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There's nothing quite like a good book. And according to science, that does mean a printed one. Studies have shown that cracking open literal page-turners not only boosts reading comprehension, memory and focus but also protects melatonin levels—if you like reading before bed, using an e-reader can mess with your sleep.
Buy this now: Per project
As if you needed another reason to love Ellen DeGeneres, the talk-show host and animal lover recently launched a collection catering to the four-legged set at PetSmart across Canada and the United States. Her inaugural spring line features hundreds of accessories (feeding bowls, toys, grooming tools and beds) and ridiculously cute apparel. Find toys from $5, tees and tanks from $17 and wee frocks, if you're so inclined to dress up your pooch, from $22.
If you're the organized type, you've probably already filed your taxes, but for those who (gulp) haven't, here's what you need to know: April 30 is a Sunday, so you have until May 1 to file (or June 15 if you're self-employed). If your income is "complicated"—you're self-employed or have overseas investments or rental income—you likely need an accountant. But due to new tax rules, this might be the year for everyone to go pro. "A good accountant will make sure you're claiming all the deductions you're entitled to and complying with the changes. For example, 2016 is the last year you can claim a $500 tax credit for your kids' fitness-related activities," says Victoria Watson, a certified professional accountant in Owen Sound, Ont.
May's to-do list
In the newest adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's famous coming-of-age tale (airing on CBC now), Anne Shirley is a precocious, freckle-faced redhead who wins the hearts of the siblings who adopt her, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, as well as pretty much everyone she comes across in the quaint, quiet town of Avonlea.
Listen: Nelly Furtado's The Ride
Five years after her last studio album, pop star Nelly Furtado is back. The Ride has a fun pop-alternative sound, but her lyrics have new depth and weight—"because I feel like I've genuinely matured," she told Billboard.
Do: Enjoy the long weekend
OK, summer doesn't officially kick off until June, but we all know the May 2-4 is the real start of the season. Our fave celebrations include Kaslo, B.C.'s May Days festival (home of the longest-running consecutive annual maypole dance in North America), and Paddlefest, a four-day event dedicated to music and outdoor activities in St. Andrews, N.B.