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Need eggs? Call a neighbour and you might get a few apples in the deal.
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Flavour Guy: CookedIn could help keep us linked in with neighbours

Melanie has new communication skills. George is now doing video production. Sigfried and Dominique have updated their profiles. Sam, Susan and someone from Albania have endorsed my skills – whatever they are. I know all about this, even if I don’t know or even remember who these people are, because […]

Broken toaster? Consider getting it fixed rather than buying new.
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Smart Shopping: Reuse, repair, repurpose your treasures

The audience reading this newspaper doesn’t have to be told to get things repaired when they break rather than buying something new. You have all been brought up “green”— to reuse, repair and recycle. Unfortunately, we have become a throw-away society, and things are not made to last as long […]

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Word Nerd: The pure gold of synonym chains

Although in the Middle Ages it is unlikely that gold fetched more than $1,500 an ounce, we still should pity the Middle Ages alchemists who futilely endeavoured to turn lead into gold. For all they had to do to perform such a metamorphosis was to create a simple series of […]

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Legal Ease: How is a private residence defined?

In 2011, there were changes to the Quebec Civil Code with regard to leases for seniors’ residences that have affected senior tenants. These changes apply to leases entered into after November 30, 2011, and some changes have resulted in a certain amount of confusion. Some of the questions asked refer […]

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Sun Youth: All hands on board

By guest columnist Robert Ravensbergen. Every year, children return to school intent on working hard. But they also require play, experimentation and community to stay motivated beyond the expectations of their formal education. With this in mind, Sun Youth is hosting the Montreal Model Train Exhibition. This annual tradition offers […]

A hot meal provided by Generations Foundation.
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Generations Foundation: In harmony with Mother Nature

Generations Foundation is in harmony with Mother Nature. From hot summer days at country camps to fresh produce, youngsters enjoy the bounty that nature has to offer. During the school year, students will enjoy a hot breakfast on chilly mornings, have nutritious lunches and energy snacks in the morning and […]

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Smart Shopping: Men, suit up and show your colours

Men don’t shop as often as women. Maybe they’re smarter. Think about how many hours of our lives are spent shopping. Think of the world’s resources—just how many clothes do we really need? While we’re running around shopping, men are chilling somewhere, just relaxing. Men’s clothing has come a long […]

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Legal Ease: ‘Private residence’ and ‘personal services’ clearly defined in law

A “private residence for seniors” is defined in the Quebec Health and Social Services Act as all or part of a building inhabited mainly by people 65 and over. In addition to providing space, at least two of the following services must be offered: meals, nursing, personal assistance, domestic help, […]

Word Nerd: Insidious Britishisms flood U.S. kit
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Word Nerd: Insidious Britishisms flood U.S. kit

A couple of years ago, the BBC asked its indigenous population to relate which barbaric Americanisms most infuriated them. This plea drew countless entries from Brits angry about the bastardization of Shakespeare’s tongue. Here is but a soupçon of the vituperative replies: “Can I get a …” It infuriates me. […]

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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 […]