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Between You and Me
Is London for 'Zoomers'?

London is one of the world's great cities, which makes many older travelers nervous about visiting. Is London ‘zoomer friendly' they ask? Yes, absolutely.

‘Where is a good location for a hotel?' they wonder. My short answer is ‘anywhere'. No, I'm not being silly or refusing to help. It is simply that the transport system in London is so well integrated and easy to use that it really doesn't matter what part of the city your hotel is in.
If you stay in Bloo...

Dirty Laundry Winery
When Judi Skinner decided to change careers little did she realize that within a few years she would be overseeing one of the most exciting endeavours in the local wine industry.
In 2000, Skinner left her position as the supervising park ranger for Herald Provincial Park in Salmon Arm. Today, she is operations manager for Dirty Laundry Vineyards at 7311 Fiske Street in Summerland.


Winter Driving Myths
Winter Driving Myths Debunked

Visions of navigating through snow, sleet and black ice are enough to convince most drivers to hibernate this winter. But for those willing to brave the icy roads, Tracey Poulin, health and safety manager for FedEx, offers drivers some safe driving tips and puts an end to a number of dangerous winter driving myths.


Gift of Books
Gifts of books offer better value and create special holiday memories

During the month of December, Canadians spend more than any other month of the year, according to Statistics Canada. This time last year, retail spending reached $35.1 billion dollars. And it is logical that a high percentage of those dollars are spent on gifts - everything from ties to train sets.

"There's no doubt that selecting the right gift for a friend or member of the family - one that is thoughtful, and will be truly enjoyed - can be tricky, even downright difficult at times," says Colleen O'Neill, execu...

Building literacy skills one word at a time
Sample Image Building literacy skills one word at a time Canada enjoys one of the highest literacy rates in the world, and yet, according to Human Resources and Social Development Canada, at least 40 per cent of Canadian adults do not meet the minimum level required to succeed in the knowledge-based economy. Literacy - the ability to read and write, and also to understand and use language - takes root in early childhood. Studies have shown that children who are read to by their parents develop stronger language and listening skills, vocabulary, and creativity. In addition, toddlers aged two to three who are rea...

No-fuss, festive desserts
Sample Image When the weather turns cold, there is something absolutely irresistible about the scent and taste of baked apples. Put a holiday twist on this classic dish with the edition of Canadian cranberries and ripe, juicy pears. For dozens more seasonal recipes, visit

Vitamin D
So your concern is Vitamin D
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Many of us are aware that vitamin D is essential for bone health and strong teeth. Although there are many gaps in our understanding of other health effects of vitamin D, new research suggests that higher levels of the vitamin may also be important for helping to prevent chronic diseases and conditions including certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Lately scientists have been finding that many of us may not be getting enough vi...

Lemon Ginger Tea
Immune-enhancing lemon ginger tea
Sample ImageLet's face it, with the holidays in full gear no one has time for a cold. So if you feel something coming on, treat yourself to a cup of soothing, immune-enhancing lemon ginger tea. Lemon is high in vitamin C and is full of phytochemicals - plant constituents that help boost the immune system. Ginger and honey are also well known for their immune-boosting properties.

For convenience, we recommend using Toppits Frozen Ginger Cubes in this recipe. Toppits Cubes can be found in the produce section o...

Water Wars
Dear EarthTalk: I saw a cover line on a magazine that said, “The next world war will be over water.” Tell me we're not really running out of water!

Today fully one-sixth of the world's human population lacks access to clean drinking water, and more than two million people—mostly kids—die each year from water-borne diseases. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent organization that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States, predicts that by 2025, one-third of all humans will face severe and chronic water shortages.

Needless to say, water is of primary importance to our surv...


Tax Tips
The Tax-Free Savings Account and your retirement
The Federal Government's new Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) tax-saving option for Canadians comes into effect in 2009. The TFSA can be a good addition to your retirement plan, particularly when you make it a part of your overall financial plan that includes your most important tax-saving, income-building investment - your Registered Retirement Savings Plan.

Festive Doughnuts
Festive Doughnuts

A festive twist on a traditional treat!

Makes 4 dozen


Winter Auto Travel Kit
Create the ultimate vehicle survival kit
The Canadian winter is often marked by fierce winter storms and blizzard conditions that can appear without warning. Many a driver has been caught unaware and unprepared - snowed in or stranded with no choice but to wait for help to arrive. This winter ensure you are prepared to withstand even the harshest of conditions by equipping your car with a winter survival kit.

"A winter survival kit will provide basic comfort and safety to you and your passengers should you become stranded or have to spend the night in your vehicle," said Pina Starnino, vice-president of ground operations for FedEx Canada, "A survival kit is absolutely e...

Skin Care
Winterize your skin
If your skin is prone to the effects of cold weather, like many of us, you know that the winter months can wreak havoc on your skin. No matter where you go, it seems that one thing or another is draining your skin of essential moisture. From heating systems to sharp winds to wool fabrics, it can feel impossible to protect yourself from dry, itchy and cracking skin.

Dermatologist and spokesperson for Curel, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki-Grant, has developed this simple list of dos and don'ts that will help you achieve more radiant skin this winter.

Opt for warm - not hot - baths or showers, as hot water strips essential moisture awa...

Headache Remedy
Dear EarthTalk: Are there natural headache remedies that can get me off of Tylenol, Advil and other medicines whose side effects can be as bad as or worse than the pain that led me to use them?
Many of us may be too dependent on over-the-counter painkillers to treat the occasional headache, especially given the side effects of such drugs. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can increase the risk of heart and circulation problems—including heart attack and stroke—and is also tough on the digestive tract. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) has been linked to nausea, diarrhea, and kidney and liver problems. Many natural health care practitioners disparage drugs for merely masking the symptoms of larger problems.

All heada...


Retire without running out of money

Retire without running out of money

For generations, financial advisors have told clients to sock away savings for their golden retirement years.

But as millions of Baby Boomers near that precious time, many worry if they can really afford their current lifestyle in retirement, as they face new financial challenges. Inflation, stock market performance and outliving their savings are all top of mind when it comes to life after work.

Since Canadians are living longer than ever before, they need to fund 20, 30 or more retirement years. Even though many of us have put money aside, it's clear that savings alone won't ensure financial security for this new generation of retirees.

As we get ready to retire, we need ...

Year-end giving tips
Year end giving tips for seniors

Year end giving tips for seniors

Making a year end donation to get a tax credit can be tough for cash strapped seniors, especially on a fixed income. Here are some tips that will help your small donations put money back in your pocket:

Get a receipt. If you only have a few dollars a month you can spare to donate, getting a tax receipt can be tough. One good w...

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