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Toronto Pearson Launches New COVID-19 Testing

TRAVEL NEWS – Today, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operators of Toronto Pearson, announced a robust new COVID-19 PCR and antigen testing research program at Toronto Pearson. Testing starts on March 1, supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). The research is designed to explore the efficacy of antigen testing, compared with the rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, in a high-throughput, commercial environment, as well as to explore how to operationalize rapid PCR testing in an airport environment. Similar to the GTAA’s co-sponsoring of the McMaster Health Labs International Border Study in Fall 2020, this the next step in the GTAA’s efforts to support the government by offering new science and data that can contribute to a longer-term testing and recovery framework. This research program will lead to the creation of a new point-of-need testing capacity at…

Contiki Canada Launches Free Virtual Travel Events

To help inspire your wanderlust at home,  Contiki Canada is hosting a “LIVE with Contiki” interactive Virtual Event series. The series features various guests having 30-minute conversations on wanderlust-inducing topics to keep Canadian travellers connected. Register to learn from their knowledgeable guests. Plus, there will be the opportunity to win a Contiki prize pack during each episode. Upcoming LIVE with Contiki Canada Events Taking a GAP Year – Here’s How to Make it Happen Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. EST Featuring: Michelle Dittmer, President & co-founder of the Canadian Gap Year Association & Zahida Machan, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator for Lattitude Global Volunteering. Hola Colombia! The World’s Most Welcoming Destination Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. EST Featuring: Santiago Aguirre, Tourism Promotion Expert Sláinte! Grab a Pint for Stories of Ireland Adventures Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. EST Featuring: Sandra Moffat, Tourism Ireland How To Turn Your Love…

L’Oreal Announces the 5th Annual Women of Worth Honourees

For the fifth year, L’Oréal Paris Canada has announced their Women of Worth honourees. Each year, an extraordinary group of strong, diverse, and passionate women leaders, who work tirelessly to implement global change and bring hope to Canadians. The 2021 Women of Worth honourees are held in high esteem for the considerable influence their actions have had across a variety of causes and initiatives. On International Women’s Day, a $10,000 grant will be presented to each honouree towards her charity. This year, three out of the ten honourees are from Toronto, giving back to their community. These remarkable women continue to push and innovate, especially during these current challenging times, and are being recognized for their on-going fight for positive and critical change. Vote for this year’s winner here. Rhonelle Bruder Project iRISE in Toronto, ON is a survivor-led organization that offers innovative skills and leadership development programs for at-risk…

What to Cook While Watching Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

As we near the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the world stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we’re all looking for ways to escape from home. That’s why Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy could no premiere at a more perfect moment. The show will take viewers across Italy and explore the sites and flavours of the country’s regional cuisines.  As you’re preparing to watch the first episode that debuted tonight on Valentine’s Day, here is a recipe from the region that you can re-create at home from the Emilia Romagna (the location of the second episode on February 28th). TAGLIATELLE ALL’USO DI ROMAGNA Ingredients: 2 eggs, medium (already broken in a bowl) 200 gr (8 tablespoons) of all-purpose/plain wheat flour (DO NOT use self-rising or wholegrain) 4 fresh ripe tomatoes (or canned Italian tomato sauce) Two cloves of Garlic Parsley Basil leaves Salt Pepper Italian extra virgin olive…

The Consequences of Covid-19 on Moving in 2020

The COVID-19 health crisis has affected our lives, habits and behaviors in significant ways, both at the personal and collective level. At MovingWaldo, Canada’s first free Moving Concierge Service and platform, they decided to conduct a study to know more about the impacts of Covid-19 on the moving industry. Has the confinement incited Canadians to move? Or, on the contrary, has the pandemic discouraged them from going about their future moving plans? A total of 1821 individuals who have moved in the past year responded to MovingWaldo’s in-house survey, and the results are very telling. The study puts light on how this pandemic has impacted Canadians’ moves, examining the ways in which the confinement influenced their decision-making process. The study reveals that in 2020, 1 out of 10 moves has been caused by Covid-19, and that nearly 1 out of 5 will be in 2021. Actually, 85% of Canadians said…

Travel + Design Home Staging: A Bright 1 Bedroom Condo

Not only did we have the pleasure of decorating this condo, but we also work with our client when she recently sold the property to help reimagine the space for the real estate market.  The key to staging a home is to blend a mixture of the seller’s own items but display them in an elevated way to the space photographs well, and the client is able to live in the space during the process.  Our vision was inspired by the mid-century wood tones and European flair of a boutique condo. Luckily for us, this south-facing condo was filled during the day with natural light.  With enough light to illuminate the entire space during the day, we didn’t need to add additional features or LED bulbs to give it a brighter glow. The biggest focal element in this space was the large bookshelf. Before the sale, the bookshelf served as…

3 Tips for Moving During a Pandemic

This pandemic has made us re-evaluate our lives and rethink how we spend our time, what we do for work, and even where we live. And with the way we live, work, and spend our time changing, we saw an unprecedented rise in the housing market this year, both in price and demand. If you’re looking for a little more space, a change of scenery, or to relocate to be closer to family, here are 3 tips for making moving during the pandemic a little less stressful. Have your movers hold your items in the truck overnight Moving day is often busy, filled with paperwork and things you’ll need to finalize to close your place. That’s why, if you can, having the moving company store your items overnight can be really helpful. This will give you the chance to clean your new place before your belongings arrive and take some…

3 ways to treat yourself in 2021

2020 was a year. We almost forget all of the terrible things that happened before March because the rest of the year was consumed by the pandemic. It has taken a toll on all of us, to say the least. That’s why I am entering 2021 unapologetic and treating myself to only things that “spark joy”, and I think you should too.  We deserve that extra special things or somethings that brings us a little bit of happiness, calm, and relaxation. Here are the three things on our radar in 2021 that we’ve treated ourselves to, and think that you should too. A Silk Pillowcase Not only does a silk pillowcase feel great, but it is also great for your hair. The Celestial Silk pillowcase is temperature regulating and it keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer – leading to sounder sleep. It also helps to retain…

3 Canadian-Made Face Masks

To help you stay warm, stay safe, and stay healthy, we’ve rounded together three Canadian-made masks that are comfortable and chic to wear. Volprivé The PURE 2.0 Respiratory Protection Mask – Volprivé is made from a tight protective weave made from a polyester designed for triathlon and high-performance sportswear as well as an anti-microbial silver thread polyester that provides an additional protective layer.  Threads Threads, the  Canadian hosiery pivoted beginning of the pandemic to launch Threads Help. Sticking to their core values of providing high-quality products for the fraction of the price, Threads Help creates multi-layered, nylon masks at an affordable price. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Threads (@threads.co) Narces Evening-wear designer Narces has perfected jaw-dropping party dresses. But with our festivities on pause, you can still add a bit of luster and sparkle to your look with one of their chic face…

Essential things to see and do on a weekend in New York this spring 

Given the broader circumstances right now, it seems that international travel opportunities are going to remain severely limited over the first few months of 2021. However, that doesn’t mean that cabin fever has to set in. There is optimism that non-essential travel restrictions between Canada and the US will be relaxed by March.   There are few destinations more iconic than the Big Apple, and with flights costing as little as $100 return and taking less than an hour and a half, New York is a realistic proposition for a weekend away. Let’s find out what’s available to visitors this spring.  Cosmic Nature at the NYBG  One of the most anticipated events of 2020 was Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama taking over the New York Botanical Garden with her Cosmic Nature exhibit. The show is now scheduled to get underway on 09 May and will include Japanese dance, paintings and specially designed flower beds.…