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Common Cents: What would we do without Dad?

BY IVAN CONS One of the most anticipated events of the year, at least in my house, is upon us. On June 17, dads old and new, as well as granddads, are singled out for all the things they do throughout the year. Many Dads are unsung heroes diligently fulfilling […]

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Financial Fitness: Eco-friendly investing encompasses more than the greenback

BY DEBORAH LEAHY If you’re concerned about social and ethical issues, why not speak out with your investment portfolio? Through socially responsible investing, your portfolio can reflect your values. As an investor, you can support businesses that are doing their part to make the world a better place. Socially responsible […]

Weddings aren't always about romance. (Photo: Cliff)
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Flavour Guy: ‘I did it my way’ should be everyone’s triumphal wedding march

BY BARRY LAZAR Weddings are not about two people making a public commitment to share a life together. They are not about a ceremony that manifests its roots in a culture or religion. All of that is about marriage, and that is not the same thing. Marriage is a wonderful […]

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Roads Scholar: Roadtripping with the littles can be a grand adventure

BY: MARK MEDICOFF Many, many years ago, when I was a newly separated adult with a 3½-year-old daughter, Zoe, my mother and stepfather would spend two weeks a year traveling with the love of their lives. At first, I was included, at least to Disney World, but was soon ditched […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Should senior discounts be available to all?

BY BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. While the age limit varies, seniors are eligible for discounts at some stores, restaurants, hotels and services. I see children and grandchildren shopping with parents and grandparents in department stores offering discounts on certain days. It could be a great excuse for families to spend more […]

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Word Nerd: Tying the knot, a cross-cultural analysis of bondage in marriage

BY HOWARD RICHLER Ever since cavemen stopped dragging away unwilling partners by the hair, marriage has been a knotty situation. The climax of a Hindu ceremony arrives when the garments of the bride and groom are tied together and, bound in this manner, the knotted couple walk round a holy […]

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Legal Ease: Divorce is stressful as it is, but what happens to the condo?

BY JOYCE BLOND FRANK June is traditionally marriage time. In 1989, a law was adopted introducing the concept of family patrimony. It changed the way we look at property belonging to married couples. This law is of public order, which means no one has the option of deciding they do […]

First Person: Gilles Pelletier’s paintings coloured an era
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First Person: Gilles Pelletier’s paintings coloured an era

BY SANDRA SCHACHTER Each day on my way to the office, I pass an antiques store and take a brief moment to gaze at the magical paintings displayed in the window. They start my day with sunshine. But as I walked by recently, I noticed that the paintings were no […]