Tools for everyday life

These times have affected us all in one way or another. We recognize that change is often difficult but just because we’re apart right now, that doesn’t mean we’re alone.
We’ve pulled together some tools to help you virtually navigate and create your new everyday life.

  • This summer was a scorcher! Take advantage of the more comfortable temperatures and spend some time outside. Go for a hike, bike ride, or join friends on a patio!
  • Calling all gardeners. Fall is a busy time in the garden Fall is the second busiest gardening season.  Harvesting the last of the summer bounty, planting bulbs and trees and putting the garden to bed.  Check out the Toronto Botanical Garden’s Website for more details on Fall Garden activities
  • Our homes have been our havens during the pandemic. Get yours ready for winter:
      • Clean the gutters.
      • Wash the windows inside and out.
      • Clean Chimney.
      • Replace or clean furnace filter.
      • Haul out the blankets for the couch.
        Fall 2021 heralds the arrival of some much anticipated new movies!   The latest in the James Bond Series No Time to Die, musical offering Dear Even Hanson, cult fiction favourite Dune, and new additions to both the Ghostbusters and Marvel legacies are just a few of the films set to be released this fall. AND For the first time in a long-time, you can enjoy them in theatres!

      • The 2020-2021 school year hosted lots of upheaval for kids and families. As students head back to class this fall, it’s important to prioritize their mental and physical health and leave space for self-care.  School Mental Health Ontario has resources for Parents and Students on ways to practice self-care every day.   
      • This year’s back-to-school checklist will look a little different too. Here’s one from Kid’s Help Phone that can help families plan for another school year with COVID-19. Back to school checklist.
      • Operational Guidance: Vaccines policies are determined by the individual school boards.  You can learn more by visiting your school boards website.

      The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause increased levels of stress and anxiety.   CAMH – The Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has put together a website full of resources to provide tools and resources for coping with the pandemic.  It includes stories from members of the CAMH extended family – specifically people with lived experience of mental illness, who share how they are coping day to day.

      Exercise is key to your physical and mental well-being:

      • While abiding by social/physical distancing rules, get out for a walk, jog, bike ride or rollerblade
      Healthy eating keeps you well:

      • YouTube is a great source for meal tips

      COVID 19 Vaccines – learn more

      COVID Alert app is available in Ontario and can be downloaded for iPhone and Android devices.

      Shopping and Socializing: We’re so glad to be able to connect in person again.   Stay safe while enjoying the company of family and friends.

      • Wear a mask in retail stores and restaurants
      • Socialize outdoors when possible
      • Stay home if you’re not feeling well
      • Get vaccinated

      Coupons: Time consuming couponing is a thing of the past. FLIPP helps you build your grocery list and find great deals.

      Review Memberships: Review and cancel memberships that you no longer have use for. They add up. This way, you will save money on unnecessary expenses.

      2021 Taxes Quick Reference Guide: Check out this handy list of tax numbers and contribution limits for the 2021 tax season.

      • Wear your mask – masks are required in travel hubs and on vehicles (planes, trains, bus)
      • Get a COVID-19 test: most travel requires a negative COVID test taken within 72 hrs of travel
      • Submit your documents and COVID test results when returning to Canada using the ArriveCan app