July 2nd, 2015

Calgary-raised cowgirl and fashion designer showcases rich history of Calgary Stampede in unique western wear collection available exclusively at London Drugs

Calgary-Stampede-2015-tshirt-Social$5.00 from each Wild Rose Clothing & Pursue Victory purchase to benefit the Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary-raised cowgirl and fashion designer, Paige Callaway, has launched an exclusive clothing collection at London Drugs during the Calgary Stampede this year, with a few designs featuring some of the earliest photos of the Calgary Stampede.

IMG_4750Callaway, a World Champion Trick Rider and former performer at the Stampede, has a long family history in rodeo. Her great grandpa competed at the very first Calgary Stampede in 1912 and her uncle won the novice bareback riding years later. Her Stampede collection features vintage family photos that celebrate the rich history of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

“It has been a lot of fun putting this collection together”, says Callaway, “especially going through our old family rodeo photos to select shots that show how the Stampede has grown and changed over the years.”

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July 1st, 2015

Book of the Month – July 2015

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The-Good-GirlThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

 

Reviews
“I enjoyed this book, a good easy read with an unexpected twist at the end.” – Review by Jacquie

“I really enjoyed The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. When I started the book, I thought I was going to be disappointed as it felt so much like Gone Girl. The way the chapters were laid out going back in time and forward felt too familiar. In the end the plot was richer and more thrilling. Such a great surprise twist at the end and you ended up so engaged with the dynamics of Mia’s family” – Review by Dorothy

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 book as well. Post your comments and let us know.

The Good Girl is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of July.



June 30th, 2015

London Drugs launches food donations direct from Web to Western Canada’s local food banks

Goal is to raise 80,000 pounds of food this summer for people in need

The annual food fundraising tour, Five Hole for Food (FHFF) kicks off in St. John’s on July 1st and this year, there are new ways for the public to support local food banks during the summer, one of their toughest times of year.

“People generally donate to their local food banks during the winter,” said Richard Loat, CEO and founder of Five Hole for Food. “We run FHFF during the summer specifically to fill the needs of empty food bank shelves.”

This is London Drugs’ fifth year supporting FHFF which will run through 13 cities in 18 days. The last six cities on the tour will stop in London Drugs’ hometowns. This year, in addition to staff participation and thousands of pounds of food being donated by London Drugs, customers will be able to add to the food bank bins in two new ways, by purchasing FHFF food bags in stores and donate directly to local food banks online via www.londondrugs.com/FHFF.

“Five Hole for Food wouldn’t have been able to help put more than 1-million pounds of food on dining tables across Canada over the past five years without the invaluable support from our partners, such as London Drugs,” said Loat. “As FHFF has grown, so has London Drugs’ commitment to helping feed hungry Canadians. London Drugs has been a sponsor since FHFF’s beginnings, but it’s great to see how the team there has embraced the cause so wholeheartedly that it’s now a part of their culture as evidenced by all their new initiatives this year. From giving customers the opportunity to purchase a FHFF bag of food for donation to offering them the ability to donate at their tills and online, London Drugs has made it easier than ever to support the local food banks in Western Canada.”

“London Drugs is proud to step up our support even more this year with simple ways for our customers to join the FHFF drive and directly help hungry people living in our communities,” says Clint Mahlman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs. “Customers can donate at till at all 78 London Drugs stores and now for the first time, donate directly to local food banks via www.londondrugs.com/FHFF.”

London Drugs encourages fellow businesses and members of the community to come out, donate, and compete with us on the following dates and locations!

Winnipeg – Royal Sports | July 11th, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Details | Register

Regina – Scarth Street Mall | July 13th, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Details | Register

Calgary
– Eau Claire Market | July 14th, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Details | Register

Edmonton
– Centennial Plaza | July 15th, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Details | Register

Victoria
– Mayfair Shopping Centre parking lot | July 17th, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Details | Register

Vancouver
– Granville Street | July 18th, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Details | Register

The full fundraising tour and FHFF road hockey challenge spots can be found at www.fiveholeforfood.com.

“Last year London Drugs raised 60,000 pounds of food for Five Hole for Food,” said Malhman. “This year our goal is to increase this donation to 80,000 pounds. I’m confident that with the commitment of our staff together with the great work of the Five Hole for Food team, this will be achievable. Best of luck to all participants in this year’s food fundraising tour.”

The list of food banks Five Hole for Food will be supporting can be found here: http://www.fiveholeforfood.com/food-banks/

For more information about Five Hole for Food, follow on Twitter: @fiveholeforfood, or send e-mail to info@fiveholeforfood.com.

 



June 25th, 2015

Beat the Summer Heat with Air Conditioners and Fans

Summer is here and that means we are in the midst of living in 25°C weather and above. With the prediction that we are approaching one of the hottest summers yet, it might be time to start thinking about the best ways to beat the summer heat. For those that love to keep their living spaces cool in the summer, consider an air conditioner or fan to keep the summer heat out and the cool temperatures in.

How to pick an air conditioner:AC Chart

When picking the proper air conditioner for your living space, there are a few things to keep in mind. If the room is heavily shaded, it may be best to choose a unit with less capacity than recommended on the chart. However, if the room has a vast majority of sunlight, a unit with more capacity is best. For rooms that have two of more that regularly occupy it, more capacity is required. In addition, air conditioners that will be installed near the corner of a room will need a unit that can send airflow in the right direction.

DeLonghi Portable Air ConditionerL8645053

For those that like all in one features, the DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioner has a 4-in-1 combination of an air conditioner, fan, dehumidifier, and 1300W heater, which is ideal for year round use. The 3-speed fan plus a “whisper quiet mode” give a 50% noise reduction – perfect for quiet spaces such as the office, classroom, or even home. Cool the room down in record time with the easy to use control panel and LCD remote display. The DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioner also uses environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant with zero ozone depletion. Not to mention, the “no-drip” technology means you’ll never have to empty a bucket again.

Choosing the right fan:

Using a fan to cool your home is an energy efficient solution. To enhance the circulation of cold air, the use of active fans is ideal. Depending on what space you would like to cool down, you may want to consider a floor fan or a table fan:

Honeywell Turboforce Floor Fan – HF-910CHoneywell turboforce floor fan

The Honeywell HF-910 Turbo Force Floor fan comes with 3 speed settings and a 90-degree pivot head. The turbo force power of this fan allows for cooling or whole room air circulation. With 18-inch blades and an extra powerful three speed motor, you can feel the power from up to 40 feet away. The HF-910 is effective in larger rooms like the family or living room. You can also collect year-round energy savings with increased air flow that allows the air conditioning and heating systems to be used at a lower setting.

Honeywell 8inch Super Tech Force High Performance Fanhoneywell high performance fan

The Honeywell Performance Fan can be used as either an air circulator or for forced cooling. The versatile aerodynamic wind tunnel design is based off of a powerful 3-speed motor – high, medium, and low. With a variable tilt fan head, the Honeywell Performance Fan is able to pivot 90 degrees for efficient air circulation. The recessed carrying handle makes this fan easily portable and the convenient size is ideal for use anywhere. An extra feature that comes with the Honeywell Performance Fan is the ability to easily mount to walls to maximize surface space.

Sunbeam Table Fansunbeam table fan

For those that like a wide-area oscillation, why not consider the Sunbeam table fan? The 90-degree tilt is perfect for reaching even the farthest areas of a room while also creating a whole room circulation. With 5 paddle blades as opposed to the regular 3, the Sunbeam table fan can give you 5 different speeds and 20-percent more power. Not to mention, it is also lightweight and easily portable.

For more information on air conditioners or fans, search the London Drugs website at www.londondrugs.com or your local London Drugs location.

 



June 24th, 2015

London Drugs rides for a reason for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

On July 19, 2015, the London Drugs Ride for Hope Presto Fondo will take place

London Drugs is proud to announce its support of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice by sponsoring and taking part in the 2015 London Drugs Ride for Hope Presto Fondo.

The London Drugs Ride for Hope Presto Fondo is a part of the Prospera Valley Fondo. On July 19, 2015, a team of riders from London Drugs will be participating in a 50km bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Provincial Care Program.

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June 23rd, 2015

London Drugs Foundation donates $15,000 to Covenant House Vancouver

The London Drugs Foundation contributed $15,000 to Covenant House Vancouver. The funds will go towards purchasing milk for the youth of Covenant House Youth can receive access to nutritious milk whether they are staying at Covenant House or are accessing the drop-in program. Milk is crucial as one of the ways that Covenant House shows its youth they are valued is by giving them good, healthy food, and in addition, milk contains essential nutrients which are critical for these youth as they are young adults and many are still growing.

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June 18th, 2015

Top 5 Must-Haves for your Summer Road Trip from London Drugs

Summer weekends were made for lake and cottage country. Most Fridays now after work, we will see the mass exodus of cars leaving for a weekend of fun, sun, and relaxation. Whether the drive is an hour, four or more, road trips can be made easier by traveling with essentials that can make getting to your destination safe and fun.

Here are our top 5 picks for your summer road trip must-haves:

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