Category: Life

The Best Holiday Gifts are Gadgets made by Google!

Christmas is almost here…don’t panic! Google has something for every technophile in your life. Here are a few Holiday gift picks we love from Google’s latest “Made by Google” product lineup:


Google Home Mini ($79)
The Mini is the small and mighty new smart speaker addition to the Google Home family. Has an edgeless, modern design built with a unique fabric, that comes in three colours – chalk, charcoal, coral. Available at The Google Store, all major Canadian carriers and select retailers.



Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (Starting at $899)
The highest rated smartphone camera ever with unlimited photo storage. Google Assistant and Google Lens help you find answers and get things done. Has fast charging, long-lasting battery, the latest security updates and an easy way to switch from your old phone. Pixel 2 comes in just black, clearly white, kinda blue. Pixel 2 XL comes in just black, black, white. Available at The Google Store, all major Canadian carriers and select retailers.


Pixel Buds ($219)
Perfect for the movers and shakers who are tired of wires getting in the way. The first wireless bluetooth earphones made by Google. Delivers a premium audio experience combined with the freedom to move around without getting tangled up in cords. Pocketable charging case so you can recharge on the go. Comes in three colours – black, white, blue. Available early December at The Google Store and Best Buy Canada.



For more info visit @GoogleCanada

Share Some Love this Holiday Season with Kraft PB Bear Hugs!


Canadians love Kraft Peanut Butter and the iconic Crunchy and Smoothie Bears. They are a symbol of togetherness and nostalgia in Canada. This holiday season, Kraft PB is leveraging the beloved bears to help champion togetherness in the lives of Canadians through the simple act of a bear hug – one whose impact can be felt more than 3,000 kilometres across the country.

To do this, Kraft PB brought two 10-foot-tall versions of Crunchy and Smoothie to Toronto’s Union Station and Vancouver’s CF Pacific Centre and captured the power a bear hug can have first-hand in an online video. Just give one bear a squeeze and the other’s bowtie will light up to let family and friends know you’re thinking of them! Check out this video:

Canadians also have a chance to win their own pair of Wi-Fi-enabled Kraft PB BearHug Bears by sharing who they would send a bear hug to and using #KraftBearHugs on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Contest entry until December 31, 2017.

For more info visit

Sixth Annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness

Where: Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton
When: September 24, 2017
Cost:  To register to walk visit

Details: Join the Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC) for the sixth annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness supported by NEUTROGENA with 20 walks across Canada and a virtual walk. Lace up your sneakers and help raise awareness and funds for melanoma patient support programs, prevention efforts and increased awareness by taking part in walks in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park, Mississauga’s Erindale Park and Hamilton’s Confederation Beach Park. Registration is at 9am.

Toronto – Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street
Mississauga – Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas Street West
Hamilton – Confederation Beach Park, 585 Van Wagners Beach Road

Melanoma Walk for Awareness Schedule:
9am Registration and Opportunity for Team Photos
9:30am Opening Ceremonies
9:50am Warm-Up Stretching
10 Ready, Set, WALK!
Noon Walk wraps up
Speakers will be available for interviews between 9am – 9:30am in each location.

Melanoma is one of the top seven most frequent occurring cancers in Canada and is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in youth ages 15-29. You are at a higher risk of developing melanoma if you have one or more of the following characteristics: prolonged exposure to UV radiation including outdoor sun and artificial UV radiation (tanning beds, sun lamps); severe blistering, sunburns before the age of 20; a family history of melanoma; more than 50 moles on your body; moles with unusual shape or colour; skin that tends to burn; fair or freckled skin; red or blonde hair and blue eyes; or a weakened immune system.

Melanoma can be a deadly form of cancer, but if diagnosed early, it is often treatable. It is one of few cancers that is preventable and is visible to the naked eye.

More Info: @MelanomaNetwork

2nd Annual BeYou Campaign Celebrates Uniqueness of Young Women

Where: Hudson’s Bay Court at Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
When:  September 21-24, 2017
Cost: All interactive programs and events for all ages are FREE and are designed to help increase self-esteem, personal growth, self-worth and empower young women. BeYou gift bags will be available for purchase $5 with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Details: Imagine a society where girls grow up with endless self-confidence, self-esteem and pride in celebrating their diversity.

Join Bramalea City Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters in celebrating the uniqueness of every girl across Canada with the second annual BeYou campaign. This year’s event will open with Jade’s Hip Hop Academy at 5pm on Thursday, September 21, followed by a performance at 6pm by Canadian award-winning singer and songwriter Tara Shannon, who created the BeYou anthem and music video for the female empowerment BeYou campaign.

The BeYou anthem can be downloaded for $0.99 on all digital platforms and the incredible video that Tara has created can be seen here:

Here are some hard facts:
– Over 50% of all girls say they wish they were someone else and more than 90% of 15-17 year old girls want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance;
– 9 out of 10 girls say they feel the pressure from the media to be thin;
– 50% of girls in grade 6 are on a diet while 36% of girls in grade 6 say they are self-confident; that number drops to 14% by age 10;
– only 11% of girls age 16 are physically active enough to benefit their health;
– Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents;
– Almost ½ a million girls have posted YouTube videos of themselves asking “Am I pretty or am I ugly”.

More Info: For registration and event schedules visit  #beyougirl

Melanoma Network of Canada Educates Children and Youth on Being Sun Aware and Sun Safe

Over 75 camps across Ontario including Camp Ooch, Camp Robin Hood and Ronald McDonald House, are taking part in the Melanoma Network of Canada’s award-winning Screen Me Sun Aware Camp Program in partnership with the Douglas Wright Foundation. This easy-to follow program is designed to help protect children and teens from skin cancer by supporting Ontario summer camp owners and directors to implement sun safety best practices for all staff and campers.

This year, the Melanoma Network of Canada has created a fun and entertaining Sun Safety Sing-A-Long Video with The Fuddles to educate children and youth on being sun aware and sun safe. Campers are singing along in Screen Me Sun Aware Camps (see below).

Sun Aware Camps practice and reinforce the following sun safe behaviours with all campers:
– Apply water resistant broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen frequently (especially when sweating or going in and out of water)
– Cover up with hats, long sleeve shirts and pants
– Seek shade and avoid the sun when possible between 11am and 3pm
– Wear wrap around sunglasses that are UV protective

Melanoma Facts – Did you know?
– Melanoma is a serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer and a cancer that is seeing a dramatic increase in numbers worldwide.
– Melanoma makes up only 5% of all skin cancers, but accounts for 75% of the deaths that occur.
– Having one blistering sunburn when young can double an individual’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.
– Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15–29, and is also one that is often preventable.
– The primary cause of the most common form of melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

For more info visit  @MelanomaNetwork

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