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Bonnie Sandler's mom, centred in the far row, enjoys breakfast at McDonald's with her gang
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Let’s talk about it: Dining out for friendship, security

While there are many organized activity centers, some seniors prefer belonging to less formal social groups. Norm, 93 years young, was my late father’s buddy. He recently wrote to me about the PLAY DO group he belongs to: “People Living Alone And Yearning to Dine Out.” Every three weeks about […]

Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to
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Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to

I write about food because I could never figure out how to write about politics. Journalists are supposed to be able to write about politics, to speak truth to power, to drill down and decipher the talking points, to explain which stakeholder can separate the wheat from the chaff inside […]

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Love and marriage, wills and pensions

Unlike the social and legal situation of parents and children in the past, today mothers and fathers have the same rights and obligations with regard to their children. The rights of parental authority and the obligations to maintain, support and educate belong equally to each. The law tries to keep […]

Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop
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Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop

The registered disability savings plan, or RDSP, was introduced in 2008 to help individuals with severe and prolonged disabilities save for their long-term financial security. However, many Canadians have not yet taken advantage of it. A participant may hold only one RDSP account, which is limited to a lifetime total […]

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons
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Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons

A simple question: why does Montreal have so many places—restaurants and restaurant chains—featuring barbecued chicken? We have St. Hubert BBQ, Chalet BBQ, Côte St Luc BBQ, dozens of Portuguese chicken rotisseries. Scores, and a score of others. Chicken is an easy dish to make at home and there are hundreds […]

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Word Nerd: Nu, let’s sit and kibbitz about those shlemiels and schnorrers

Fewer than one-third of English words stem from the original Anglo-Saxon word stock and to some extent the language’s ascendancy lies in the internationality of its words. Even with its grammatical irregularities and illogical pronunciation and spelling, English is best suited to be the world’s bridge tongue because of its […]

Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?
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Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?

Would you like to have the important position of operations manager of a busy organization? You would be expected to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with no vacation. The work would include scheduling, food services, chauffeuring, teaching, laundering, janitorial duties, clothes styling, shopping, law enforcement and […]

The world's largest lobster sculpture located in Shediac, New Brunswick. (Photo by JAKclapclap47)
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Flavour Guy: No tears for lobsters in Mom’s kitchen

Mom. Mom in the kitchen (have I told this story before? Well maybe not this way). Mom at 80, well 80-something. Mom in her housecoat, the walker at her side. Mom with a chef’s knife raised perfectly, lined up over a live lobster. No shaking, no hesitancy, the concentration of […]

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Financial Fitness: Protect your family business

There’s nothing more important in the world to you than your family. Your family-owned business probably helps support your family, so when it comes to protecting both, you need to carefully consider your moves. You face plenty of challenges to keep your business running smoothly—but it can be even more […]

Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is
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Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is

Why do I expect a phone call from my children on Mother’s Day? Why did I always feel a duty to call my own mother? Where’s the law creating this obligation? Well, there isn’t one, at least not here in Canada. The early Romans worshipped the goddess Cybèle as the […]