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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 […]

Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness
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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness

by Molly Newborn A trip to Australia is not complete without an expedition to the famous Great Barrier Reef. And so, I set out on a mini mission—to find Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef, which is great enough to be seen from outer space, is the world’s largest coral reef […]

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Sofabeds and slipcovers help make you the hostess with the mostest

Once we hit cooler weather, we start spending more time inside and noticing our furnishings. There’s also that niggling thought about the holidays down the line and sleepover guests arriving. So how can we make sure they’re comfortable, and still have a nice piece of furniture to look at and […]

Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip
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Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip

by Mark Medicoff Autumn is a somber time, yet it regales us with its fiery splendour. The season’s mood urges us to reflect on life’s beauty as well as its uncertainty. So in tune with the autumn’s offerings, here are day-trip ideas to scoop you out of the armchair traveler’s […]

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Manhattan is a dangerous place. Beware of helpful people with dogs

by Harry Rolnick A Montreal ami asked me to find him a hotel for his forthcoming trip to New York, with the provision that the hotel be in a “safe neighborhood.” A worldly gentleman who has lived everywhere and done everything, his fears astonished me. On second thought, though, I […]