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    • IMAX

      Did you know Canada.. I wanted to look at another Canadian invention today – the IMAX!! Canadians Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr, and William C. Shaw developed the IMAX system in 1968. IMAX is a motion picture film format and a set of proprietary cinema projection standards, IMAX increases the resolution of the image by using a much larger film frame. IMAX theatre construction also differs significantly from conventional theatres. The increased resolution allows the audience to be much closer to the screen.  You’ve probably been to a few different style of IMAX screens. ‘Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience’ is the all-time highest grossing IMAX release; the worldwide IMAX box office total for the film climbed to more than $220 million since the movie’s launch in December 2009. Very exciting and a great Canadian invention to be proud of! ...Read more →

    • Get the crayons out, Santa is waiting for your letter!

      Did you know Canada.. we’ve been busy making our Santa list this weekend, make sure your little ones get started on that too. Thanks to volunteers at Canada Post, every child that sends a letter into Santa will get a reply back (you MUST include return address of course). We’ve been doing this every year for the boys, always exciting, but even more so this year now that they really “get” the magic of Santa and can write their own names. To send your list to Santa, use address: Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0 Canada This was a perfect opportunity to work on writing our names, colouring and chatting about what the boys really want for Christmas, not just everything in the store. When decorating make sure not to use glitter glue though, not good for Santa’s machines. ...Read more →

    • Dull weather? Dull hair? A simple trick to make you feel fabulous
      Dull weather? Dull hair? A simple trick to make you feel fabulous

      Did you know Canada.. With the snow starting to fall across the country and the holiday season fast approaching, “me time” becomes a thing of the past. Take a step back from the hustle and bustle and remember to take care of yourself, especially your hair, which can take a beating this time of year. During the holiday season, time-saving tips and tricks can be a huge help. Let Batiste™ Dry Shampoo be one of your time-saving tips as we all know, not having to wash your hair everyday can be a blessing. Plus, great looking hair is sure to make you feel good! Batiste™ has a range of products to fit all your beauty needs, from giving hair extra volume to making hair feel clean and fresh. Batiste™ Dry Shampoo gives oily, dull, lifeless hair the makeover it deserves! Getting out the door quickly has never been easier. When using Batiste™ this season, remember these quick tips: · Start at the oiliest part of your hair, the root. Vigorously shake the can of dry shampoo and hold it 30 cm away from your hair, spraying a light mist. · After spraying the dry shampoo wait one minute, rub with finger tips, and comb through with a natural bristle brush. This will help to distribute product from root to tip, ensuring all the oil in the hair is absorbed. · Perfect to make oily hair look and feel fabulously fresh and clean when there is no time to wash! Sleep in a little longer, savor that morning coffee and let Batiste™ Dry Shampoo bring some “me time” back into your life. ...Read more →

    • Snowmobile in Ontario this winter!

      Did you know Canada.. it was Armand Bombardier, of Valcourt, Quebec, that developed this unique snow machine in 1926. His vehicles were used wherever heavy loads were carried over difficult terrain. In the 1950s, he pioneered the development of small, light snow vehicles for winter sports. In this day and age snowmobiles are often used for sport, travel and weekend activities.  Have you tried it? Check out sites like Ontario Trails to find available trails. Over 43,000 km available in Ontario alone! In Ontario you must have a valid driver’s licence to use a snowmobile. For those without or 12+ there is a driver training course you can take to gain a valid snowmobile licence, for more information visit the OFSC site. Now all we need is some snow eh?! ...Read more →

    • Brushing 101

      Did you know Canada.. Double, double toil and trouble. Fall baking and left over Halloween candy can certainly spell trouble for the teeth. Make sure you and your family are up to speed on the best ways to avoid cavities. Using the right tools and techniques can help stop cavities from digging a goulish hole in your teeth. First off, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. The Truly Radiant™ Extra White Manual Toothbrush is the only manual brush that features a unique rotating head, plus elongated all-access bristles designed to blast away surface stains. Using this brush will not only help keep teeth pearly white, it will also help brush away any newly formed cavities caused by Halloween overindulgence. Pair this with the Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste and you have yourself a winning cavity fighting pair. Perfect technique is important too. The best way to clean your teeth is to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle using short strokes and an up and down motion. Brushing like this will help remove any plaque or bacteria that can build up on the teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend brushing for a minimum of two minutes to thoroughly remove plaque and combat bad breath. When brushing, be gentle and avoid brushing too hard. Make sure the entire mouth gets cleaned by brushing the outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and by doing a few passes over the tongue, a popular spot for bacteria. Lastly, how old is your toothbrush? If the bristles are starting to separate or look frayed it is probably time for a new one. Three to four months is usually a good guideline for toothbrush longevity. Use these brushing techniques to scare those cavities away for good! ...Read more →

    • This day in 1951

      Did you know Canada.. In 1951, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. pioneered the field of cancer treatment with its Eldorado Beam Therapy Unit to replace radium therapy. The first unit was used in the London Clinic of the Ontario Cancer Foundation at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on October 23, 1951. On October 27, 1951, the first highly publicized cobalt-60 treatment in the world occurred there. Another unit was built under the direction of Dr. Harold Johns at the University of Saskatchewan‘s newly constructed cancer wing which was adjacent to the medical college. On November 8, 1951, the first patient was treated in Saskatoon at the Saskatchewan Cancer Commission. I was surprised to find that for many years, Canada was the only country that could produce cobalt therapy unit, and today it continues to supply over 80% of the world’s demand. Another Canadian Invention to truly be proud of!! ...Read more →

    • Plan a Day in the Falls

      Did you know Canada.. One of Canada’s most iconic natural attractions is a wonderful place to visit with the family.   Did you know that the city of Niagara falls has a whole host of additional fun family attractions on offer while you’re visiting? Here’s a look at some of the best things to do for kids, and big kids, alike: Clifton Hill Amusements Clifton Hill is absolutely packed with family fun attractions. In fact, there’s enough to keep you going here without going anywhere else! However, if you want to spend just a few hours here you’ve got plenty to choose from. Amusements include: ● Wizard’s Golf – A challenging and fun 18-hole mini golf course with glow-in-the-dark features. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this mystical themed attraction home to wizards, fairies, trolls, castles and dragons. ● Movieland – Walk through entertainment history with this Movieland themed wax work museum. Get up close to Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) or Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) – just to name a few. ● Dinosaur Adventure – Another thrilling mini golf course, this one themed with the prehistoric. It features 3 ponds with rapids and a 50ft high erupting volcano! ● The XD theater – The XD theater offers a 6D motion ride taking you on an incredible adventure which transcends time and space. Expect intense light, sound and motion effects including wind effects.   Fallsview Indoor Waterpark If you’re thinking of visiting Niagara Falls from the US side, take a trip to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark where your children can enjoy making a splash in safer waters. This family waterpark has 3 acres of indoor fun, including 16 water slides and a huge wave pool. Race each other on the Extreme Racing Slide or try the Canadian Plunge. Journey Behind The Falls Make your memories of the water falls as powerful as possible with a Journey Behind The Falls. This tour attraction can be found at the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, at the Table Rock Welcome Centre. You’ll be taken on an elevator ride through the rocks to tunnels that lead to the Cataract Portal and Great Falls Portal. You’ll find phenomenal views on the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very base of the Falls, where in spring and summer, you’ll get a free biodegradable poncho to shield you from the mist of the Falls. Marineland There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring than seeing amazing creatures in the flesh, at Marineland you can do just that. See the world’s largest collection of Beluga whales as well as other marine life including killer whales and dolphins. There’s also a huge selection of theme park rides from carousels to rollercoasters. ...Read more →

    • Back to Campus for Students

      Did you know Canada.. September is a month for new beginnings and energy. However, the annual return to campus can be stressful for college and university students as they gear up for another year of late-night study sessions, hectic schedules and exams. Here are some easy tips to help make the trip back to campus a whole lot calmer. Stock up on essentials For many university students, living away from home for the first time can feel overwhelming with new responsibilities from grocery shopping to doing laundry and even paying bills for the first time. Stocking up on essentials for the year like laundry detergent, soap and toilet paper is a great way to help make the back to campus transition a smooth one. To help your kids manage that “student budget”, try Arm & Hammer™ Coldwater™ Laundry Detergent in Liquid and in Paks – it removes dirt and odours while saving money on monthly energy bills with (versus washing in hot or warm water). Make healthy choices easy Plan ahead! Help your kids set a few realistic goals to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the busy school year. With long hours and a demanding workload, eating well can be a challenge. Keeping a supply of Vitafusion™ MultiVites gummy vitamins on hand is an easy way to get the nutrients they need throughout the busy year (and they taste great!). Create a back-to-campus survival kit September can be an overwhelming month as students settle into new living spaces and adjust to their school schedules. To help your kids kick the year off on the right foot, try creating a custom back-to-campus survival kit with some tokens of home like favourite recipes and a photo album alongside everyday essentials like toothpaste, shampoo and laundry detergent. With some new outfits inevitably on heavy rotation, Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Crystal Burst™ Power Paks will help keep them looking like new, giving clothes a clean and fresh boost with baking soda. What are your go-to tips for helping your kids head back to campus? ...Read more →

    • The Baseball glove is ours #Canada!

      Did you know Canada.. as the baseball season starts to wind down for many (except our Jays!) many feel baseball is a true American sport, so it might surprise you to know that the Baseball glove was said to be invented in Canada in 1883!! Art “Foxy” Irwin is said to invent the baseball glove, though some contend he just made it popular and we may never know the whole truth. We do know that in 1883 Art broke 2 of his fingers on his left hand from a hard hit ball which caused him to purchase a large buckskin glove and fill it with foam so he could continue to play. This was supposedly known as the Irwin Glove and picked up by many other players. Others say players had been experimenting with similar glove designs in years prior to 1883 so we will never know for sure, but we can be proud of Toronto born Irwin none the less! ...Read more →

    • Having “the talk” with your teens

      Did you know Canada..  While many parents dread having, it’s critical to ensure that teens understand the importance of taking care of their sexual health and that includes practising safer sex if they are sexually active. After all, knowledge is power and parents need to ensure their teens are equipped with the right information, especially if they will soon be leaving home or headed off to college or university. To help make both parents and kids feel at ease, TROJAN™ has some great suggestions for making “the talk” a breeze: 1) Be proactive and askable. Take opportunities that come up in everyday life (e.g., sexual situations on TV) to let your kids know that they can come to you to ask questions or get your advice. Be honest about your values and expectations for their behaviour but also try to be positive in supporting decisions that your kids will ultimately have to make for themselves. 2) Educate yourself. If you want to become more knowledgeable about the sexual health issues that are likely relevant to your kids, there are plenty of resources available. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada website http://www.sexandu.ca/ offers information on many different aspects of sexuality and sexual health. 3) Share credible resources with your kids. Send your kids links to credible information on the web. For the older teen or young adult, check out weknowsex.ca (a website developed by the makers of TROJAN™ condoms and the Sex Information Education Council of Canada). If you would like to make sure your son or daughter has comprehensive but readable information on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the Public Health Agency of Canada’s STI resource will do the trick (link below) 4) For the college kid. Be aware that most university/college kids are sexually active[1]. If that includes your kids, it’s important that they protect themselves against STIs and unwanted pregnancy. If you’re comfortable with it, slipping a box of condoms into their next care package will send a powerful message that you are not just tuned-in to their lives but that you also have their best interests at heart. ...Read more →