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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 […]

It’s never to late to learn to talk to mom and dad
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It’s never to late to learn to talk to mom and dad

The Montreal Centre for Anxiety and Depression will host a talk September 27 on connecting with aging parents. The talk, moderated by Frances Kucharsky, offers tool to deal with demands on your time and resources, conflicts with siblings over care and ways to improve your relationship with your parents. There […]

Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence
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Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence

At a newsstand in Tel Aviv, I was looking for a copy of the day’s Ha’aretz, the left-of-centre daily, when an American-born senior advised me to buy the Jerusalem Post, which is centre-right. When I refused, he launched into a diatribe about the Arabs, claiming it was futile to re-enter […]

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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 […]

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Analysis: Time to face Montreal’s culture of corruption

I met a city councillor friend at a play this winter who tried to minimize the explosive testimony at the Charbonneau inquiry into collusion and corruption in Montreal’s construction industry. “I don’t believe half of what is being said,” remarked the councilor, who is considered progressive and honest. Unfortunately for […]

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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” […]