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Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal
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Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal

Montreal winters bring challenges when it comes to walking outside. We are aware of many environmental hazards in the home and can take preventive action against falling. This task is more difficult with the unpredictable condition of Montreal sidewalks. Cataracts and glaucoma can alter the vision of older people, making […]

Dora is fitting in just fine at her new castle.
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Adopting Dora: Finding joy at Montreal’s SPCA

  I didn’t want to get another cat after DiMaggio died. He was the one and only, the feline king who ran our home for more than 15 years with his quirky personality, preferring to hide and skulk through the house, hardly giving us the time of day until he […]

Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition
Columnists / Food

Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition

Tea, which is more than 5,000 years old, was possibly born in the Yunnan province of China. Legends mention Shen Nung, an early emperor and scientist, who ruled that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. One day while traveling, his servants boiled water for him, and just […]

If you're looking for a flexible savings vehicle, take another look at the tax-free savings account. (Image by damianosullivan)
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TFSAs are a more flexible savings choice

The tax-free savings account, or TFSA, is frequently called “a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) for everything else beyond retirement.” Unlike an RRSP, you can access the money in your TFSA with no tax consequences for any need, and the amounts withdrawn are added to your contribution limit amount in […]

Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person
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Family may seek “protective supervision” for fragile person

December—the holiday season when family and friends meet around the Hannukah lights or Christmas tree. There is another kind of meeting, which is referred to as a meeting of family and friends. This takes place when a family member or friend is found to be “in need of protection.” The […]

Quito, capital of Ecuador, García Moreno street in the historic centre of the city. The Virgin of Quito is seen in the background. Photo by Cayambe, Wikimedia Commons
Columnists / Travel

Ecuador is safe and rich in culture; weather and rent are temperate

I have no great desire to live year-round in a place other than Montreal. My community, my grandchildren, my friends (and Ollie the Dog) enrich my life. But the thought of a long-term stay, say three or four months during the worst (and most dangerous) months of our winter, is […]

Meeting Greeks can take you off course
Features / Travel

Meeting Greeks can take you off course

We took the bus from Athens airport to Piraeus and walked to the Savoy Hotel, which we had booked with the help of business cards saved from our last trip. For $85, we had a good room where everything—including AC and a TV with BBC—worked, and a plentiful breakfast that […]

Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons
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Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons

Posh Port Douglas is a swanky resort town for Australia’s wealthy retirees. It is in Northern Queensland near two World Heritage areas—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, which some argue is the world’s oldest rainforest. My plan was to spend two to three days in town, explore the […]

Marion Blake in her home office at Manoir Westmount.
Features

Editor gambled on moving to a Westmount residence … and won

For some, moving to a senior’s residence can be traumatic, for others it can be liberating, the right decision at the right time. That was the case for Marion Blake, who 10 years ago moved back to Canada after a decade in Cambridge, England, and who remembers the challenge as […]

He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed
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He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed

Life in Montreal would be a lot more boring if we didn’t have Josh Freed poking fun at its vagaries. In his inimitable style, Freed has a way of turning commonplace activities into sources of joyful absurdity. Josh’s column in The Gazette is the first thing many of us turn […]