Can your vehicle survive the deep freeze?
To avoid engine trouble, check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of cold weather oil and switch to a more viscous formulation.
January 14, 2013 - With much of Canada experiencing record-breaking cold temperatures this winter, many Canadians are opting to stay indoors as much as possible. But when you do need to venture out into the icy air, how can you be sure that your vehicle will be up to getting you to where you need to go?
Volunteer in any season, at any age
In fact with over 235 events and 1,800 volunteers from coast to coast, Canadians volunteered 10,120 hours for the Nature Conservancy of Canada which means over a year’s worth of work.
Just because snow is on the ground, that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors and shelve your desire to help until it’s is green again. There are lots of winter time volunteer opportunities for all ages – just in time for the giving holiday season.
Ways you can best choose where your charitable holiday dollars go
Showing your loved ones that you care by making a charitable gift in their name resonates with the true holiday spirit of giving. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start your search for the right charity?
Sorted by sector the Charity 100 provides a helpful overview to get started with charitable gift giving. Choose your sector and find out which charity will spend your money most effectively.
Make sure your charity of choice is registered
A good first step in choosing where to give is a visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (www.cra.gc.ca). Here, you can check if the organization you’re interested in is registered until the Income Tax Act, meaning it’s a recognized Canadian charity.
Are we there yet?
You know that you must heed the request, so you start rooting around in your emergency kit for the granola bars that you packed. This kit is sure proving to be useful!
It’s Christmas Day and you’re off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas dinner with your family. You have your iPod filling the car with Christmas carols to try to drown out the repeated question from the kids in the back seat - “Are we there yet?” The more they ask, the more you look forward to saying yes, but you won’t so lucky. You see, that engine belt that you put off changing finally broke in the cold weather, and you’re stranded. What now?!?
Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Drivers on your List
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, you may be starting to stress a little.
An emergency kit will prepare your loved ones for unexpected incidents such as a breakdown that may leave them stranded on the roadside for an extended period of time.
Fortunately, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has some great gift ideas to help keep all the drivers on your list safe this holiday season.
Your Guide to Holiday Peacekeeping
If you have different ethnicities or religious groups within your family, try to include everyone. Talk beforehand about the rituals or traditions everyone would most like to see and share at the party.
Happy, fun, merry—hopefully the words that come to mind when you think of holiday family festivities. But for some, anxiety, dread and grief seem to pop up. When loved ones gather, it isn’t always a picture perfect holiday. Whether you’re gearing up for a few disagreements, or planning an escape route before you set foot in the door, being prepared is the best way to manage relationships and keep the peace. Ease stress, share the load and learn to enjoy your family during the holidays with a little spirit and a lot of patience.
Refocus your festivity frustrations
But whatever your mood, make sure to celebrate your togetherness to the fullest and take advantage of the hassle-free holiday alternatives – this may end up saving you a tense trip to the department store.
The shopping, the cooking, the expectations and family time can all be overwhelming during the holidays. Sometimes to the point when the merriest time of year ends up feeling not so merry. And with the thick of it right around the corner, it might be to your advantage to consider a stripped down, utterly simplified holiday – making it about spending time with your loved ones, not necessarily what’s in your wallet.
Are you ready for winter?
Top up your fuel tank more often. The air volume in your tank contains moisture that can freeze your fuel lines in cold temperatures.
November, 2013 - There’s no sense in denying it, winter is almost here. By now, you’ve probably shoved your summer attire to the back of the closet, taken out your winter boots and coats, and broken out your cozy winter sweaters. In other words, you’ve gotten yourself ready to face the cold, but have you done the same for your vehicle?
Give your charity a boost. And old electronics the boot.
We know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there’s Giving Tuesday, kicking off a season of warmth and joy that can lead right into the New Year and the hope of new beginnings.
This year alone, over $120,000 in collection fees were paid out to church groups, shelters, or schools who used the monies to raise support to important local causes—while helping to divert out-of-use electronics from landfill.
This year, Recycle Your Electronics, operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), is proud to be a Giving Tuesday partner, and encouraging residents and businesses alike to give back by hosting e-waste collection events for fundraising.
Make calendars more than a stocking stuffer this year
"This is a great way to share your commitment to conservation. Plus, the calendar may provide an inspiration for your next Canadian nature adventure!"
- Crystal Folkins, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Many of us are guilty of the impulsive calendar purchase at the pop-up mall stand over the holidays. And once the purchase is made, it’s often difficult to decide which lucky friend or family member will get to unwrap it this year. While this popular holiday gift has evolved into a rather stale tradition, here are a few ways to integrate thoughtfulness and creativity into this somewhat Plain Jane agenda.