Saint John’s Operation Red Nose revived for Christmas season

CBC News | New Brunswick

Operation Red Nose will ride again in the Saint John area.

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The program provides free rides during the Christmas season to prevent people from drinking and driving.

it was halted a few years ago, when the local operators couldn’t find an insurance company willing to cover the volunteers and clients.

Paul Boudreau and Jen Butler have managed to resurrect the service. They are colleagues at Belmont Health and Wealth and members of the Rothesay Rotary Club, which is now the main sponsor of the service.

Speaking to Information Morning Saint John, Butler said they have been working on reviving the program since this time last year. She said the biggest hurdle was finding an insurance company.

The Co-operators was working with a similar program in the northern part of New Brunswick, Butler said, “and they agreed to come on board with us this year.”

Paul Boudreau said he and Butler “want people to make it home safely…[t]his is a service that can make a huge difference here in the area.”

Boudreau says he lives in the Kennebecasis Valley, and knows very well the difficulty in attending parties in town. “It’s that debate of, ‘Do I have a drink, do I not have a drink? How do we get home, do I pay for a taxi?’…that kind of thing.”

Operation Red Nose is currently looking for volunteers to help with the driving and co-ordination, such as answering phones. The program will run on successive weekends leading up to Christmas, beginning on Nov. 20.

Boudreau says the feedback he and Butler have had to the news they are reviving the program has been tremendous.

“The feedback we have gotten has been amazing. [People are asking], ‘Where have you been?'”

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page, Operation Red Nose Greater Saint John.

The service is free, but donations are being collected for P.R.O. Kids, which stands for positive recreational opportunities.

Gift Giving Guidance That Won’t Turn You Into A Grinch

Gift Giving Guidance That Won’t Turn You Into A Grinch

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ – With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to decide who’s on the “nice” list this year. A recent TD survey found that when it comes to purchasing gifts for loved ones, instead of battling the busy malls, more than seven in 10 (72 per cent) Canadians surveyed do at least some of their holiday shopping online.

While online shopping may have its conveniences, there can also be the impulse to splurge and overspend. The TD survey found that over one-third (37 per cent) of those surveyed who do most of their holiday shopping online are more likely to say they spend more than they would in store.

“Buying gifts for the special people in your life is one of the best parts of the holidays, so it’s easy to understand how people get carried away when adding items to their online shopping cart,” said Frank Psoras, Vice President, Credit Cards, TD Canada Trust. “The survey found that forty-two per cent of Canadians surveyed who do their holiday shopping online do not follow a budget. Making a plan and tracking each purchase is an easy way to help manage temptation. That way, there should be no surprises when you see your credit card bill at the end of the month.”

To help savvy shoppers plan their online holiday shopping without breaking the bank, TD worked with Cathie Mostowyk, online shopping expert and president of Shoestring Shopping Guide Inc., to help create and share a list of some simple budget-conscious shopping tips:

  • Pick your price: Canadians love a good bargain. The TD survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians surveyed shop online looking for better pricing. You can use online shopping to compare prices so you can help ensure you get the best deal without having to face a crowded mall.
  • Sign up for savings: Sign up with your favourite retailers for their email updates. They often send out information about upcoming sales, or special pricing and offers for their subscribers.
  • Maximize rewards: Think about taking advantage of loyalty rewards. For example, there are a variety of redemption options available to TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite* credit cardholders, including redemptions for travel purchases as well as for brand-name retail merchandise and gift cards.
  • Consider international expenses: If you’re like the 39 per cent of Canadians surveyed who shop online for the ability to shop with international retailers, make sure you factor in duty taxes, exchange rates, and consider the return shipping costs, as those costs can quickly add up.
  • Cut shipping costs: Many stores offer reduced or even free shipping with a minimum dollar amount spent. Think about how many people you can cross off your list from one retailer – it can help save you time and money.

Mostowyk adds, “Start your online shopping early to ensure items are still in stock and you’re not hit with rushed delivery expenses. I also recommend checking return policies to ensure you can either return in-store or with free shipping, if necessary.”

The TD survey also found the top reason (70 per cent) Canadians surveyed shop for holiday gifts online is for convenience. Psoras notes it’s no surprise that the majority (86 per cent) of those surveyed also use credit cards as a quick way to pay for their purchases.

“Redeeming your loyalty rewards for your holiday gifts is one way you can help stay within your budget, while making buying gifts easier and giving yourself more time to spend with your loved ones this holiday season,” says Psoras.

For more information, tools and resources on budgeting, visit: www.tdcanadatrust.com

About the TD Bank Group Life in the ‘Anatomy of an Online Shopper’ Poll
TD Bank Group commissioned Environics Research Group to conduct a custom survey of 6,149 Canadians aged 18 and older. Responses were collected between January 20 and February 8, 2015. All of the statistics used in this report are based on the Canadians surveyed including a subgroup of 4,411 Canadians who indicated that they shop online.

About TD Canada Trust
TD Canada Trust offers personal and business banking to more than 11.5 million customers. We provide a wide range of products and services from chequing and savings accounts, to credit cards, mortgages and business banking, plus credit protection and credit travel medical insurance, as well as advice on managing everyday finances. TD Canada Trust makes banking comfortable with award-winning service and convenience through 24/7 mobile, internet, telephone and ATM banking, as well as at over 1,100 branches, with convenient hours to serve customers better. For more information, please visit: www.tdcanadatrust.com. TD Canada Trust is the Canadian retail bank of TD Bank Group, the sixth largest bank in North America.

SOURCE TD Bank Group

For further information:

Jamin Robertson
TD Bank Group
416-982-3591
jamin.robertson@td.com

 

IBC offers tips to keep Canada Day celebrations safe and fun

HALIFAX, June 29, 2015 /CNW/ – Whether you celebrate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1, or wait until the weekend, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) wishes you a happy – and safe – holiday.  It has been a dryer than normal summer across Canada.  It’s also important to know, and respect, local fire bans and warnings.  Also you should be cautious around wooded areas and not do anything that might increase the risk of starting a fire.

Canada Day is a wonderful time for family and friends to gather around a camp fire or to go see the local fireworks display,” says Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. “Take a minute to review our fire safety tips so that you can keep everyone safe.”

Safety at the fire pit:

  • Make sure it is free of hazards. Otherwise, use a patch of bare ground. Avoid an area where there may be underground tree roots.
  • Clear debris such as leaves or twigs away from the fire site in an area with a three-metre diameter, and build a circle of rocks to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • Adults, not kids, should start campfires. Use tinder (e.g., dry pine needles or grass) or crumpled newspaper to ignite the fire. Never use gas.
  • Keep the fire under adult surveillance at all times. Supervise children and pets, and prevent the fire from getting too big or sparks from flying into the bush.
  • Have a bucket of water, sand and a shovel handy.
  • Totally extinguish the fire before you go to sleep or before you leave the site.
  • Always carry a flashlight to find your way at dusk or in the dark and to help others find you – one flashlight per person.

Safety at the fireworks display:

  • Follow the local laws and by-laws related to the handling and display of fireworks if you’re planning on launching your own display
  • Allow only sober adults over 18 to handle fireworks.
  • Set up the fireworks outside in a clear, open space.
  • Read all the instructions and warnings on the packaging. Light one firework item at a time.
  • Wear eye protection and gloves. Light fireworks at arm’s length and then stand back.
  • Have a bucket of sand, a supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Dispose of used fireworks safely. Once the show is over, let the materials cool down for 30 minutes and then clean up all remains. Soak all fireworks in water and let them cool in a fireproof container overnight before putting them into the garbage. Inspect the area to ensure there are no remaining unlit fireworks.

(Sources: Insurance Bureau of Canada, Canada Safety Council)

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market inCanada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter@InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Atlantic or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1‑844‑2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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