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Category: Travel and lifestyle

Tips for Snowbirds Heading South

Tips for Canadian Snowbirds preparing for southern destinations.

The annual migration of Canadian Snowbirds heading south in search of warmer weather will soon be underway. These dedicated travellers are not looking for a mere couple of weeks to break up a long Canadian winter; for these travelers, the goal is to avoid winter altogether! If you dream of joining the Snowbird lifestyle, here … read more

All about EVs: Making the transition to electric vehicles

Transitioning to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) is a critical part of Canada’s plan to reduce the country’s green house gas emissions.

The government of Canada has committed to reducing total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 2005 levels. The timeline to accomplish this is 2030, which may seem like it’s a long way off, but it’s barely a decade away! By 2050, the goal is even more aggressive, with long-term emissions to be reduced … read more

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Did you know that, according to police figures, Canadians reported losing over $120 million to scammers last year? The actual number could be much higher as the Better Business Bureau estimates that the figure jumps to well over a billion dollars when you include all the presumed losses that no one even bothers to report. … read more

10 tips to help you save money on your next trip

Barry Choi shares his tips to help you save money on your next trip.

Please join us in welcoming Barry Choi as a contributor to the Oaken Blog. Barry is a well-known personal finance and travel expert, and a regular guest on some of Canada’s largest media outlets. You can follow Barry on his personal site moneywehave.com or reach out to him on Twitter @barrychoi. In his first article … read more

Simple driving tips to save fuel (and money)!

Help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and save money with these small changes to your driving habits.

The price of gasoline has been on an upward trajectory for the past few months, and with the prospects of increasing carbon taxes likely resulting in future price increases, motorists are looking for ways to reduce their driving costs. Obviously, buying a more fuel efficient vehicle or even switching to an electric vehicle is one … read more

Travel destinations where your loonie goes farther

There are still many places you can visit where your Canadian dollar can buy you more.

For those planning to travel outside Canada in the next little while, your vacation might now cost you a little more than you’d originally planned. That’s because the “loonie” continues to struggle against most of the major currencies. This includes the US dollar, the British pound and the Euro. What’s even more distressing for travellers … read more

Financial tips for new Canadians

Financial tips for those who have recently moved to Canada.

Immigrating to a new country is always a tremendous adventure. Putting down roots in a new place requires determination and sacrifice, and it’s a process that can be exciting, scary, confusing and exhilarating. Often, all at the same time. If you’re a new immigrant to Canada, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in … read more

8 essential apps for active seniors

Today’s seniors are putting to rest the myth that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. While the use of handheld devices may be near-universal with younger generations, many seniors are also enthusiastically embracing the digital age, and are no less excited about the benefits of modern technology. The high level of digital device … read more

The benefits of medical cannabis

With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) earlier this year, Canada now joins Uruguay as only the second country in the world to allow its citizens to use recreational cannabis. For the activists who have been pushing for this change, this has been a long time in the making, and comes at a time … read more

Technology that travels with you

It goes without saying that technology has had a tremendous impact on the way we live our lives. Many of the everyday things we now take for granted were considered to be nothing more than fanciful flights of science fiction just a few decades ago. Travel has certainly seen its share of technological advances, and we’ll … read more