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You’ve paid your winter dues—go south

As the chilly, fall weather grinds ceaselessly toward winter, unpleasant memories creep into my mind of slush, ice, frigid weather and short days. The season erodes my tolerance. So, for the next two columns, I’d like to propose novel destinations and ways for retirees to escape the worst of winter. […]

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Sun Youth Christmas basket registration is on

Even though Halloween is barely over, Sun Youth is already in the Christmas spirit—and has been since the end of August. The Christmas Basket Campaign is a 30-year tradition that helps feed 18,000 people between December 18 and 24th. In addition to providing food for the holidays, Sun Youth will […]

Mind-body connection plays role in healthy food choices
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Mind-body connection plays role in healthy food choices

“Thank you, dear Lord, for our daily bread.” Amen. In these times, “bread” encompasses a huge variety of foods available in supermarkets; healthy foods, marginally healthy foods and unhealthy food. What is considered “good” food is not always perfectly good. Apples are sprayed, so you must wash them well, but […]

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Shopping, exercise and common sense

I am a sucker for gimmicks that promise a quick fix to a problem. I avoid shopping channels, which I find mesmerizing to the extent that I am not able to resist some of these miracle products. In my kitchen is an unopened jar of coconut oil that I purchased […]

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Hiring a lawyer can be traumatic—better know what you’re in for

You have left a certain amount of money as a retainer; will you ever see any of it again? To what use will it be put? You know you will have to pay for the time the lawyer uses to write letters or make phone calls, but there was also […]

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Word Nerd: Skunk’s aroma wafts through English words

If a reader peruses this article, should I be a) disinterested, or b) nonplussed? It depends on the meaning ascribed to the three italicized words. Let me explain. Traditionally, “disinterested” meant impartial, but nowadays the majority of people use it to mean “not interested.” I regret this modern usage because […]

Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is
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Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is

As I write from the safety and luxury of my Manhattan hotel, it’s 24 hours after hundreds of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents discovered their homes were destroyed by fire or submerged in water, their businesses gone with the wind, their lives turned inside out till further notice. We […]

How to pop your own popcorn and fight the oy!ment of November
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How to pop your own popcorn and fight the oy!ment of November

By Barry Lazar Fruit pie and ice cream, roast beef with drippings, A fresh cup of coffee, pots of soup simmering Onions cooked slowly ‘till they’re caramelizing These are a few of my favourite things…. I could go on, but you get the picture, and maybe a trace of taste […]

Insurance can last a lifetime – if you need it to
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Insurance can last a lifetime – if you need it to

By Deborah Leahy September was Life Insurance Awareness Month in the U.S. When you consider the benefits you and your family may receive from life insurance, you might agree that Canada should also have a month focused on this important part of your overall financial picture. According to the 2012 […]

Canadian fur makes a fashion comeback
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Canadian fur makes a fashion comeback

By Sandra Phillips Fur is fashion nowadays. Look around at the clothing scene and you will see that fur is everywhere. It crept onto the cuffs and collars of coats, then onto sweaters and capes. The Fur Council of Canada has been instrumental in modernizing the Canadian fur industry and […]