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Common Cents: What would we do without Dad?

BY IVAN CONS One of the most anticipated events of the year, at least in my house, is upon us. On June 17, dads old and new, as well as granddads, are singled out for all the things they do throughout the year. Many Dads are unsung heroes diligently fulfilling […]

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Financial Fitness: Eco-friendly investing encompasses more than the greenback

BY DEBORAH LEAHY If you’re concerned about social and ethical issues, why not speak out with your investment portfolio? Through socially responsible investing, your portfolio can reflect your values. As an investor, you can support businesses that are doing their part to make the world a better place. Socially responsible […]

Weddings aren't always about romance. (Photo: Cliff)
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Flavour Guy: ‘I did it my way’ should be everyone’s triumphal wedding march

BY BARRY LAZAR Weddings are not about two people making a public commitment to share a life together. They are not about a ceremony that manifests its roots in a culture or religion. All of that is about marriage, and that is not the same thing. Marriage is a wonderful […]

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Roads Scholar: Roadtripping with the littles can be a grand adventure

BY: MARK MEDICOFF Many, many years ago, when I was a newly separated adult with a 3½-year-old daughter, Zoe, my mother and stepfather would spend two weeks a year traveling with the love of their lives. At first, I was included, at least to Disney World, but was soon ditched […]

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Seniors’ resilience is highlighted in UQAM research report

BY KRISTINE BEREY The wall of silence surrounding elder abuse is not as insurmountable as it once was, but the issue remains complex. Seniors living in abusive situations have historically been reluctant to seek help for a number of reasons—physical or cognitive frailty, shame, social isolation and especially the emotional […]

Agatha is one of many cats who need homes. Contact the SPCA Montérégie: 450-460-3075, spcamonteregie.com.
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New animal law misses key issue, humane society says

BY KRISTINE BEREY As July 1 approaches, shelters across the island are bracing themselves for the wave of discarded animals that will be left at their door. As a prelude to moving day, last May the SPCA took in 1,060 former pets, 703 of which were cats. “There are thousands […]

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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)
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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 […]