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The fearless, proud and unsinkable Jelly Bean.
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First Person: Antics aside, life’s sweeter with Jelly Bean

By Thelma Gearey Browsing a pet store looking for cat toys, I saw a litter of kittens and asked the salesgirl if I could hold one. The kitten put her tiny white pink paws around my neck and pressed her soft head into my cheek and just purred in total […]

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Word Nerd: It takes a lot of gall to accuse someone of chutzpah

“I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.” White House Press Secretary Tony Snow July 5, 2007, in reference to Bill Clinton’s criticism of George Bush for pardoning Scooter Lobby, given that Clinton spent his final hours as president issuing 140 pardons […]

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Financial Fitness: Take into account each of your accounts

You’ve got one investment account here, your RRSP and TFSA there, and some more assets over at that other place. You’re “diversifying,” right? That tactic could be raising your risk, inviting costly fees and preventing you from creating a sound retirement strategy. It is not uncommon for investors to think […]

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Legal Ease: 52 years of practicing law in an ever-changing landscape

Spring is the season of hope and optimism. Some look for the first crocus leaf, some fall in love or start looking for a new home, others decide to retire. I’m in the last category. April 1, instead of being a practicing attorney I became a member of the bar […]

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Flavour Guy: Finger lickin’ good asparagus

I wasn’t hungry this winter. Soup was good, thank you. Soup for lunch, for dinner. What the heck, as I eat steel cut oats on most wintery days, you might say I eat soup for breakfast too. Nothing wrong with a good soup. Take last night’s meal: Roast chicken, leftover […]

Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death
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Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest I recalled this droll quip that highlights the inexact language associated with death after listening to a CBC podcast titled “A Word About the […]

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Flavour Guy: The cat, the kitchen, some tofu … and me

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house. Sure, you could conceivably drown in the bathroom, and I will leave hypothetical scenarios to your imagination. But that’s about it. It is the kitchen where true chaos can reign. Knives—blunt ones—bounce off fruit and cut through thumbs; sharp ones […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]

Smart Shopping: Subcontract the boring parts of life
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Smart Shopping: Subcontract the boring parts of life

When you want help with “stuff,” it’s sometimes easier if someone will come to you. Right now, you may be thinking about taxes due next month. You might want to consider a specialist for seniors’ taxes—there are deductions you or your accountant may not be familiar with. MK & Associates […]

Rafael spends some time with Sid Stevens and Sun Youth volunteer Freda Kopyto. (Photo by Joseph Munro)
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Here at Sun Youth: Robin des Bois to the rescue

A February fundraising dinner held in co-operation with not-for-profit restaurant Robin des Bois smelled and sounded great, thanks to Carmine Florist, which gave flowers to the ladies, and Rafael, a Dominican-Québécois singer who kept the evening hopping. Also in attendance were Sun Youth executive director Sid Stevens; Villeray-St. Michel-Park Extension […]