Give the gift of emergency preparedness this holiday season

Stuck on what to get someone for the holidays? A Toronto Hydro survey conducted earlier this year showed only 9% of customers have emergency preparedness kits. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to help loved ones be better prepared for unexpected events.

While power outages are usually short and don't happen often, we advise our customers they should be prepared to be without power for up to 72 hours in an emergency. While out shopping for holiday gifts, we're encouraging everyone to take a minute to pick up items such as extra batteries, a flashlight, water and a radio. As you cross items off your list, you'll also be helping friends and family get prepared for potential outages.

For a full list of what to include in a kit, visit We also have emergency preparedness guides available in Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.

When building an emergency kit, remember:

Pack at least four litres of water per person, per day
Make sure you have non-perishable food and a manual can opener
Keep your emergency kit in an easy-to-access location known to all family members
Don't forget your pets! Have identification on your animals and enough pet food and water in your emergency kit for at least three days
We also recommend that you customize your kit to your family – aging parents, young children and pets may require more preparation.

The Whole Country Will Shine During Christmas Lights Across Canada

- To close Canada 150 in style, Canada's capital cities will shine bright thanks to the 33rd annual Christmas Lights Across Canada. People of all ages are invited to admire the dazzling lightscapes that will bring the spirit of the holiday season. The event is presented by Manulife, exclusive sponsor of this event.

Canada's Capital Region will light up this evening with an illumination ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The ceremony will feature musical performances by Juno Award-winner Jess Moskaluke and Céleste Lévis. A projection of the Winter Lightscapes show on the façade of the Centre Block and a colourful pyrotechnics show will add to the magic.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage said, "Christmas Lights Across Canada is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to gather with friends and family and experience the magic of this holiday season favourite. As we count down the final moments of Canada 150, I invite Canadians from across the country to come out and admire the millions of twinkling lights that will illuminate our capital cities from coast to coast to coast."
In other parts of the country, several capital cities are kicking off their Christmas Lights Across Canada celebrations tonight:

Edmonton will switch on 140,000 lights at 5 p.m. in front of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
In Yellowknife, celebrations will get underway at 5 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, where a student choir will entertain the crowd with Christmas carols.
Iqaluit will turn on more than 100,000 lights at 5 p.m. in front of the Legislative Assembly, during a joyful ceremony featuring food tastings and live entertainment.
St. John's will welcome residents and visitors to a ceremony in front of the Confederation Building beginning at 6 p.m.
Victoria, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Québec City, Fredericton, Halifax and Charlottetown have already turned on their Christmas lights and are well into the holiday spirit.
Whitehorse will join the rest of Canada on December 9 with a colourful ceremony featuring the lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree.  

Flights in Search of Santa: a 13th edition filled with magic thanks to Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation

Hundreds of children living with severe illnesses and their families were offered a brief respite today during the annual Flights in Search of Santa organized by Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation. Departed on their search for Santa Claus, children were able to find him somewhere in the sky between Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Paris…and the North Pole! 
The memorable day began at the Air Transat check-in counters at Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver and Paris-CDG airports. The festivities continued on to the boarding gate, where a number of activities awaited everyone before take-off. Once in the sky, a surprise guest soon appeared in the cabin: Santa himself!

"For Air Transat, this event has become a real tradition just before the holiday season," said Jean-Francois Lemay, President, Air Transat. "The Santa Flight holds a special place in our employees' hearts and in our corporate responsibility initiatives."

"When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the life of the entire family is affected," shares Chris Kotsopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Wish Foundation. "Today, we're not just providing respite from hospital visits, we're creating wonderful memories and holiday magic to cherish, that are unique to our Wish Families."

During this magical day, Air Transat announced a donation of $116,000 to Children's Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the air carrier's Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives, and is in addition to the over $5 million raised for Children's Wish since the inception of the partnership between both organizations in 2004.

The annual Flights in Search of Santa are made possible thanks to the volunteer efforts of Air Transat employees and the generous collaboration of several partners including Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver airports and Paris Aéroport.

For more information, follow the #SantaFlight hashtag on social media.

About Small Change, Big Hearts
The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight. Since December 2009, funds raised through the program have been donated in equal parts to The Children's Wish Foundation and to SOS Children's Villages, an international organization that assists orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries. Since November 2017, it has also been possible to contribute to Small Change, Big Hearts when booking a package online on, with a travel consultant or with a Transat call centre agent.

About Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children's Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to more than 25,000 children and their families – that's three wishes each and every day, all year long!

Children's Wish has chapter offices and professional staff in every province, and each wish family is assigned a dedicated Wish Coordinator who is able to personally and carefully structure each heartfelt wish experience to meet the particula
r needs of the child and their family. Travel wishes include all siblings 21 years and under living in the same household, and families travel worry-free thanks to exclusive Blue Cross insurance.

Our newly expanded reach, which includes children diagnosed with a serious neurological or genetic illness, means continued strong wish referral support through our medical community. Wish referrals continue to increase year over year, and we are proud to maintain our 'no waiting list' policy, thanks to our generous donors.

Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Help us grant the next single-most heartfelt wish. Visit for more information and to donate.

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19th annual CP Holiday Train Ready to go, follow along this year with new online train tracker

The CP Holiday Train is rolling out tonight, Saturday, November 25, on its journey to raise funds and awareness for hunger issues in North America.

Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Jonathan Roy and Kelly Prescott will kick-off the tour at Adirondack Junction/Kahnawake in Montreal at 6:25 p.m. ET. A second train will leave from Montreal West, with a show by Colin James and Emma-Lee on Sunday, November 26 at 6:45 p.m. ET.

New this year is the CP Holiday Train tracker, an online tool that allows our massive following in North America and beyond to track the train as it makes its way across the continent. To follow along, please visit
For more information and regular updates about the CP Holiday Train and its journey, visit our Facebook page and check out the new promotional video about what to expect this year

Make This a Season of #WarmWishes! Tim Hortons® Annual Campaign Returns, Encouraging Everyday Acts of Kindness in Support of Local Youth

​Tim Hortons is encouraging Canadians to get into the spirit of giving with the return of its annual #WarmWishes campaign. Through small everyday acts of kindness, Guests can spread warmth and goodwill from coast-to-coast in their communities in support of the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF).

Beginning today, Guests can sign a snowflake for $1 at their local Tim Hortons to support the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, and help make a true difference in lives of local youth. Restaurants across the country will be transformed into winter wonderlands with windows covered in paper snowflakes, representing donations from Guests. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation to help provide youth from low-income families with the opportunity to build important skills through life-changing camp experiences.

"At Tim Hortons, we proudly support our communities across the country and through the programs offered by the THCF we're able to make a true difference by helping kids build brighter futures," said Sami Siddiqui, President, Tim Hortons Canada. "We're excited for this year's #WarmWishes campaign in support of the THCF and look forward to witnessing the continued generosity of our Guests and Restaurant Owners as we work together to benefit youth in our communities."

Whether it's shoveling a neighbour's driveway or buying a stranger's coffee at the drive thru, Guests across the country are also invited to show how they're paying it forward this holiday season on Twitter and Instagram using #WarmWishes and tagging @timhortons. Every time the #WarmWishes hashtag is shared, Tims will donate $1 to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, up to a maximum of $10,000.

"What better way to spread holiday cheer than by giving local kids the gift of a brighter future," said Dave Newnham, President and Executive Director, Tim Horton Children's Foundation. "The camp experience truly has a life-changing impact. Our programs teach kids how to be resourceful, responsible and empowered individuals within their communities, and allow them to discover their full potential."

This past month, Grade 7 and 8 students at Henry Munro Middle School in Ottawa volunteered their time in support of a local mission as part of the THCF Community Leaders Program. This program invites students to visit camp as a class during the school year to learn important life skills and return to their communities inspired to make a difference. To say 'thank you' to the students for spreading goodwill in their community, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners shared #WarmWishes by surprising the school with extra supplies for the mission and a long-overdue library makeover! Guests can visit to watch and share this holiday surprise.

By the end of 2017, more than 250,000 youth will have attended camp. Earlier this year, Guests and Restaurant Owners raised a record-breaking $13.7 million through the annual Camp Day campaign, and #WarmWishes is another way to keep this support going strong.