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I'm looking at my big bag of batteries and im thinking where can I  recycle  these? So heres a list of places I've found so far. Please feel free to  leave  a comment  if you know anywhere else!

City of  Toronto Drop-off Depots:   Free drop-off. Since there is no charge, your vehicle does not need to be weighed.


188 Bermondsey Rd, 400 Commissioners St, 120 Disco Rd, 35 Vanley Cres, 50 Ingram Dr, 1 Transfer Place, 3350 Victoria Park Ave.

University of Toronto:  

Sidney Smith Hall, Medical Sciences Building, 215 Huron Street, O.I.S.E., McLennan Labs, North Borden Bldg, McMurrich Bldg, MIE Building, B.C.I.T.,  Faculty of Dentistry, Swap Shop, Lash Miller, 21 Sussex, Earth Sciences,  Robarts Library,  Galbraith Building, Warren Stevens Building, Sanford Fleming Building, Wallberg Building, Flavelle House, Rotman School of Management, Health Sciences Building, 5 Bancroft Ave, Woodsworth Residence, Bissell Building, Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building, Haultain Building, Urban Studies, Zoology, Edward Johnson Building, Exam Centre, New College - Wetmore Hall, Banting Building,  Mining Building,  UTS, 256 McCaul,  Architecture Building.   (Look for the beige, dome topped container.)

The Home Depot (various locations)

Drop off your batteries and cellphones in the specially marked recycling boxes at the returns or services desks

If you don't want to  look around just go to   and find your closest  location.


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Posted: Dec 2, 2013 10:35am
Jan 5, 2013

Since shelling out $500 on my dogs vet bill today I was wondering when I would be getting my HST check. Here's what I found out from 

Dates and Deadlines
  • The GST/HST credit is issued four times a year: January, April, July and October (generally the fifth day of the month). For specific dates, visit the Canada child tax benefit (CCT page on the Canada Revenue Agency Web site.


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Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:40pm
Nov 18, 2012

Phishing is a general term for e-mails, text messages and websites fabricated and sent by criminals and designed to look like they come from well-known and trusted businesses, financial institutions and government agencies in an attempt to collect personal, financial and sensitive information.  It’s also known as brand spoofing.
Catch phrases: 
E-mail Money Transfer Alert:  Please verify this payment information below…
It has come to our attention that your online banking profile needs to be updated as part of our continuous efforts to protect your account and reduce instances of fraud…
Dear Online Account Holder, Access To Your Account Is Currently Unavailable…
Important Service Announcement from…,
You have 1 unread Security Message!
e regret to inform you that we had to lock your bank account access.  Call (telephone number) to restore your bank account.

Contact your bank/financial institution or credit card company to see if these are actual emails sent from them. Do not use a phone number or other way of contact provided in the email. 
How to report Email Scams
Copy and paste the email and send it to the following 






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Posted: Nov 18, 2012 1:01pm
Oct 13, 2012
Focus: Children
Action Request: Other
Location: Canada

It just takes a second of your time to vote for these wonderful kids to have a safe place to play!


Masaryk Park is right in the middle of Parkdale. Parkdale is a very dense neighbourhood in downtown Toronto with thousands of young families. 39% of the population lives in a hi-rise building and 36% of the population lives in a lo-rise apartment building.*  Masaryk park is next to our community center and our library. It is our main community gathering space and hosts a wonderful community garden which supports all kinds of youth programming. 

Unfortunately the rest of the park is rundown and unsafe for our kids. Because of the poor design and its aging infrastructure there are many blind spots that have created a gathering place for people drinking and taking drugs. The playground structure is in urgent need of replacement.  Broken railings have been replaced with plywood.  The surfaces are covered in grafitti.  The sand in the playground is dirty. The few benches that exist are missing pieces so that they are not inviting to sit on.  The two garbage receptacles at the entrance to the park are always overflowing and have become an informal dumping ground.   See the pics. 

Parkdale is famous in Toronto for its diversity.  This is something that Parkdalians are very proud of. People live here from all types of backgrounds. We would love to see our public spaces reflect this feeling of community spirit. We have been told by the Parks department that Masaryk is not on the list for any type of upgrade. This is disheartening to us when we see parks in more affluent parts of the city get remodeled even when there are fewer residents with more mobility. 

We would simply like a safe and clean place for us to gather.  We would like a space that Parkdalians can take their children to without having to worry about the dangers of a broken play structure or garbage in the sandbox or people gathering to drink...  We know it's possible and we hope that we can one day see our dream playground. 

Thanks from all of us for your consideration!

*City of Toronto Ward Profiles

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Posted: Oct 13, 2012 7:29am
Jun 28, 2012

I found this article and it really has helped me figure out why I get acne! Hope it helps.

  Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System
— Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

So the next time you breakout or notice dark under eye circles, look to your map (or shall we say face map). 

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:44pm
Aug 10, 2010
Category: Quick Dishes

Wash your hands. This is to make sure the gel isn't contaminated. Slice off an outer leaf of an aloe plant Peel it. Scoop out gel with a spoon Add the following ingredients to preserve the gel naturally. For every 1/4 cup of aloe leaf, add: 500 mg powdered vitamin c (you can crush tablets into powder)400 IU vitamin E

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Posted: Aug 10, 2010 11:54am
Jun 1, 2010 The Movement $10/month AND 10 Hrs of Service from 10,000 people by 2010 is an awareness and fundraising campaign focused on organizing 1,000 Teams of 10 people per Team. Each Team member donates $10/month to Forgotten Voices International’s work empowering churches to care for children orphaned by AIDS in southern Africa. In addition, each team member commits to 10 hrs of service to a local project in the USA, thereby modeling the lessons they see in Africa. That’s 10,000 people each donating a minimum of $10 a month by the end of 2010 on behalf of vulnerable children and those orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. 10 People + $10 + 10 Hrs = Massive Impact! What We Do We are raising sustainable hope throughout rural communities by employing a unique model that works exclusively through local people on local projects on the ground in Africa.

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Posted: Jun 1, 2010 2:59pm
May 6, 2010

Our gardening readers share environmentally friendly solutions for weeds and other garden pests including slugs, bugs and squirrels.


Slugs, snails, ants, squirrels, and weeds. Unfortunately they love our gardens as much as we do. And the days of dousing them with chemical pesticides and herbicides are gone. So what's a gardener to do?


We asked Living Well readers how to keep pests away the natural way. Here are the most-mentioned solutions.


Many gardeners, like Marie-Claude P., recommend garlic for discouraging unwanted visitors: "I use a combination of oil and garlic as pesticide: 100 grams of crushed garlic soaked in 20 mL of vegetable oil for 12 hours." Anne L. has a slightly different recipe: "A mixture of one part garlic juice and 10 parts water will keep away most insects and animals including Canada geese and deer. You have to reapply weekly/after rain."


Helpful plants

Shirley W. and others grow their own solution: "Plant garlic and onions and marigolds. Many creepy crawlies and cats will think twice before making your garden their home. But ladybugs and bees will still visit." More green solutions from Clifford P.: "Plant some herbs among your garden. Basil, sage, mint and cloves are all great deterrents to pests. Herbs make your garden smell lovely and you can use them for cooking."


Soapy solutions

Many readers like Pat V. use soapy water to get rid of bugs: "For pests in my garden I use one tablespoon of natural dish soap with one gallon of water. I pour this into a spray bottle and go to town." Jeannie Martha A. has a unique twist on this solution: "I gather soapy water in a pail while showering and pour it over my garden plants. This acts as a bug repellant and saves water."


Slimy problems

Are slugs or snails lunching on your plants? Christiane L. and many others use something most of us are throwing out: "I put around crushed eggshells and the snails don't like it. Plus it's a good way to put calcium in the ground." Another popular remedy from Deborah D.: "I learned this trick from my Gran: you fill shallow bowls with beer and leave it around your garden. Slugs and other bugs love cheap beer and they climb in and drown."


Another slug tip from Sara P.: "After losing my entire garden to slugs two years ago, I put copper flashing scraps from my local roofing supply store around the entire perimeter of my greenhouse. Slugs don't like copper, and I haven't had any problems since!"


Ants in your plants

Several of you, like Diane F., offered tips to send ants marching: "To get rid of an ant hill in the garden, I first moved the plant and then I poured boiling water over the nest." Or try this solution from Barbara G.: "I am now using undiluted vinegar, which I pour down the holes in the mounds... and it works."


John C. has a dual-purpose solution: "We sprinkle coffee grounds around places where ants are getting at the foundation of the house. Cats also hate the smell, so they avoid the flower beds where the coffee is."


Hungry helpers

Many of you, like Dana M., let natural predators eat your problem guests. "We love that the birds, dragonflies, bats and ladybugs keep the other nuisance bugs away, especially the ones that bite and sting. We encourage them to our yard with bird houses, baths and feeders and bright, colorful flowers."


Sheri T. didn't invite the ladybugs, but went and got them: "Aphids almost destroyed my rose bushes and honeysuckle vine last year. To combat them, I purchased live ladybugs and lacewings. I've also planted at least one lavender plant in each garden. (The good bugs love this plant.)"


Cathy G. has a simple tip for a wasp invasion: "I use a couple of nearly empty pop cans and put them about 30 feet away from where groups of people are. The wasps get trapped inside."


Weed worries

Many Living Well gardeners use vinegar to kills weeds, especially those that sneak up between patio stones. Sheila P. has this advice: "A spray bottle of white vinegar is a great solution, but be careful to spray only the weeds. Repeated doses may be necessary."


Claire S. keeps weeds at bay with mulch: "I put down mulch between the rows of vegetables and around plants and flowers in the decorative garden. The mulch also decomposes bit by bit and helps nourish the soil."


Robin P. solves the common problem of weeds migrating from next door: "We have planted dense cedar hedges between our home and our neighbours to prevent the weed seeds from their lawns blowing onto our property. To remove any weeds, we dig below the weed to ensure we have the entire root."


Try elbow grease

Okay, we might be avoiding this solution, but many readers, including Daniel W., recommend it: "I use good old-fashioned hard work. I get on my hands and knees and pull those weeds. This way, not only does my garden look good, but also I get exercise, and there are no dangerous chemicals around to harm children." Marg C. says it works for bugs, too! "In my small vegetable garden I just hand pick off the potato bugs and the tomato worms."


The last word

Debbie P. has it all covered: "I pour boiling water on weeds that grow between our patio stones to kill weeds. I spray soapy water on the undersides of plant leaves to kill pests, and I plant garlic and sprinkle cayenne pepper to deter squirrels etc. from eating my plants!"


So does Sharann M.: "Over-seed your grass so that the grass is very thick: it keeps away insects and bugs. For your garden, use one half of a grapefruit to attract slugs, and soapy water to keep bugs off plants. Human hair keeps squirrels away from bulbs."


Source(s): © McNeil Consumer Healthcare, division of Johnson & Johnson Inc. 2010

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Apr 29, 2010


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Posted: Apr 29, 2010 2:48pm
Apr 20, 2010
Category: Seasonal - Spring

Here are some green cleaner recipes i've put together from other sources for your spring cleaning.

Enjoy, Veronika xox

Microwave Cleaner
- Mix 2T baking soda or lemon juice and 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for five minutes or until the liquid boils and condensation builds up inside the microwave. Wipe down.

Glass Cleaner
1 gallon water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent


1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Mix and add to a spray bottle

Mold fighter: Mold is extremely harmful to human lungs. The problem is that once you have mold, you have it, and it can be almost impossible, if not totally impossible to get rid of. Prevention is key. To fight mold from ever occurring, mix two cups of water and three drops of pure organic tea tree essential oil. Once a week, spray your walls with this solution (even behind furniture) and wipe dry. This mixture fights stains and the natural antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil fights mold and mildew

Window Cleaner: Fill a clean spray bottle with club soda. Spray on those windows and wipe clean with a rag
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Combine 2 cups of baking soda with enough water to make a smooth thick paste. Apply the paste to the tub or tile and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with a soft rag moving in a circular motion. Once the paste is off spray the tub or tile with a 50/50-vinegar/water rinse. The rinse will remove any residue and disinfect the area as well.
Floor Wax

2 cups vinegar
2 cups mineral oil

Mix together and apply with a clean mop.
Scrubbing toilets: Drizzle your toilet bowl with vinegar, lemon juice, or spray on some of your all-purpose disinfectant. Sprinkle with baking soda. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with toilet brush. This mix will also clean sinks perfectly.
Fast non-toxic oven cleaning: You don’t want to use conventional oven cleaners – any product that requires open windows and gloves to use, is not ok to use around your kids (or yourself). The best tip is to not wait to clean your oven when it gets dirty. An old stain is harder to clean. To clean oven stains naturally, sprinkle table salt liberally on the hot spill before your oven cools down. Allow the oven to cool. Grab a damp cloth and rub off the spill.


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