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How to tackle neglected chores

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

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Tip 1: Check your smoke detectors, flashlights and CO detectors the first day of every quarter.

Although this task is done rarely, it is one that’s incredibly important. Make sure to flick flashlights on and off to check their batteries, and press the test buttons on carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Tip 2: Every PA day, wash your kids’ lunch bags.
Lunch bags can start to build up grime and stains fairly quickly! To keep them clean and odour-free, throw them in the washing machine every PA day. If the tag says they are not machine-washable, use a toothbrush with dish soap and water to clean any messy spots.

Tip 3: Change furnace filters when you take out and put away your patio furniture, and when you put out and take down holiday decorations.
Taking this extra step when the seasons change will help keep your furnace working like a charm. It’s especially important if you have kids or pets in the house.

Tip 4: Get your ducts cleaned each time you renew your mortgage.
It’s recommended you get your ducts cleaned every five years or after any major renovation. It sometimes can slip your mind, but by attaching it to the day you have to renew your mortgage, it’ll help to keep your house less dusty!

Tip 5: Clean your overhead exhaust the day of your favourite TV show’s season premiere and finale.
This is something that is pretty simple to do and can actually be done while you’re watching your show! You can either buy a new filter that can be installed during the commercial break or you can soak your existing one in a bucket with boiling hot water and a scoop of dishwashing detergent. Let soak for 15 minutes and then scrub with a bristle brush if needed. Let dry and put back in when the show is done.

Tip 6: On the first day of every season, clean your washing machine
This is a task that is often forgotten and neglected. But to keep our clothes fresh and clean, it is important to keep our washing machines clean too. Try using a washing machine cleaning tablet to get rid of any grime. It’s simple and effective.

 		

How to diagnose and treat summertime rashes

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015

Rashes

Heat rash:

  • Heat rash usually results in small dots on the skin and feels sandpaper-like. It can be found under the breasts or in skin folds.
  • Why does heat rash happen? If you’re wearing tight clothing or have skin folds, your blocked sweat glands can lead to heat rash during the sweaty summer months.
  • To treat heat rash, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream or powder.

Athlete’s foot:

  • Athlete’s foot is detected by a scaly, flaky foot, possibly between the toes.
  • You can contract athlete’s foot by walking barefoot at places like the gym, by sharing socks, or getting a pedicure with tools that have come in contact with athlete’s foot.
  • To treat athlete’s foot, use an anti-fungal cream and be sure to wear shoes at the gym.

Poison ivy:

  • Poison ivy is usually in clusters of 3 leaves, and the leaves can be either serrated or clear-edged.
  • The plant is typically found in low-lying areas, such as along borders of roads or stony patches.
  • Treat poison ivy with cool water and soap. Be sure not to burn poison ivy to get rid of it as it can get in your lungs.

For more tips from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, watch the video below:

Safe home remedies for garden pests

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015

Pests

We love animals, but they’re not always welcome in the garden — especially when they’re eating your plants! Carson Arthur shares his solutions for keeping creatures out without harm.

For cats:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 rosemary spears (or lavender)
  • 1 litre boiling water

Method: Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Let cool before applying to areas where cats have been.

For deer and rabbits:

  • 6-8 rhubarb leaves
  • boiling water

Method: Pour boiling water over rhubarb leaves in heatproof container. Let cool before applying to inedible plants, like cedar trees. The leaves are toxic, so the mixture shouldn’t be sprayed on vegetable  or fruit plants.

For aphids:

1 regular-strength Aspirin
1 litre water bottle

Method: Dissolve Aspirin in water and apply to aphid-infested plants.

For more tips, watch Carson’s segment below!

10 Canadian movies to watch this Canada Day

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015

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Ok, we’re not suggesting you sit and watch 10 movies back-to-back this Canada Day — particularly if it’s sunny outside! But once you’re home from that Canada Day party and ready to kick back for a few, toss on one of these Canadian flicks for a little entertainment.

We’ve selected some older movies, some newer, and a few from our favourite Canadian directors. We think it’s a good mix of light-hearted, and more dramatic fare. Hope you agree!

Goon (2011): We admit, we weren’t the biggest Seann William Scott fans until we saw him in this surprisingly sweet comedy about a bar bouncer with a heart of gold who’s hired to be the resident goon on his town’s minor-league hockey team, despite the fact that he can’t skate. Doug Glatt (Scott) soon finds himself at odds with both his team’s star player (Marc-Andre Grondin) and the league’s top goon (Liev Schreiber). Will this unlikely hero lead his team to victory? You’ll certainly be rooting for him to!

Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006): When the body of a hockey league executive is discovered on the Ontario-Quebec border, the police forces from both provinces are forced to work together on the case. Enter strait-laced Martin Ward (the always excellent Colm Feore) representing the Ontario Provincial Police, and wildcard David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) of the Surete de Quebec, and you have the makings of a classic buddy cop film.

Canadian Bacon (1995): *Family-friendly!* Michael Moore directed this satirical John Candy vehicle about a low-in-the-polls U.S. President (Alan Alda) who tries to up his approval rating by starting a cold war against Canada. While this hilarious film is rife with talented comedy actors, among them Alda, Rhea Perlman, Kevin Pollak and Wallace Shawn, this film belongs to the late Candy, playing a sheriff who takes the U.S.’s new stance very seriously.

Les triplettes de Belleville/The Triplets of Belleville (2003): *Family-friendly!*Nominated for two Oscars, this animated film is as beautiful to watch as it is to listen to. The story revolves around Madame Souza and her dog Bruno, who team up with the Belleville Sisters to find her missing grandson Champion, who disappears during the Tour de France.

One Week (2008): Michael McGowan’s film about a young man (Joshua Jackson) who takes a motorcycle trip from Toronto to Tofino following a devastating medical diagnosis is a true love letter to Canada and all its beauty and eccentricity. Given its at-times heartbreaking subject matter, this is a wonderfully uplifting and funny film. We also adore Campbell Scott’s narration.

Goin’ Down The Road (1970): Doug McGrath and Paul Bradley star as two friends who move from Nova Scotia to the big city, Toronto, in the hopes of finding jobs and a better life. This classic Canadian film was subsequently parodied on SCTV. It’s interesting to see how much Yonge St. has changed since the film was made.

Juno (2007): Starring Canadians Ellen Page and Michael Cera, and directed by Canadian Jason Reitman, we’re claiming this film as one of our own! Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, 16-year-old Juno MacGuff (Page) makes the controversial decision to carry her child to term so that she can place it with an adoptive couple. Diablo Cody won an Oscar for her smart script.

Away From Her (2006): Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie turn in wonderful performances as an aging couple dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Sarah Polley proves she’s as talented behind the director’s chair as she is in front of the camera in this heart-rending film.

Eastern Promises (2007): David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen follow up the excellent A History of Violence with this equally powerful and disturbing film about a midwife (Naomi Watts) who becomes entangled with the Russian mafia while investigating the death of a pregnant teenager. Mortensen is fantastic as mafia driver Nikolai, but it’s Armin Mueller-Stahl who steals the show as the outwardly warm, but secretly brutal and cold-hearted, restaurant owner/mob boss Semyon. Not for the faint at heart, this film has scenes of brutal violence.

Barney’s Version (2010): Based on the acclaimed Mordecai Richler novel, Paul Giamatti is perfectly cast as the irascible Barney Panofsky, who falls in love with a woman (Rosamund Pike) at his second wedding. This touching drama also stars Dustin Hoffman as Izzy, Barney’s father, and Minnie Driver as Barney’s second wife. A film that proves how important good writing is to good moviemaking.

Happy Canada Day! Share your favourite Canadian films (or films directed by Canadians) in the comments below!

Welcome to the Cityline 21-day boot camp!

Dr. Joey Shulman | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015

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Welcome to the Cityline 21-day boot camp! Over the next 21 days, I will be providing you with meal plans that are filled with detoxifying foods, foods that are anti-inflammatory and meal plans that are delicious and nutrient dense. Each day, you will also be provided with a health tip and a superfood suggestion. My goal is to keep this plan super simple, so you can follow along easily and enjoy. Trust me, having a plan and direction always makes your health goals easier to obtain!

Why 21 days?

After being in practice for over a decade, I can tell you 21 days is definitely enough time to make a permanent change in your health and create new behavioral patterns.

Here are some of the benefits of my 21-day boot camp.

  • Improved energy and decreased “brain fog”
  • Improved mood
  • Cessation of sugar, carbohydrate or salt cravings
  • Optimized digestion and reduced feelings of bloating
  • Improved sleep
  • Weight loss

So, enjoy the suggestions over the next 21 days. If you do find a meal or snack you really enjoy, feel free to repeat it over and over again. (I myself am a creature of habit and find eating in routine and repetition ideal for health).

For my daily meal plans and health posts, visit the Cityline 21-day boot camp page or see the list below. You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter and watch for the hashtag #21daybootcamp.

Share your journey and join the conversation on the Cityline Facebook page.

Wishing you best health,
Dr. Joey

Daily meal plans

All meal plans include one serving size unless noted. Optimal water intake per day is two litres. Alcohol intake is not reviewed on this plan. I typically recommend a maximum of two to four drinks per week.

For more on daily meal plans, check it out here.

5 items you don’t need in a small space

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jun 2nd, 2015

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Sometimes it is difficult to choose which furniture is essential in a small space; you don’t want to it to be too cluttered or too overwhelming. Luckily, Yanic Simard came by to help give us tips on different pieces that we don’t necessarily need in a space. Here are his top 5!

A dining table
This seems a little extreme at first, but when you think about it, a dining table and dining chairs can really take up a lot of space! Try utilizing what you already have, such a breakfast bar or kitchen island, to use as your new dining space.

Large electronics
It may be tempting to buy the biggest speakers in the store to get the best sound quality, but the reality is that there are a lot of products on the market that deliver the same quality at a fraction of the size. Perhaps you can use your tablet as your main television screen and also as your main computer. With so many multi-purpose tech tools, it’s easy to downsize.

A large area rug
Large area rugs can really overwhelm a space whether it’s by having too loud of a colour or too busy of a print. If you need to divide your space with an area rug, try going with a smaller scale rug or a rug with a unique shape to it.

A coffee table
Coffee tables can easily take up too much space in an area and aren’t always a necessity. What you can do instead is find a smaller table that also doubles as a storage space. Doing so will make the most out of using up that space.

A sofa
This one might shock you, but a sofa truly is the biggest piece of all! Try using a sectional sofa with movable pieces, or replace it all together with a couple of smaller chairs.

See Yanic’s suggestions in the video below:

 		
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