Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Rosie MacLennan Live Q&A on Periscope August 5th 6:45pm ET #WannaPlayChat #RoadToRio #Rio2016

Rosie MacLennan

Working around her athletic training, competition and school schedule, Rosie’s part-time role as a Canadian Tire Jumpstart Ambassador will draw on her experiences, from the playground to the podium, to help raise awareness and funds necessary for children in need to participate in sports and recreational activities across Canada.

“Rosie has been extremely successful in the sports world and it is an honour to help launch her successful career in the corporate world,” said Doug Nathanson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited. “Canadian Tire has long been committed to building the state of sport in Canada and given our shared belief in the power of sport, Rosie being part of our team is a natural fit.”

“I am so excited to be joining the Canadian Tire Family of Companies.  My new role helps me develop and share my love of sport in an entirely new way,” said 25 year-old Rosie MacLennan. “Joining Canadian Tire gives me the opportunity to be part of a different kind of team than I am used to and I look forward to jumping in and rising to the challenge.”

 About Rosie MacLennan

Born August 28th, 1988 in King, ON, Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan is the reigning World Trampoline champion and Canada’s only gold medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Rosie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science at the University of Toronto. As the youngest of four, Rosie grew up in an active, sports-oriented family in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  Even off the trampoline, she remains active through some of her favourite sports like skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding or dancing.

At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

At the 2007 World Championships in Quebec City, Rosie earned a spot for Canada at the Beijing Olympics.  At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rosie qualified for the finals and finished in 7th place.

In 2011, Rosie won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, a second place finish at the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham and first place at the Olympic test event.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Rosie received a score of 57.305 for her final routine. With her score, she reached a new personal best and earned Canada’s first and only gold medal at the Games and Canada’s first trampoline gold medal ever.

In November 2013 MacLennan won the gold medal at the World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Then in May 2014, MacLennan won the Canadian National Championship in Ottawa.

Rosie MacLennan can do the most difficult routine in the world of women’s trampoline.  Bouncing 18 feet in the air is always a risky endeavour, and just last month she over-rotated on a jump and suffered a concussion.

“Until earlier this week it was still a question mark if I would be able to compete or not,” MacLennan said referring to the 2015 Pan Am Games “I’m so happy I was able to.”

Not only did she make it to the trampoline final at the Pan Am Games before a packed house, she won the gold medal — by leaps and flips.

“You know the country has your back and there are a lot of people supporting you, but feeling that energy in the room, you really can’t match that,” MacLennan said.

MacLennan, who sports scientists refer to as a human spring for her ability to transfer muscular energy into bouncing power on a trampoline, had hoped to showcase her top routine of three triples, the most difficult in the women’s international field. But the 28-year-old from King City, Ont., opted not to do it because the concussion set back her training.

“I wanted to stick with a routine that I was comfortable and confident in,” she said.

Without confidence comes shakiness: “That’s not what you want jumping 18 feet in the air.”

But even when she’s healthy, deciding to use her three-triple routine — she took silver at the last world championships with it — is risky. There are easier ways to win given the scoring system that values height and perfect form over difficulty. But MacLennan knows the sport will keep evolving and, though no other women are currently doing three triples (most do two at the elite level), her strongest competitors, the Chinese, may have them by Rio.

Coach Dave Ross says Rosie wants to be in the forefront of the sport rather than playing catch-up.

With another gold around her neck, what could Rosie’s plan be now?

“Get those three triples,” Rosie said.

We know we certainly can’t wait for Rosie to spring into action with those triples at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

 Join Rosie for a live Q&A on Periscope hosted by Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire (@CanadianTire) will be hosting a live Q&A with Rosie (@RosieMacLennan) on Periscope Wednesday August 5th at 6:45pm ET as a warm up to the 8pm #WannaPlayChat #RoadToRio twitter party!

Be sure to follow @CanadianTire and @RosieMacLennan on Twitter and set your periscope notifications ON to be reminded when the broadcast is Live!  Then join us for the #WannaPlayChat #RoadToRio Twitter party for your chance to win one of $1,000 in prizes available to be won!

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#RoadtoRio Olympics & #WannaPlayChat Twitter Party

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With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in our view,  Canada’s Olympic team is busy training.  They are setting their goals on the #RoadtoRio!

Canadian Tire has ALWAYS been a big supporter of our Canadian athletes. In preparation for the Olympic games, Canadian Tire is asking, “How will you and your family get ready for the 2016 Olympics?”

Although we can’t all be cheering on our amazing Canadian athletes in Rio we can still stay fit and have our own Olympic challenges here at home.

You can do anything –  from challenging yourself to try some of the Olympic sports, to setting yourself a personal goal and tracking your improvement.  Even as get creative and make your own backyard  mini Olympics with the family.  There are plenty of ways to take part in the Olympics.

The countdown to the Rio Olympic Games is on!

To help you get in the spirit, and show your support for the athletes, join us this August 5th at 8pm EST for an Olympic Twitter Party hosted by Canadian Tire.

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Brianne Theisen-Eaton  (heptathlete, 2 time World silver medalist & 2012 Olympian) and
Mark de Jonge  (sprint kayaker, 2014 World Champion, 2013 World silver medalist & 2012 Olympic bronze)

It’s YOUR chance to ask Olympians about their training and experiences during the Olympic Games.

Plus there’s $1000 in prizing. Be sure to join at http://twubs.com/wannaplaychat

We’d love to see how you and your family are sharing the Olympic spirit.
Post your family’s challenges and Olympic adventures on Twitter and Instagram with #RoadtoRio.

We will even have a LIVE Periscope with Rosie MacLennnan  (2012 Olympic Gold medalist for trampoline)- you can catch it before the chat from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.

 

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3-Star Rated Recipe for Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Summer is in full swing and we are all super busy! Between work; shuttling kids back and forth to summer activities; week-ends at the cottage; camping trips; tending to the lawns and gardens and trying to squeeze in a little down time, who has the time or inclination to research and prepare huge healthy meals?

I have been following the Guiding Stars at my local Loblaws store in an effort to eat healthier. With its 0 – 3 stars rating shown on food item tags, it is an easy way to tell at a glance how healthy a product is.

I also follow my Personal Guiding Stars Profile. This is a tool that tracks the amount of Guiding Stars® rated products in your grocery shop and assigns a level from 1 to 5. The greater the number of starred products in your cart, the higher your level will be. It can even show you how your basket rates compares to the rest of Canada, your province, and your local grocery store.

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One of the many perks of your Personal Profile is the healthy recipes that are offered. Just today I went to my Personal Profile looking for an light and easy, yet healthy recipe for tonight’s dinner and found this great 3-star rated recipe for:

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Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 6  large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL)  PC Sourdough Croutons – Lightly Buttered
  • 1 jar (700 mL)  PC Organics Pasta Sauce – Tomato & Basil
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL)  chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Pour pasta sauce into large shallow saucepan or a large frying pan. Stir in 1/2 cup (125mL) water. Heat over medium heat until bubbling.
  2. One at a time, crack eggs open onto a saucer and drop gently into simmering pasta sauce,placing lip of saucer as close to surface of sauce as possible. Reduce heat to medium-low,cover pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until egg whites are firm and yolks are cooked todesired doneness.
  3. Spoon eggs and sauce into warmed bowls. Top with croutons and basil. Serve with salad andtoast, if desired. Makes 3 adult servings or 6 child servings. (Source: Loblaws.ca)

Nutritional Information

per cup serving ( Per adult serving ) 

Calories 310 cal
Fat 15 g
Sodium 1150 mg
Carbohydrate 28 g
Fibre 3 g
Protein 17 g
Halve numbers for nutritional information on child’s half-size portion.

Like the recipe states, bet you never thought of poaching eggs in pasta sauce! This is a quick, easy and healthy 3-star Guiding Stars supper. Perfect for nights when the tummy is empty and the cupboard is almost bare!

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Garage Sale Tips

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If you’re garage sale shopping this weekend, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind to help you make the most of it:

  1. Make a plan. There are lots of garage sales going on. Find out when each garage sale starts and get there as early as you can.
  2. Bring supplies. A measuring tape, blankets, and rope or bungee cords will be necessary if you’re planning on taking home a large furniture item.
  3. Find out what they’re selling. Sometime garage sales will list some of their big-ticket items.
  4. Make a deal. Don’t be shy about negotiating the price.
  5. Bring food and water. You don’t want to be shopping on an empty stomach.
  6. Ask for a second opinion. Bring a friend with you, or take pictures and send them through text.
  7. Bring small bills and change. You never know what you might find, so having small bills to grab that $5 item will come in handy.
  8. Imagine the potential. Sometimes all an item needs is a coat of paint and it’ll look as good as new.
  9. Love it? Buy it! Chances are what you’re finding is a one-off, and you’re unlikely to find it somewhere else.
  10. Pay attention to the weather. Bring an umbrella if it might rain and wear sunscreen and a hat if it’s going to be hot.

Don’t forget to check out Canada’s largest garage sale hosted by Leon’s from Friday, July 31 to Monday, August 3. For more information and a chance to win a $150 gift card, check out our previous blog post – Leon’s Garage Sale ! And visit Leon’s website to find the store nearest you.

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Leon’s Garage Sale !

SAVE THE DATE or rather dates because you won’t want to go anywhere other than to your friendly neighbourhood Leon’s this weekend. With something fun for the entire family, and a chance to win a $500 gift card EVERYDAY of the sale.

Taking place this Friday July 31st through August 3rd 2015 is CANADA’S LARGEST GARAGE SALE. There will be something for everyone. FREE balloons and FREE lemonade. There will even be pet adoption centres to add a new addition to your family. With chairs starting at ONLY $19, you won’t want to miss out. Save as much as 75% on discontinued end of line furniture and accessories. Extra staff will be on hand, as garage sales of course are cash and carry. This is great because there are sofas and appliances which are DRASTICALLY reduced !

Want to get some well deserved rest – pick up a mattress at the #LeonsGarageSale. They start at ONLY $89 !

Be sure to use the hashtag #LeonsGarageSale and share your excitement about the best long weekend you are about to have. Start sharing on Instagram and Twitter and follow the hashtag and @LeonsFurniture on Twitter to get a sneak peak of what you can expect. Start browsing your local Leon’s TODAY and get inspired for the weekend .

Local vendors will also be on site with refreshments and more ! Stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details throughout the week.

*First come , first serve. Selection varies by store. While quantities last.

See below to how YOU can enter for your chance to WIN a $150 Leon’s Gift Card !
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#WannaPlay Challenge

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Canadian Tire is challenging the country to 30 days of #WannaPlay.

The challenge is easy, all you have to do is get outside and play. Then, from now until August 4, post a picture of you and your family, playing or taking part in a sport, to your Instargram or Twitter account, tag @CanadianTire, and use the hashtag #WannaPlay.

Done! You’ll be entered to win one of 30 $100 Canadian Tire gift cards – one is awarded every day! At the end of the contest a Grand Prize of one $1,000 Canadian Tire gift card will be awarded.

You can enter as many times as you like. And every day Canadian Tire is posting a new challenge to help you get inspired. So be sure to check out Canadian Tire’s Instagram and Twitter accounts for daily ideas. Like going for a bike ride, rollerblading, or even hopscotch.

What are you waiting for Canada? Get out there and get your game on! #WannaPlay?

For more information check out the #WannaPlay Photo Challenge Contest Rules

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Get Road Ready at Canadian Tire

road-ready-oil-change-canadian-tireSummer’s in full swing and that means it’s time for road trips. You’re ready to take on an adventure, but is your car ready? Before you head out onto the open road, make sure you get your car inspected and oil changed. You don’t want any nasty surprises that could ruin your trip.

Canadian Tire has a Road-Ready Oil Change Package that’s perfect to get your car ready for your summer road trip.

This package includes up to 5L of Quaker State oil, a MotoMaster oil filter, vehicle inspection, fluid top up, tire rotation, battery test, and brake inspection. This will give you peace of mind while you’re driving down the road, enjoying your freedom, the amazing scenery, and the great summer weather. Because the last thing you want to think about is your car.

And the best part is, you can get all this done while you’re shopping in store, picking up those last minute items – sleeping bags, cooler, fishing rods, sunglasses, sunscreen – whatever you need to make your road trip awesome.

Whether it’s just to the next town/city over, or all the way across the country, make sure your car is just as ready as you are to hit the road.

For more information or to book your appointment, contact your local Canadian Tire Garage.

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Explore the Trans Canada Trail

Imagine walking or biking all the way across Canada, from St.John’s Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, or up into Inuvik, Northwest Territories. All through 23,600 kilometers of recreational trails, linking 1,000 communities. What an amazing way to explore the country. The project is the Trans Canada Trail and was started back in 1992, using existing trails, and adding new sections to connect them together.

chilliwack-river-trail-british-columbia-trans-canadaThe Trans Canada Trail has 5 goals:

  • To build a national legacy by creating a sustainable gift to future generations
  • To inspire active living and transportation
  • To preserve green space and promote conservation
  • To deepen the awareness of Canada’s history, culture, and natural heritage
  • To increase economic development by stimulating tourism and creating jobs
(Source: http://tctrail.ca/about-the-trail/facts-about-the-trail/)

elbow-view-trail-saskatchewan-trans-canadaAs of July 1, 2015 the connecting of more than 400 trails across the country is 80% complete. Two provinces, Newfoundland and PEI are already 100% complete, with 5 other provinces and territories over 90% complete. The goal is “to fully connect our nation’s Trail by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday…” (http://tctrail.ca/news/?p=6824). Nearly 1,300 km of trail was added so far this year and there is 4,800 km left to go – many sections in unpopulated areas with challenging terrain. Once completed it will be one of the world’s largest trails.

kananaskis-country-spray-valley-provincial-park-alberta-trans-canadaProvincial and federal governments, as well as corporate and individual donors fund the Trans Canada Trail. Local trail groups and conservation authorities plan and develop each section of trail. Provincial and federal governments manage existing parks such as Gatineau Park, Rideau Trail and Voyageur Hiking Trail.

conferation-trail-prince-edward-island-pei-trans-canadaVolunteers, making this one of the largest volunteer projects in Canada, are completing the majority of the project. Over 400 groups and authorities are working on building and managing sections of the trail. New sections require brush to be cleared away, bridges installed, permits, and signs. Some new sections will be re-purposed rail lines, donated by  CN Rail.

trans-canada-trail-quebecSections of the trail will allow horseback riding, cross country skiing, and even snowmobiles. Along the trail will be pavilions to provide shelter and fresh water. Water Routes will allow canoeists and kayakers to travel parts of the trail – including a separate trail that runs the Athabasca River Trail in Alberta, to the Slave and Mackenzie Rivers in the Northwest Territories, and out to the Beaufort Sea.

pavilion-jimmy-adams-peace-trail-inuvik-northwest-territories-trans-canadaFour explorers (chosen from over 3,800 applicants) have already set off across the trail – two from PEI and two from British Columbia. Their five-month journey will have them meeting in the middle in September, with 14 stops along their way. Check out their news story to learn more, or follow them on Twitter #WoodsExplorer.

musquodoboit-trailways-nova-scotia-trans-canadaCheck out the Trans Canada Trail website for more information and to stay up to date on the project’s progress. To find the closest trail to you and start exploring, see the Trans Canada Tail Map.

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New Tangerine Location Now Open in Brampton, Ontario #TangerinePopup

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 The official opening of the new Tangerine location in Brampton, Ontario.

Tangerine Bank, operating as Tangerine, is a Canadian direct banking subsidiary of Scotiabank. It offers savings accounts, Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA), Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC) and Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP), mutual funds, mortgages and a no-fee chequing account.

Founded by ING Group in 1997 as the Canadian operation of ING Direct, the bank was acquired by Scotiabank in 2012. The new name for the bank was revealed in November 2013, and was rolled out beginning in April 2014.

Tangerine Cafés

People who are familiar with Tangerine know they’re not your typical banking institution. Typical banking institutions have brick and mortar locations.  While you won’t find any Tangerine brick and mortar locations, they do have some Café locations around Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and now Brampton.

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I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Brampton Tangerine Café  location.

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A cozy spot for coffee and friendly financial advice.

So, why Cafés and not branches? Tangerine feels learning about money shouldn’t be complicated. In fact, they think it can be as easy as enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. At a Tangerine Café you’ll find that saving, financial nourishment and being a good neighbour are all on the menu.

Chances are you may even run into the Café staff in your community. You’ll find them handing out seedlings on Orange bicycles to help make our world a little greener in Vancouver, or alongside Quebec sports celebrities raising funds to help Québec kids reach their full potential. You’ll see them at the Calgary Stampede in Orange cowboy hats selling burgers for charity, or hosting a picnic for kids in need in Toronto.

At Tangerine Cafés, you can stop in to chat about your finances, use an ABM, or get help with banking matters. If you don’t have time to stop in to chat over coffee, the Sign Me Up app is a quick and easy way to open your first Tangerine Savings, Chequing, TFSA or RSP Account in under 15 minutes.

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Getting some helpful financial advice and opening my new Tangerine account.

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The friendly staff were happy to answer all of my questions and it only took about 15 minutes to get me set up with my new Tangerine account! 

Tangerine is proud to be known as the bank that helps Canadians save their money, and all of the Accounts we offer reflect this. Their simple products, along with award-winning client service have helped close to 2 million Canadians grow their savings and live better lives.

They believe your money should be able to work as hard as you do, which is why they nickel and dime you with unfair fees, and they have no minimum balances. Banking with Tangerine is easy and convenient, with simple tools which are a perfect fit with our busy lifestyle.

To keep up to date with any upcoming news or events, you can follow Tangerine on Twitter and Facebook or contact the Café closest to you.

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 Tangerine Calgary Café

 

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Tens of Thousands of Quebec Residents Take Part in Moving Day

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Looking to move in Quebec? Well, July 1 is the day you want to set. While the rest of the country is celebrating Canada Day, for over 100,000 Quebec residents it’s time to pack up and move to a new rental property.

Way back in 1750, it was set up that landlords weren’t allowed to evict their tenants until the snow melted, which tended to be around the end of April. In 1866 it was actually included into Quebec’s Civil Code that all leases were to start on May 1 and end April 30. Because the weather wasn’t particularly nice yet, and because it interrupted small children who were still in school, in 1973 they moved the lease dates to end June 30. By having Moving Day land on a statutory holiday, this also allows workers to move without having to take a day off work, which is a great benefit for families who can’t afford the extra day off.

Having leases end on June 30 is no longer law, but most tenants continue to use these lease dates. It can be quite the headache however. Even if it does mean you’re more likely to find a new place to move into, moving trucks have to be booked up to 6 months in advance, and can charge double to triple what it would normally cost to rent their services. You also have to contend with other tenants, and stairs can be quite tricky to navigate.

The weeks before moving day are a great time to find garage sales, as many houses will be looking to get rid of anything they don’t want to move. And on Moving day, you’re sure to find bags of unwanted items on the sidewalks, and you never know what interesting items you’ll find.

For anyone moving July 1 in Quebec, make sure you’ve planned ahead, and have a few moving tips and ticks up your sleeve. Moving isn’t usually fun, but there are things you can do to make it easier.

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