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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 […]

Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight
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Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight

A directive has been issued as part of Program 68 by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal that will affect some of our most vulnerable citizens—those recovering in hospital. Once stabilized—that is, no longer in need of hospital care—a patient is to be discharged within […]

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Word Nerd: Original blackmailers being blackmailed?

“Scottish independence; Navy frigate contract will be held after U.K. split vote,” read an August 2012 headline in The Scotsman. This story related how lucrative contracts to build the next generation of Royal Navy frigates would only be announced after the Scottish referendum on independence scheduled for autumn 2014. Not […]

Smart Shopping: Light and dark sides of our final vice, coffee
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Smart Shopping: Light and dark sides of our final vice, coffee

Our last socially acceptable addiction is coffee. So why not buy the best, drink the best and curl our fingers around a soothing piece of solace—a really good cuppa java. Coffee beans, like wines, are named for the country or area they come from. If no country is mentioned on […]

Natalie Bercovici (far left) and volunteers prepare gifts for needy children. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)
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Generations Foundation breaks through wall of poverty

I woke up to our first winter morning of 2013—blowing snow, sleet and rain. The grey morning sky morphed into brilliant, piercing colours in a promise of positive change. Today, a young senior, I cannot help but wonder how I survived the previous harsh winters. When I was a student, […]

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Generations Foundation: ‘Mensch’ honoured for integrity, empathy

As time marches on, we might neglect to honour key people in our lives, long gone now, who made sacrifices for us, for our communities, for our country. It is important to take the time to think of our dearly departed parents, and possibly siblings and other family members who […]

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Financial Fitness: It’s time for your checkup

December is a great time for a year-end financial checkup. It is also the perfect time to meet with your financial adviser to discuss your current and future financial goals. In addition to making sure you don’t miss any investment opportunities before 2013 wraps up, your adviser can work with […]