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Sun Youth’s bike drive had humble beginnings
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Sun Youth’s bike drive had humble beginnings

Twenty-nine years ago, an anonymous donor know only as Bike Man or Mr. Spokes approached Sun Youth to see how he could help highlight the positive contribution of children to our society, knowing that a lot of good deeds performed by youth everyday go unnoticed. From his childhood in a […]

When landlords and pet-lovers clash
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When landlords and pet-lovers clash

There are so many animals available for adoption and any number of people who would like to adopt but cannot because their landlord won’t permit it. We receive phone calls every year from people asking what can be done. They want to know what the Régie du logement will do […]

Generation Foundation’s miracle on Notre Dame St.
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Generation Foundation’s miracle on Notre Dame St.

Home is where the heart is. In 1999, Generations Foundation’s first home was in our own home. Adrian and I operated the charity from our basement for two years. We awoke to faxes coming in and attended to all manner of communication, including phone calls and emails from morning till […]

Retirement is puzzling at the best of times. Make sure you have all the pieces.
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What’s my retirement number?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how everyone needs to hit a certain “number” before they can retire comfortably—a number that is, frankly, intimidating to many Canadians. Is it true? Your so-called “number” or retirement savings threshold won’t come from a simple formula. Contrary to what some may […]

Sun Youth Book Store is open to the public
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Sun Youth Book Store is open to the public

All books, CDs and movies donated to Sun Youth get a second life at our bookstore. Open to the public, profits finance Sun Youth emergency services programs. At the heart of the bookstore are volunteers Claudette Toutant and Kea Sénécal. Tuesday to Thursday, they share their love for books, music […]

Love & Money: When family love is overwhelmed by law
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Love & Money: When family love is overwhelmed by law

Love and money can sometimes lead to unfortunate results. Say you loaned one of your children money and he hasn’t repaid all or a part of it at the time of your death? Or what if you downsize and sell your home to one of your children and there remains […]

Generations Foundation holds Valentine’s Day gala
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Generations Foundation holds Valentine’s Day gala

The heart is a symbol of love, warmth and caring and was chosen as the focus of the Generations Foundation logo, which you can see on the cover of The Senior Times. The hands, one larger, one smaller, denote “reaching out to help.” Would you like to help and have […]

Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur
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Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur

If Valentine’s Day is about love, here goes: I love chocolate. I love a gooey Peruvian Inca chocolate bar and Belgian chocolate made on a Brussels streetcorner and New Orleans chocolate pralines, and Three Musketeers bars and M&M’s and … So my Valentine’s Day offering is a list of underground […]

Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate
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Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate

In February, in the United States and Canada, we celebrate Black History Month to honour the achievements of black men and women throughout history. As such, let’s reflect on the speech patterns of black people. While negative attitudes toward black English persist, we have to look to yesteryear to see […]

Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love
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Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love

Sinatra sang it. Love is lovelier, the second time around. He also made I’ve got you under my skin tremendously popular. Well, that makes sense, because he was a singer. If he were a cook, he would be crooning about leftovers and maybe some extra stuffing between the epidermis and […]