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Adrian and Natalie flank St. Gabriel student Ryan Berry and his parents.
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Generations Foundation: Contribute to a feeling of home

Home. This word conjures comfort, calm and the nurturing of oneself and one’s family. It should always be that way, although we can find ourselves suddenly “homeless” during times of political upheaval, natural disasters or other traumas. Generations Foundation believes that by helping children succeed, they and their families can […]

Diego, right, is happy in Los Angeles with his stepbrother, Geordie. (Photo: Todd Pritchett)
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When you love someone — like Diego — let him stay

I had every intention of bringing Diego, my Chihuahua pinscher, home from L.A., where he has been living since July. We adopted Diego three years ago and he has been one of the two loves of my life. We put a lot of love and training into him but alas […]

Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors
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Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors

With icy, snowy freezing cold outside, perhaps a love picnic at home could be just perfect. No hassle about getting to a restaurant or rushing your meal because other diners are waiting for your table. Set up a romantic space with a video of a fireplace flickering on your computer […]

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Word Nerd: The crossword crossroads

We have just passed the centenary of the creation of the crossword puzzle. December 21, 1913, the New York World featured a new type of word puzzle constructed by journalist Arthur Wynne. Wynne’s puzzle differed from today’s crosswords in that it was diamond-shaped and contained no internal black squares. Wynne […]

I have to do something. The pan is waiting for me. (Image courtesy of stock.xchng)
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Flavour Guy: My affair with the iron sous-chef

We start with nothing. The pan is empty. The head often more so. The heart yearns for something, but what? The pan sits there on the burner. Stainless, immaculate. Tempting. It must be a pan and at least a hand’s breadth. So why not get out a pot? Ahh, but […]

Johnny Capobianco, right, with Natalie and Adrian Bercovici.
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Generations Foundation: Love and rockets

Love is everywhere. Our October St. Viateur Bagel-o-thon took off like a rocket: Customers turned out in droves and in a few hours, 24,000 bagels sold, which can be equated to tons of love for hungry children. On a November morning, we travelled east to the La Stanza restaurant in […]

Missed flight? Missed boat? Is there light at the end of the vacation? (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Legal Ease: Storm clouds over your travel plans?

What better way to experience friendship or romance than a lovely vacation together? One December, friends purchased tickets from a local travel agent for a trip to London, England, where they would spend several days before travelling by train to Paris. They were scheduled to leave May 17. They reserved […]

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Financial Fitness: Are you prepared for the unexpected?

When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated—for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still […]

A Sun Youth volunteer helps a mom pick up her Christmas basket. (Photo: Nicolas Carpentier)
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Sun Youth: Holiday Hamper program benefits 5,000 families

Though winter can be dark and cold, Sun Youth does its best to bring light and warmth into the lives of Montreal’s neediest families. In addition to serving 2,400 families every month, the food bank’s Holiday Hamper initiative ensures that nearly 5,000 families receive adequate resources to celebrate together during […]

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?
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Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?

Holidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. Memories of happier times bring a mixed bag of emotions. Friends and family may be less inclusive for parties, knowing that a guest with dementia causes difficulties. The greatest gift you can give a caregiver is your support. This does not include advice […]