Columnists

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons
Columnists / Food

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 […]

Courtesy of stock.xchng
Columnists

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?
Columnists

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)
Columnists

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 […]

(Image: stock.xchng)
Columnists

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
Columnists

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 […]

Fire victims are bused to shelter. (Photo: Tzach Alon)
Columnists

Sun Youth supports fire victims

Spring means new beginnings, but this year, many Montreal families were forced to make a fresh start before March 21. With the exceptionally cold winter, the number of residential fires in Montreal significantly increased. In 2008, Sun Youth, the city of Montreal and the Red Cross signed an agreement to […]

Generations Foundation: Fresh start is many things to many people
Columnists

Generations Foundation: Fresh start is many things to many people

Spring officially began in March, but spring renewal occurs after rain showers have washed away the remnants of snow and debris on the streets and sidewalks. It is refreshing to see greens sprouting, with a promise of lovely flowers and trees dotting nature’s landscape. Days are longer and we can […]

Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul
Columnists

Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul

Spring has arrived. Along with green leaves and colourful blooms is the desire to spend more time outside. Montreal’s winter was harsh and many of us spent too much time indoors. Many people fear their last years of life will be spent in a nursing home, in a room confined […]

The fearless, proud and unsinkable Jelly Bean.
Columnists

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 […]