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Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer
Reviews & Previews / What's Happening

Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer

In real life, trying to breathe new life into a faltering marriage is not-so-funny. But in the hands of veteran comedy writers Earl Barret, Arne Sultan and Ray Cooney, the subject of Wife Begins at Forty takes on hilarious proportions as the protagonists in a ho-hum relationship navigate the rocky […]

Bonnie Sandler's mom, centred in the far row, enjoys breakfast at McDonald's with her gang
Columnists / Food

Let’s talk about it: Dining out for friendship, security

While there are many organized activity centers, some seniors prefer belonging to less formal social groups. Norm, 93 years young, was my late father’s buddy. He recently wrote to me about the PLAY DO group he belongs to: “People Living Alone And Yearning to Dine Out.” Every three weeks about […]

Editorial: Open yourself to summer adventures
Editorials

Editorial: Open yourself to summer adventures

We all deserve the great weather that is unfolding to our collective delight. The winter was hard, and spring was peppered with rain and cold and unfulfilled expectations. But now that summer is with us, it’s time to take advantage of every daylight moment. Some of us are lucky enough […]

Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to
Columnists / Food

Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to

I write about food because I could never figure out how to write about politics. Journalists are supposed to be able to write about politics, to speak truth to power, to drill down and decipher the talking points, to explain which stakeholder can separate the wheat from the chaff inside […]

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Features

Word Nerd: This is mind-altering, literally

The language scolds are literally apoplectic. By 2013, several prominent dictionaries, such as Oxford and Webster’s, had expanded their definition of “literally” to mean “figuratively. In response, the British magazine The Week lamented, “The dictionaries have bowed to the will of the grammar-averse public. As anyone who paid attention in […]

Renos coming right along
What's Happening

Renos coming right along

A sense of anticipation was in the air during a June visit to the Cummings Centre. Work was proceeding on major renovations to the Westbury Ave. home-away-from-home for the active and creative 50-plus crowd. The $2.5-million price tag is expected to cover a new and improved entranceway, an expanded atrium or […]

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Columnists

Love and marriage, wills and pensions

Unlike the social and legal situation of parents and children in the past, today mothers and fathers have the same rights and obligations with regard to their children. The rights of parental authority and the obligations to maintain, support and educate belong equally to each. The law tries to keep […]

Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua
Travel

Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua

We were transported in fine style from Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to the border of Nicaragua. After a 20-minute stop, we continued north to a crossroads where a taxi met our private shuttle van and took us to our hotel in San Juan del Sur. The rest of the van was […]

Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
Features / What's Happening

Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop
Columnists

Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop

The registered disability savings plan, or RDSP, was introduced in 2008 to help individuals with severe and prolonged disabilities save for their long-term financial security. However, many Canadians have not yet taken advantage of it. A participant may hold only one RDSP account, which is limited to a lifetime total […]