April 23rd, 2014

Happy Vaisakhi 2014

We had a great time participating in the Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey, BC. This was our 5th time joining in and we have enjoyed watching this celebration grow each year.

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April 21st, 2014

Are you registered?

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Imagine waking up in the morning, short of breath and unable to walk from your bedroom to your kitchen without gasping for air and needing to rest for 15 minutes before moving again.

As a Cystic Fibrosis patient, with lungs that were working at minimum capacity, this was 28 year old George’s life. Requiring an oxygen tank 24 hours a day, George was on the wait list for a double-lung transplant, and wasn’t certain he would live to see his next birthday.

In 2010 everything changed. One family, facing tragedy, made the life-saving decision to donate their loved one’s organs. And their loved one’s lungs went to George.

It’s been four years since George received the gift of life. He no longer wakes up short of breath and the only gasping for air he does is when he is riding his bike over 200km’s per week; training for a 1,200km ride from Vancouver to Banff this summer.

Thanks to one person’s selfless decision to register as an organ donor George is alive today.

Take 30 seconds to register your organ donor decision today at transplant.bc.ca

Live Life. Pass it On.



April 10th, 2014

Alberta Floods Watch

As the snow begins to melt and April showers begin to fall, prevention is top of mind in South Calgary after last year’s flooding. While city crews are already on flood alert, homeowners in Calgary can do their part to protect themselves in the event that flooding occurs this season.

The city of Calgary is urging homeowners to clear down spouts and any snow piles around the foundation, to prevent water from gathering as the snow melts. The public is also encouraged to call in to the 311 hotline to report blocked catch basins. Over 4000 calls have already been received.

London Drugs First Calgary (4701 – 130th Avenue. SE)  has FloodSax sandless ‘sandbags’ in stock for those customers in vulnerable areas who are concerned about the possibly of flooding.

 



April 7th, 2014

Book of the Month – April 2014

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This month we are reviewing the book The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

The-Cellist-of-SarajevoThe Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.
One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills twenty-two people as the cellist watches from a window in his flat. He vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni’s Adagio once a day for each of the twenty-two victims. The Adagio had been re-created from a fragment after the only extant score was firebombed in the Dresden Music Library, but the fact that it had been rebuilt by a different composer into something new and worthwhile gives the cellist hope.
Meanwhile, Kenan steels himself for his weekly walk through the dangerous streets to collect water for his family on the other side of town, and Dragan, a man Kenan doesn’t know, tries to make his way towards the source of the free meal he knows is waiting. Both men are almost paralyzed with fear, uncertain when the next shot will land on the bridges or streets they must cross, unwilling to talk to their old friends of what life was once like before divisions were unleashed on their city. Then there is “Arrow,” the pseudonymous name of a gifted female sniper, who is asked to protect the cellist from a hidden shooter who is out to kill him as he plays his memorial to the victims.
In this beautiful and unforgettable novel, Steven Galloway has taken an extraordinary, imaginative leap to create a story that speaks powerfully to the dignity and generosity of the human spirit under extraordinary duress.

Reviews
“The Cellist of Sarajevo was a great read.  The author paints a beautiful picture of hope within an environment filled with extreme fear and desperate times.  I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read. ” – Review by Shelley

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

The Cellist of Sarajevo is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles.

 



April 4th, 2014

Wynne Powell Tribute Dinner Raises $206,000 for BCIT Foundation

B.C. business leader and PHSA Chair honored for entrepreneurship and commitment to province

LD_20140402_816April 3, 2014, Vancouver B.C. – Last night at the Hotel Vancouver, in a room full of more than 700 guests from across North America, $206,000 was raised for the BCIT Foundation as a tribute to Wynne Powell and his distinguished business career and leadership in British Columbia.

Wynne Powell retired as president and CEO of London Drugs on February 23, 2014. His 30 years with London Drugs shaped the evolution of one of B.C.’s largest and most respected entities. And as Premier Christy Clark stated in her message presented in the aptly named ‘British Columbia’ room of the hotel, Wynne’s contributions to the province extend far beyond the running of one of its most successful companies.

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April 1st, 2014

London Drugs aims to double recycling during earth month

Retailer applauds everyday green heroes who helped keep over 10 million pounds of waste out of landfills in the last year

VANCOUVER, B.C. – London Drugs today announced aggressive recycling goals for Earth Month aiming to double the amount of materials recycled in stores over April last year.

“More than 52,000 kilograms of waste including electronics, Styrofoam, cardboard and other materials were recycled in stores last April. This year we hope to see a 100 percent increase,” says Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations and Sustainability for London Drugs.

With many Canadians taking part in spring cleaning during the month of April it is a perfect opportunity for customers to collect their old electronics, light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and other recyclable items and drop them off at any London Drugs location.

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March 14th, 2014

BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

BakerStone’s Pizza Oven is a fully portable device that simply sits on a backyard grill. Nothing to fuel, plug in or attach. Simply place on your grill, set the burners to HI and preheat for around 20 minutes. Once the needle reaches the desired temperature, you’re ready to bake. Easy to read icons display the temperature range for oven style baking and extreme wood-fired temperatures. Now Available at London Drugs.

L8038499_01BakerStone began with a love of pizza, and it’s that same love & passion that has been integral to the development of the Pizza Oven Box. Bake Pizzeria quality pizzas in 2 to 4 minutes in your own back yard; change cooking into an engaging, delicious & exciting social event. Creating your Pizza Masterpiece is fun – sharing it with others Brings the Party to Life. Check out the video to see it in action.

Why is the Pizza Oven Box better than a pizza stone?

A pizza stone will cook the bottom of a pizza while leaving the top undercooked. The Pizza Oven Box puts the power of a wood fired pizza oven into your own back yard, enabling you to uniformly bake pizzeria quality pizzas in less time than a pizza stone.

pizza2Is the Pizza Oven Box only for baking pizzas?

Definitely not. Perfectly seared meats, roasted vegetables, wonderfully baked casseroles, and deliciously baked breads & sweet treats are all part of the magic of the Pizza Oven Box

What is the cost of preparing a pizza in the Pizza Oven Box?

Incredibly, depending upon your choice of toppings, a medium-sized pizza (12” to 13”) can be made for as little as a few dollars

What is the defining feature of the Pizza Oven Box?

The Pizza Oven Box changes the way that we view outdoor cooking. Cooking becomes a social event. Individualizing your Pizza Masterpiece is fun; sharing it with others brings the party to life! What other wholesome, engaging, gourmet food experience is ready in minutes?

BakerStone’s Pizza Oven is available London Drugs.



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