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Celebrating the Holidays with Purdys Christmas Chocolates





Oh, chocolate! All the busyness of life just pauses when I have a piece of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. I don’t think it’s reaching to say that a great piece of chocolate can stop the world just for a moment.

If I have to give an award to the tastiest treat – I would more than likely choose chocolate. Like, really, really good chocolate, you know the difference! And one of my favourite like, really, really good chocolatiers is Purdys.

Purdys offers exotic to classic flavours, a wonderful assortment of confectionaries, and gorgeously packaged products! They’re an all-around amazing shop for everything festive and sweet. 

With more than a 100 years experience and using 100% sustainable cocoa, I love how this Canadian brand does business, and I especially love how they celebrate the holidays! Their advent calendars have become a fun family tradition in our home. 

Their chocolate bars and gift baskets make wonderful presents, and we love to gift them to family, friends and our children’s teachers and school admin staff. Purdys’ confectionaries are also perfect as stocking-stuffers, and their chocolate bars are the right touch of extra to leave out for Santa with those milk and cookies.

Most importantly though, is the taste, and Purdys’ doesn’t let you down. I just love all of their Christmas flavours. Yum!

Their Gingerbread chocolate combines milk chocolate with cinnamon, molasses, cloves, allspice, and ginger creating that sweet and spicy taste that will warm you up nicely. Their Mandarin chocolate combines dark chocolate ganache with an orange puree from Silician mandarin oranges creating a lovely-zesty sweet. Their Eggnog Truffle is another delicious addition that is wonderful in a stocking or on a dessert plate for a holiday party.

My husband’s favourite is the Peppermint Ice Bar, which is the best blend between white chocolate and peppermint bits  – but he hasn’t tried the Cranberry Pistachio Bar yet, and I think he would flip!

Personally, classics like the Hedgehog with their hazelnut gianduja filling are simply heavenly to me; I certainly don’t mind finding some of those in my stocking!

From the taste of their Christmas chocolates to year-long classics, Purdys is a wonderful choice for finding treats to gift and share together this Christmas season. They’ve been part of my holiday celebrations for years now and as we turn the page on the calendar to December tomorrow, I’m looking forward to indulging and celebrating with them again all throughout this joyous season!

Are you a fan of Purdys chocolate? What are your favourites and which ones do you want to try over the holidays? 


Thank you Purdys for gifting my family a delightful assortment of Christmas chocolates. All opinions are honest and personal. 


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University of Windsor establishes first Canadian transportation cybersecurity centre





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The SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence will focus on developing the skills, innovations and policy to secure connected and autonomous vehicles.

Researchers will partner with industry, government and community stakeholders.

Co-founding and heading up the centre will be Dr. Mitra Mirhassani of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. Ikjot Saini of the School of Computer Science.

In the past year, the two University of Windsor professors were both recognized as being among Canada’s top talents in the automotive cybersecurity field.

“Hardware and software vulnerabilities could put personal information and vehicle safety in jeopardy,” said Mirhassani.

“Transportation systems are especially susceptible to attacks from malicious actors due to the complexity, implementation costs and lifecycles of equipment and platforms.”

The SHIELD centre is a continuation of the Windsor region’s focus on developing its cybersecurity ecosystem.

The province has already designated the area as the regional tech development centre for cybersecurity and border logistics.

The cybersecurity centre got a further boost this week with the announcement of a memorandum of understanding with the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA).

APMA and SHIELD will collaborate to develop market-based technologies to meet the needs of producers and consumers and build academic programs to address industry’s evolving requirements.

“We hope that this partnership will help to advance a cybersecurity culture shift in the industry in Canada,” said APMA president Flavio Volpe.

“There is much work to be done to protect our collective interest in advancing this country’s globally competitive automotive sector.”

The centre will also promote the sharing of knowledge among parties to advance standards and enhance policies in the field.

Part of the plan is to offer micro credentialing through the university’s Continuing Education programs.

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“Open-access publications and public webinars will widely share the latest information.”

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The force alleges that 40 people attended first event and 60 attended the second.

Current provincial restrictions limit gatherings to a maximum of 10 people outdoors.

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They say a 27-year-old man and 38-year-old woman are facing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act that carry a minimum fine of $10,000 if convicted.

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Premier Doug Ford is declaring another state of emergency, effective immediately, in response to surging COVID-19 infection rates.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Ford announced Ontario is issuing a stay-at-home order, effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

It requires people to stay home except for essential activities such as accessing health care or shopping for groceries.

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Addressing big box stores, which are allowed to remain open, Ford said an inspection blitz is coming to ensure they are following proper protocols.

“I’m going to come down on them like an 800-pound gorilla,” he said.

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Other public health regions, including Halton and Niagara, will find out when students can return to class by Jan. 20.

Schools will now require students in grades 1-3 to wear masks and masks will be required outside where physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Child-care centres for non-school aged children will remain open.

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