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Word Nerd: Down the foxhole of First World War vocabulary

As this year marks the centenary of the commencement of First World War, it occurs to me that one of the reasons for the immense popularity of the television series Downton Abbey derives from the dynamic era it displayed in earlier seasons. During the helter-skelter years of WWI great social […]

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Flavour Guy: Lessons I learned at the frying pan

I am an analog guy adrift in a digital world. Adrift, but not yet lost. I have my computers and a not-so-smart phone. I tweet, check Facebook and linkup on Linkedin; yeah, I’m hip to the jive. But that doesn’t mean I want to live there. Work requires that I […]

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Word Nerd: In context, slang ain’t so bad

Harris Academy, a girls’ high school in South London, wasn’t impressed by the manner its students were rendering the language of Shakespeare. To wit, last October it banned the use of slang by students throughout most of the institution. School principal Chris Everitt introduced this list of eight forbidden words […]

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Legal Ease: Travel insurance strips away complications

Getting sick on vacation without private insurance can lead to all kinds of trouble. Understandably, Quebec doesn’t want to subsidize health care obtained outside the province. Getting reimbursement for such care is exceptional and subject to specific conditions found in the Health Insurance Act. To benefit from coverage you must […]

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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 […]