Helpful tips for December 2015

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Helpful tips for December 2015

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General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

If you want to try and avoid those unnecessary power outages in your home
for the holiday season then you need to not use too many appliances on the
same circuit.

If you want to freshen the air in your home or apartment, then try this
Fill a spray bottle with three parts water.
Add about 10 to 12 drops of your favorite cented oil.
Shake well and then presto!
You can spray this mixture around your home and you would be surprised to
smell the difference.

If you’re looking for a way to keep your Smart phone alive even when there
is no electricity then this one is for you.
How to Charge Your Smartphone Without Access to Electricity
and to order go to

About cottage cheese?
It is full of protine content.

Best time to use your washer and dryer?
Because these appliances use a lot of power, the best times to use them
would be between 8 pm to 8 am.
These hours are normally referred to as off hours.

About defrosting turky and especially so for the holiday season!
Leave it to defrost on its own in your fridge.
Do not leave overnight in your kitchen sink.

Some alternatives to deal with indegistion:
A mixture of lemon juice and baking soda dissolved in water.
1 part baking soda, 1 part lemon juice, and 2 parts water in a small cup.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

12 things the national household survey told us

Kristen Smith

Ottawa Citizen , June 27,

1 We love driving our cars to work. In 2011, almost 93 per cent of people in
the workforce drove to work and most drove by themselves.

2 Virtue has a price. The average commute time if you took public transit
was 43 minutes in 2011. If you drove, it was 25 minutes.

3 English dominates Canadian workplaces, with 85 per cent of the population
using the language at work, compared to just 25 per cent who say they use

4 Chinese languages are the most commonly used languages in the workplace
after English and French.

5 We are increasingly delaying retirement. In 2011, 18.7 per cent of the
working population was over age 55, up from 11.7 per cent in 2001.

6 We move for work. Half a million workers lived in a different province or
territory in 2011 compared to 2006. Top destinations: Northwest Territories
and Alberta.

7 Possessing a postsecondary education increases Canadians’ chances of being
employed. But there’s no obvious employment benefit to a graduate degree.

8 Are you a doctor, dentist, veterinarian or optometrist? Congratulations:
you are most likely to have a job.

9 We love to shop and we work to sell. The top employment category for both
men and women is the retail trade.

10 Men continue to dominate the trades, holding 80 per cent of all
apprentice certificates.

11 You haven’t come that far, baby. The top labour occupations for women are
retail sales, administrative assistant, nurse and cashier.

12 We’re “foodies” not “fixers.” Canadians ages 25 to 34 are far more likely
to have trained to be a cook than an auto mechanic.


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
So long to the Southway hotel

This is probably one of the finest hotels that I have ever had the privilege
of staying at. Since 2014 I have stayed at this Ottawa Canada Hotel but
sadly enough in October 2015 it finally closed its doors to be converted
into a retirement home.

This hotel really stood out in my mind as one of the most accessible hotels.
For not only was its rooms fully accessible, the staff was top notch. Staff
at the service desk as well as staff at its restaurant were second to none.

They knew how to cater to the needs of a blind guest. They went way above
the call of duty, often offering to do much more than what they were
supposed to do.

They were always so willing to help, assist, and guide me. Their restaurant
staff were always so friendly and willing. They were always there to help
and it seemed to me that they were always watching over us.

Whenever my friend Diane and I had dinner there, they were even more than
accommodating to her guide dog.

Thank you Southway Hotel for having made a difference in my traveling life
and a huge thank you to all of your staff.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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