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Financial Fitness: What the heck is an annuity anyway?

When it comes to retirement income, registered retirement income funds (RRIFs) are by far the most popular choice for Canadians. About 80 per cent of us convert our registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to RRIFs. But while RRIFs are suitable for most retirees, they aren’t for everybody. For some, an […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Look, listen, double-check to detect neglect

We read stories about neglect of seniors, be it at home or in public or private residential care. It’s an unfortunate, global reality, but some of these sad situations could be prevented if families were able to have a stronger presence in the residence and be more vigilant in “supervising” […]

Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400
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Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400

Rare beef is red, Roquefort is blue. Carrots are orange, but I love a brown roux. As the theme of this issue is colour, I was planning on adding to this doggerel with a full colour-pleasing palate. However, while raw foods come in many colours, the Flavour Guy knows that […]

Barbara Moser and her mother, Eva, at the Times of Your Life Festival in ’89.
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First Person: No family or residence is perfect, but we must try harder

Losing my mother, Eva, in early July was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought I had done what I could to make sure she was taken care of by finding a small residence with people who seemed to love her. I placed her there seven years ago […]

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Let’s Talk About It: The case of the missing seniors’ beds

There has been much media attention paid lately to the lack of public nursing beds for frail seniors. Consider the historical plight of children who were unable to live with their parents. Many were moved from foster home to foster home before finding a permanent placement. It took many years […]

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Financial Fitness: Have business succession plans

If you own a business, you may follow a “do it now” philosophy—which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you need to think about tomorrow, which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans. You’ve got some attractive options in […]

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Smart Shopping: Swimsuits are no laughing matter

Even for women who adore shopping, looking for a bathing suit is often something they dread. It’s impossible to imagine how a suit is going to fit from its appearance drooping on a hanger. It is not uncommon to have to try on 20 bathing suits before finding one that […]

Generations Foundation: Peace and art are the fruits of summer camp
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Generations Foundation: Peace and art are the fruits of summer camp

Everyone looks forward to the last week of school, especially those who are graduating. Adrian Bercovici and I presented the Generations Foundation Citizenship and Community Awards of commemorative plaques and laptop computers to six students at six schools. We also participated in graduation ceremonies at St. Raphael, St. Gabriel and […]

Sun Youth: All ages can get away to summer camp
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Sun Youth: All ages can get away to summer camp

As city-dwellers, we seek places to rest and relax, looking to renew our passion for life in the presence of nature’s revitalizing power. Nestled among rich fir and evergreen woods, in the midst of the Laurentian mountains, Sun Youth’s summer camp in Rivière Rouge offers a vital and uplifting experience […]

A true tragedy as Windows takes exception to the Bard
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A true tragedy as Windows takes exception to the Bard

I’m not one of those numerous loony bin creatures who believes the world is imminently coming to an end. Let me rephrase that. My computer not only crashed last week, but the hard drive cracked into a gazillion virtual pieces, all my data were destroyed, and the world seemed it […]