Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bizzy B's

Taking orders for Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils from France!

Bizzy B's Stamp & Scrap
2100 Bloor Street West
Bloor West Village  M6S 1M7

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Local Dealership Commits to Keeping Kids Safe in Etobicoke

Children are our most precious cargo, but when parents don’t know proper car seat safety procedures, they put their children’s lives at risk on the roads.  Chevrolet is dedicated to keeping kids safe and that’s why Humberview Chevrolet has made a commitment to families in Etobicoke to help keep kids safe with the Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program.

Chevrolet is working with Parachute, a Canadian charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, to help educate parents and caregivers with hands-on instructions on car seat safety. The program offers free one-on-one workshops with a certified car seat technician who will teach families and caregivers how to use and install car seats in any vehicle so children are safe for every ride no matter the make or model of their vehicle.


WHEN:           October 4, 2014

TIME:             10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Humberview Chevrolet
                        3200 Bloor St. West
                        Toronto, ON
                        M8X 1E1

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Junction Music Fest

Don't miss all the excitement,  Extended Hours and the Junction Music Fest!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Help Clean-Up the Humber

What: 1-800 RID-OF-IT Humber River Clean Up 2014
When: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 8:30 am: Volunteers meet at rally point in parking lot, just south of Petro Canada gas station/Car
Wash (North of Queensway – off of South Kingsway. Map below.)
9:30 am – 1:30pm: Clean up event

About 1-800 RID-OF-IT
1-800 RID-OF-IT is not just about rubbish removal; it’s also about the environment. The company has
consistently taken a leadership role in promoting recycling of materials that would otherwise end up in
landfills. 1-800 RID-OF-IT will load up, take away and recycle or dispose of items deemed too large or
bulky for weekly trash service, including yard refuse, drywall, appliances, furniture and garage junk.
for weekly trash service, including yard refuse, drywall, appliances, furniture and garage junk.

1-800 RID-OF-IT can be reached at 1-800-743-6348 or online at www.ridofit.ca.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Team Canada Gears Up for Games: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 are Officially Open

- Canadian flags waved proudly on August 23 during the Opening Ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA-where Fran├žois Hollande,President of France, officially pronounced the Games open for 15 days of thrilling competition.

More than 70 Canadians took to the d'Ornano Stadium during the parade of nations, which showcased riders from all 74 countries who will be competing at the Games in the eight FEI disciplines of Dressage, Driving, Eventing, Endurance, Jumping, Reining, Para-Equestrian, and Vaulting.

"The parade of nations is one of those rare opportunities where all the disciplines come together as Team Canada. It's always so much fun to see all of our disciplines mingling and getting to know each other," said Kerri McGregor, Chef de Mission of the CET for the Games.

More than 20,000 spectators were in attendance at the d'Ornano Stadium to welcome the athletes during the parade of nations. Canadian Reining Team member Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, BC, and Endurance Team member Leanna Marchant from Calgary, AB, proudly led the Canadian contingent around the d'Ornano Stadium. At the completion of country introductions, Canadian Olympian and Dressage Team member, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, was honoured with the role of flag bearer for Canada.

Also among the Canadian athletes in the parade of nations was Megan Lane of Loretto, ON, a fellow member of the Canadian Dressage Team who is attending her inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games. "It's surreal. It kind of reminds me of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships - it has that same type of spirit of 'team.' It's great and it's everything I imagined it to be."

Following the parade of nations, spectators were treated to a stunning show designed and produced by the French agency, Skertz├│. The show blended cutting edge 3D projections with live performances by 300 artists and 100 horses to take spectators along on an amazing journey showcasing that "all horse paths lead to Normandy."

This year's Games are the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games, and are officially the best attended, seeing record-breaking numbers with 74 nations, 969 athletes, and 1080 horses competing. An estimated 500,000 spectators and 500 million television viewers are expected to tune in to the Games.

A total of 32 Canadian riders will be competing throughout the Games. Competition gets underway on August 25 with three of the eight disciplines taking to the ring.  The Canadian Dressage Team will kick things off in the Team Grand Prix at 8:15 a.m. Central European Time. Reining gets underway shortly after with the Team Competition and Individual Qualifier at 8:45 a.m. Para-Equestrian starts with the 1st Team Competition at 9:00 a.m.

"The excitement is really building; people are looking forward to achieving a personal best on the world stage.  We're looking forward to a fantastic competition hosted by France. If the Opening Ceremonies are any indication, we are in for a real treat at these Games," stated McGregor.

For a complete schedule of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, as well as full information and results, visit www.normandy2014.com.

For a full list of Canadians competing at the Games, rider bios, and more, visit www.equinecanada.ca/cet.

Live broadcasts of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 will be available for viewing at through FEI TV.  

The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The inaugural Games were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then, the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, Aachen (GER) in 2006, and Kentucky (USA) in 2010.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

September 18-21, Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

Offer valid on regular adult admission only. Expires on September 5th at 11:45 pm.


Dates & Hours
Thursday, September 18 11AM-9PM
Friday, September 19 11AM-9PM
Saturday, September 20 10AM-9PM
Sunday, September 21 10AM-6PM

Ticket Prices
Adults $15.00
Seniors (65+) $13.00
Students 13 - 17 $13.00
Children 12 and Under FREE

Friday, 5 September 2014

MS Bike Toronto on September 7th, 2014.

To celebrate a future free of MS, the MS Society of Canada will host their annual MS Bike Toronto on September 7th, 2014. Funds raised at the MS Bike are dedicated to supporting groundbreaking, Canadian-led research as well as helping Canadians with MS live better until a cure is found.

On September 7th, 325 cyclists will raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis as they ride through some of Toronto's beautiful bike paths and take in the sights of the Humber River. This will be Doug Fortin's 9th year riding in the MS Bike tour in Toronto. He has raised over $35,000 since his first ride in 2006.
Fundraising is an important aspect of the ride for Doug Fortin. He has an incredible support network of family, friends, and coworkers who donate to his ride each year. His wife and 2 daughters further their support by cheering him on at the start and finish line. With the support of participants like Doug, MS Bike Toronto is expected to raise upwards of $200,000.

Through Doug’s inspirational story, we hope to encourage people to ‘gear up’ to end MS. For more information about the MS Bike, North America’s largest cycling series, and the MS Society please visit www.msbike.ca

Thursday, 4 September 2014


Rdio Presents Triple Platinum Singer-Songwriter Ellie Goulding in FREE Concert at Historic Massey Hall on Saturday, September 6
Plus, free concerts by Canada’s own BADBADNOTGOOD, Adrian X,
Jason Collett, Bobby Bazini, and more
Rdio.com | @RdioCA | #RDIOTIFF
 – Rdio, one of the largest music streaming services in the world, joins forces with the Toronto International Film Festival as its official music partner for the 11-day film fest. The powerhouse partnership features a free concert by international recording sensation Ellie Goulding.

Rdio kicks off the Festival’s opening weekend with a high-octane lineup of local and international musicians performing free public shows on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage in the Rdio Music Zone at 335 King St. W from September 4 – 7. On Saturday, September 6, Rdio proudly presents triple platinum singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding live in concert at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall.

Free tickets to Rdio presents Ellie Goulding will be made available to the public at Rdio House (335 King St. W) and through surprise social media giveaways starting Thursday, August 28. Fans can find out how to get their exclusive wristband to see Ellie Goulding by following @RdioCA on Twitter and using #RDIOTIFF.

“Rdio is teaming up with the Toronto International Film Festival to provide an unforgettable listening experience that amplifies all the exciting activities on Festival Street,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio.  “Canada is our second largest market and we continue to invest in creating powerful connections to music here.  We’re thrilled to be part of the Festival, one of the country’s most important cultural organizations.”

Rdio’s interactive presence at the Festival begins on Festival Street with a listening station near the intersection of Simcoe St. and King St. where fans can check out music from Rdio’s catalogue of more than 25 million songs. The soul of the Rdio experience is Rdio House at 335 King St. W, a musical hub for industry leaders and Festival-goers to relax and recharge with live music, giveaways, Rdio product demos, and free food and drink right next door to the Festival’s home base at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  For those who can’t make it to Toronto for the film fest, TIFF.net will host an Rdio music player from the festival’s official site, complemented by TIFF-curated playlists available at Rdio.com.

"The Festival's unique partnership with Rdio allows us to bring exciting music experiences to our Festival-goers and Torontonians, changing the way they'll experience the city and our 11-day celebration of film," said Howard Kerbel, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Sponsorship, TIFF. 

The Rdio Music Zone will feature free performances on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage by Absolutely Free, Adrian X, DJ Misty, Elaquent, Jason Collett, John Kong, Maylee Todd, and Rich Aucoin. Performers co-presented by Festival Music House include BADBADNOTGOOD, Bobby Bazini, Diana, Eon The Soul Proprieter, and Reuben And The Dark. With more to be announced soon.

About Rdio
Rdio is the leading digital music service reinventing the way people discover, play, and share music. Play what you want, when you want, or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Listen anywhere — the web, your phone, even offline — and follow friends and artists to see what they’re playing. Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype. The service is currently available in 60 countries. More information about Rdio is available at: www.rdio.com

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Kayaking Crusader Rallies to Rid Historic Humber Site from Tonnes of Trash Veteran Toronto Firefighter Calls for Clean-up Crew Members


TORONTO – September 2, 2014 ... Rick Crawford, an avid kayaker, Toronto firefighter and founder of
1-800 RID-OF-IT, one of Canada’s leading national rubbish removal companies, is gearing up for his fourth Humber River Clean-Up event, September 15, 2014.  As in past years, Crawford is calling for clean-up crew volunteers to step forward and help preserve this important and historic urban oasis.
Past year’s events at the clean-up site revealed a provincial history plaque. Amidst tonnes of refuse and garbage (including rusted shopping carts, bottles and many unspeakable or unidentifiable objects.) The recovered artefact marks a trading post founded by Jean Baptiste Rousseaux (1758-1812) who, according to a provincial history website, was the first European to settle in the Toronto area. Rousseaux and his father served as interpreters for the Indian department and he served in Simcoe’s government until his death in 1812. (More information found at Ontarioplaques.com)
“Pollution is not just impacting the delicate Humber River ecosystem, but is literally burying our history,” said Crawford. As a local kayaker, I can’t believe the things that have ended up in the Humber River and around the shoreline. It’s a beautiful part of the city, but it really needed someone to step in and help clean it up.”

There’s still time for individuals, small businesses and corporations to step in and step up as they have in past years. So far, Tiered Response has agreed to provide video and photo services, Contiki Holidays will provide social media and volunteer assistance and the Complete Paddler has signed on to assist with water-based recovery of trash items. The Humber River Clean-Up 2014 is putting out a plea for volunteers to help out on September 15, 2014 – the day of the event.
“In 2008, we pulled more than one metric tonne of garbage from the river including rusted shopping carts, garbage cans, bottles, aluminum cans and a few ... unidentified objects. Last year we pulled out two tonnes of debris, this year we are working to grow the scale of the clean up by challenging other West Toronto businesses to step up and help keep this amazing resource clean, added Crawford.

What:   1-800 RID-OF-IT Humber River Clean Up 2014
When:  Monday, September 15, 2014
Time:   8:30 am: Volunteers meet at rally point in parking lot, just south of Petro Canada gas station/Car Wash (North of Queensway – off of South Kingsway.)
            9:30 am – 1:30pm: Clean up event

About 1-800 RID-OF-IT
1-800 RID-OF-IT
is not just about rubbish removal; it’s also about the environment.  The company has consistently taken a leadership role in promoting recycling of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.  1-800 RID-OF-IT will load up, take away and recycle or dispose of items deemed too large or bulky for weekly trash service, including yard refuse, drywall, appliances, furniture and garage junk.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Explore Hawaii's Incredible Beauty with Trafalgar's New 2015 Brochure

Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the Insider of guided vacations invites travellers to experience the breathtaking beauty and lush islands of Hawaii. Offering the perfect blend of iconic sights, personal insights and free time, guests travelling with Trafalgar will experience the many flavours of Hawaii, all at an unbeatable value. Travelling on “Hawaiian Time,” guests will have ultimate flexibility and will have ample time to soak up some sun on white sand beaches after exploring the islands through Insider experiences with Local ExpertsBe My Guest dining experiences and Local Specialties.

falgar is also offering savings of up to $1126 per couple when you book and pay in full by November 20, 2014!

Hawaiian Explorer and Best of Hawaii
Take in the best of vibrant Waikiki, exotic Kailua Kona and the stunning Kaanapali Beach on the 8-day Hawaiian Explorer trip. Enjoy three Hawaiian islands in one guided vacation with plenty of leisure time. Spending two days in Oahu (Two extra nights in Waikiki in Best of Hawaii trip), travellers will see panoramic views of the deep blue waters from rugged cliffs, marvel at idyllic golden beaches and dive into the warm gentle waves of the Pacific at their leisure. Before departing Oahu, guests will visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. A short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii will have guests visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to both Mount Loa, the world’s largest volcano and Kilauea, its most active.  With lots of free time to explore the island, guests have options to snorkel, experience a spectacular helicopter ride or simply relax at the oceanfront resort. To end the journey, guests will spend three nights in Maui and indulge in a Be My Guest dining experience where they learn about sustainable farming and join their local host to enjoy delicious Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest ingredients. The journey ends in a traditional Hawaiian way with a festive Luau Farewell Dinner complete with a sumptuous buffet, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.

Hawaiian Discovery and Hawaii Four Island Adventure
This laid-back Hawaiian Discovery journey takes guests to explore all four Hawaiian islands with beautiful sightseeing highlights and Insider experiences. Beginning in Oahu (Two extra nights in Waikiki in Hawaii Four Island Adventure), guests will be greeted in the traditional Aloha spirit with a flower lei at the airport. The afternoon can be spent as they wish before joining their travel companions for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception. In Oahu, guests will visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace and the iconic King Kamehameha I statue. Travelling to the Big Island of Hawaii, travellers will spend time in Hilo where they’ll visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, take in the spectacular views of the caldera and walk through a real lava tube. Enjoy white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant tropical foliage in Maui, the Magic Isle. Guests will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at a local farm where they will be treated to Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest local ingredients. After spending two full days as they wish including partaking in a festive Luau, guests will fly to Kauai where they will spend three nights by the coast where Jurassic Park and King Kong were filmed. A cruise will take guests on the tranquil Wailua River, passing thick rainforests and the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge.

For more information on Trafalgar, please contact your local travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook.

Monday, 1 September 2014


-Kids are back in school, with a busy schedule that includes sports, playground fun, and other physically demanding activities.  With youngsters spending lots of time outdoors, participating in leagues, and toting around heavy backpacks all day, strains, sprains, muscle pulls, and other mishaps are sure to follow.  In fact, data from the most recent National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey show that an annual average of 11.9 million injury-related emergency department visits were made by children and adolescents age 18 and under.
While injuries are a part of growing up, parents aren’t always sure which treatment options are safe and effective for their children, especially given the side effects of over-the-counter chemical-based pain pills and the side effects and allergic reactions many kids have to smelly, greasy, and messy topical ointments. 

Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., urges parents to consider the following safety tips to help protect their children from pain and injury and keep them out of the emergency room. 

Playing it Safe
 --Children should have a physical exam before participating in sports and always wear the proper protective equipment. Be sure your child stretches and warms up muscles prior to activity to help prevent injuries.
 --Clothing and shoes should fit properly. Loose clothes can catch in playground equipment, and properly fitted footwear minimizes the risk of falling or tripping.
--Small children should be supervised at the playground or while playing outside at home. 
--Bullying is now epidemic.  An adult should accompany younger children to the bus stop to avoid episodes of roughhousing.

Even with precautions, kids have accidents, and there are times when pain and injuries are unavoidable.  Moreover, 25% - 40% of children aged 3-5 and 8-12 experience growing pains.

“Parents need to be armed with a safe, effective, and natural pain product made just for youngsters, which is why I developed Topricin for Children, a soothing cream formula free of parabens, petroleum, chemicals, and counter irritants,” says Mr. Paradise.  “Odorless and greaseless, it works to supports and assists the body in the healing process to help reduce inflammation, detoxify and stimulate blood flow that increases oxygenation of the skin to speed healing and relieve aches and pains.  I’ve used Topricin on my own children, and they now use it on my grandchildren.” 

Avoid the Hazards of School Backpacks  
While a backpack is the most popular and practical way for students to carry their books and school supplies, backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can cause serious back, neck and shoulder pain, and also cause children to lose their balance and fall. The risk of injury and pain can be avoided by choosing a well-fitting backpack and following proper packing procedures.

Mr. Paradise offers the following tips for backpack safety to make back-to-school time safer and less painful for students.

–Make sure backpacks fit properly and have padded backs and straps.
–Children should wear BOTH straps—slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
–Teach your child to pack light and only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight.
–A backpack should weigh no more than 10% -15% of the child’s body weight.
–The backpack’s straps should fit snuggly over the child’s shoulders.
–Parents should pick up their child’s backpack on a regular basis to gauge its weight.
–Make sure the backpack is positioned on the back between the shoulders and not resting on the child’s lower back or hips.
–Tighten the straps so the pack sits close to the body.
–Organize the pack carefully, positioning heavier items closet to the center of the back.
–If your child is complaining about aches and pains, apply Topricin Junior Pain Relief and Healing Cream—a safe and effective, natural biomedicine formula for children that’s free of parabens, petroleum, and other harsh chemicals and with no side effects, odor or grease. (More information at http://www.topricin.com).

If your child is experiencing back pain, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, be sure to speak with your doctor.

Features to Look for When Choosing a Backpack
When shopping for a backpack, be sure look for the following features:

–Two shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly.
–Wide, padded shoulder straps that won’t dig into shoulders causing pain and cutting off circulation.
–Padded back provides more comfort and protects children from being poked by sharp objects inside the backpack.
–Backpack should be made of durable, lightweight material.
–Waist belt to distribute the weight more evenly across the body.

Signs That Signal a Backpack is Too Heavy
Mr. Paradise states, “A 1999 study showed that more than half the children carried backpacks weighing more than the recommended 15% of their body weight. That same year, emergency rooms saw more than 3,3000 backpack-related injuries in children between the ages of five and 14—a number that does not include youngsters who went to family physicians or chiropractors to treat their injuries. This problem can be eliminated by making parents and students aware of backpack safety procedures.”

Most importantly, Mr. Paradise says it is important for parents to look for signs that their child’s back is too heavy and take steps to ensure their back safety.

Signs to look for include:
–A change in your child’s posture when wearing the backpack
–Struggling to put the backpack on or take it off
–Pain when wearing the backpack
–Red marks from the shoulder straps after the backpack has been removed.

National Backpack Awareness Day On the third Wednesday in September, occupational therapy practitioners and students celebrate the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day. This initiative was created to educate parents and students about the serious health risks of backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly so they can avoid pain and injury. This year’s event takes place on September 17th. For information and resource materials, visithttp://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Awareness/School-Backpack-Awareness.aspx

About Topical BioMedics, Inc. 20 years in business and a Certified B Corporation, Topical BioMedics is a research and development leader in topical patented natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination biomedicine formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and was listed among the Top 100 Green Products of 2012 by Healthy Holistic Living. 

The Topricin family of natural healing products also includes Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, specially formulated to treat painful foot and ankle issues and conditions, and Topricin for Children, which received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval (with 5% of sales donated to pediatric cancer foundations). Made in the U.S.A., all Topricin products are federally-regulated over-the-counter medicines with no known side effects, no parabens, petroleum, or other harsh chemicals, no grease, and no odor.

Topical BioMedics now offers TopTrack, a new app for on-the-go pain tracking and monitoring.   TopTrack is available free of charge for iPad via the App Store, and will roll out on additional devices in the coming months. http://bit.ly/1rIQD89

Topricin is available in independent pharmacies, natural food and co-op stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Pharmaca, The Vitamin Shoppe, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, CVS (Foot Care Section), Walgreens (Diabetic Section), and other fine retailers, as well as directly from the company.

For more information visit http://www.topricin.com

The Topical BioMedics “Get Relief, Give Relief” Mission
For over 20 years, the Topricin project has assisted hundreds of thousands of people suffering with pain and those addicted to painkillers to achieve fully restored and robust healthy living. Unfortunately, millions of people continue to suffer in pain, with many experiencing the hazardous side effects of OTC chemical pain pills or negative effects of narcotic Rx painkillers—an epidemic that turns the lives of American families upside down and is undermining the very fabric of our country. 

Because of the company’s experience in addressing these challenges, it has launched its “Get Relief, Give Relief” initiative:  for every purchase of Topricin, Topricin Foot Therapy, or Topricin for Children ordered directly from the company, it will donate a tube of Topricin to a credible pain clinic on the customer’s behalf…Free. 

The company invites the public to join its army of pain relief warriors determined to help those in need by ending suffering and painkiller addiction and restoring hope and the joy of living life to the fullest.  To “Get Relief, Give Relief,” order from www.topricin.com or call 1-800-LES-PAIN (537-7246).