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Let’s Talk About It: Should senior discounts be available to all?

BY BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. While the age limit varies, seniors are eligible for discounts at some stores, restaurants, hotels and services. I see children and grandchildren shopping with parents and grandparents in department stores offering discounts on certain days. It could be a great excuse for families to spend more […]

Judi Dench stars alongside Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)
Reviews & Previews

Movie review: Outsourcing aging at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BY KRISTINE BEREY On the surface, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a piece of feel-good movie fluff with a great cast. But it has a point to make, and it makes it eloquently. Set in a rundown hotel in idyllic India—visually beautiful without the scorching heat, noise and chaos—the […]

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Word Nerd: Tying the knot, a cross-cultural analysis of bondage in marriage

BY HOWARD RICHLER Ever since cavemen stopped dragging away unwilling partners by the hair, marriage has been a knotty situation. The climax of a Hindu ceremony arrives when the garments of the bride and groom are tied together and, bound in this manner, the knotted couple walk round a holy […]

Marathon dancers compete in 1923. During the Depression, many entered the competitions for the free food. (Photo from the Library of Congress)
Features

John Abbott dancers cry havoc with production of Marathon 33

BY BYRON TOBEN Shakespeare popularized the phrases “cry havoc” and “sweet are the uses of adversity.” These quotes popped into my mind during John Abbott College’s professional theatre production of June Havoc’s dance drama Marathon 33. Havoc, who was born in Vancouver and died at 97 in 2010, had a […]

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Legal Ease: Divorce is stressful as it is, but what happens to the condo?

BY JOYCE BLOND FRANK June is traditionally marriage time. In 1989, a law was adopted introducing the concept of family patrimony. It changed the way we look at property belonging to married couples. This law is of public order, which means no one has the option of deciding they do […]

Health

Years of sun exposure takes its toll on skin

BY IRWIN BLOCK One “feature” of growing older is acquiring liver spots and various other blemishes on the skin. To find out whether they pose a risk, I recently asked a dermatologist to have a look at my arms, face and back. It turned out that half a dozen of […]

Obituary: Neil McKenty, Dec. 31, 1924 – May 12, 2012
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Obituary: Neil McKenty, Dec. 31, 1924 – May 12, 2012

BY BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK Neil McKenty began a relationship with The Senior Times in May 1998. He developed an avid following because of his integrity, his meticulous research and his strong and grounded opinions. Neil was a master of argument and always gave us the big picture. He […]

First Person: Gilles Pelletier’s paintings coloured an era
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First Person: Gilles Pelletier’s paintings coloured an era

BY SANDRA SCHACHTER Each day on my way to the office, I pass an antiques store and take a brief moment to gaze at the magical paintings displayed in the window. They start my day with sunshine. But as I walked by recently, I noticed that the paintings were no […]

Jan Wong tackles taboo of workplace depression with courage
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Jan Wong tackles taboo of workplace depression with courage

BY IRWIN BLOCK There are many inspiring moments in this gripping personal story of how one of Canada’s toughest, most courageous and successful journalists fell into the dark hole of workplace depression. Told with honesty when it comes to revealing her weaknesses and many character strengths, we are reminded how […]

Editorials

Editorial: Student movement rejects limitations of democracy

On June 7, 1960, the Quebec Liberal Party made this election promise in a Le Devoir newspaper ad: Free education, from kindergarten through university, along with subsidies for room, board, and clothing, for students with the required ability and desire. The promise was part of the package of fundamental changes […]