Highlights / Christmas


Christmas tree sales frenzy

With the pandemic causing more people to spend much more time at home, it seems this is affecting the market for natural Christmas trees. The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association says sales are far better than at this time last »


COVID, Christmas, and holiday plans of Canadians

Politicians and health officials are urging Canadians to stay home this Christmas, not travel, and not have typical gatherings with extended family and friends. It’s a campaign to attempt to reduce the number of COVID infections which have been increasing »


 The ‘hot’ Christmas sales item, now with a police warning

As we approach Christmas and the giving season, consumers are beginning to shop for gifts for loved ones. A couple of the hottest items are the gaming stations XBox series X and PS5, in fact they’re in such high demand »


Many Canadians modify Thanksgiving, Halloween plans

October will likely be very disappointing for many Canadians who, according to a recent survey, are modifying their event plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanksgiving is on October 12 this year and normally is an important time for family »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health

The COVID grinch that may have stolen a big Christmas event in Toronto

it may be that another major annual event in Canada’s biggest city has become a victim of COVID-19. The Toronto Christmas market is modelled loosely on European Christmas markets such as Germany’s Chriskindlesmarkts. This was to be the 11th year »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Annual Christmas Bird Count 2019 underway

It’s an annual event for tens of thousands of birdwatchers across N. America, and it begins this weekend. It began in 1900, by an American ornithologist who proposed counting birds rather than killing them in an annual Christmas tradition. It »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Canadian retail chain under fire by Christmas tree growers

One of Canada’s major and best known retail chains, Canadian Tire, is under fire for its promotion of artificial Christmas trees. The huge chain of more than 1,600 outlets, originally associated with automotive supplies, hardware, and sporting goods, has expanded »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, International, Society

Canada’s annual festive ‘holiday trains’ start national tours

Now in its 21st year, the Canadian Pacific (CP) trains festooned with Christmas lights and decorations make their way across Canada, with several stops in the U.S. as well. It’s an annual charitable operation to raise money and food for »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Don’t gift exotic pets, urges non-profit

World Animal Protection is urging people to not give or ask for exotic animals for Christmas. A survey suggests that 10 per cent of Canadians own such animals with freshwater fish as the most common one followed by exotic birds, »


Patient discharge from hospital at Christmas more risky: study

People in hospital may long to go home for Christmas but a new study suggests that would put them at higher risk of death or a return to hospital. The University of Toronto study looked at the records of patients »