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Canadian confectionery Chocolate Tales has created a 12-piece Easter truffle box ($24.25 plus tax) from which 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR, the United Nation Refugee Agency, to help those fleeing the Ukraine. The festive collection includes white chocolate & cassis, classic dark chocolate, classic milk chocolate, milk chocolate with carrot cake, dark chocolate & blueberries, milk chocolate and what they call "bunny fluff" (marshmallow). The company ships worldwide. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

The Unison t-shirt that The Tragically Hip wore when they accepted their humanitarian award at the 2021 Junos on June 6 is now for sale on their web site. The Canadian rock band, which lost their frontman to cancer in 2017, but just released an EP of unreleased Road Apples material called Saskadelphia, already donated $50,000 to Unison from the sale of its "Courage" masks.  All proceeds from the $35 limited-edition cotton tees will go to the charity, set up for members of the Canadian music industry who might need counselling and emergency relief services. Buy the shirt here. — Karen Bliss.

The Who has teamed up with Heinz to produce a limited edition can of baked beans with 100% of net proceeds going to Teen Cancer America, founded by the band's Roger Daltry and guitarist Pete Townshend. The label features the famed slogan Beanz Meanz with the rock band's bullseye logo underneath. The brand came up with Beanz Meanz in 1967 the same year Daltry sat in a tub of baked beans for the cover of the album,  The Who Sell Out, which included minute-long jingle "Heinz Baked Beans." Each can is $8 USD with a limit of two per order, plus shipping. Only 500 will be sold. Buy it here. —Karen Bliss

Celebrate International Women's Day (March 8) — or any day — with this "Phenomenal Woman" t-shirt from lawyer, author, activist Meena Harris's Phenomenal fashion line. The niece of  U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris who also started the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign sells a variety of clothing items (including a Bridgerton collection) to support charities and bring attenton to underrepresented communities. The unisex grey "Phenomenal Woman" t-shirt inspired by the late Maya Angelou’s poem of the same name is $35 (USD) and comes XS to 3XL.  Buy it hereKaren Bliss

Music website building company Bandzoogle is selling tons of custom merch by Canadian illustrator Jacqueline Oakley to raise funds for Unison’s Benevolent Fund's Emergency Mental Health For The Music Community and has pledged to match funds up to $5000, until March 31. Oakley’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian and for Reebok. The skull-emblazoned socks, leggings, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, phone cases, even a pillow, can be purchased here. — Karen Bliss

The Bernie Chairman crewneck sweatshirts sold out quickly on the Bernie campaign store website, but now they've added t-shirts.  The $27 (USD) black tees feature the now iconic photo of Senator Bernie Sanders, all bundled up in his chair with a mask and mittens from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's inauguration (Jan. 20) that has been gone viral in hundreds, possibly thousands, of memes. All proceeds go to charities in Vermont, including Feeding Chittenden, Chill Foundation, and Vermont community action centers. Buy the t-shirt here. — Karen Bliss

Started in 2017 via a Kickstarter campaign, these durable environmentally-friendly sustainably harvested cork yoga mats are just one of the give-back products available from this Ontario yoga company, Scoria World. Each mat purchased provides 10 meals through their partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere. In three years, that has equalled more than 100,000 meals. The mats are available in a variety of designs, such as bears, moons and flowers, as well as plain, for $79 to $142. Buy here. — Karen Bliss


To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, throughout October retailer Avon, Fruits & Passion and Nature Collection will be donating the net proceeds from its alo Pink Apple Hand Cream to Avon Foundation for Women Canada Breast Cancer Crusade.  Enriched with coconut oil, the 50 ml cream costs just $4.50, and is described as “deliciously scented with a fresh and uplifting blend of sparkling apple blossom, exotic kiwi, blooming jasmine and pink lotus petals.”  Buy it here or at any one of the 21 Nature Collection and 17 Fruits & Passion locations. — Karen Bliss

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Norman Powell of the world champion Toronto Raptors basketball team has released a Black Lives Matters-themed set of t-shirts as part of his Understand The Grind clothing line. The series features three separate designs, one featuring a quote from late poet and social critic James Baldwin, one that says "Understand Black Lives Matter" and one that asks "Am I Next?" Retailing between $25-$30, proceeds from shirt sales will be split to support the Black Youth Helpline in Canada and Campaign Zero in the U.S.. — Aaron Brophy

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The Toronto Blue Jays are playing this strange truncated 2020 season outside Canada due to covid-19, but the franchise is offering a commemorative ticket for the Home Away From Home Opener (presented by TD), Tuesday Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins.  Hard tickets are $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to Jays Care Foundation to help Canadian families who are struggling during the pandemic. Buy here. — Karen Bliss

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