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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” […]

Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner
Reviews & Previews

Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner

No neighbourhood is complete without a solid brunch restaurant, and that’s the role Ben & Florentine provides in the Town of Montreal shopping centre at 2356 Lucerne, adjacent to the Metropolitan Blvd. We dropped in the other day for a midday meal, attracted by the news that the restaurant has […]

International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler
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International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler

Having just returned from Israel, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler recently described what he calls the “critical mass of threat unlike anything that we have seen” surrounding that country. “It’s one thing when you’re reading about it, it’s another thing when it’s happening literally next door,” he said in his […]

Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated
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Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated

A park dedicated to seniors was inaugurated last month thanks to an initiative by the Quebec government to create senior-friendly cities. “In 2011, the mayor of Montreal confirmed the city’s commitment to Municipalite Amie des Aines, and we subscribed to different principles of that program, going from words to action,” […]

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem
Travel

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem

Travelling by bus down the east coast of Australia I found a little hippie-chic town that many tourists—from backpackers to the wealthy—frequent to laze in sun and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. Take Haight-Ashbury to a pristine Australian surf beach, add a few millionaires and such high-class celebrities as Elle […]