London Drugs Proudly Canadian Brand Series – Raincoast Trading

First Nations owned Raincoast takes Canadian snacking to a whole new level. On the pristine coast of Vancouver Island, the ocean has been a giver of life for generations. Here, Raincoast Trading (part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Seafood enterprise) creates its famed Salmon Jerky, made from 100% wild caught salmon. This hook & line fishing method helps protect other ocean species and ensures 100% traceability from the boat to the package. The ingredient list is refreshingly pure too, including minced wild chum and/or pink salmon, organic sugar, sea salt, canola oil , spices and natural hardwood smoke. That’s it!

The company that makes these delicious products has been a family-run Canadian west coast institution for over 50 years. After gaining international attention for their products at Expo 86 in Vancouver, St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse expanded with a number of depots in the Lower Mainland and the Vancouver Island communities of Campbell River and Port Alberni. They also acquired Raincoast Trading, highly respected for their sustainable fishing practices and connections with retail markets in the USA and Canada.

In 2015, ownership of these enterprises was transferred to the Nuu-chah-nulth – five Indigenous nations. With a long and proud history as stewards and participants in BC’s seafood economy, the Nuu-Chah-nulth are committed to ensuring these gifts that the ocean gives us will be cherished and passed along in good health to our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Now Raincoast also offers their Global line of Skipjack Tuna products, using fish caught in the Maldives, with the same dedication to sustainability and quality. So the next time you reach for a snack, have a taste of Canadian history, and toast to our shared future.

 

Proudly Canadian Brand Stories – Lise Watier

Lise Watier – Cosmetics developed by Canadian scientists, harnessing the power of Canadian nature.

The deep forests of Quebec may not be the first things that come to mind when you visualize high-end beauty products. But that’s exactly where the scientists of Lise Watier got their newest inspiration. Labrador Tea has naturally evolved incredible protective and regenerative mechanisms in order to survive in Québec’s rigorous climate. Harnessing the properties of this hardy plant for cosmetics is an exclusive innovation developed by Lise Watier Cosmetics in collaboration with researchers at l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

Lise Watier’s Canadian roots run deep.

Lise Watier was born in Montreal in 1942, created a self-improvement and makeup course company in 1965 and launched her own line of cosmetics in 1972. Besides building an iconic Canadian cosmetics brand, her entrepreneurial spirit has also extended to philanthropy.

In 2009, Madame Watier founded the Lise Watier Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to empowering women and girls in need with the chance at a better life, donating 100% of proceeds generated from sales of Rouge Plumpissimo – Rose Tendresse lipstick and Sparkle of Hope lip gloss. Since 2010, these two products have raised over $1,000,000 in funds.

In 2016, Lise Watier Cosmetics joined Groupe Marcelle Inc. to become the largest Canadian company in the beauty industry.

Together with Groupe Marcelle’s other renowned brands, Lise Watier Cosmetics employs almost 350 people and distributes some 450 products to over 1,500 points of sale across Canada, as well as online across North America. So if you are looking for the finest Canadian makeup, fragrance and skin care products, you could go to the forests of Quebec – or you could just come down to your local London Drugs.

Proudly Canadian – Vitacore

Vitacore steps to the Canadian Front Line with CAN-95 Masks

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the idea of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was far from the minds of most Canadians. Now, a mask is one of the things we can’t forget every time we leave the house.

Vitacore is the first Canadian manufacturer of PPE authorized by Health Canada, manufacturing locally in Burnaby B.C. Every part of their mask and respirator process is entirely Canadian; Canadian innovation, Canadian manufactured and made with respect for our Canadian environment.

“When COVID-19 hit, we saw the need to ensure that our communities, particularly frontline workers, have a consistent high-quality supply of PPE,” said Mikhail Moore, president of Vitacore, “Our mission and commitment is to homegrown innovation that protects Canadians, allows our country to be self-sustaining, and creates local jobs.”

Vitacore is a collaborative corporation of Canadian doctors, scientists, engineers, and business leaders. Even the development of the CAN-95 mask was Canadian. Researchers at McMaster University’s  Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment Materials provided expertise to help develop fabric and determine the best machines for production. Testing was completed by the National Research Council of Canada.

As Canadians get ready to return to a safe and healthy everyday life. Vitacore helps make sure we are protected and prepared for whatever comes next.

That’s a can-do attitude all Canadians can wear proudly.

 

3 Hot Products Found at London Drugs

The first day of summer is almost here, and that means warm weather! We’re here to start the party early with some ‘hot’ items available at London drugs.

Secret Aardvark

 

Add savory flavour to your next family dinner with Secret Aardvark!  Made in Oregon with non-GMO ingredients and featuring no artificial flavours or colours, you will want to add this to your fridge before the summer BBQ season gets started. Available in Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce or Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce.

The Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce doesn’t “kick you in the mouth” with heat, bus is packed with delicious flavor. An Asian-inspired, whiskey-laced marinade and cooking sauce with umami flavor that is complimented by a garlic, soy sauce, and orange blend, with whiskey rounding it out with a bit of sweetness. A mouthwatering marinade that is ideal for steak, chicken, or fish. Also consider pairing this vegetarian-friendly sauce with mushrooms and any other vegetables before you grill.

Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce can help bring some heat to your menu with this Savoury roasted tomatoes and spicy habanero peppers mix to create a deliciously peppy sauce you can use on everything from eggs to hot dogs and steak. Add this sauce to a marinade with your meat or vegetables to deliver a kick of heat before you put them on the grill. Gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

Squishmallows

Squishmallows are the softest, cutest, cuddliest plush around! They have a super soft, marshmallow-like texture and make great couch companions, and bedtime buddies. With a variety of characters, youngsters (and even adults!) can collect them, as each Squishmallow has its own unique name and storyline to add to the fun. We had been sold out but have started receiving more inventory that will be in stores very soon! Stay tuned to add another to your collection.

Ziploc Reusable Bags

Keeping organized is something many people aspire to do. In the summer months, with fewer pockets, this becomes even more important. If you do not want your beach bag to turn into a big mess or want to make sure your sunscreen doesn’t leak onto your towel, check out these Ziploc Essential Stuff Reusable Accessory bags. On-trend designs add an artistic touch and the convenient sizing of small or large offers a wide range of uses. Keep your sunglasses, sunscreen, or phone safe and your bag organized with these eco-friendly options.

These are just a few of the many unique items found at London Drugs.  Browse in-store or online to find your treasures, and be sure to share them with us on Instagram @LondonDrugs using hashtag #FoundatLD

BCLC Contest Terms & Conditions

LONDON DRUGS & LOTTO BC GIVEWAY – Official Rules

1. To enter:

Participants must be following the London Drugs Facebook page.

Participants must leave a comment under the post.

Participants must be Canadian residents 19+.

Contest runs May 31 – June 27, 2021.

2. No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household.  Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on June 27, 2021.  London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3. Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since June 27, 2020; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at May 31, 2021. (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4. The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5. There will be 4 (four) prize(s) awarded to 4 (four) winners: each receiving a London Drugs gift card valued at $500. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: May 31 – June 27, 2021

Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021.

6. Selected entrants will be contacted by Facebook Direct Message. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

7. The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

8. London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents.  The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation.  All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties.  All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10. The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

Statement of Declaration and Release

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

United Way and London Drugs calling on Canadians to help fill immediate need for menstrual product donations as pandemic leaves many struggling to afford necessities

May 28, 2021 – With the COVID-19 pandemic has come a wave of challenges for Canadians including job loss, which for many has amplified the ongoing struggle to afford basic necessities like menstrual products.

“Nobody should have to choose between buying food or buying period products. We’re putting the call out to Canadians to help us fill the immediate need exacerbated by the pandemic, but also help solve the systemic problem of period poverty in our community,” explains Neal Adolph, Director of the CLC Labour Participation department at United Way of the Lower Mainland.

To help improve access to essential menstrual products and bring awareness to the issue of period poverty in Canada, London Drugs is working with United Way to make period products more accessible as part of a new campaign called Wellness.Period.

Between May 28th and June 30th, for every qualifying period hygiene product purchased at London Drugs, a financial or product donation will be made to United Way for distribution to local community organizations.

Period poverty has profound negative impacts on the lives of those who menstruate, including missed school or work, reduced social and community involvement as well as emotional stress and anxiety. Almost two-thirds of females aged 14 to 55 in Canada say they have had to miss out on an activity because of their period and concerns about not being able to access menstrual hygiene products, according to data from before the pandemic in 2019.

“Families are especially vulnerable to period poverty if they are struggling to cover monthly bills as many are right now as a result of the pandemic. The need for menstrual product donations has never been so high,” says Adolph.

Every menstrual hygiene product purchased at any London Drugs location or online at LondonDrugs.com this June will help United Way get much-needed products to vulnerable people who need them.

“Menstrual supply scarcity is typically associated with other countries. But it is happening right here in our communities,” says Clint Mahlman, President and COO of London Drugs. “Working with our vendor partners, our staff and our customers, we can build healthier, more caring and inclusive communities where everyone has access.”

For more information about the Wellness.Period campaign visit, londondrugs.com/wellnessperiod

ABOUT UNITED WAY

United Way is a federated network of 76 local United Way Centraide offices serving more than 5,000 communities across Canada, each registered as its own non-profit organization and governed by an independent volunteer-led local Board of Directors. Locally and nationally, our goal is the same – to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities.

COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine Appointment Bookings at London Drugs

March 31, 2021 – On March 30th, the BC Ministry of Health worked with the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) to respond to an urgent need to distribute COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine that was going to expire on Saturday, April 3rd.  The government wished to make available the vaccine with short expiry dates to those aged 55 to 65 living in the Lower Mainland that would launch the next day, March 31st.  While in a call between the BCPhA with British Columbia pharmacies participating in the program to alert them vaccine was on its way and how the rollout was to be conducted, the Ministry of Health sent out a news release saying appointments could start being booked on March 31st. There was no requirement by government to the BCPhA or pharmacies to wait to take appointments that would begin the next day.

Once the BC Government’s Ministry of Health made their public announcement on March 30th that vaccines would be available in BC pharmacies, all our phones in our BC pharmacies began ringing off the hook. Given the timing of release of the government announcement, and the BCPhA briefing was just concluding, there was no way to communicate clearly to all London Drugs pharmacies and customers of the planned roll out.  Many of our staff and pharmacies learned first from the government announcement before hearing from London Drugs pharmacy management.

Our three Lower Mainland pharmacies that were allotted vaccines, began taking down patient names and contact information, understanding the government’s first priority was to ensure  the most important thing was to make sure all doses were going into people’s arms in the next 48 hours, before they would expire. Given London Drugs was only allotted 500 doses from the approximately 14,000 we understand the government had available, from all the phone calls of interest, we quickly filled up all the spots we were allotted.

We are very alarmed and disappointed at allegations made in social media that London Drugs allocations were provided to employees and other insiders.  This is absolutely false, and incorrect and is a libelous and slanderous allegation to London Drugs reputation.  The government informed the public via the news release over an hour before London Drugs own pharmacists were informed of the limited roll out.  We respected the government’s requests to communicate in a certain order, and that order prevented any inside information for employees ahead of the public what was already calling in the thousands to acquire the limited vaccinations allocated to us.

There are 150 pharmacies offering the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in the Lower Mainland over the next two days. We understand from our counterparts their phones are also ringing off the hook which means people want to get vaccinated.

We realize there has been a lot of confusion around how these first appointment bookings were made with different communication provided to pharmacies vs. to the public, from the Ministry of Health. We hope the facts described above provides clarity on what has occurred over the past 24 hours. Moving forward, and we are hopeful many more doses to be available in the coming days, our online booking system for BC will be ready and up and running as it currently is for other provinces. The government solely controls which vaccines are allocated and in what quantity, so all inquiries need to be directed to the government on their next plans.

As we have stated from the beginning, pharmacies need to be nimble – ready to assist each provincial health authority for when they need us, and the more time we have to plan and work together, the smoother any roll out will be.

Some additional facts to keep in mind:

  • London Drugs has been providing pharmacists for months to the BC Government vaccination sites for several weeks, we have expert skill and experience in this area.
  • We have been vaccinating patients for influenza and other vaccines like travel for a very long time. We have a safe and effective history.
  • Our pharmacies have been assisting other provincial governments in the smooth rollout of using community pharmacy for vaccinations in Alberta for example.
  • We have been available to work with governments for months. We purchased -70 medical grade fridges last year on speculation the government may need to turn to pharmacy to help.
  • Pharmacies have been leading and practicing all health and safety protocols for the past year – the pharmacy is one of the safest places to have vaccines administered.
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