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First Person: New friends discovered at B’nai Brith House

After being on the waiting list for several years, I got the call in May that there was an apartment available for Marvin and I at the B’nai Brith House at Westminster and Côte St. Luc. Two years previous, I refused to move because I thought I was too young. […]

Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof
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Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof

Many of us worry about parents living alone and their ability to get assistance should an emergency situation occur, such as a fall. If you look closely you will see many seniors wearing help buttons around their neck or on their wrist like a watch. While these alarms only work […]

Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too
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Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too

Homes need makeovers, just like us. As you look around and notice scratched wood surfaces, overstuffed closets, messy offices or laundry rooms and garages in the throes of chaos, don’t despair. Help is available at many service companies, which can reorganize or redo your space and your life. You’ll be […]

The New York skyline seen from New Jersey. (Photo: Hayley Juhl)
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Central Station is a castle to the homeless

A Senior Times issue about homes? How about a 48-acre piece of land, and a one-room home measuring 84 metres long, 37 metres wide and 33 metres high and a gorgeous, crazy view of the heavens? It’s great if you don’t mind being interrupted each day by 700,000 passengers, and […]

The architecture of eating and moving
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The architecture of eating and moving

There may be two kinds of everything in the world. Those who like chocolate cake and those who, frankly, would rather have a good pickle. Those who are happiest in a crowd and those who enjoy being alone. Introverts. Extroverts. This also applies to moving. To my amazement, there are […]

Word Nerd: Few Irish words in English? Put a kibosh on that load of malarkey!
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Word Nerd: Few Irish words in English? Put a kibosh on that load of malarkey!

Tis claimed that on Saint Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish. While this may or may not be true, it is a fact that the original Brits were the Celts who arrived in Britain and Ireland by 500 BC. After the Romans left Britain in the 5th century AD, the country […]

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 […]