Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
5 Things to do in Edmonton with your Family This October
 

Peter (haunted) Pumpkinhead

Bring your family to Bon Accord for the Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm, until October 28, and enjoy a family-friendly haunted house, hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pumpkin foods and more!
Haunted Pumpkin Festival, Prairie Gardens, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord, prairiegardens.org

 

Take a spooky tour

Tour and learn about all the spooky spots in Old Strathcona, where people have reported ghosts, hauntings, murders and mysteries, led by a veteran storyteller with 12 years of experience. It’s spooky fun for the whole family!
Edmonton Ghost Tours, various dates, tours and locations, edmontonghosttours.com
 

 

Venture into the dark

Discover what’s lurking in Fort Edmonton Park during DARK, an evening of haunts, scare zones and spooky entertainment, October 10 to November 1.
Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 Street, 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca
 

 

Rev your winter engine

The Alberta Snowmobile and Powersports Show comes to the Edmonton Expo Centre, October 18 to 20, with the brand new line up of sleds and off-roads, along with presentations on avalanche education, pro-rider tips and more (including an all-day beer garden).
Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue NW, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpo.com

 

Super heroes come to life

See all your favourite Marvel super heroes up close at Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, starting October 19 at TELUS World of Science. Collectors and casual fans can explore over 300 artifacts, costumes, props and interactive elements from the Marvel Universe.
TELUS World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
 
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10 Things to be Thankful For
 
Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.
 
Here you’ll find a few very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.
 

1. Good Health

Even if your health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.
 

2. Good Friends

Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.
 

3. Your Parents

Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.
 

4. Having a Home

Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.
 

5. Laughter

Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.
 

6. Time

Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.
 

7. Love

The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.
 

8. Sunsets

Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.
 

9. Children

Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.
 

10. Freedom to Vote

Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.
 
 
 
 
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Today’s Bank of Canada rate hold announcement marks almost four straight years that the key benchmark rate has remained unchanged, since September 8, 2010. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit; the prime rate stays at 3%.

 

The announcement noted that “the risks to the outlook for inflation remain roughly balanced, while the risks associated with household imbalances have not diminished.” With these considerations, the Bank is maintaining its monetary policy stimulus, and remains neutral with respect to the timing and direction of the next change.

 

The next rate-setting day is October 22nd.

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