ontario’s publicly-funded channel TVOntario transforms into TVOKids – a toddler friendly place featuring a good variety of shows for kids aged five and under. It’s a pretty solid lineup, with it’s only weakness being its lack of original content. Gone are the days of Polkaroo and Today’s Special — TVOKids focus nowadays is on bringing universally recognized children’s shows to the network.

In place of original programming TVO does offer fresh content in the form of Gisele’s Big Backyard and The Space, both of which offer quick 2-3 minute vignettes between the shows throughout the course of the day.

TVO also makes up for it’s lack of original content with it’s inclusion of syndicated shows that aren’t available anywhere else — Bali, Mustard Pancakes, and Tigga & Togga are perfect examples of this. The main staples of this channel though, are the big names you’ve come to expect in children’s programming, like Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder.

In the evenings, TVO switches back to original adult programming, and it’s arguably some of the most thought-provoking on television. I’ve recently discovered The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and I can’t get enough of it. Instead of just repeating a 30 second news item like all of the talking heads on cable news do, Steve assembles a group of experts on a certain subject that’s currently in the news and hosts a solid half hour debate.

You can check out the TVOKids schedule as well as games, contests, and information for parents and teachers on their official website tvokids.com. If you’re interested in the adult side, check out the TVO website at TVO.org.

This article was written by our very own Jim Squires. To check out more of his writing visit the pop culture blog Fjetsam, now updated daily.


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