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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 […]

If you're looking for a flexible savings vehicle, take another look at the tax-free savings account. (Image by damianosullivan)
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TFSAs are a more flexible savings choice

The tax-free savings account, or TFSA, is frequently called “a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) for everything else beyond retirement.” Unlike an RRSP, you can access the money in your TFSA with no tax consequences for any need, and the amounts withdrawn are added to your contribution limit amount in […]

Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person
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Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person

December—the holiday season when family and friends meet around the Hannukah lights or Christmas tree. There is another kind of meeting, which is referred to as a meeting of family and friends. This takes place when a family member or friend is found to be “in need of protection.” The […]

Quito, capital of Ecuador, García Moreno street in the historic centre of the city. The Virgin of Quito is seen in the background. Photo by Cayambe, Wikimedia Commons
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Ecuador is safe and rich in culture; weather and rent are temperate

I have no great desire to live year-round in a place other than Montreal. My community, my grandchildren, my friends (and Ollie the Dog) enrich my life. But the thought of a long-term stay, say three or four months during the worst (and most dangerous) months of our winter, is […]

Funky pull-tab earrings can be found at Il Etait Deux Fois.
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Buy local to help keep it in the Montreal family

Holiday means family, but family means something beyond those people who are related to you. Family also means community. When you do your holiday shopping, this year more than others, it is important to think of your Montreal family and the people whose income depends on you supporting them—not someone […]

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Sun Youth, CJM-IU renew friendship

Le Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut
 universitaire (CJM-IU) and Sun Youth renewed their partnership by signing a new 
service agreement through which clients referred to Sun Youth by the centre with receive clothing, food and other support. “This assistance goes beyond material goods, sometimes vital for
families referred,” said centre director-general Jean-Marc […]

Hanukah traditions: The miracle of oil and latkes cooked in it
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Hanukah traditions: The miracle of oil and latkes cooked in it

It occurred to me recently that Judah Maccabee never ate latkes. I guess this shouldn’t have surprised me except that Hanukah, or as it was known, the Festival of Lights, happened almost 2,200 years ago and a lot of traditions get accepted in that time. Hanukah commemorates a Jewish revolt […]

Word Nerd: “Bespoke” crosses the pond. Crikey!
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Word Nerd: “Bespoke” crosses the pond. Crikey!

Some years ago while on a trip to England, I encountered some words and expressions that made me realize the importance of being bilingual in the English languages. For example, I asked someone in London where I could find an ATM. She looked nonplussed, but her companion translated, “he means […]