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Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Ontario to Provide the First Universal Drug Program of its Kind in Canada in 2018 As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is giving children and youth a better start in life by moving to make prescription medications free. Premier Kathleen Wynne was joined today by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre in Toronto to announce the new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Beginning January 1, 2018, all children and youth 24 years of age or younger will be able to get their prescription medications for free by simply showing their Ontario health card number and a prescription. Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs. The proposed new program will improve access to prescription medications for more than four million children and young people,…read more →

Protecting Your Home While You Are Away

Protecting Your Home While You Are Away

HOME PROTECTION TIPS Unfortunately, no one is completely immune from theft. Whether you’re looking to protect your home while you are away on vacation or simply away at work, your first line of defence is to thwart burglars. Use these suggestions to help protect your home while you are away: Install motion sensor lighting around your home and garage. Place automatic timers on your lights and set them for different times for different rooms. Do not leave your valuables such as jewellery, art work or electronics sitting out in plain view. Hide these items in inconspicuous places such as old laundry detergent boxes. Place “Beware of Dog” and home alarm signs in your yard. Even if you do not have a dog or an alarm, this may deter potential thieves from trying to enter. Alert friends and neighbours when you…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

4 Tips for Preventing Oral Health Issues April is Oral Health Month in Canada, making it the perfect time to remind yourself of good oral hygiene practices. Oral health problems—like cavities and oral cancer—can be costly, and they impact Canadians of all backgrounds every year. Thankfully, almost all oral diseases can be prevented with proper knowledge and the following prevention techniques: Keep a clean mouth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing can reduce dental plaque and prevent gingivitis—the mildest form of gum disease. Check your mouth regularly. Every year, approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer. To prevent the disease, it’s critical to visit the dentist regularly. Checkups can detect early signs of oral health problems, and professionals can suggest treatments that will prevent further damage. Eat wisely. Teeth are sensitive to certain foods. Foods that are high in sugars and…read more →

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

When it comes to preventing flooding in your home, sump pumps are among the most valuable tools at your disposal, especially during heavy rainfalls or snowmelt season. Learn how sump pumps work and how you can keep yours flowing smoothly all year long. What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a device that picks up water from your basement (specifically from the sump pit, a hole in the lowest part of the basement floor, where runoff from your home’s weeping tile collects) and pumps it safely away from your home’s foundation. Sump pumps are especially helpful in rural areas and regions prone to flooding, where rainwater and melting snow can’t easily drain into a municipal sewer system. How do sump pumps work? Once the water in your sump pit rises to a certain level, it raises a floating…read more →

Happy Earth Day! Six Ways To Celebrate Our Planet

Happy Earth Day! Six Ways To Celebrate Our Planet

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and get your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering? This kind of play has been disappearing rapidly from childhood for the past several decades. Parents spend a lot of time driving their children to indoor activities. Today, 1 out of every 2 children spend less than 1 hour outside each day! How can kids, who don’t spend time in their environment, be expected to care about it, or even to protect it? This is why Earth Day Canada has created a new program called EarthPLAY. EarthPLAY is about connecting kids to nature through play, giving them the time, space and materials that allow them to explore their inner nature and the natural world around them. EarthPLAY brings play…read more →

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