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Sun Youth: All ages can get away to summer camp
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Sun Youth: All ages can get away to summer camp

As city-dwellers, we seek places to rest and relax, looking to renew our passion for life in the presence of nature’s revitalizing power. Nestled among rich fir and evergreen woods, in the midst of the Laurentian mountains, Sun Youth’s summer camp in Rivière Rouge offers a vital and uplifting experience […]

A true tragedy as Windows takes exception to the Bard
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A true tragedy as Windows takes exception to the Bard

I’m not one of those numerous loony bin creatures who believes the world is imminently coming to an end. Let me rephrase that. My computer not only crashed last week, but the hard drive cracked into a gazillion virtual pieces, all my data were destroyed, and the world seemed it […]

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Legal Ease: Heard the one about the ethical lawyer?

The image most people have of a lawyer is a person in a grey or dark suit, looking solemn and carrying a briefcase. Lawyer stories, jokes, and cartoons abound. Many of us have seen the cartoon where a restaurant customer says to the waiter: “I can’t order until my attorney […]

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Word Nerd: Pronoun envy and the singularization of they

Although the English language offers its speaker a large vocabulary, it is missing some useful words, particularly in the realm of referencing other people. For example, many are not comfortable with referencing their inlaws as Mom and Dad, yet are not comfortable with calling them by their first names. Some […]

Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys
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Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys

The kitchen needs rebranding. We had done the essential renovations. The 30-year-old gas stove, which was leaking just a little, sometimes, was replaced by a shiny new range. Stores do not sell plain stoves any more, we found—they sell gas convection slide in ranges, the price increasing by the syllable. […]

Word Nerd: Donkey kicked that arse out of the lexicon
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Word Nerd: Donkey kicked that arse out of the lexicon

In January, I listened to a podcast at lexiconvalley@slate.com that discussed the proclivity of New Yorkers to drop their Rs in speech. This phenomenon is known to linguists as non-rhoticity and is common to several English accents in North America and abroad. Podcast host Mike Vuolo by way of example […]

Generations: Fathers — and mothers — need a little fun and relaxation too
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Generations: Fathers — and mothers — need a little fun and relaxation too

With respect to Fathers Day and the role of men in general, I can’t help but reflect sadly that even as a young child, I had no grandfather figure with whom I could build memories. Both my grandfathers died too early. However, I adored my father. As the sole breadwinner […]

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Sun Youth celebrates Mother’s and Father’s Day

Sun Youth and The Senior Times welcome guest columnist Joseph Munro. Last month, Sun Youth’s seniors’ club held its annual Mother’s & Father’s Day luncheon, bringing members together to celebrate and pay homage to their commitment as parents and grandparents. The club is a leisure-oriented program started more than 20 […]

Flavour Guy on Father’s Day: Stop counting at 100
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Flavour Guy on Father’s Day: Stop counting at 100

Depending upon where I am, I will be asked one of three questions to establish who I am. The process of determining identity—whether one is friend or foe—and who can be trusted is not so obvious. One way of knowing who someone is, is by finding out where they are […]

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Legal Ease: How the head of the household became a team player

We hear about how women’s rights have increased over the years. Today, as Father’s Day approaches, let’s consider how our laws have affected the position of the man within the family over the years. In 1866 when the Civil Code of Lower Canada (now the Quebec Civil Code) became law, […]