Monday, May 25, 2015

Trafalgar Announces Top Five Summer European Destinations

Featuring Insider trips showcasing Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Ireland

Toronto – May 18, 2015 – Trafalgar ( has released its Top Five Summer European destinations for Canadians this year and they include: Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Ireland. In the Canadian market, these are the fastest-growing destinations in Europe and for Trafalgar, the top places Canadians need to visit in the coming months.

The Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg itinerary is Trafalgar’s second best selling trip in the popular At Leisure program and the Highlights of Spain and Portugal trip is up 63 per cent. According to Tourism Ireland, visitor numbers from Canada to Ireland increased to 30 per cent in 2014 and they are expecting further growth in 2015 especially with a major increase in direct air access. Bookings to Ireland are in the positives as Trafalgar offers 19-guided vacations including seven new itineraries.

“With Canada’s long winter finally over, we hope our Top Five Summer Europeans destinations list will help Canadians plan their summer trips,” says Doug Patterson, president of Trafalgar Canada. “From Amsterdam’s notable attractions, Belgium’s beautiful towns, Luxembourg’s contrasts, Portugal’s amazing coastline and Ireland’s scenic countryside, there is something for every traveller to discover.”

Best of Holland, Belgium and LuxembourgThis 11-day At Leisure trip takes guests to three of Europe’s smallest nations, starting in The Netherlands, then on to Luxembourg and ending in Belgium. Arriving in Amsterdam, guests will begin their journey with a sightseeing cruise aboard a canal boat and they’ll admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ at the prestigious Rijksmuseum. Travellers will enjoy a day excursion through The Hague to the historic town of Delft and to Rotterdam before departing to Luxembourg.  After taking in the breath-taking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, guests will have the rest of the afternoon to spend at their leisure. Onto picturesque Bruges, where travellers will enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience at an 18th century farmstead and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the beautiful canals.

Highlights of Spain and PortugalBeginning and ending in Madrid, the 14-day Highlights of Spain and Portugal starts with an orientation drive around the magical city of Madrid then it’s off to Valencia where guests will see the Towers of Serrano and Cuarte and take in the striking architecture of the impressive Opera House. In the evening, perhaps travellers will sample Paella, a specialty of this region. In Seville, guests will enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience at a traditional homestead where they will gain an insight into the family history of olive oil production. Crossing the border into southern Portugal, guests can spend the day relaxing on the beach or strolling along the harbor of Vilamoura. Heading north over the Serra de Arrabida Mountains to Lisbon, guests have free time to explore the city’s attractions from the lively Rossio Square to Alfama district. On the way to Salamanca, travellers will visit the Shrine of Fatima before crossing the border back into Spain. Before the journey ends in Madrid, guests will visit Toledo and see the Church of Santo Tome, home of El Greco’s most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. 
Iconic Ireland and Ashford CastleThis leisurely Country Explorer 11-day trip begins and ends in the Emerald Isle. The spectacular Powerscourt Garden, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College along with exploring the city at one’s own pace is planned during the 2-night stay. Guests will then leave the city behind as they travel to County Kilkenny and relish a Be My Guest lunch at Belmore House, the home of Joe and Maeve O’Connell. After visiting Blarney Castle, Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher and on the way back to Dublin, guests will board “The Isle of Innisfree,” for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib, which will take them to the edge of newly refurbished and stately Ashford Castle where they will enjoy an elegantly royal dining experience and spend the night in this Authentic Accommodation.
For more information, please contact your local travel agent or visit and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook

About Trafalgar:Trafalgar is the world’s leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 68 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider’s view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, South Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.
About TreadRight:Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hot picks for a hot summer

Milton, Ont. (May, 2015) – Despite this past winter being one of the longest and coldest in most people’s memory, Landscape Ontario has some exciting plants that are sure to look hot in your garden this summer.

"Anyone visiting a local garden centre this long weekend is sure to be amazed at the variety and colour of today’s plant varieties," says Denis Flanagan, public relations manager, Landscape Ontario. “But plants nowadays are also made to be tough, and breeders have developed some superstars to endure the heat of summer.”

Whether you are in the know or not, a trip to your local garden centre will connect you with knowledgeable staff who can certainly share their knowledge on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s in style this season.  

Landscape Ontario recommends the following plants for those soon-to-be, hot days of summer:
  • Lantanas thrive in the heat of the summer. They are drought tolerant, and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Available in shades of red, yellow, pink and orange.  Grow in full sun and can be used in containers or flower beds. A new cultivar this year is Luscious® Marmalade lantana..

  • Sunpatiens® are an alternative to impatiens that are susceptible to downy mildew. These vigorous impatiens thrive in sun and shade, heat, rain and humidity. Nonstop blooming from spring until fall. Suitable for use in containers or flower beds. Available in white, pink, shell pink and scarlet.

  • The trend for fantastic foliage is stronger than ever, with Rex begonias leading the way with colour and texture. New Jurassic Rex begonias have eye-catching colours and leaf patterns. Begonias need protection for the sun, but this makes them ideal plants to add colour and interest to a dark area in your garden, or in a container in a shady spot on your deck or patio.

With so many anxious gardeners out buying plants this coming weekend, Flanagan advises people to be patient and to plan ahead. “If you have a particular plant or a particular colour in mind, it’s a good idea to have a plan B just in case,” he says. Some newer varieties sell out quickly due to high demand. “It’s a great exercise too,” adds Flanagan, “because it allows you to exercise both your gardening muscles — your mind and your body.”
Your best source to find local garden centres, contractors and other specialties is at “Find a Company” by searching a city, postal code, or specialty, etc.


About Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is one of the most vibrant associations of its kind, comprised of over 2,000 members, ten sector groups and nine local chapters. Its trade mission is to promote the horticulture industry in Ontario, and its public mission is to promote the joys and benefits of green spaces. For more information on the association and Green for Life, visit:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This recipe is an old one made from a military doctor. It is a recipe that will keep all your bones functioning without any problems. It works like magic!
  • In any store buy 150 gr of any edible gelatin (150gr – for a course of treatment for a month).
  • In the evening, pour 5 g gelatin (two flat teaspoon) in a quarter cup of cold (from the fridge) water.
  • Stir and let it stand until the morning (outside of the fridge)
  • Gelatin will swell and turn overnight into jelly.
  • In the morning, drink the mixture on an empty stomach. You can add juice, honey and water mixture or mix with yogurt or sour cream. Or in any other way that suits you.
  • It works so that people who complained of pain in the joints, back, legs, pain in the spine, neck, etc. after a week cease to notice them!
  • The course of treatment is one month. Repeat again in 6 months. This is a way to restore the “lubrication” of the joints.This-Miracle-Recipe-Will-Heal-Your-Back-Joints-and-Legs-Pain-in-Just-7-Days
Many people do not believe it. Expensive painkillers full of chemistry are the only solution for some, and so “primitive”, easy treatment do not inspire confidence.
It is a product of animal origin, is obtained in the result of processing the connective tissue of large horned livestock – tendons, bones, cartilage, collagen is actually in the purest form. It has positive effect on the state of internal fibers and small vessels.  It has two amino acids: proline and hidrosiprolin, which have a positive impact on the recovery of connective tissue. Gelatin is able to increase the growth and scope of connective tissue, which is very important in diseased joints.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Plant A Mosquito-Repellent Container Garden


Look: mosquitoes are awful. They may be great food for birds and bats, but you don’t want them hanging around your backyard. You also don’t want to cover yourself in harsh chemicals to repel them. So, aside from making your property less friendly to the buggers by getting rid of any standing water (including those rain gutters!), what can you do to keep them away?
It turns out that mosquitoes, along with many biting insects, are attracted to certain odors in human skin. They’re especially attracted to your body odor and other secretions, meaning that if you’re spending a lot of time running around and sweating, you can expect to have more mosquitos following you around. Alternately certain strong—or unpleasant to the bug—smells can both hide your scent and dissuade them from getting close enough to bite you. There are several plants with strong scents that we find pleasant, which you can use to help mask your own smell and keep nearby mosquitoes at a distance. 
You can’t just plant and be done, however. The aroma needs to be in the air around you, at the very least, and ideally on your skin. To get the maximum effect, crush herb leaves in your hands to release their perfume, and then rub the leaves and their oils over your skin. Here are eight herbs that work great and can be kept in pots on a porch, near a door, or anywhere else you plan to congregate outside.  
Lemon Balm
This member of the mint family has white flowers and a gentle lemony scent, as well as some healing properties. It’s particularly good at keeping biting insects away, but it’s also an invasive species, so be careful when growing it.
This fragrant mint cousin contains a chemical called nepetalactone, which is both a feline attractant and a useful insect repellant.
A 2009 study showed that the essential oil from this delicious herb istoxic to mosquito larvae.
This beautiful, potent, and lovely-smelling flower not only repels mosquitoes but keeps moths and flies away. The flower’s perfume is well-known, and while it will scent the air, it’s still most effective when actually rubbed on skin. 
In its concentrated form, peppermint is sometimes used as an insect repellent, and its essential oil has been shown to keep away the adults and kill the larvae of several species.
This perennial is actually marketed as “mosquito plant,” primarily due to its strong citronella-like smell. Unfortunately, though it’s the most heavily marketed, there’s some research that suggests it’s also the least effective at keeping away mosquitos. Still, there’s some benefits to be had from rubbing it on your skin, and if there’s nothing else around, it will provide some protection.
Sage + Rosemary
If you’re planning to gather around a fire, try burning a little sage or rosemary. The incense these plants give off when they burn not only smells good but is unpleasant enough to the little critters that it’ll keep them away—as long as you’re near the smoke.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015



Venture Philanthropy approach will help grow social enterprise

Toronto, ON (May, 2015) –- Furniture Bank today announced that it has received an agreement for significant support from venture philanthropy organization LIFT Philanthropy Partners.
LIFT will focus on helping the charity increase revenue from its social enterprise and identifying other revenue opportunities. Over an 18-month period, LIFT will provide a combination of management support, business expertise from its extensive partner network and other resources to help build Furniture Bank’s capacity and scale its programs for greater impact.
Increasing revenue will enable Furniture Bank to expand its employment program, which provides work experience, life and skills training, and employment opportunities in the charity’s operations to youth, newcomers to Canada and other individuals facing barriers to employment. The creation of new job opportunities makes Furniture Bank a strategic fit for LIFT, whose portfolio is focused on social purpose organizations tackling skills development and employment for people facing barriers to employment, in addition to health and education issues.
- “Furniture Bank is doing transformative work with vulnerable populations in the Toronto area,” says Bruce Dewar, President and CEO of LIFT. “We believe we can help position them for even greater financial success and sustainability, so that they can increase their impact on both individual lives and the community as a whole.”
- “The time is right for all Canadians to realize they can play a role in helping to alleviate homelessness. It’s our goal that when people buy new furniture, they call us to remove the used furniture and distribute it to the tens of thousands who need it,” says Dan Kershaw, Furniture Bank Executive Director. “We think working with LIFT can be a game changer, helping us scale our social enterprise and charity across Canada and allowing us to achieve the full meaning of our mission of helping people permanently get off the floor.”

About Furniture Bank: Furniture Bank has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998 by enabling the transfer of gently used household furnishings from donors to families and individuals in need. The organization operates a large furniture removal service in the community year-round - picking up furniture from donors and delivering items to clients to establish their new homes. Visit for more information.
About LIFT Philanthropy Partners: LIFT invests in not-for-profits, social enterprises and other organizations with proven results addressing health, skills development, education and employment in Canada. It provides hands-on management and pro bono contributions from its national network of business experts to help social purpose organizations to build capacity and scale their programs, so they can help more vulnerable and at-risk Canadians. Visit for more information.
Media Contacts:
Lisa Dooling Dan Kershaw
Director, Communications Executive Director
LIFT Furniture Bank
778-327-5170 (office) 416-934-1229 (ext. 720) (office)
778-840-5170 (cell) 905-806-8246 (cell)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chef Thomas Keller of The French Luandry Fame and Seabourn Announce New Onboard Dining Experience

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In an ongoing quest to provide a world-class experience, Seabourn has created a partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller. The culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants - The French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon - Chef Keller will bring his award-winning French and American cuisine to the luxury cruise line adding new flavors and flair to complement Seabourn's already celebrated cuisine. He is developing an array of dishes, ranging from appetizers to entrees to desserts for dining venues aboard Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest that will be available in 2015. In addition, Seabourn will partner with Chef Keller to introduce a new signature restaurant that will be revealed in the spring of 2016 on Seabourn Quest before being subsequently rolled out to the entire fleet including the two new builds, Seabourn Encore in 2016 and Seabourn Ovation in 2018. 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cancer drugs approved quickly but not to patient’s benefit: York U researcher

TORONTO, May, 2015 — Highly priced cancer drugs get rushed approvals despite poor trial methodology and little effect on the longevity of patients, cautions York University Professor Dr. Joel Lexchin in the School of Health Policy and Management.

“Patients and their doctors should demand that regulators require pharma companies to provide clear evidence of clinical effectiveness of the drugs, resulting from rigorous methodology,” suggests Lexchin. “Drug agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicine Agency (EMA) don’t actually look at whether people live longer.”

In an article in the British Medical Journal, titled “Why do cancer drugs get such an easy ride?”, Lexchiin and co-author Donald Light, a professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rowan University in New Jersey, note that accelerated approval and shortened review times also make it a smooth sail for cancer drugs.

Lexchin cites earlier research reviewing solid cancer drugs within 10 years of EMA approval to point out that these drugs improved survival by just over a month.

“Similarly 71 drugs approved by the FDA from 2002 to 2014 for solid tumours have resulted in median gains in progression-free and overall survival of only 2.5 and 2.1 months, respectively,” he says adding, “Also, only 42 per cent met the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Research Committee’s criteria for meaningful results for patients.”

The authors observe that pharma companies are having an easy ride with the European and US regulators, who are allowing them to test cancer drugs using surrogate measures instead of survival and other patient-centred measures.

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre. York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U’s 11 faculties and 25 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 280 leading universities worldwide. York U’s community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 275,000 alumni.
Media Contact:  Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company Whips Up New Award-Winning Organic Food For Babies

Organic line offers 20 single or combination fruit and vegetable selections 
for mom and baby

AMSTERDAM, N.Y., May, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms and dads put your aprons,
 steamers and food processors down, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut) has
 made its debut into USDA organic baby food with its new organic line. The Product
of the Year-winning brand is giving parents a helping hand when it comes to feeding
 their baby organic fruits and vegetables. The new taste bud-enticing line is real food
for babies™ with the same bright colors and bold flavors of homemade foods.
"Parents asked for organic and we answered," said Jeff Boutelle, president of
 Beech-Nut. "Organic options are available in the fruit and vegetable aisle in the
grocery store and we want Beech-Nut to be part of the same option in the
 baby food aisle, allowing parents to make the best choices for their family's needs."

Beech-Nut incorporated some of parents' favorite foods from its 100% naturals
 line into the organic line like carrots and sweet potatoes, which contain just carrots
and just sweet potatoes, and nothing else. It also added even more unique combinations
 to the organic line for mom and baby to enjoy, including apple, raspberry & avocado
, peas & spinach, and butternut squash & sweet corn. Yes, butternut squash, kale,
avocado and quinoa are part of real food for babies™.
The organic line uses the same just gentle cooking™ process, a method similar to the
 way parents make food at home. The process doesn't add any excess water or cook
 the nutrients away, resulting in food with textures, colors and flavors that looks, tastes
 and feels as close to homemade as possible. To learn more about the unique just
 gentle cooking™ process, visit Beech-Nut's website.
Beech-Nut is inspired by Mom making homemade baby food, pushing the boundaries
 of food combinations and using high quality ingredients. The organic line comes in
transparent honeypot glass jars, and features the USDA-certified organic seal, an
indication of GMO-free food.  Beech-Nut is continuously working to earn verification
from the Non-GMO Project to ensure parents have full transparency about what does –
and does not – go into the food they feed their baby. Parents can check the verification
 status of their favorite flavors at

"Our organic line builds upon our commitment to parents to offer the choices that best
suit their family. This includes fruits and vegetables that retain their true colors, flavors,
aromas, textures and nutrients," continued Boutelle. "This is not only important to parents,
 but also helps set the foundation of healthy eating habits for babies later on in life."
This year, Beech-Nut was awarded Product of the Year in the baby category for its
100% naturals and organic lines, as selected by more than 40,000 consumers in a
 national representative survey conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), a
 global leader in consumer research surveyed nationwide.

The organic line is currently available at the following retailers, with more being added
regularly: Kroger, Babies "R" Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern,,
 Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons,
 Hannaford, Raley's, Meijer, Nugget Market,, Harris Teeter, Shaw's,
ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods. To find a retailer near you,
please visit:

Beech-Nut Celebrates Moms This Mother's DayIn celebration of Mother's Day,
Beech-Nut is asking its biggest fans across the country – moms – to consider what
 they  wanted to say to their own mothers with a new perspective on motherhood.
 The campaign #realmomsknow provides a glimpse of the sometimes sentimental,
 sometimes  humorous responses. Follow Beech-Nut at or
@BeechNutFoods (Twitter and Instagram).

About Beech-Nut 
Producing baby food since 1931, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company has been built on
 a history of innovation and dedication to infant nutrition. Headquartered in
Amsterdam, New York, Beech-Nut is the number two leading baby food
 brand in the United States and is committed to deliver nutritious food for
 parents and babies. The company recently earned 2015 Product of the
Year in the baby food category. As a subsidiary of Hero AG of Lenzburg,
 Switzerland, a global leader in consumer goods and infant feeding, Beech-Nut
 is able to combine global resources to continuously improve food and nutrition
 for infants.
About Hero AG Hero, an international brand-focused consumer-foods group,
was founded in 1886 in Lenzburg, Switzerland, and is committed to
 producing high-quality, nutritious products in its core product categories
of Infant Nutrition and Fruit.
Hero's operations are based predominantly in Europe, North America and
Middle East/Africa and Turkey/Central Asia. In 2009, the group generated
revenues of 1.9 billion with over 4,000 employees. Dr. Arend Oetker is the
 majority shareholder.

Media Contact: Caroline Baumgartner, FleishmanHillard for Beech-Nut,

Monday, May 11, 2015

22 Uses For Epsom Salt – Why It Should be in Every Home & Garden garden/#sthash.Uyu2E21r.dpuf

Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
22 Amazing uses of Epsom salt
Regulate Blood Sugar - Research indicates that raising magnesium levels can promote a healthy heart by improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. It also improves the body’s capacity to use insulin. Magnesium is necessary to sustain calcium levels in the blood.
Sulphates are not easily obtained through the food we eat but are absorbed through the skin. These stimulate the pancreas to make digestive enzymes and assist in detoxifying the body. Epsom Salt flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
Detoxification - Epsom salt can assist in eliminating toxins from the body. The magnesium in Epsom salt is required for detoxifying cells. It also helps detox the body of environmental contaminants that can potentially cause ill health.
To enjoy a relaxing detox bath, stir in 1 to 2 cups of Epson salt in a bathtub filled with warm water and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week.
Fade Bruises - To lessen the appearance of bruises, make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water mixed with Epsom salt – use two tablespoons per cup – then apply to the skin.
Treats Sunburn - Epsom salt is very soothing for sunburned skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties alleviate mild sunburn irritation like itchiness and pain. It can even help maintain an even skin tone.
-To treat sunburned hands and legs, mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in 1 cup of water and store it in a spray bottle. Spray it on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then take a bath. Do this several times a week to notice improvement.
-Another option is to fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and mix in 1 cup of Epsom salt, stirring thoroughly so the salt crystals dissolve properly. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and soak in the water for 20 minutes.
Pest control - If you have lawn pests and you’re looking for natural insect control, consider turning to Epsom salt. A spray solution on the lawn can control insects without damaging the grass, and it’s totally nontoxic. Sprinkle some dry Epsom salt to deter slugs and snails.
Fertilizer - Some plants like tons of food, especially roses. Work some Epsom salt into the soil around them to keep them happy, especially during blooming season, when you want them producing beautiful, long-lasting flowers. Palm trees, tomatoes, and peppers are big fans of Epsom salt!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015