November 27th, 2015

Regina residents have a chance to play Santa this year for local seniors

London Drugs partners with the Regina “Santa for Seniors” program

This Christmas season, Regina residents have an opportunity to play Santa for Seniors at London Drugs. Working with a Regina community organization, holiday shoppers can visit any London Drugs in Regina from November 28th until December 12th to purchase gifts for local seniors.

At this time of year many seniors are overlooked for gifts. The team at Santa for Seniors ensures that home care residents are all given a gift at Christmas by collecting items on a senior’s wish list and creating ornaments. These ornaments are then placed on a Christmas Tree at both London Drugs locations in Regina. Wish list requests include a variety of products for seniors.


  • Blankets or throws
  • Slippers and socks
  • Pajamas, nightgowns and robes
  • Sugar-free candy and chocolates
  • Clothing such as sweat pants, sweaters and underwear
  • Gift certificates for groceries and toiletries
  • Books
  • Board games and puzzle/crossword books

Holiday shoppers simply take the ornament to customer service to purchase the item for a local senior, preferably in a gift bag. After December 12th the gifts will be collected by volunteers and prepared for Christmas Day distribution to homes in the community.

At each London Drugs there will be up to 50 gift tags available. Individuals can also purchase stocking stuffer type items as well for seniors to enhance their Christmas Day experience.


  • Unscented body lotion
  • Chapsticks
  • Socks
  • Christmas candies
  • Sugar free (diabetic) candies
  • Nail polish
  • Chocolates
  • Soft cookies
  • Nail care items (emery boards, nail clippers, etc.)

London Drugs is located at 2072 Prince of Wales Drive and at Grasslands, 4800 Gordon Road. Staff are available to assist with any questions and to offer assistance while shopping this holiday season.

November 25th, 2015

How to Make Christmas Special for Teens and Tweens in Need

Toy Donations Needed for Calgary Teens This Holiday Season, Accepted at All Calgary London Drugs

We have once again partnered with Jack FM Radio Calgary and 660 News Calgary for the eighth annual Toys 4 Teens holiday campaign, which aims to collect gift donations for 10 to 17 year olds in Calgary.

Generous Calgarians donate thousands of gifts each year for young children through various toy drives in the city, but the number of gifts donated for teens and tweens often falls short of demand. The reason for the shortage is that teens can be a tricky group to buy for.

Whether you’re shopping for your own child, or a child in need, London Drugs has a great selection of gifts for music and book fans to mini-fashionistas and even the most hard-to-buy-for youth, at every price point.

Other teen and tween-friendly gifts include:

  1. Gift Cards: London Drugs, iTunes, Google Play
  2. Electronics: phone and camera accessories, video games, computer games, mp3 players, speakers, cameras
  3. Beauty Products: nail kits, hair straighteners, curling irons, hair accessories, jewelry, make-up kits, bath & body sets, cosmetic bags, make-up brushes
  4. Home decor: lamps, vanity mirrors, blankets, NHL sports memorabilia
  5. Music: keyboards, drums, karaoke
  6. Sports Equipment: badminton set, soccer balls, footballs, sports jerseys, yoga mats

Unwrapped gift donations can be dropped off at any Calgary, Airdrie, Lethbridge and Red Deer London Drugs location up until December 23rd. All Calgary donations go the Salvation Army Family Christmas Assistance Program. Donations in Airdrie go to the Airdrie Lioness Club Christmas Hamper Program.

November 25th, 2015

Gift Ideas For Even the Most Hard-to-Buy-For Teen – Gifts under $100

1. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

Polaroids have made a big comeback with teens in the last few years. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is a compact camera that prints fun polaroids instantly – keepsakes they can hang in their locker or share with friends.


2. The Star Wars Battlefront Game

With all the hype surrounding the soon-to-be released movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront will undoubtedly be on every teen gamer’s wishlist. The game is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.


3. The Ion Party On Bluetooth Speaker

The ultra-versatile Ion Party On Bluetooth Speaker is a Bluetooth speaker that streams music wirelessly, while red, green and blue coloured lights flash in synchronization to the music. Adjust the settings for a spontaneous dance party or easy listening while studying.


4. The Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit

Create endless manicure patterns and styles with the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit. A portable LED light cures each layer of gel polish in minutes, resulting lasting gel manicures, just like in a professional salon.


November 25th, 2015

You Won’t Believe These Cool Gifts for Teens are All Under $50

1. The Infiniti Pro by Conair Quick Twist

Braids have never been trendier among teens, and this easy-to-use device can create fashionable braided styles in 3 simple steps. The Infiniti Pro by Conair Quick Twist braid maker even includes a starter kit with 30 accessories, for endless combinations.


2. The Skullcandy Uprock Headphones

For teens, style is priority. The Skullcandy Uprock Headphones with transparent casing feature Supreme Sound ™ technology, while also doubling as a stylish accessory.


3. The Cobra Micro Drone Helicopter

Drones have easily become the hottest tech item of the year. This micro drone by Cobra is small enough to lay in the palm of your hand, and can be used indoors or outdoors with incredible stability.


4. The Smart Planet Peanuts Hot Dog Steamer

Make perfectly toasted hot dogs at home with the Smart Planet Peanuts Hot Dog Steamer; just insert the buns and hot dogs, choose the desired setting, and teens can enjoy a fun lunch with friends in minutes.



November 25th, 2015

4 Perfect Gifts Your Teen Will Love – All Under $30

1. The NYX Professional Makeup Travel Set

This NYX travel set comes in a compact case with all the NYX makeup basics for a fresh everyday look and touch-ups on the go. NYX offers a wide range of gift sets to choose from that are suitable for a young beauty buff.


2. The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit

The simple gifts can make the biggest impact for a young teen. Opt for a basic skincare kit, specifically one that fights acne, like Clean & Clear’s Advantage Acne Control Kit.


3. The Zoella Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Mist

Zoella, one of the most popular YouTube stars out of the UK (with 9.4 million subscribers), has launched her very own beauty collection, which is now available in Canada. Described as bliss in a bottle, Zoella’s Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Mist is a relaxing and serene scent.


4. The Lost Ocean Colouring Book

One of the biggest trends this year has been adult colouring books. From the creator of the world wide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean Colouring Book will take them on a magical journey beneath the waves.



November 25th, 2015

How to Buy (and Then Pack) the Perfect Suitcase


Taking off on an adventure and uncertain how to travel light and arrive at your destination wrinkle-free? Follow these ingenious strategies and perfect your suitcase packing.

Pick the bag that’s right for you


  1. Measure your carry-on. Be sure your carry-on will fit on the plane in order to avoid extra charges. Remember that 21 by 14 by 9-inch dimensions will fit in any overhead bin.
  2. Know the full-size case rules. Four wheeled hard sided suitcases are best for travelling and should have a butterfly opening for easier packing. For a visual, take the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 (above) as the ideal example.
  3. Watch your bag. Use a luggage tracker like LugLoc to locate a lost suitcase and remember to label your bag with an email address for easy contact.

What to pack


  1. Go light on clothing. A good rule of thumb is three tops for every bottom. Limit shoes to sneakers and two secondary pairs – one casual and one formal.
  2. Look for wrinkle repelling fabrics. Blends with Lycra, nylon, or polyester will better survive the journey wrinkle-free. Wool or stretched cotton are the best of the natural fabrics, while textures and prints can also help mask fold marks.
  3. Pack a just-in-case kit. Bring a Downy wrinkle releaser and Tide stain remover for emergencies.
  4. Prep your carry-on. Bring layers to combat chilly airplane cabins and pack a toothbrush and a day’s worth of prescriptions in case your luggage is lost.
  5. Invest in useful technology. To make a long flight fly by, use noise-cancelling headphones like Sony’s ZX series. Other products like the Logiix World Travel Charger USB adapter, designed to work in over 150 countries, can help ensure that all of your devices work across the globe.

How to pack

  1. Learn what to roll and what to fold. If using a duffel bag, roll all of your clothes. If not, roll knit items and fold more structured pieces.
  2. Be efficient. Packing cubes can keep swimsuits, gym clothes, delicates and dirty laundry separate and compressed.
  3. Fight wrinkles with trash bags. Line the bottom and top of your luggage with trash bags. The slippery material helps prevent wrinkles from setting.
  4. Place content strategically. Stash heavy items near the wheelbase to keep the suitcase steady. A common formula is to then place packing cubes, rolled garments, folded clothes, bulky jackets, and fragile items in the bag.
  5. Maximize every inch of space. Use every section of your bag. Wrap belts around the outside perimeter, stuff socks into shoes, tuck accessories into pockets and fill bra cups with underwear to prevent distortion.

November 23rd, 2015

Researchers Have Discovered the Perfect Password That’s Also Easy to Remember


Nope, it’s not “password,” sorry. Back to the drawing board….

The perfect password must be both secure and memorable. And that creates a big problem for just about everyone.

That’s because very secure passwords—like “{mk_S*b0r2xZ;9YW”—are also very hard to remember.

And very memorable passwords—like “password” or “12345678”—are also very insecure.

The perfectly secure, perfectly memorable password is rarer than the unicorn, writes Alexandra Petri: “Like the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, the philosopher’s stone…no one has ever found it, and some doubt it exists at all.”


Not so fast, Alex. Two researchers from the University of Southern California have recently discovered what they call the perfect password solution: a randomly-generated poem. You know, something like:

A peanut never classified
expected branches citywide

Huh? Like many great ideas, on first glance this one seems bizarre. Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight got the idea from the popular Web comic XKCD, which showed that a password composed of four random words—like “correct horse battery staple”—is both more secure and easier to remember than the typical alphanumeric jumble that most people consider a safe password.


This is because there are 327,868 words in a standard English dictionary. It is very difficult for even a powerful algorithm to calculate the correct relationship between random words. To guess the correct sequence, says Knight, a computer would have to test billions of billions of billions of possibilities before it hit on the right one.

To increase the cryptographic complexity, the researchers took it a step further. They proposed a password comprising between six and eight words, selected randomly and arranged in a short poem of two lines. Then they designed a computer program to ensure that each password’s governing metre is rhyming iambic tetrameter. (This is what gives it the beat of poetry, making it a cinch to remember.)

A tidy market compromise
agreement oysters butterflies

Read too many and the minds starts to reel, but the poems are often whimsical and fun, hinting at some deeper relationship between individual words.

His tariff curbing studio
includes a gripping cameo

A cookie Interpol survey
by Telecom hotel today

Polanski visible inside
pergola torturing a bride

Martina needle satisfied
ancestral readers nationwide

These passwords may seem odd, but they are very, very secure. At current computer speeds, Knight estimates, cracking them would take around 5 million years.

The researchers have created an online generator that creates these little poems. Take a look for yourself and see what happy accidents it spits out.


NOTE: The site is for demonstration only. Because hackers could potentially download all the poems and try them out, you shouldn’t use one as your password. (Try substituting some words in and out if you want to create your own.)

Another way to get a unique secure poem is to enter your email address here. Their program will send you a secure password, then automatically delete it from their server.

Happy secure computing!


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