February 13th, 2018

Nice Needs No Filter on Pink Shirt Day 2018

In today’s digital world, it can be a challenge to escape online negativity, whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumours, sharing embarrassing information, or posting threats. In fact, nearly one in five young Canadians aged 15 to 29 have reported being cyberbullied or cyberstalked.

For the tenth year, London Drugs is proud to once again be a part of the Pink Shirt Day campaign, which this year focuses on the unfortunate, but common threat of online bullying.

The 2018 official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt says it all: ‘Nice Needs No Filter’. It’s a message of possibility that with education and encouragement, the World Wide Web can be a more kind and positive space.

This year’s theme encourages everyone – no matter what age – to think twice before posting something negative online. Instead, let’s use the internet to spread kindness, and together, we can prevent the harm and devastation that cyberbullying causes in our communities, schools, and neighbourhoods.

Get your official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts at any London Drugs location. By doing so, you’ll be helping to support youth anti-bullying programs in BC and throughout Western Canada. These programs give youth a voice against bullying and help them build up the character, resilience, and bravery to stand up for themselves and others.

Youth and organizations continue to support Pink Shirt Day following the stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students in 2007. The students took action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying. Since then wearing pink shirts has sent a powerful message to help end bullying in schools, workplaces and communities.

As one of the first official Pink Shirt Day sponsors and now after a decade of involvement, London Drugs has helped raise more than 1.2 million dollars for Boys & Girls Clubs in Western Canada through the campaign.

Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 28th. Thousands of Canadians are expected to wear pink to take a stand against bullying.



July 27th, 2017

How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse This Year

 

Throughout history, solar eclipses have left people in awe as the Earth plunges into darkness during daylight hours. A solar eclipse occurs as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking its light either partially or in full. This causes a shadow to appear on part the Earth, and those within the shadow experience this as an eclipse.

If you’re feeling intrigued by the incredible science behind this phenomenon, why not gather a group of friends together on the morning of August 21st to take in the spectacle of an eclipse yourselves? Throwing a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event is a unique and fun way to celebrate this rare occurrence.

Fill up some thermoses with coffee and hot chocolate, grab some delicious pastries, and set up comfortable folding chairs at your location to wait for the eclipse. Be sure to look at the weather forecast ahead of time to avoid cloudy skies, and pick an outdoor space with a clear view of where the sun will be. If there’s a chance of clouds, hop in the car and program your GPS to a spot with sunnier weather–you’ll definitely want to find clear skies for this event. Bring along portable speakers and a fun playlist (Dark Side of the Moon, anyone?) to give your gathering a true celebratory ambiance. And don’t forget the sunscreen–you’ll need it even while the sun starts to go dark!

Most importantly, bring along EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades to keep your eyes safe while you observe the eclipse. Never look directly at any part of the sun without proper protective equipment, as it can cause irreversible damage and even blindness.

Where Are You Viewing the Eclipse From?

While this eclipse will only reach totality over parts of the United States, we will still be able to observe a significant partial eclipse from Canada. If you’re curious about how much of the solar eclipse you’ll see and when you’ll be able to see the sun at the peak of the eclipse, here’s a quick list showing what you’ll be able to expect! Remember, the further from the path of totality you are, the less the sun will appear to be covered. For this August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, the path of totality will curve from the Pacific Northwest through the middle of the United States to the South-Eastern Seaboard.

Victoria: 91% of the sun will be covered at 10:20 am

Vancouver: 88% of the sun will be covered at 10:21 am

Calgary: 81% of the sun will be covered at 10:20 am

Edmonton: 75% of the sun will be covered at 11:35 am

Regina: 79% of the sun will be covered at 11:46 am

Winnipeg: 76% of the sun will be covered at 12:57 pm

Toronto: 76% of the sun will be covered at 2:32 pm

St. Johns: 43% of the sun will be covered at 4:29 pm

In the meantime, brush up on your solar eclipse knowledge, so you’ll know what to expect (and to impress your friends while you wait!)

10 Fun Facts About Solar Eclipses

  1. There are three different types of solar eclipses: a partial eclipse where the moon only covers some of the sun; a total eclipse, where the entire sun is covered and only the corona is visible; and an annular eclipse, which occurs when the moon covers the sun, but is at a wide point of its orbit, causing the sun to shine around the moon.
  2. When the moon blocks out the entire sun at the peak of a total eclipse, it is called ‘totality.’
  3. There are usually two to five solar eclipses per year, but most are not total eclipses, and many fall over unpopulated areas.
  4. It’s impossible to view a total solar eclipse from the North or South Pole.
  5. A total solar eclipse never lasts longer than 7.5 minutes.
  6. Temperatures can fall by up to 20 degrees as darkness falls during totality.
  7. Every 18 years and 11 days, an almost identical eclipse will happen. This is called the Saros Cycle.
  8. The widest possible path of totality is 269 kilometers across, though it is often quite a bit thinner – around 160 kilometers on average. This eclipse’s path of totality will be thinner than usual – about 115 km wide.
  9. The only time that we can view the sun’s corona with the naked eye is during a total solar eclipse.
  10. If you look directly at any part of the sun during an eclipse, no matter how small the visible sliver is, it can cause vision loss or other damage to your eyes due to the extreme intensity of the light. Always use proper protective gear to observe the sun!

How to Use the Solar Shades

EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades block the harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays of the light that comes from the sun and are essential for viewing the partial phases that precede and follow totality. You can follow the moon’s progression across the sun by looking through these glasses every few minutes during the partial phases. EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades are lab tested and meet the new ISO 12312-2 requirements (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun). It is extremely important to remember that only during complete totality may you look at the sun without EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades. Never look directly at the partial phases of the eclipse without EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades.

Limit continuous use of the EclipSmart Solar Safe Shades to three minutes, and always directly supervise children under the age of 14 during their use.

WARNING: Never look at the sun without special eye protection. When viewing the eclipse, use eclipse glasses at all times when any part of the sun is visible. Direct viewing of the sun can cause permanent damage if the proper precautions are not taken. Adequate eye protection specifically designed for viewing the sun is essential and should be worn so that no harmful rays from the sun can reach the eye.

Now that you are prepared to view the eclipse safely, get ready to make an incredible memory! This rare occurrence won’t come along for another 18 years and 11 days, so make the most of it. Safe and happy viewing!



June 19th, 2017

#Welcoming150: From Burundi to Saskatchewan

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, London Drugs is partnering with agencies across western Canada to help 150 refugee families get on their feet in their new country. The Welcoming 150 program seeks to help by encouraging London Drugs customers to donate items to the families in need.

Many of the families arrived in Canada in the last year or so, and are in the process of learning a new language and joining our country’s workforce. This is one of their extraordinary stories.

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June 22nd, 2016

Mr. Brandt C. Louie honoured by UBC

Our chair and CEO, Mr. Brandt C. Louie, recently received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC. Mr. Louie was bestowed the honor in recognition of his extraordinary contributions of community leadership and visionary support of learning and research. In his speech, Mr. Louie shares some insightful thoughts on success and words of inspiration for the UBC 2016 graduating class.

Full list of UBC 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients:
http://graduation.ubc.ca/event/honorary-degrees/2016-honorary-degree-recipients/

See more of the convocation and Mr. Louie’s acceptance speech:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ubcceremonies/videos?shelf_id=1&view=0&sort=dd



December 22nd, 2015

London Drugs Helps Make the Holidays Happier for Seniors

In December 2015, London Drugs in Edmonton partnered with Operation Friendship Seniors Society to provide personalized gifts for 40 of the Society’s seniors.

In less than three weeks, thousands of items were donated, wrapped and delivered by Santa and his elves for the 350 residents of Operation Friendship Seniors Society, with another 150+ packages provided for the Society’s drop-in centre.

“We are so grateful to be part of this program with London Drugs for the first time,” said Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor with Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “Many of our residents do not have family or loved ones they can celebrate the holidays with, so this small gesture will mean so much to many. We are thankful to the community for any support they can provide to us, especially during the holidays, and look forward to expanding this program with London Drugs in the future.”

Thank you to our customers in the Edmonton area for supporting Edmonton inner city seniors. If you would like to help a senior in your area, here are the top 10 most popular gifts from the Society’s wish lists.

10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS

  • Blankets or throws
  • Slippers and socks
  • Pyjamas, nightgowns and robes
  • Sugar-free candy and chocolate
  • Kitchen and bath towels
  • Clothes such as sweat pants, sweaters and underwear
  • Paper products such as paper towels and tissues
  • Gift certificates for groceries and toiletries
  • Books
  • Board games

Learn more about Operation Friendship Seniors Society: http://www.ofss.org/



December 10th, 2015

Come see us at the Rogers Food Bank Friday event

The annual Rogers Food Bank Friday returns on Friday, December 11th with live radio and television remotes at the London Drugs location on Granville and Georgia. Returning for its fourth year, the Rogers Food Bank Friday event will run from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Customers are encouraged to stop by and bring a non-perishable food donation or make a donation in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Starting at 5:30 AM CityTV’s Breakfast Television will be broadcasting live from the plaza in front of London Drugs at Georgia and Granville with special guests and holiday cheer until 9:00 AM.

Starting at 6:00 AM KISS Radio and the Kid Carson Show will be live until 9:00 AM. The broadcast continues throughout the day with hosts Kelsey and Ara broadcasting live until 6:00 PM at the corner of Georgia and Granville in Vancouver. Stop by anytime throughout the day with a donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and say hi.

Suggested non-perishable items to donate to Food Bank are:

Protein meat/fish/beans
Natural peanut butter
Whole wheat pasta/rice
Pasta sauce
Canned Fruit & vegetables
100% Fruit juice
Low-sugar cereal
Infant food & formula

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with the intent to help nourish individuals by providing healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS gives support to over 28,000 people every week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies throughout the Lower Mainland.



December 2nd, 2015

British Columbia residents have a chance to play Santa to a Senior

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Our New Westminster Santa to a Senior tree on display.

This Christmas season, British Columbian residents in certain areas have an opportunity to play Santa to a Senior. Working with local Home Instead organizations and non-profit groups like Seniors Services Society, holiday shoppers can visit select London Drugs location to purchase gifts for local seniors.

At this time of year many seniors are overlooked for gifts. These programs aim to provide seniors in care facilities with gifts on Christmas. Gift tags are placed on trees at London Drugs featuring items on a senior’s wish lists. Holiday shoppers can purchase any item from the tree as well as provide other stocking stuffer gifts. Volunteers then collect the gifts, wrap them and distribute them in time for Christmas.

Gifts waiting to be picked up at the Penticton London Drugs.

Gifts waiting to be picked up at the Penticton London Drugs.

10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS

  1. Blankets or throws
  2. Slippers and socks
  3. Pajamas, nightgowns and robes
  4. Nail care items
  5. Sugar-free candy and chocolates
  6. Clothing such as sweat pants, sweaters and underwear
  7. Gift certificates for groceries and toiletries
  8. Books
  9. Board games
  10. Puzzles

London Drugs locations in British Columbia participating in Santa to a Senior programs this season are:

  • New Westminster, 555 Sixth Street
  • Kelowna, 1950 Harvey Avenue
  • Victoria, 3995 Quadra Street

Two of our other locations also participated in the program but have already sold all of their ornaments. Thank you to our Penticton and Westbank locations for being a Santa to a Senior this holiday season.



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