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Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity
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Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity

I am going out on a limb to play the devil’s advocate for a biblical female in praise of the female gender. Women are by nature nurturers and can elicit high degrees of whatever they put their minds to. Our biblical Eve did not set out to exact God’s condemnation […]

Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine
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Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine

I have photos of my mother, keepsakes from her mantle, memories, of course. But what I enjoy most are a handful of her cookbooks. We have hundreds of books on cooking stuffed onto shelves. I keep planning a cull, maybe a basic 100. That would make sense, but that will […]

Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business
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Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business

Insurance is a contract in which the insurer, in return for payment of a premium, agrees to pay the insured if an event covered by the insurance occurs. There are two main types of insurance policies: personal and property. Sickness, accident and life insurance fall into the personal category. These […]

Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love
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Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love

May is the month we honour our mothers. When people can’t think of what to buy, they often fall back on the usual flowers and/or chocolates, both of which are delightful and yummy, but fleeting. Why not create or find something special and have it framed, so every time Mom […]

Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer
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Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer

If you ask people to name the most consequential inventions of world history, you’ll probably hear a list that includes the telephone, the wheel and, among some of my rowdy crowd—beer. The creation of the alphabet should be on this list if we measure the extent of its use in […]

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Financial Fitness: The trick is to stay on track for retirement

Living paycheque to paycheque? Unexpected expenses regularly throwing your retirement savings goals off-track? This is a good time to schedule a financial-planning checkup with a financial adviser. The key to staying on track for retirement is having a plan. Contrary to what you may think, developing a proactive plan is […]

Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time
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Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time

In 1997, in his Encyclopedia of Words and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson’s entry for “whole nine yards” states: “The expression did not arise in the garment industry but among construction workers, the nine yards referring to the maximum capacity a cement-mixer truck can carry—nine cubic yards of cement.” Hendrickson was […]

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Our Man in New York: Adventures with a real standup guy

I took the Big Leap last month. Not sky-diving, not bungee-jumping, not leaping in front of a New York subway. Instead, I stood up in front of a crowd of about 60 strangers, most of them half or one-third my age, and told a five-minute story. The technical name for […]

Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef
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Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef

So, a man walks into a bar and says … (and at this point, dear reader, you can supply a favourite story). Actually, a man opens a refrigerator and says: “What can I make for dinner?” This is different from a woman opening the refrigerator and asking: “What are we […]

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Financial Fitness: Estate planning isn’t just about dollars and cents

When people hear the words “estate planning,” they often assume it’s an activity only for retirees or near-retirees, but if you have a family, it’s never too soon to create your estate plan. Estate planning can seem like a daunting task, but you’ll find it easier to handle if you […]