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Our Man in New York: Eldridge Street Synagogue a monument to faith and immigration
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Our Man in New York: Eldridge Street Synagogue a monument to faith and immigration

Strolling past Fang Fang Bakery, KK Delicious Dumpling Shop and the Buddhist Association in New York’s Lower East Side Chinatown, you come upon a stone building with four rickety steps leading down to a little door and an unimpressive basement. Inside this room are a few pictures, a gift shop, […]

Let’s Talk About It: Family committees can advocate on behalf of vulnerable people
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Let’s Talk About It: Family committees can advocate on behalf of vulnerable people

When your loved one is living in a care facility and no longer able to express herself, who will speak on her behalf? We hear the good, the bad and the ugly of residential care. Horror stories make headlines, when fragile seniors are abused or neglected. We react with shock […]

Sun Youth: Celebrating the volunteers
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Sun Youth: Celebrating the volunteers

In 1954, a group of young volunteers created Sun Youth and today, volunteers remain the backbone of the organization. The work they accomplish is instrumental to Sun Youth’s ability to assist thousands of Montrealers every year. Women are a big part of the organization’s volunteer crew, performing a wide variety […]

Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity
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Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity

I am going out on a limb to play the devil’s advocate for a biblical female in praise of the female gender. Women are by nature nurturers and can elicit high degrees of whatever they put their minds to. Our biblical Eve did not set out to exact God’s condemnation […]

Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine
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Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine

I have photos of my mother, keepsakes from her mantle, memories, of course. But what I enjoy most are a handful of her cookbooks. We have hundreds of books on cooking stuffed onto shelves. I keep planning a cull, maybe a basic 100. That would make sense, but that will […]

Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business
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Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business

Insurance is a contract in which the insurer, in return for payment of a premium, agrees to pay the insured if an event covered by the insurance occurs. There are two main types of insurance policies: personal and property. Sickness, accident and life insurance fall into the personal category. These […]

Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love
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Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love

May is the month we honour our mothers. When people can’t think of what to buy, they often fall back on the usual flowers and/or chocolates, both of which are delightful and yummy, but fleeting. Why not create or find something special and have it framed, so every time Mom […]

Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer
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Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer

If you ask people to name the most consequential inventions of world history, you’ll probably hear a list that includes the telephone, the wheel and, among some of my rowdy crowd—beer. The creation of the alphabet should be on this list if we measure the extent of its use in […]

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Financial Fitness: The trick is to stay on track for retirement

Living paycheque to paycheque? Unexpected expenses regularly throwing your retirement savings goals off-track? This is a good time to schedule a financial-planning checkup with a financial adviser. The key to staying on track for retirement is having a plan. Contrary to what you may think, developing a proactive plan is […]

Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time
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Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time

In 1997, in his Encyclopedia of Words and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson’s entry for “whole nine yards” states: “The expression did not arise in the garment industry but among construction workers, the nine yards referring to the maximum capacity a cement-mixer truck can carry—nine cubic yards of cement.” Hendrickson was […]