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Shop Locke this Holiday Season


Locke Street South is bustling with activity in anticipation of one of their biggest holiday seasons ever.  The shops, services and restaurants are ready to serve with the some of the best of the city’s food and shopping opportunities. The Locke Street BIA is hosting their annual Christmas on Locke on Saturday December 6th.  Don’t miss Mr. and Mrs. Claus ... Read More »

Shop the Neighbourhood


“In a global marketplace, it’s become easy to forget the positive impact our dollars have when spent close to home. Small businesses are our economic backbone, they create jobs, funnel funds back to the community, keep decision-making power localized, and generally contribute to building healthy, thriving neighbourhoods”. This is the message created by Shop the Neigbourhood – a free national ... Read More »

Winter Vacation Packing Tips

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I love the month of November with its cooler weather slowly edging toward crisp winter mornings. The sidewalks and streets are usually still free of snow and slush, which means the best of outwear and footwear can be worn without fear of salt stains and mud. This all being said, it’s around this time of year that many of us ... Read More »

The 411 on Fall Gardening


Though spring and summer are now over, your garden is still very much alive and needs some care to ensure it can handle the harsh winter and save you some work come spring again. Here are some tips to help you maintain your garden: Don’t forget to water! You may think because the weather is cooler, your plants and lawn ... Read More »

Get grilling’! How to get the most out of your barbecue


If you’ve noticed that your barbecue isn’t performing quite as well as it did last summer, it may be time for a new one or some replacement parts. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, most people shop for a new barbecue every three years. If you purchased a high-quality model, stored it properly during the winter and always ... Read More »

Is it time for new windows?

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It’s amazing the impact that windows have on your home’s energy conservation. According to National Resources Canada, windows and doors account for 25 percent of total home heat loss. It is also important to note that new windows are consistently ranked by home improvement experts as one of the top 10 improvements you can make to your home to increase ... Read More »

Cool off with a sensational smoothie


(NC) Summer stirs up memories of hot days and cool treats – and there is no better way to cool off than with a refreshing fruit smoothie. With lemon, strawberry and almond beverage, it tastes rich, but is actually good for you. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Ingredients 3/4 cup (175 ml) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond beverage 2 cups (500 ml) ... Read More »

Unleash your inner chef with time-saving innovations


(NC) Do you dream of being the next contestant on a reality cooking show? If you think your culinary skills could take on Chef Gordon Ramsay, you’re not alone. There are millions of aspiring, in-home chefs who want to improve their skills.  And whether you are a self-proclaimed expert or new to the kitchen, the following four tools will be sure to ... Read More »

Come view the gardens at William Dam Seeds!


We’re learning about the birds and the bees (and butterflies too) at William Dam Seeds this summer! Come and see our display gardens, including one all about attracting bees and butterflies. All plants were grown from seed this spring and will be at their best from mid-August to mid-September. Want to see more than the bees? View our All America ... Read More »

Make your salads pop with flavour


(NC) Who doesn’t love a great salad? Take a mix of interesting ingredients plus a dazzling dressing, and you are ready to serve it up. Have you ever added grapes as a not-so-secret ingredient? A single handful of California grapes, for example, are easy and versatile and will instantly boost your salad’s appeal with refreshing colour and goodness, not to ... Read More »