Canadians Say No to Useless Gifts; Choose Charity This Holiday Season
The holiday frenzy is upon us. The rush is on to find the "perfect" gift for everyone on your holiday list. Unfortunately, for many, the last minute dash to the Christmas Eve finish line is guaranteed to end unhappily -- presents that are too big, too small, and too outlandish. Too bad!
By some estimates as many as a third of holiday gift purchases are returned. In fact, up to 40 percent of all clothing purchased as presents will end up back at the stores it came from.
How-To: Have a Green Holiday This Year
Whether it snows or not this holiday season, more and more Canadians are dreaming of a green Christmas. Green-- as in a holiday that is gentler to the environment.
From the food, to the gifts, to travel, the holidays are traditionally a time of excess and waste. Tons of wrapping paper and plastic packaging are destined for the landfill. Twinkling lights draw extra electricity from power plants. Countless tanks of gas will ferry shoppers from mall to mall to find the "perfect" gift, and back again to return them after Boxing Day!
September Asthma Spike: Proper hand washing important
Every year, around the third week of September, hospitalization rates skyrocket for people with asthma. Research points to two main culprits:
- Over the summer, people with asthma tend to break from routine, including managing their asthma
- Once back at school, kids pass around viral infections (colds) and bring the bug home to family members.
Ways to stop the asthma spike:
Practicing literacy is as easy as A-B-C
(TORONTO, August 25, 2011) -- September is all about back-to-school -- time to get back into routines, make lunches and go to bed early. And since there's so much to do and kids are still in summer mode, it's hard to make sure the family is focusing on learning.
Revised: September and School: The "Perfect Storm" for Asthma
As summer winds down, many parents and students focus on the school year ahead. That usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, the start of the school year should also include taking preventative steps to protect their kids from the "September Spike" -- the annual increase in asthma-related emergency room visits that happens when school begins.
World's Most Exciting Planes To Soar Over Our Skies
Legendary vintage war planes, advanced military fighters and more than 50,000 people are expected to descend into the St. Thomas Municipal Airport from June 24 to 26 for the 2011 Great Lakes International Air Show.
"The thrill of a premier show like this one is that we have some of the world's most exciting aircraft together for one weekend," says Gerry Vanderhoek, Director of Flight Operations. "They span almost a century of aviation history but they're side by side at this event."
Street parties and cauldron cakes
For Release: Week of Monday, February 7th, 2011
Excitement builds toward Games Anniversary Weekend
Tips to keep the holidays happy and healthy!
Ah, the holiday season. It’s a time for socializing with family and friends. So why not give your guests the gift of health with these easy-yet-effective tips for improving the air quality in your home offered by the Ontario Lung Association. Family and guests with breathing difficulties will thank you for it.
‘Tis the Season for Lifelong Learning!
Practice literacy over the holidays with these fun tips
(Toronto, ON – December 1, 2010) – Winter holidays provide an excellent opportunity for families and friends to spend time together learning and practicing literacy skills. There are many fun learning activities that families can do, such as reading a book, writing out a holiday card or following a recipe for gingerbread cookies.
Canadians are in the dark when it comes to seasonal flu
Seasonal flu season has arrived – and surprising new poll results reveal that Canadians need to brush up on their ‘flu facts.’ It turns out Canadians have little knowledge of who is at risk, what symptoms to look for and how to manage the flu if they do get sick.