What’s New — eNewsletters and Blasts

5WaysAccording to the Direct Marketing Association, 68% of Canadians actually want to be engaged with your company through email. Find out how to drop your message directly into the inbox of your targeted customers, clients and partners with essential tips from Guy Steeves of marketing company Constant Contact, in my latest piece for Connected For Business Magazine. Click on the icon to the left, or here, to read all about it.

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What’s New — Chilling Facts About A/C’s

AirConRecent record-breaking temperatures, heat waves and wildfires raging across much of the country have sent us fleeing inside to the cool, clear relief of the air conditioner. These refreshing fans go beyond helping us beat the heat, they can save lives. But they can also be harmful to your health. To find out how, click on the icon to the left, or here, to read more in my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — Natural Mosquito Repellent

MosquitosThey’re the bane of summer: those blood-thirsty little buggers that buzz around your ears and inject their vile venom into your skin, leaving you scratching until you bleed. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives that can help you avoid being an unwitting blood donor to these insidious insects.  To read more, click on the icon to the left, or here, to go to my latest piece for Yahoo!

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What’s New — Safe Grilling Temperatures

MeatUndercooked meat has been the source of many a food-borne illness, since it can harbour parasites and bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter or E. coli that will fizzle the sizzle of your party pronto. For more info, as well as a list of safe grilling temperatures for just about any kind of meat you want to throw on the barbie, check out my latest piece for Yahoo! by clicking on the icon above or here.

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What’s New — Summer Travel Apps

SummerAppsThere’s a whole world of travel apps out there (roughly 100,000, in fact) to help you make the most of your vacay, but we’ve narrowed the list down to five faves. Wherever your summer sojourn takes you, these handy apps will assist with everything from snagging the cheapest flights to bridging the language barrier. Check them out here, or by clicking the icon above, to go to my latest piece for Connected Rogers.

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What’s New — Beachcombing in Gibsons

BCMSUMMER15.When Bruno Gerussi, as log salvager Nick Adonidas, chugged off into the sunset aboard his trusty Persephone 25 years ago, neither he nor anyone connected with The Beachcombers could have predicted the legacy he would leave in his wake. Airing over 19 seasons, the series maintains the title of the longest-running Canadian TV show in history. And although the credits rolled for the last time on December 12, 1990, the allure of its real star, the seaside village of Gibsons, lives on. Read about all the places where you can still see relics of Canada’s most famous show, as well as best beachcombing spots, in my latest piece for BC Magazine here, or by clicking the icon above.

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What’s New — 10 Foods That Can Fell You

10FoodsRemember the great Cronut calamity of 2013? More than 150 unsuspecting CNE visitors ended their day at the fair feeling fairly ill after noshing on the deep-fried doughnut-croissant concoction, which turned out to be contaminated with the staphylococcus aureus toxin. What about the 2008 deadly deli outbreak of listeria, traced to Maple Leaf Foods that sickened dozens and killed 12? Or the spinach scare of 2006 that infected hundreds with E. coli? Or the mad cow menace of a decade ago? Canada has one of the best food safety records in the world, but, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, every year nearly four million of us are felled by food poisoning. I’ve listed the 10 most common in my first piece for Yahoo!, here (or click on the icon above).

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