October 18th, 2017

ShakeOut BC is October 19th

Richmond head office and all 51 stores in B.C. will participate in ShakeOutBC  October 19th.

If an earthquake were to happen while you were outside your home, shopping at a business or just out in your community, would you know what to do? In coastal British Columbia it is imperative we be prepared. This October 19th London Drugs will be activating emergency drills in 51 communities across the province for the annual ShakeOutBC event, and everyone is invited to participate.

London Drugs will be staging an emergency drill at its head office in Richmond as well as in it’s 51 stores across B.C. Customers will be notified on Oct.19 at 10:19 am over the P.A. system that an emergency drill will commence. A pre-recorded rumbling-type sound followed by instructions to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” will be made by store management. Each store will have emergency preparedness ambassadors ready with materials and a sample emergency preparedness kit for discussion and engagement with customers in the stores.

“I’m really proud of London Drugs’ business continuity team taking our emergency drill for ShakeOutBC to an accelerated level” says Clint Mahlman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs. “We have been doing this drill for years but practicing it on a grander scale at our head office and taking it to all 51 B.C. stores with broader communication and engagement with our customers is an important step in bringing this crucial awareness and education to a much wider audience.”

These events correlate with the company’s commitment to leadership in the safety and wellbeing of all of its staff and customers.

“The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is gaining more and more traction.  Having London Drugs take a lead role, showcasing their efforts to be prepared as a business, highlights the importance of businesses supporting their staff and community by having business continuity and preparedness plans,” said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance. “I believe that working with London Drugs this year reflects an increased understanding that the earthquake risk in B.C. is a shared responsibility and the importance of businesses being involved in preparedness.  We’re on our way to creating a culture of preparedness and making British Columbia a more resilient province.”

Customers in all stores across British Columbia are encouraged to get involved during the demonstration and learn about the basics of earthquake survival and emergency preparedness.

All London Drugs stores have emergency kits and information highlighted in stores. Below are items necessary to survive for up to 72 hours without power or assistance. Emergency kits should be stored in a conveniently located and durable backpack.

Key things to have in your emergency kit are:

  1. Water – estimate for four litres per person per day for drinking and sanitation.
  2. Food – gather food that won’t spoil like canned goods, protein energy bars, dried fruits and meal replacement beverages. Don’t forget to pack the can opener. Include hard candies, chocolate and gum in your kit for a diversion for your senses.
  3. Essentials – flashlights, extra batteries, candles, matches, garbage bags, a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle and a small mirror.
  4. First Aid – ensure your first aid kit is up to date and medications have not expired, include gauze, pads and tape along with an assortment of bandages. Include several pairs of disposable latex gloves, face masks, antibacterial handwash, and a small pair of scissors.
  5. Battery powered or a wind up AM/FM radio to keep updated on current conditions.
  6. Seasonal clothing and footware along with a dust mask in case of poor air quality.
  7. Entertainment – cards or any other board games. Crossword puzzle or pocket book to keep you occupied while waiting for the power to return.
  8. Additional non-essential but important items include duct tape, Swiss army knife, Kleenex, toilet paper, city map, and recent photographs of loved ones in case of separation.

London Drugs provides several sizes of emergency kits for individuals and families. It’s also recommended to have a smaller emergency kit, including a solar blanket for added warmth, in your vehicle should you be in your car during a disaster.

Find more emergency supplies here.

To get involved and to find out more emergency tips visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.



October 6th, 2017

October Book of the Month

 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school – until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

 

 

 

Review

Good read – funny and insightful – can’t wait to see the movie. It was interesting hearing the views of people closest to Auggie and how they dealt with his situation. And great how he found the strength to persevere through the torment from bullies at school. All school kids should read this book. – Review by Janice

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. Wonder is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of October.



October 2nd, 2017

6 Delicious Turkey Preparations for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Let’s talk turkey. Canadians are getting ready to gather with friends and family to give thanks, and also to eat a whole bunch of delicious food. It’s fantastic—but daunting, too, if you’re the one in charge of the bird. To help, we’ve gathered and outlined some of the best ways to prepare a turkey for the big day. Please enjoy these 6 Delicious Turkey Preparations for your Thanksgiving Feast.

1. Brine, Baby, Brine

turkey preparations

Image via The Kitchn

Brining your turkey creates rich flavour, and also helps you get prep done the night before the big day. It’s a favourite around our houses, for sure. Here’s one recipe and method. We recommend adding a full clove of garlic and a ¼ cup of honey to add even more depth of flavour.

2. Deep Fried Turkey

turkey preparations

Image via Serious Eats

This turkey preparation was all the rage for a while there, and we can really see why. Deep frying the turkey gives it a delicious taste and texture, and the crispy skin is a heavenly treat. Deep frying a turkey is a potentially dangerous activity, so follow these safety precautions to the letter.

3. Slow-Grilled Turkey

Image via David Malosh

Did you know you can grill a turkey? Neither did we. Still, if you have the right kind of kettle grill, the deliciously deep smoky flavour might well be worth your effort. Check out the whole recipe and method here.

4. Classic Roast Turkey Preparation

Hamptons-chic domestic guru Ina Garten has a classic recipe for roast turkey that uses thyme, lemon, onion, and garlic to add flavour. The recipe is linked here and is a great place to start for those who are new to Thanksgiving chef-ery.

5. Juicy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Image via RecipeTin Eats

3 minutes of prep and a day of slow cooking make this recipe an easy choice for busy people (or those who would rather spend their fall day outdoors instead of hovering around a hot stove). The low and slow preparation delivers fantastic flavour, and the gravy that comes out of the pot is also superb. This one is a brine must try, at Thanksgiving and beyond!

6. Caribbean Turkey with Spicy Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing

 

Image from Jamie Oliver

Recipes for turkey with out there ingredients can be found all over the internet. If you are feeling adventurous, give some of these a try! Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Caribbean Turkey with Spicy Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing is sure to wow your dinner guests.

 



September 14th, 2017

How to Take Your Laundry to the Next Level

Doing laundry is necessary, of course, but it takes time and energy—and we know there are ways to save a little of both.

You probably already know to wash your clothes in cold water to save energy and hang your clothes to dry. Now try these next-level tips to truly up your laundry game.

Next Level Laundry Tips with London Drugs

Vinegar Magic

Vinegar is a magical cleaning tool. You probably already use it to clean your microwave or other kitchen appliances, but it’s amazing in the laundry room too.

If your sweaty workout gear is a little too fragrant, pre-soak it in a vinegar solution. The technical, sweat-wicking fabrics that work so well during exercise are actually harder to clean; the vinegar helps cut through your body’s oils to eliminate that smelly bacteria.

And vinegar doesn’t just clean, it also softens fabrics! Add ¼ to 1 cup of white vinegar to your washer during the final rinse cycle instead of a traditional fabric softener. (You’ve already got the vinegar in your pantry—you might as well use it, right?)

Don’t forget, too, that washing machines also need to be cleaned regularly, along with your clothes. You can use vinegar to clean your washing machine itself, too–it’s easy and cost-effective!

Delicates

Hand washing is best for delicates, but when you need to throw them in the washer make sure you use a mesh laundry bag. It keeps them protected from rubbing against other fabrics that may lead to pilling while the mesh still lets in water and detergent to get them clean. There are even specially designed laundry bags for bras, with padded mesh to protect the cup shape. It’s still advisable to use the delicate mode on your washer, but the mesh laundry bags will protect your delicates even more.

When you do hand wash, there’s no handy spin cycle to remove that excess water. You can mimic your washer’s spin cycle using a salad spinner (make sure you only use this salad spinner for laundry!), or you can lay your garment flat on a clean dry towel and roll it all up. Some more gentle pressing helps the towel soak up that water gently. It’s much safer than wringing the water out.

Laundry Basket - Next Level Laundry with London Drugs

Easy breezy

There are lots of little things you can do that will make your laundry life so much easier. Post a note by your washer to remind yourself about any items that need particular care: those that need to be washed separately, can’t go in the dryer, etc. This is especially important if you share laundry duties with a family member! You can use a dry erase board to easily update your laundry notes.

You might also try dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. They do the same thing—soften fabrics, speed up drying time–plus they’re reusable.

And those mesh laundry bags you use for your delicates? Keep your socks in there to ensure they all come out of the dryer! In fact, you can give one mesh bag to each family member to make it even easier to sort socks later. Never lose a sock again.

What are some of your favourite #laundrytips? Let us know on Twitter!



September 14th, 2017

Enjoy True Whole Home WiFi with Mesh Networking

When you enter into an agreement with an Internet service provider, you typically receive a standard modem and router for home WiFi. While these components provide the basics for a home network, they are a one-size-fits-all system that rarely provides an ideal solution for homes. Wireless mesh network technology makes it possible to overcome the challenges posed by basic systems and gives you a true whole home WiFi system.

 The Problem with a Conventional Home Network

With the basic home WiFi equipment provided by your Internet service provider, you’re likely to experience dead zones in various areas of your house or condo. In these areas, you may not be able to access WiFi on your smartphone or tablet as connectivity may be poor.

Secondary routers can be added to a home network to try and address this problem, but this leads to other challenges. Smartphones and tablets are not smart enough to switch from one signal to another, making it necessary to manually connect to the secondary router as you move throughout your home.

What Is a Mesh Network?

Mesh network technology was developed as the solution to the problem described above. A wireless mesh network provides home WiFi with two pieces: a base unit and a satellite. The base unit takes the place of a conventional router and is connected to the Internet. Then, you place the satellite component of the wireless mesh network system in another location, such as on the second floor, and just plug it into the wall. Signals from the base unit are transmitted to the satellite unit and then distributed through your home.

Mesh networking provides a whole home WiFi system that does not require you to reconnect your mobile devices to maintain optimal connectivity as you move throughout your house. Your smartphone or tablet works seamlessly with no interruptions to data no matter where you are in your home. This means you can say goodbye to freezing and buffering when streaming videos.

Do You Need a Mesh Network?

Mesh networking is ideal for multi-level homes and businesses where there are noticeable WiFi dead zones. The highly efficient system can provide whole home wireless coverage when metal, water, or concrete interferes with or completely blocks connectivity.

Meet the Netgear Orbi

Netgear Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System – RBK50-100CNS

Benefiting from mesh networking is easy with the Netgear Orbi. This system gives you the ability to continue to grow your network with additional satellites to provide full connectivity throughout a large home. It’s dedicated channel for communication means that Internet speed remains fast no matter how many satellites you add and sets the Netgear Orbi apart from dual-band mesh networking systems.

With its larger size, the router in the Netgear Orbi system offers a stronger signal than other options on the market for a noticeable boost in performance. Plus, the sleek modern design of the base unit and satellites blend in with a home’s decor for a fashionable look.

To learn more about the Netgear Orbi, check out the product page here on London Drugs.



September 8th, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians needlessly fracture bones each year due to osteoporosis

London Drugs’ Osteoporosis Screening Clinics to aid in prevention

Dubbed the ‘silent thief’, bone loss from osteoporosis occurs without symptoms – until the first fracture. According to Osteoporosis Canada, fractures from osteoporosis are more common than a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined, and yet over 80 per cent of fracture patients are never offered screening or treatment post fracture . Around 30,000 Canadians each year suffer from hip fractures, and many more suffer osteoporotic fractures affecting the spine, wrist, shoulder, and pelvis .

London Drugs offers Osteoporosis Screening Clinics to help patients determine their risk of developing osteoporosis, before a fracture occurs. Using the World Health Organization’s FRAX assessment tool and Sunlight Omnisense® device, Patient Care Pharmacists scan and measure the patient’s bone strength and assess their risk for falls and fractures. The consultation takes about 45-minutes.

Post-screening, patients are given an assessment of their vitamin D and calcium intake, lifestyle factors, and existing medical conditions as they relate to fracture risk. Each patient is then provided with tips on how to minimize their risks, and a personalized action plan to fit their wellness goals.

“Since osteoporosis often has no noticeable symptoms, routine screenings are crucial to help you stay informed about the changes that happen in the body during the aging process. We can develop an action plan to help improve bone health and minimize your risk,” explains Lily Liang, a Patient Care Pharmacist at London Drugs.

Osteoporosis Screening Clinics can be booked online or by calling the pharmacy.



September 7th, 2017

Back to Dorm Essentials Every Student Needs

Back to school shopping is arguably the best part of the beginning of the school year. It’s even more important when you’re heading off to university. But while dorm rooms have the basics covered (bed, desk, at least one roommate you’ll either love or hate), it’s important to bring those little things that will make your space feel like yours (and of course to have on hand all those essentials every student needs). After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your dorm room, so it’s got to be comfortable!

Whether you’re heading off to your university dorm for the first time, or returning and looking to elevate your dorm room game, we’ve got tons of suggestions to make your home base more homey.

Back to Dorm London Drugs - Student on Campus

Essential Electronics

Sure, your phone can do basically anything these days, but for some things it’s good to have a backup when the battery dies and you still need to get to class. This iHome Bluetooth alarm clock has USB charging ports, will sync to your phone to play music, and rocks a “Gradual Wake” feature to make waking up a little less awful.

An external hard drive is absolutely essential these days, and even more so for students. You will inevitably accidentally delete an essay or have your computer crash at the worst time. Make sure you have all your files backed up to keep your stress levels down!

Even if you have a cafeteria meal plan, you’ll want a kettle for late night coffee, instant noodles, or tea. Electric kettles are quiet, fast, and only need an outlet to work.

This Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 camera is is more fun than essential, but it’s way better than taking pictures with your phone and it has a “party mode” to help you take clearer photos in low light. Impress your new friends with photo memories of the party where you met them!

London Drugs Back to Dorm - Students on Campus

Wall Decor

Nothing says boring like the plain white walls of a dorm room. Consider making your room more visually appealing—and comforting—by enlarging personal photos to poster size at the London Drugs Photolab! Fill your walls with your friends and family. It will help to reduce homesickness, plus you’ll look cooler than everyone else in your dorm who all have the same Bob Marley poster.

Invest in a good long mirror. It’ll ensure you never head to class in your pyjamas and it’s great for outfit selfies. This one can be hung over a door to save space.

Get Cozy

The most important thing with a new dorm room is to make the space feel comfortable. Grab some luxurious-feeling but inexpensive Egyptian cotton sheets for the bed and a soft velvet Berber throw to turn your bed into a cozy haven. Upgrade your desk chair with a chair pad for those long nights of essay writing.

Good luck with the new school year!



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