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Financial Fitness: Are you prepared for the unexpected?

When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated—for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still […]

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Local entrepreneurs bring old technology into the digital age

Love TV but hate paying for dozens of channels you never watch? Self-taught electronics whiz and TV signal specialist Mario Trottier says he can get you watching the basics, up to 23 television channels including CBC, CTV, NBC, PBS, Global and more, all in beautiful high definition. There’s no monthly […]

Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra
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Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra

Rafael & Energia Dominicana Enamorarse en la playa Vivo Musique We can’t all go south in the winter, so the next best thing for those of us stuck in El Norte is to feel the warmth, energy and love that permeates this wonderful album of Latin music. It is a […]

Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal
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Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: You will get dirty. Your hands will be sticky. There will be barbecue sauce under your fingernails and at the corners of your mouth. I can’t speak to the state of your jeans. Welcome to the Moonshine BBQ. The menu at […]

A Sun Youth volunteer helps a mom pick up her Christmas basket. (Photo: Nicolas Carpentier)
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Sun Youth: Holiday Hamper program benefits 5,000 families

Though winter can be dark and cold, Sun Youth does its best to bring light and warmth into the lives of Montreal’s neediest families. In addition to serving 2,400 families every month, the food bank’s Holiday Hamper initiative ensures that nearly 5,000 families receive adequate resources to celebrate together during […]

The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long
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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long

Nina Munk’s Governor-General’s Award-nominated book The Idealist was described by one critic as “an excellent and moving tribute to the vision and commitment of Jeffrey Sachs” and by another as “a powerful exposé of (Sachs’s) hubris run amok.” The Idealist is a journalistic eyewitness account of the director of the […]

Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina
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Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina

Legend has it that there was once a beautiful Inca princess who lived in the Peruvian desert. She fell in love with a handsome prince who suddenly died. With a broken heart her tears created a lagoon, where she sat longing for her lost love. A hunter suddenly scared her […]

Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
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Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?
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Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?

Holidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. Memories of happier times bring a mixed bag of emotions. Friends and family may be less inclusive for parties, knowing that a guest with dementia causes difficulties. The greatest gift you can give a caregiver is your support. This does not include advice […]

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice
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Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice

A province-wide organization, Seniors Action Quebec, was launched November 19 with the release of the report Enjoying Your Senior Years in Your Own Language, Culture and Community, by the Commissioner of Official Languages. The report on English-speaking seniors in Quebec confirmed that despite higher education levels among English seniors, nearly […]