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Happy Thanksgiving


I got you a hand turkey. Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!


Time to Vote!

Today is a Federal Election Day in Canada. I voted in the advanced poles. Now it’s your turn. So many people treat voting like flossing, as in, I know it’s good for me and I should probably do it more often. Don’t treat voting like flossing. Don’t treat flossing like flossing either. Just like flossing is good for your teeth and gums, voting is good for you as a citizen. You deserve the right to decide who governs our beautiful country.

Get out there and vote! Take a non-voter with you. There is no correct person to vote for so take a look at the news and vote for whichever candidate would best represent you. If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote, check Election Canada. Be an active citizen. It’s worth it.

Remembrance Day

Please thank a veteran today.


Happy Canada Day!

I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend! I am on vacation but I still wanted to share something special with you for Canada Day. I play this spoken word poem entitled “We Are More” by the amazing poet Shane Koyczan whenever we discuss Canadian identity. It also seems appropriate on Canada Day to play tribute to what makes us unique. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

Remember folks, Eat by Design is 80% of the time or better so it’s ok to have a little treat today, (moderation, moderation, moderation!)

candy in moderation

However, if you’re looking to stick to your plan you could always candy some bacon. Yum-yum!

candy bacon

If you’re a little worried about this situation for your kids:


here are a list of places where you can donate some of that candy to help others.

In London, Ontario:

London Food Bank

Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario

Across Canada:

Cash for Candy

Canada Red Cross

Ronald McDonald House

For our American Friends:

Any Soldier

Operation Gratitude

Operation Shoebox

Halloween Candy Buy Back


Check with your local dentist. For example, Forest Hill Orthodontics in Toronto, Ontario posted this to their Facebook page:

“Halloween is around the corner! Be sure to save your candy for our annual Swap Your Sweets contest. Donate your Halloween candy to a good cause by dropping it off at our office. Forest Hill Orthodontics will donate $1.00 per each pound of candy to a jackpot. The school that brings in the most candy wins the entire jackpot up to a maximum of $1,000! You too will receive a reward of 10 Bruno Bucks for every pound that you donate. Candy will be donated to a third world country. Candy drop off is between November 1st and 22nd.”

I’d like to think that if I had kids, I’d let them have some candy and then donate some to people less fortunate than themselves. What will you be doing with your leftover candy?

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