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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 […]

A savings holiday is tempting, but don’t do it
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A savings holiday is tempting, but don’t do it

We’re well into the holiday season now. And while the holidays are joyous, they can also be expensive. At this time of year, many people make spending decisions they end up regretting. But you can enjoy the holidays and still stay on track toward your financial goals by following a […]

The discovery of truth and freedom, North Korean style
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The discovery of truth and freedom, North Korean style

Unlike a certain monarchy I know of (hint: it’s just north of New York), we Americans have democracy, and the first week of November, we will have voted for somebody to be our leader. But not our Dear Leader or Beloved Leader. Just a plain ordinary Leader. Which brings me […]

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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 […]