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Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof
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Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof

Many of us worry about parents living alone and their ability to get assistance should an emergency situation occur, such as a fall. If you look closely you will see many seniors wearing help buttons around their neck or on their wrist like a watch. While these alarms only work […]

Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality
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Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality

At February’s end, with daylight increasing excruciatingly slowly by a mere second or two each day, in many of us a familiar longing sets in—for colour, for warmth, for the simple joy of being outside, feeling the sun. We all love the earth, seeing the sky, looking at flowers, watching […]

Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too
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Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too

Homes need makeovers, just like us. As you look around and notice scratched wood surfaces, overstuffed closets, messy offices or laundry rooms and garages in the throes of chaos, don’t despair. Help is available at many service companies, which can reorganize or redo your space and your life. You’ll be […]

The New York skyline seen from New Jersey. (Photo: Hayley Juhl)
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Central Station is a castle to the homeless

A Senior Times issue about homes? How about a 48-acre piece of land, and a one-room home measuring 84 metres long, 37 metres wide and 33 metres high and a gorgeous, crazy view of the heavens? It’s great if you don’t mind being interrupted each day by 700,000 passengers, and […]

The architecture of eating and moving
Columnists / Food

The architecture of eating and moving

There may be two kinds of everything in the world. Those who like chocolate cake and those who, frankly, would rather have a good pickle. Those who are happiest in a crowd and those who enjoy being alone. Introverts. Extroverts. This also applies to moving. To my amazement, there are […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around
Travel

Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around

The heroes of Machu Picchu are the porters, descendants of the peoples who were part of the Inca empire. The Inca made up the largest civilization in South America, which dominated what is now Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and into the mountains of Bolivia and Argentina from about 1300 until […]

Professionals play Musical Chairs
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Professionals play Musical Chairs

Their day jobs include hospital administrator and CEGEP teacher, but their love of music has brought them together in the reconstituted group called The Musical Chairs. February 28, the group performed before an enthusiastic crowd at the Manoir Westmount. It was their first gig since restarting a group formed 25 […]

Word Nerd: Few Irish words in English? Put a kibosh on that load of malarkey!
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Word Nerd: Few Irish words in English? Put a kibosh on that load of malarkey!

Tis claimed that on Saint Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish. While this may or may not be true, it is a fact that the original Brits were the Celts who arrived in Britain and Ireland by 500 BC. After the Romans left Britain in the 5th century AD, the country […]

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In March, all Montrealers are Irish

One of the most successful ads in New York history was “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s Rye.” In Montreal, you don’t have to be Irish to love Irish coffee. There are many Irish events leading up to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 17. Here […]

Editorial: No more artificial language strife in Quebec
Editorials

Editorial: No more artificial language strife in Quebec

As the world laughs about the kerfuffle known as “pastagate,” Quebecers are shaking their heads in dismay as the Parti Québécois government pushes ahead with changes to Quebec’s language law. There is a lot wrong with Bill 14, even as the Pauline Marois regime has softened its hard line and […]