How can I prepare for spring flooding?

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Flash floods can occur within minutes of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Overland flooding, the most common type of flooding event, typically occurs when waterways, such as rivers or streams, overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach and cause flooding in …


Common Cents: Teaching Our Kids About Money

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Allowances and chores don’t exactly result in a fortune for children, but even at a young age, it’s never too early to start teaching them how to handle money responsibly. According to a study by the University of Cambridge, children typically develop financial habits by the time they are 7 years old. If you are a parent, it’s important to …


7 Tips for Avoiding Heat Illnesses This Summer

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When it is hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, the human body cools itself through sweating. However, in hot and humid weather, sweating is not enough and the result can be heat illness. Staying Cool Have employees follow the suggestions below to stay cool when working in hot weather: Wear loose, light-coloured clothing and some …


Going Camping? Here’s the Rundown of What You Need to Know

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As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, many Canadians will head out on camping adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned camping pro or new to the activity, it’s always a good idea to review camping safety tips. Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials Before setting out, it is important that you remember to pack things like fresh water, food, …


500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware

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Recently, researchers at Talos—a cyber intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers: Linksys MikroTik Netgear QNAP TP-Link VPNFilter Could Collect Your Information Without Your Knowledge Once on your equipment, the malware could stop …

Marijuana Canada

Senate Passes Bill C-45 to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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On June 19, 2018, in a vote of 52 to 29, senators passed Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act), paving the way for legalized, recreational marijuana. This makes Canada the second country in the world and the first G7 nation to implement federal legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana—a projected billion-dollar industry. The vote lifts Canada’s 95-year ban on cannabis, which, in …

We Are Connected

Are You Seeing the Big Picture?

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“We’re all connected. No one in this world is alone.” ~ Gerry Visca One of my favourite things to do is venture out to the movies. I love everything about catching a cinematic adventure; the people, the popcorn and the experience of losing myself. Earlier this month, my life partner, Angela and I caught the flick: “I Can Only Imagine” …

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Preparing Your Home and Family for a Tornado

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When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no substitute for advanced planning. During peak tornado season—between May and August—storms that produce tornadoes can develop quickly, so it’s important for you and your family to know exactly what to do before and during a twister strike. Before a Tornado: Create a family tornado plan that identifies where you will seek shelter when …


8 Necessary Steps for Childproofing Your Home

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Infants and young children are prone to accidents, and the home is one of the most common sources of injury. If parents don’t take the proper safety precautions, children could be seriously injured by burns, falls, poisons and electricity. The 8 Safety Steps You Should Take at Home The following are some general steps you can take around the home …

Charity Scams

11 Steps to Avoid Charity Scams When Making Donations

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Whether they are providing supplies to help the victims of a disaster or simply want to support a cause they believe in, Canadians donate to charities each year to help those in need. And while most charities are trustworthy and work hard to provide for the less fortunate, there are dishonest groups of people who prey upon the good intentions …