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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 […]

NBA legend Robert Parish poses with young Sun Youth athletes Jason Drivakos (from left), Trenton Dias-Maxwell and Luca Rienzo. (Photo: Joseph Munro)
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NBA fills tall order for charity

Sports have a special place in Sun Youth. Since 1954, the organization has offered a number of programs to Montreal children. Some former Sun Youth athletes have gone on to professional careers, like Miami Heat NBA champion Joel Anthony and the Boston Celtic’s Kris Joseph. Recently Sun Youth hosted NBA […]

Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me
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Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me

Every once in a while Chanukah and Christmas arrive at the same time. This year is not one of those times. Hanuka is early this year, about a month before Christmas. This brings to mind a frayed Jewish joke: When is Hanukah this year? It is the 25th of Kislev; […]

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Financial Fitness: On a stock roller coaster? Don’t get mad — get evened out

It’s easy to get emotional about stocks, especially when markets behave like roller-coaster rides. That’s why it’s a good idea to stay disciplined in your approach to stock selection. It sounds simple, but the fact is that ignoring short-term gyrations and holding an array of quality stocks for the long […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Magic of music validated with dementia project

I recently attended the 2014 Canadian Conference on Dementia in Vancouver. The focus of the conference was a “person-centred approach to dementia care.” Research presented by leaders in the field proved that we need to offer this approach. This is nothing new to anyone working or familiar with dementia but […]

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Word Nerd: What we lose when we lose a language

The adjective “endangered” is usually twinned with the noun “species” as the onslaught of civilization has brought about a diminution in the planet’s biodiversity. But not only are many species on the verge of extinction—many languages are teetering toward oblivion. Of approximately 7,000 languages, it is estimated that anywhere from […]