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How Canadians can do their part to help the environment

(NC) Old cell phones are an item almost all Canadians have come across when cleaning their home. The challenge of knowing how and where to dispose of old cell phones often results in individuals simply discarding them or putting them back in a drawer to be dealt with at a later time. Recycle My Cell, Canada's free cell phone recycling program, makes it easy to dispose of your old wireless devices responsibly.

• The program recovered 865,418 wireless devices in 2014.

• 5,748,009 wireless devices have been recovered since 2005.

Cell Phone Recycling is an Easy Call

(NC) Most of us have owned on average three or four cell phones prior to our current one. That means that a lot of us likely have a slew of old devices that are either getting hidden away in junk drawers or disposed of incorrectly

Get your property ready for fall with these quick tips

man checking gutters in fall

(NC) As the days grow shorter, it's time to think about preparing your yard, gutters, windows, roof and heating system for the coming winter. Check these essentials off your list and you will be finished in no time:

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Rodents and ants like to hide in piles of leaves or wood near houses. These should be removed to prevent pests from coming inside, especially in the absence of anti-rodent trim.

How to avoid damaging water infiltration

(NC) Water damage can easily turn into a terrible nightmare like this: Melanie Smith of Toronto says she woke up one morning to an inch of water across her basement floor. This catastrophe was not part of her weekend plans, nor were the hours of clean-up and repair that were needed. Many of her treasured possessions could not be replaced. Some of the risks of water infiltration, however, can be prevented. Regular inspection and rigourous maintenance of the roof, gutters and foundation will give you the best protection since problems usually start in those areas.

Prepare your skin now for the colder months

lady putting facial moisturizer on

(NC) Cold and dry air takes a toll on our skin. Right now, prepare your skin for winter by following the Canadian Health Food Association's (CHFA) tips on how you can nourish it from within.

Did you know that our internal health is just as important to the skin's condition as what we put on its surface? A balanced diet, which includes certain key nutrients, will add vibrancy to your complexion and help you nourish your skin from the inside out.

Why we should eat fermented foods

fermented vegetable

(NC) Before refrigeration, food preservation was essential. That was a time before processed foods when people ate what the earth provided every season. After the summer and fall harvest, families huddled in farmhouses to work on preserving foods to be consumed later in the long winter. Fermentation was one of the methods used – and while it is now uncommon, recent research is pointing to the many benefits of eating fermented foods. Here, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) explains the process, how you can add fermented foods to your diet, and why.

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