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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 […]

Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal
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Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal

Montreal winters bring challenges when it comes to walking outside. We are aware of many environmental hazards in the home and can take preventive action against falling. This task is more difficult with the unpredictable condition of Montreal sidewalks. Cataracts and glaucoma can alter the vision of older people, making […]

Dora is fitting in just fine at her new castle.
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Adopting Dora: Finding joy at Montreal’s SPCA

  I didn’t want to get another cat after DiMaggio died. He was the one and only, the feline king who ran our home for more than 15 years with his quirky personality, preferring to hide and skulk through the house, hardly giving us the time of day until he […]

Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition
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Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition

Tea, which is more than 5,000 years old, was possibly born in the Yunnan province of China. Legends mention Shen Nung, an early emperor and scientist, who ruled that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. One day while traveling, his servants boiled water for him, and just […]