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The Best Winter Activities This Year in Montreal

Igloofest Winter Guide 2016If you live in Montreal there is no reason to hibernate this winter. Summertime may bring beaches and daytime drink
ing on restaurant patios, but with winter comes Montreal’s winter wonderland! There are arguably more things to do in the winter in Montreal than in the warm months. Among your options include Mammoth Village and Igloofest. A huge skating rink with DJ’s and a world famous electronic music event.

Don’t fool yourself, though. This winter is said to be one of the coldest so far. So before you enter this year’s wonderland make sure to prepare for the cold! Canadians have never needed a guide for how to do this, but if you are just visiting I suggest following my guidelines for staying warm this winter in Canada.

Long underwear is not a joke and if you invest in a pair now they will last you multiple winters. Wear them under jeans or a thick pair of sweatpants to guarantee saving your butt and legs from freezing. A good pair of boots can be enough keep your feet warm, however, I’m talking about one of the coldest winters so far in Canada! What you need to do is find the thickest, highest socks in your house and suit up. I promise it is worth the investment if you don’t have any on hand.

There’s a reason Canada Goose is a Canadian company. They know what armour will properly protect us against the attack of well-below zero temperatures, high winds, and snow that slaps you in the face instead of falling gracefully as snowflakes do on TV. If you are only in Canada for a short time maybe you don’t need a Canada Goose coat. You can get by with seven layers of shirts and sweaters under your current jacket, no problem. Last but not least a quality tuque, long scarf, and water-proof gloves will do more than make your selfies more adorable.

I know what you’re thinking. How will I create Snapchat stories of Mammoth village and Igloofest if I can’t easily access my phone? Yes, this is a problem – but here’s the solution. Rather than freezing your hand and risking yet another trip to your local cell phone repair shop in Montreal, invest in touch screen leather gloves. These gloves allow you to use your phone without ever needing to take them off. Thank me later.

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Ottawa: Things To Do, Places To See!

Ottawa City Guide

Ottawa, Ontario is the capital of Canada and just that in itself is a reason to go there and see what is there in that regard. Parliament Hill is the attraction most visited in all of Canada, as the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard is as precise and exciting as any such event in the world.

The Sound and Light Show is presented where stunning and spectacular lighting effects are projected on the magnificent Parliament Buildings while words are read and music is played. The result is a moving and dramatic display of patriotism and a classic and moving presentation.

One attraction that visitors say that they would be terribly disappointed if they had missed, is the National Gallery of Canada. Housing the world’s largest Canadian collection of art, the gallery is very unique with its 1,200 works of art that are displayed in rotation.

Throughout the entire year there are different and varied exhibits being displayed with thorough explanations given. You can follow a planned tour, or simply be on your own, and you are sure to come away with not only a deeper appreciation of Canadian art, but a better understanding of the history of Canada.

Ottawa is certainly a city of many celebrations, offering a year-round availability of special events and festivals. The Ottawa Jazz Festival offers some of the most renowned jazz musicians where jazz is played continuously day and night, both indoors and in outdoors settings.

If the performing arts is your pleasure, you will certainly enjoy the National Arts Centre, which offers a full array of theatre, dance, and musicals that will thrill your heart. The Ottawa Little Theatre which puts on 10 outstanding plays during the year, which gives theatre goers an experience second to none.

Shopping is next to impossible to avoid with Ottawa’s large malls along with the unique souvenir shops and boutiques. Both visitors and residents seem to take to shopping equally well, and both don’t seem to be quitting anytime soon.

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Tips to Hiring an Extermination Company in Montreal

A insect being exterminated by an amatuer is not the same as by a pro pest companyThere are many ways of preventing a pest situation. If you are proactive, you are not likely to face a problem with pest in your home or office. Proper hygiene and maintenance are the basic 2 requirement to avoid pest problem. However, sometime things get too far and out of your hand. You may need a professional extermination service to tackle the problem for you. There are plenty of pest control service near you and it can be confusing to select the right one. So here are some tips you can follow to choose the right company in Montreal.

Quality & Value

Before hiring any company you must get know about the quality of their service. Which is essential to find out before any service you may require. Then of course, price is an important fact to consider. The service you are choosing must provide competitive price. However, price should not be the only thing to consider before hiring a pest control service. Evaluate other things of that particular company, get to know about their previous projects. Once you are satisfied with their records and pricing, you should go ahead and hire that company.

Preparing Yourself

It is very important to prepare your house or office before hiring a extermination service. We have a fear of pest close of us and when we discover one, we tend to rush things. It is never a good idea to hire a pest control service immediately after discovering the problem. Wait and see for a week, see if the problem is still there? If you can’t find a solution on your own, proceed to hire. Take your time, don’t rush to hire a company in a short notice. I compared the service and price with other extermination montreal companies in Montreal. You will get the best one by doing so.

Questions to be asked

There are some questions you should ask the extermination company before hiring them. These are some common and basic questions and you need to know the answers of those. First of all, how many years they have been in this pest control business? You need to find out that the company has the required experience to provide a proper solution to your problem. You can’t just hire a company who started to operate a years ago. Secondly, Can you provide be a list of your previous pest control project? References are important in a job like pest control. Ask the company if they can provide some references so you can evaluate.

Is the person providing the service licensed and certified? You need to know whether the person providing the pest control service certified or not. You cannot expect a proper service from someone who has no certification related to this field. And finally ask the company whether they have the proper licensing documents or not? Also ask them to provide a complete list of pesticides that will be used during the work along with the price.

WARNING: Rabies Outbreak in Southern Ontario


The weather is getting colder and there have been a lot less raccoon appearance. Unless of course you’re in Toronto or a suburb like Markham where pest control companies get called about raccoon break and enters daily!


We are curious where the infection started and Davies stated the infection probably entered Ontario off the United States through learn or even vehicle.

” Raccoon rabies is actually typical backwards and forwards all the eastern-seaboard conditions,” he claimed. “There is actually tons of vehicle and also learn visitor traffic that can be found in off there.”

” The baiting our experts’re performing out 50-kilometres is actually a preemptive strike,” he claimed. “Our experts do not possess any kind of scenarios on the market, yet our experts’re ensuring that is actually certainly not heading to spread out.”

Here’s how to get rid of raccoons!

Chris Davies, scalp from animals research study along with the district’s Ministry from Natural Resources as well as Forestry, claimed the district is actually getting ready for a multi-year match versus this break out from raccoon rabies.

Lexus as well as Mr. Satan battled a raccoon in the rear of a truck.

Simply 6 months in.

Due to the fact that December, 65 situations from raccoon rabies (46 raccoons as well as 19 skunks) have actually been actually recognized in Hamilton. 4 raccoons coming from Haldimand-Norfolk and also one raccoon off Niagara Region have actually likewise assessed beneficial for the infection.

In Hamilton, 9 instances from raccoon rabies were actually uncovered in December, 12 in January, 21 in February as well as 23 situations in March baseding upon data coming from the district.

The district will definitely be actually tempting playgrounds, gorges, channels – “any type of spot that is actually animals environment, our company’ll be actually enticing,” Davies claimed. Pet playgrounds will certainly not likely be actually enticed due to the fact that the pet dogs will consume all of them all, he included.

Ontario hasn’t already found a situation from raccoon rabies for One Decade, he claimed, however incorporated “so long as (rabies) exists in the United States, there is actually a probability for this to contaminate Ontario.”

That raccoon examined beneficial for rabies and also the canines were actually composed quarantine after being actually protected from the infection.

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Today that this is actually warmer outside, the administrative agency organizes to lose additional injections once again, beginning in very early April.

The initial disclosed afflicted skunk can be found in mid-February.

After the 1st instance from rabies was actually uncovered in December, the district lost 219,000 lures around Hamilton.

Rabies instances escalate in Hamilton, 65 pets contaminated
Just how the district rushed to quit spreading from raccoon rabies
The war raccoon rabies in Hamilton will definitely be actually combated in a different way in comparison to latest break outs in Brockville or even Quebec given that rather than enticing in backwoods, the episode in Hamilton is actually nearly totally metropolitan.

Davies stated they will definitely additionally go down vaccinations north from Stratford, Ont., where the fox tension from the rabies infection was actually located in a cow.

The baiting was actually stopped in the end from December given that the creatures do not often move a lot during the course of the winter season.

Pet dogs need to be actually gone on chains, they need to be actually immunized as well as avoided animals, he pointed out. For anybody trying to live-trap a crazy pet to transfer that in other places, along with the existing rabies episode, right now is actually certainly not a happy times to carry out that, he mentioned.

Promptly after the 1st mentioned instance the administrative agency enticed the place. Ever since, Davies stated, the department has actually been actually checking lifeless creatures for the infection.

Rabies monitoring and also command chart
A chart summarizing the present variety of instances from raccoon rabies in Hamilton, dated March 23, 2016.

In the mid 2000s, Quebec possessed a comparable break out to the existing one in Hamilton, Davies claimed. Making use of identical baiting methods and also the exact same vaccination, the infection was actually removed in 3 years.

The baiting is going to extend in a 50-kilometre span coming from the place from every personal instance. This region hits to west from Toronto, incorporates Kitchener-Waterloo, to Longpoint as well as encompasses near the perimeter from the United States.

Davies mentioned also when the health condition is actually fully eliminated coming from the region, the administrative agency is actually certainly not made it possible for to announce this to become formally gotten rid of till pair of years have actually passed due to the fact that the final situation from rabies.

” Our company anticipate to possess rabies scenarios for some time,” he stated. “That has an although to get rid of an illness off a wild animals populace.”

Davies pointed out if various other creatures wind up consuming all of them, this will not trigger all of them injury. If a canine were actually consume an amount of these lures, the plastic could provide this an indigestion, however the vaccination will not hurt that, he pointed out.

The district is actually readied to return to dispersing anti-rabies injection packages around Hamilton in very early April, targeting skunks as well as raccoons to quit the spreading from the infection.

” Again, our company anticipated this, our team counted on to discover afflicted skunks, however they are actually all within the areas our team enticed for vaccinations, so our company believe our experts’re in good condition,” Davies stated.

If anybody stumbles upon some of these packages, Davies mentioned they need to leave this alone.

In 1999, raccoon rabies was actually uncovered in the Brockville place and also that had about 6 years to deal with the infection certainly there, making use of a various injection.

” The varieties (in Hamilton) are just what is actually to become assumed,” Davies mentioned. “In 1999, the (rabies) episode topped in Year 3 and also our company’re merely 6 months in listed below.”.

Contaminated raccoon bummed a ride coming from U.S.

” There should not be actually a panic listed below,” he stated, incorporating the condition is actually properly responsible.

The packages from “lure” are actually little, around the measurements from a loonie, along with attractant outside and also the vaccination on the in. The target is actually to possess skunks and also raccoons eat on these packages and also launch the injection to become taken in through their physical body.

The raccoon rabies re-emergence in very early December merely surfaced after pair of sizable canines– Lexus and also Mr. Satan– entered into a battle along with an unwell raccoon in the rear of a creature solutions truck.

The core infection zone is as about as spread as this:

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Hamilton Drinking Guide

Where to get drunk in Hamilton


This post will be updated with the best places to drink in Hamilton. First let’s look at the best places to drink/party by day. There’s a few main places to try if this list becomes out of date. Hess Village,  Augusta, Locke Street, Westdale and James Street. There’s a few outliers like Corktown downtown and Baranga’s on the Beach out in Stoney Creek but nothing much on the Mountain other then a few dive bars a cookie cutter franchise restaurants. If you do live on the Mountain, specifically the west mountain. I would suggest trying The Brassie Pub. Expect it to get pretty lively but it’s an environment for sitting in a chair and drinking aka chill nights.

Best Places To Drink By Day in Hamilton, ON

Full posts for each day coming soon.


ORA has a dance party situation in Hess Village.

Augusta Pubs

Ceili House is a good spot to warm up by listening to a comedy show.


Gallagher’s Bar and Lounge


Absinthe: Motown Wednesday has been a staple in the Hamilton party scene for years.


Haven’t been out on a thursday in a while. Leave a comment if you know a good spot.


Hess Village will be a party.

Augusta always get packed. Theirs a spot down there if you walk through to the back there’s a sweet beer garden they I like to start out at.



Hess Village will be likely a bigger party.

Dirty Dogs for single pickup scene.


Baranga’s on The Beach (Day Drinking)

Please comment with your suggestions.


New Heat Record of 32.1 C (humidex 42) Set in Hamilton Wednesday

The Medical Officer of Health has issued a heat warning that continues to the city of Hamilton, Ontario.

According to Environment Canada, the temperature rose to 32.1 C. This has set a new high-temperature record. The highest reported temperature last year was 31.6 C.

It’s been predicted that temperatures as high as 42 C can be expected, which may feel warmer due to high humidity. Normally highs at this time of year are in the low 20s.

“This kind of weather so early in September is not unheard of,” says Geoff Coulson – Preparedness Meteorologist for Environment Canada. However, a string of three high days in a row is atypical.

He also stated that we should expect September to continue to be warmer than normal. With temperatures coming back down to more seasonal ranged near the end of the month.

In response to this atypical heat wave, students are wearing t-shirts and shorts to school instead of sweaters and jeans when the school bell rang this week.

Information about high temperatures was posted on The Hamilton-Wentworth School District’s (HWDSB) website as a public service to families.

The HWDSB district spokesperson, Robert Faulkner, informed schools to do their best to keep faculty and students safe during the school day. Some recommendations included limiting outdoor physical activities, ensuring access to water, keeping blinds and drapes closed, and moving classes to cooler areas of school buildings. Close monitoring of students throughout the day for signs of heat distress was also suggested.

Coulson advised that the rest of the warming trend should continue through the rest of the week with temperatures falling to Fall values by this Sunday. There is also a strong possibility for strong rains during the week which includes a chance of storms this Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

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