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Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur
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Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur

If Valentine’s Day is about love, here goes: I love chocolate. I love a gooey Peruvian Inca chocolate bar and Belgian chocolate made on a Brussels streetcorner and New Orleans chocolate pralines, and Three Musketeers bars and M&M’s and … So my Valentine’s Day offering is a list of underground […]

Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream
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Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream

With the theme “It’s time,” the 22nd edition of Black History Month in Montreal also marks the 50th anniversary of the game-changing I Have a Dream speech of the great civil-rights leader Martin Luther King. In an exclusive exhibition presented at Place des Arts from February 5 to 18, six […]

Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate
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Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate

In February, in the United States and Canada, we celebrate Black History Month to honour the achievements of black men and women throughout history. As such, let’s reflect on the speech patterns of black people. While negative attitudes toward black English persist, we have to look to yesteryear to see […]

Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties
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Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties

Mark Abley created a stir in The Gazette this fall with an opinion piece in which he called for an alliance of the left as the only way to end the division of anti-Conservative voting patterns. “Hard-core New Democrats, lifelong Liberals and fervent Greens have their differences, of course,” he […]

Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love
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Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love

Sinatra sang it. Love is lovelier, the second time around. He also made I’ve got you under my skin tremendously popular. Well, that makes sense, because he was a singer. If he were a cook, he would be crooning about leftovers and maybe some extra stuffing between the epidermis and […]

Milos on our minds
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Milos on our minds

The cicadas, again. We are sitting at a small table on the edge of the seashore in the bay of Adamas, the main port of Milos, wondering why we are leaving this place after three nights. A lone seagull floats by and the gentle wind sends ripples across the water. […]

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
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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 […]