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Many seniors dont own a smartphone. Experts say it might be a gap in tracking apps

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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As Canada steadies its coronavirus cases, contact tracing is quickly becoming the backbone of control and containment. A federally backed tracing app is on the horizon, and experts have said that about a 60 per cent participation rate is needed in order for it to be truly helpful for tracking the spread of the virus. Since the method is reliant on owning a smartphone, it might miss the mark with some demographics, experts say. “That’s the tricky part... [read more]

Labour Day 2020

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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In 2020 Labour Day is Monday September 7. Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September and it is a federal statutory holiday. It is also observed in the United States on the same day. This holiday officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement, however, most of us only think of it as the last long weekend of the summer, a perfect occasion for one last BBQ or canoe trip. Many seasonal attractions and vendors close after the labour day long weekend and... [read more]

Want to Sell Your House Faster? Make it Anonymous

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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What do you notice when you visit a model home in a new development? Often, you will find wonderfully furnished and decorated rooms that anyone could live in. The operative word here is “anyone”. Sure, there might be a computer screen on a desk in the den, or a child’s doll sitting in a corner, but for the most part, all the rooms are anonymous. There is a sense... [read more]

Prices Out of Control in Toronto's Hottest Real Estate Markets

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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The Greater Toronto Area neighbourhoods that saw the greatest price growth so far this year had a detached housing average value of $2.9 million, according to RE/MAX. In its recent analysis, RE/MAX said that the localities of Annex, Yonge-St. Clair, Casa Loma, and Wychwood had a 25.7% annual increase in detached housing prices during the first half of the year. “The areas of Yonge-St. Clair and Wychwood were recognized as being two of the top neighbourhoods to buy real estate in... [read more]

The Lure of Cinnamon

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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  There's some research to suggest that cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce cholesterol levels. It's also a very good source of fiber, with 4 grams per tablespoon, and, because of that warm, sweet flavor, it might also satisfy your cravings for treats without adding calories or fat. So stock up on that special tree bark—ground, of course. [read more]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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How safe is your smartphone? According to identity theft prevention experts, the amount of personal data contained on most smartphones is staggering. The following tips will help protect you from an identity theft and hacking nightmare: · Use a password. Think of your smartphone as an electronic wallet. If you could lock that wallet, why wouldn't you? · Use apps to shop. Many companies now have dedicated apps designed to ward off phishing and scams, so avoid... [read more]

Our Favourite Fall Decorating Ideas

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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Welcome Guests Abundantly Fall = guests, family and get-togethers. Get your front porch ready for fall festivities with a pair of planters surrounded by an abundance of mums and real or faux pumpkins and gourds. Mix in a few lanterns to add a welcoming glow to evening gatherings. Cue the Copper Copper has continued to grow in popularity, making the glowing material the metal of the moment. A pretty copper pail can turn fresh-cut flowers or a bunch of branches into an eye-catching... [read more]

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

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The beginning of any school year can bring on a few nerves for your kids. With some schools in-person, some online, and some mandating masks, your kids might have a little more anxiety about going back to school this year. I did a little research and wanted to share a few tips that I found to help manage your child’s anxiety.  When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child... [read more]

Design & Decor - Revive Upholstered Furnishings

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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Updating upholstered furnishings is an easy way to refresh your home interior design. Old, tired patterns and fabrics can date your space; cushion covers and curtains are often the culprits. Replacing them is a simple home interior design idea, making a big difference when looking to freshen up your home. Opt for light and bright fabrics in unusual tones and patterns for longevity.   [read more]

Budget Friendly Makeover Ideas

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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Would you like to give a fresh look to your house without breaking the bank? Try these extremely low-cost makeovers to give your house a face lift. · Wash instead of paint: If you can't afford to paint the home, how about giving it a good wash? Do not forget to scrub the screens, windows, and gutters, as well as the sidewalk and driveway while you're at it. · Paint the trim and front door: Your home's exterior will look crisper with fresh trim and front... [read more]

KEEPING AGING PARENTS AT HOME: 5 TOP CARE-GIVING TIPS

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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How to care for seniors at home for as long as possible People often say, “I promised her I’d never put her in a nursing home.” or “Dad told me he never wanted to live in one of those places.” For a variety of reasons, caregivers may choose to care for their older adult at home. And if the situation is safe for everyone involved, keeping aging parents at home is a wonderful thing to do. But it is important to remember that senior care is one of the... [read more]

Dog Days of Summer

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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  The phrase “dog days” refers to the sultry days of summer, usually July and August. But where did the term dog days come from? The Romans associated hot weather with the star Sirius because it is the brightest star in the summer night sky. They referred to those days as dies caniculares, or dog days, because Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise... [read more]

Someone’s in for a Surprise

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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Several men are in a golf club locker room. A mobile phone next to one of them rings. He reaches down and picks up the phone. "Yes, I can talk," he says. "You're out shopping, are you? That's nice." The listening men smile at each other. "You want to order those new carpets? Okay. And they'll include the  curtains for an extra five thousand? Sure, why not?" More smiles among the listeners. "You want to book that week to Aruba?... [read more]

What is the Civic Holiday

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it's a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday although it's a day off for many employees across the country. Do you get the day off? The Civic Holiday is commonly referred to as the August long weekend. It is probably the busiest day on highways as tens of thousands of families go camping, to cottages etc this weekend. It is known by many names in... [read more]

The Best Way To Clean Your Face Mask, According to Science

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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In an age of misinformation, something as simple as cleaning a cloth face mask can become incredibly confusing. What should you use to clean it? How should you clean it, and how often? We’ve likely read many of the same articles you have, and we’re still confused. Which is why we chose to turn to the science experts for some definitive advice on how to properly clean face masks. Apparently, it’s not all that complicated! Here are a few things to keep in mind before you... [read more]

5 Coronavirus Real Estate Myths Everyone Thinks Are True—Debunked

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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Every day, our conversations online and off are filled with "did you hear this yet?" news about the coronavirus pandemic. And, alas, not all of what you hear is true—particularly when it comes to real estate. For instance: Do you assume, as many do, that it's a terrible time to sell a home since real estate prices are plummeting? On the contrary, the latest data shows that home prices and buyer demand are through the roof. Or have you heard that the coronavirus... [read more]

Canada Student Grant Support for Students and New Grads

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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An amazing opportunity has been initiated by the Canadian government for students who are enrolled in post secondary schools this coming September to offer a student grant by volunteering remotely for a non-profit over the summer. The purpose of the Canada Student Service Grant is to address the lack of work opportunities for students this summer due to the pandemic. Students who apply will be required to volunteer (remotely from home) to help a non-profit organization. Depending on... [read more]

Create a Stunning Entryway Design

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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Using a specific decor arrangement as a focal point is a great first step in creating a stunning entryway design. Many eye-catching arrangements use a console table as a stylish foundation. Place your small entryway table against a wall that is easily visible upon walking through your front door. You should decorate it like you would a mantle – use a bold centerpiece to anchor your decor, items of varying heights to add weight to either side, and smaller accents to fill in... [read more]

9 Age-Old Real Estate Tips to Ignore Completely

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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Spring is the best time to sell. Traditionally, real estate sales have peaked in spring, making it the optimal time to sell. The popularity of spring home sales once had a lot to do with buyers wanting to time a move around the kids' school schedules. Today's buyers are different, though. Many of them do not have children in school and so they are less likely to wait for spring to make a move. In this new market, a savvy seller knows that a house is more likely to sell fast... [read more]

Canada Day Activities 2020

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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Canada Day Fireworks & Light Show CN Tower Light Show Canada Day The CN Tower will be celebrating Canada Day with an extraordinary 15-minute light show beginning at 10 p.m. July 1 that will be streamed at www.cntower.ca. With powerful light cannons beaming across the city sky and a playlist featuring music by a diverse group of Canadian artists simulcast on CHUM FM, 104.5, all of Toronto can tune in and look up, and all Canadians can watch the live stream from home and sing along to a... [read more]

Every senior is different, and difference is something to celebrate

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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At , Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP) we know that no two older adults are the same (despite governments’ attempts to place them in one neat and tidy little box). Our Members come in all shapes, sizes and colours, with unique backgrounds and lived experiences—a fact that we celebrate alongside them as we bring their voices forward on the issues they care about. June is Pride Month in Canada and we’re proud to stand by LGBTQ2+ older adults... [read more]

The Businessman and the Sea

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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A businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with a fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The visiting tourist complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish. "How long did it take you to catch them?" the businessman asked. "Only a little while" the fisherman replied. "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" the businessman then asked. "I have enough... [read more]

4 Outdoor Lighting Tips

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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Who does not love spending a warm summer night on the patio or front porch? Especially after the last few months. The right lighting can set the mood for a perfect summer night. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on the best lighting for your home. Consider three types: Ambient, Task & Accent: When mapping out your lighting, think about various types of lights. Incorporate one style or the whole package to set the perfect scene. Ambient lights are lights such as hanging... [read more]

Make Room for Friends

Tuesday Jun 30th, 2020

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine... A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured... [read more]

Summer Entertaining

Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2020

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We love summer entertaining, especially when the party moves outside. Choose a comfortable outdoor seating set that encourages conversation and lingering. Bright outdoor pillows and throws for chilly summer nights are a must. If you’re creating a space that ties your indoor decor to the outdoors, choose accessories that fit into the color palette you already have in your home. [read more]

7 Ways to Get a Mental Escape

Friday May 29th, 2020

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How are you? I wanted to check in to see if your family is safe and healthy. By now, we’re all probably looking for a little break. I wanted to pass on a few ways that will help you take a daily mental escape. Meditate: Take time each day to clear your mind through meditation. Breathing exercises will help you clear the mental clutter. Exercise: Whether it’s a quick run or a relaxing walk, getting outside for exercise is a healthy way to escape any stress. You... [read more]

Determine Your Own Fate

Friday May 29th, 2020

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In ancient times there was a philosopher who had many disciples. One day a cynical man decided to humiliate him by asking him a question he couldn’t possibly answer correctly. The cynic put a recently hatched chick in the palm of his hand and asked the philosopher, in front of an audience, whether what he had in his hand was dead or alive. His intention, if the philosopher said “alive,” was to crush the chick and show the master to be wrong. If the philosopher said... [read more]

Why Dogs Have A Short Lifespan

Friday May 29th, 2020

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A veterinarian was called to examine a twelve-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Bobber. The dog’s owners and their little boy, Caden, were all very attached to Bobber and they were hoping for a miracle. The vet examined Bobber and found he was dying. He told the family he couldn’t do anything for Bobber and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As they discussed arrangements, the parents told the vet they thought it would be good for... [read more]

The Science Of Memory

Friday May 29th, 2020

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Memory can be elusive. But some scientists have identified an enzyme that may boost recall of forgotten memories—or help people purge those they don't want to retain. Scientists studying the enzyme PKM-zeta have found that by blocking it in the brains of rats, they could force rats to forget certain learned behaviors, such as avoiding a liquid that made them ill. A team of researchers from Israel and the US did the reverse, injecting rodents with viruses that carried genes to... [read more]

The Founding Of Father’s Day

Friday May 29th, 2020

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The founder of Father’s Day was Sonora Smart Dodd, according to many historians. She was the daughter of a widowed Civil War veteran who had raised her on his own. Dodd came up with the idea when listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She held her own special tribute for her father on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and began a campaign for an official celebration thereafter. Initially the idea of Father’s Day was met with skepticism in the US. But in 1926 a... [read more]

Should You Sell a Parent’s Home Before or After a Move to Senior Living?

Friday May 29th, 2020

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Living in a home when it is on the market can be tough for more reasons than keeping it ready to show. It’s fairly common for realtors to show the house with little to no warning and at odd hours. Because many potential buyers work during the daytime, they often schedule home tours in the early morning or late evening. Finding places for your parent to go during the showings, especially if they’ve given up driving, can be challenging. Selling a Home After the Senior’s... [read more]

Take Care of Yourself and Your Community

Friday May 1st, 2020

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Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with the pandemic stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Here are a few ways to cope with stress.   Take care of your body Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate Try to eat healthy, well-balanced... [read more]

7 Easy Home Office DIY Projects to Boost Your WFH Productivity in Quarantine

Friday May 1st, 2020

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There's a good chance you only recently remembered that area in your house you designated as the office. Formerly a burial ground for unopened mail and boxes of junk, this space has probably become vital to your productivity of late—especially with the whole family home 24/7. But maybe it's not doing quite the job it could, as stylishly as it could. Which is why we came up with this list of easy home office DIY projects you can tackle while social distancing. Forget about... [read more]

Virtual Staging

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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are Homes that are staged by a Certified Home Stager sell 75% faster and for more money than those that are not. Over the years, The Grant Gilmour Group has staged numerous homes. However, with Covid19 the new trend is Virtual Staging and the results are amazing! It showcases the true potential of your property and provides a polished look to the rooms without accessing the home or bringing furniture and staging accessories to the house. If you are thinking of selling, or would like more... [read more]

Room Colour Psychology: Choosing the Perfect Shade

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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Colours influence our emotions and mood in a number of surprising ways. According to colour psychology, the right paint shade may enhance productivity, promote calm, boost creativity levels and even increase your appetite.  We dug a little deeper to unlock the meaning behind your favourite paint colours and the rooms they work best in. Keep in mind, it’s not just colour that makes an impact; the intensity of the shade is also... [read more]

Does Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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In recent studies, there is "questionable" evidence that vitamin C prevents colds, except in one small class of people: athletes. In studies where vitamin C or a placebo was given to marathon runners, skiers and soldiers exposed to significant cold or physical stress, there was a 50% reduction in common cold incidence. For the rest of us, however, there is apparently no measurable effect. Could vitamin C, then, be a possible treatment for an established cold? Studies show that... [read more]

Take Care of Yourself and Your Community

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with the pandemic stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Here are a few ways to cope with stress.   Take care of your body Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate Try to eat healthy, well-balanced... [read more]

12 Cute Mother's Day Crafts for Kids That Truly Make Mom Feel Appreciated

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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1.  Pom Pom Flower Box If Mom loves flowers, fill up a window box for her with bright, beautiful blooms. This project requires a hot glue gun, and some supervision from an adult, but when it's done Mom will be delighted.   2.  Crayon Candle This project is a two-in-one: It makes a cute candle for Mom, and it also uses up those crayon nubs that are too small to color with. Be sure to include Mom's favorite colors!   3.  Painted Rock... [read more]

Should You Sell a Parent's Home Before or After a Move to Senior Living?

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

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One of the decisions you will need to make once an aging parent decides to move to a senior living community is when to sell their home. Should you wait until their move is complete? Or sell the house first? While there is no right or wrong answer, each has pros and cons. Let’s look at what to consider as you create a timeline for a loved one’s move to a senior living community. Selling an Elder’s House Before They Move Pro: Financial peace of... [read more]

5 Cheery Living Room Decor Ideas We Stole From Instagram While Self-Quarantining

Wednesday Apr 1st, 2020

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With spring's recent arrival, it’s a hard time to be stuck at home. If you’ve joined the millions of Americans in a self-quarantine recently, then we’d bet you’re going a little stir-crazy by now—and ready for a change of scenery from the four walls of your living room. But there's good news! You can practice social distancing and shake up your view all at the same time. For inspiration, we took to Instagram (as we do every week) to seek out... [read more]

Here’s How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus, According to Experts

Tuesday Mar 31st, 2020

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These tips can help keep you, your family, and your community healthy. As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), continues to climb around the globe, one of the top questions people are asking is: What can we do to prevent it from spreading? It's a stressful time, to be sure — but there are simple, specific steps you can take to protect yourself and others from becoming infected. The first defense is washing your hands —... [read more]

Approved For April

Tuesday Mar 31st, 2020

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April seems to have more than a fair share of memorable days,        including: · April Fool’s Day. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is internationally recognized as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. · Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23, is for celebrating the birth of one of the greatest playwrights in history. Hint: Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters... [read more]

What you need to know about the new stress test

Tuesday Mar 31st, 2020

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The sky-high prices of major housing markets in Canada have moved the needle for the government and regulators to change the stress test. The federal government announced recently that the new benchmark rate for insured mortgages will be the weekly median five-year fixed insurance mortgage rate from mortgage insurance application plus 2%. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the change will allow the stress test to rise and fall depending on the median interest rates of lenders. At the same... [read more]

Elderly Canadians may be forced to delay their retirements

Tuesday Mar 31st, 2020

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More and more older Canadians will likely postpone their retirements to ensure their households’ purchasing power, according to Joseph Nunes of the C.D. Howe Institute. “Workers participating in a defined-contribution pension plan have a few levers to provide for adequate income in retirement, including saving at a greater rate during their working years and/or postponing retirement until their savings (including government benefits) reach the necessary level,” Nunes wrote... [read more]

Easy Floral Arrangement With DIY Easter Egg Filler.

Tuesday Mar 31st, 2020

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It has been a while since we had sun and a bit of warmth here in the north! Adding fresh flowers to any table in your home is like adding warmth and a bit of spring to your home. But until they are in bloom,  you can enjoy these beautiful DIY floral centerpiece to celebrate Spring and Easter! This is such a pretty 10 minute centerpiece idea for your Spring dining table! It would also look stunning on a coffee table! You can use faux floral branches for your arrangement and... [read more]

Are You Holding Your Career Back?

Monday Mar 9th, 2020

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  According to an online survey of 972 people conducted by corporate trainer VitalSmarts (Provo, Utah), many people recognize what’s holding them back in their careers. 97% in the survey identified at least one career-limiting habit that prevents them from reaching their full potential at work. The top five bad habits: 1. Unreliability 2. The “It’s not my job” syndrome 3. Procrastination 4. Resistance to change 5. Negative... [read more]

Are you looking to travel in 2020?

Monday Mar 9th, 2020

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Are you looking to travel in 2020? Each one of these awe-inspiring bucket list destinations is sure to make this year memorable. Grand Canyon, USA Despite being documented, and raved about with breathless awe by everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to aspiring Instagram influencers, the glory of the Grand Canyon is impossible to express; you just have to go. A wonder of the natural world, this crown jewel of the American National Parks System is the result of billions of years... [read more]

Where Did Water Come From?

Thursday Mar 5th, 2020

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Water. You turn on the faucet, and out it comes. But where did water on Earth originally come from? Some scientists believe that oceans may have been formed (about 8 million years after the formation of planet Earth itself) by water dumped from passing comets, and the recent discovery of a comet containing water with a similar chemical composition to the water all around us on Earth has given support to that theory. Hartley 2, a comet about 1.25 miles long, contains ice with the same D/H... [read more]

Bucket List Destinations You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020

Thursday Mar 5th, 2020

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Are you looking to travel in 2020? Each one of these awe-inspiring bucket list destinations is sure to make this year memorable. Grand Canyon, USA Despite being documented, and raved about with breathless awe by everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to aspiring Instagram influencers, the glory of the Grand Canyon is impossible to express; you just have to go. A wonder of the natural world, this crown jewel of the American National Parks System is the result of billions of years of... [read more]

Servant Leadership

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for extraordinary harmony due to the leadership of a man called Brother Leo. Several monks from another monastery began a 5-day pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn his leadership secrets so they could bring peace and harmony to their own monastery, which was a place of some bickering. As they began their journey, almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores each time they made camp or packed... [read more]

March Mentions

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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· Officially, Spring begins Thursday, March 19 and ends on Saturday, June 20. · The saying “In like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” refers to a prediction about the weather. If it’s stormy and raining in early March, it will be mild and pleasant in late March and April. This was probably more true of Wales, where the phrase is thought to have come from. · Until well into the 1700’s in some places (including the American colonies),... [read more]

Murphy's Law

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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Everyone has heard of Murphy's first law: "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." But hardly anybody knows who Murphy was. The search for Murphy's notebooks over the years has led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor's junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for... [read more]

When You Have Too Much Money

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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If you’re tired of scrimping and saving, here are some ideas for spending your kids’ inheritance on yourself before you go: · Food. The priciest hamburger in the world is probably the FleurBurger. It’s made with foie gras and a special truffle sauce, served with black truffles on the side (and a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990) at the Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, for $5,000. · Drink. A bottle of Bowmore whiskey, a 54-year-old Scottish... [read more]

5x5 Exercise

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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Too tired to work out? Too busy? Too...whatever? Here's a way to slip exercise into your day without heading to the gym or breaking for a long period. 5x5 exercise means to exercise vigorously five times per day for five minutes each time. When you get up in the morning, do morning calesthenics. Take five to do jumping jacks, run in place, do burpees, or put on the music and dance. Five minutes goes by quickly. On morning and afternoon breaks at work, instead of lounging in the... [read more]

Where Did Water Come From?

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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Water. You turn on the faucet, and out it comes. But where did water on Earth originally come from? Some scientists believe that oceans may have been formed (about 8 million years after the formation of planet Earth itself) by water dumped from passing comets, and the recent discovery of a comet containing water with a similar chemical composition to the water all around us on Earth has given support to that theory. Hartley 2, a comet about 1.25 miles long, contains ice with the same D/H... [read more]

Are You Holding Your Career Back?

Wednesday Feb 26th, 2020

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According to an online survey of 972 people conducted by corporate trainer VitalSmarts (Provo, Utah), many people recognize what’s holding them back in their careers. 97% in the survey identified at least one career-limiting habit that prevents them from reaching their full potential at work. The top five bad habits: 1. Unreliability 2. The “It’s not my job” syndrome 3. Procrastination 4. Resistance to change 5. Negative... [read more]

February Factoids

Monday Feb 3rd, 2020

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· In the northern half of the earth, February is the coldest month of the year, opposite of the southern half,  which experiences the hottest month. · The second day of February is a whimsical day called Ground Hog's Day. The story goes that the ground hog comes out of his burrow on February 2 to look for his shadow. If there is sunshine and he sees his shadow, then he goes back into his burrow to sleep for six more weeks of winter. If he... [read more]

In an Aging Canada, Women Need to Save More than Men – even if they make less

Thursday Jan 30th, 2020

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Canadians aged 65 and older outnumbered children under 14 for the first time in census history, Statistics Canada revealed today. And the majority of seniors are women. Among those aged 85 to 99, there were just 54 men for every 100 women in 2016, data show. Those numbers have big implications for how women should handle their personal finances. While Canadians of any gender are facing the prospect of living longer after their working years, for women the post-retirement... [read more]

Call in a Pro to Declutter

Thursday Jan 30th, 2020

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Call in a Pro to Declutter The longer you live in a house, the less you see the mess over time. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes. You can hire an organizer for a few hours to tackle bookshelves and closets, which stagers say are often packed with twice the amount of stuff they should hold. Whittling down what's on your shelves by 50 percent. Then mix horizontal stacks of books among the vertical rows and intersperse decorative objects, such as bowls or vases, among them [read more]

Why the next few months are the best time to put homes on sale

Thursday Jan 30th, 2020

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Timing is a crucial consideration when selling a home. A study by RE/MAX said it is ideal put properties on sale during the months of February, March, and April. RE/MAX said while the weather is not ideal during February, the month allows home sellers to gain exposure before the spring rush. "The normally low inventory in February means less competition. The timing of February is also good in terms of people beginning to either start (or) resume their house hunt after the busy... [read more]

5 AWESOME FAMILY DAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

Thursday Jan 30th, 2020

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One of the best ways to make family memories is to spend some good old fashioned time together. Kids will often remember that awesome game night or classic book you read together as a family. We’ve been making more of an effort to disconnect from technology and enjoy an occasional family day with our kids. These 5 awesome family day activities are great ways to connect with your kids and encourage some new family hobbies! PLAY A BOARD GAME A family board game night is a fun and... [read more]

DIY for Newbies: 5 Living Room Projects You Can Master Like a Pro

Thursday Jan 30th, 2020

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Maybe it’s been a while since your living room got any love. We get it—it’s easy to get sidetracked by all the different ways you can upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. But the living room has played second fiddle long enough. If you’re ready to let this room take center stage, there are lots of ways you can add some oomph to the social hub of your home—without shelling out big bucks for a contractor and interior designer. Here are a... [read more]

It's Not Really 'Blue Monday,' But The January Blues Hit Hard For Seniors

Monday Jan 13th, 2020

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January is not a good time for 68-year-old Vancouver resident Kristen Ramsden.  Until recently, Ramsden worked at Vancouver Coastal Health and in an assisted living facility. Now, alone for most of the day with her husband at work and her two kids living out of town, she's the one seeking support — especially at this time of year.  "I spend a lot of time alone," Ramsden said. "I do notice that I'm missing the sun, I'm missing... [read more]

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months. As a professor of behavioral addiction, I know how easy people can fall into bad habits and why on trying to give up those habits it is easy to relapse. Resolutions usually come in the form of lifestyle changes and changing behavior that has become routine and habitual (even if they are not problematic) can be hard to do. The most... [read more]

10 Top New Year's Resolutions for Success and Happiness

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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Another year has come to an end, and another has just begun. So, now that the new year is here, what resolutions are you going to make? Making New Year's resolutions is a time-honored tradition all around the world. We all hope for a better future--especially when the year we're leaving behind has been a tough one. According to research on the topic, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year's resolutions but only about 8 percent of us are... [read more]

Design and Decor - Throw Pillows

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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A simple home decor idea for your living room is to replace your throw pillows. Throw pillows are an easy way to accessorize and brighten a room, whether you buy them or make your own. Homeowners should throw out their older throw pillows and replace them with bright, fuller pillows-or just buy crisp new pillow covers. "Mix and match colors and textures and blend different groupings. But more is not better. "There can be too many pillows, so make sure you don't go... [read more]

7 Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home Without the Stress

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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Living in a large home is great for some families, but for others the cost and energy required to maintain them is burdensome. That’s why 60 percent of people living in homes over 2,000 square feet in size say they’d rather move to a smaller home next time according to a sruvey last year from Trulia. Moving into a smaller house can be a great move (pun intended) financially and mentally. After all, less square footage means lower utility bills and less space for clutter to... [read more]

Valentine's Day Funnies

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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My college English professor was a hard grader. One February day I received a B-minus on a research paper. In hopes of  bettering my grade, I sent her a Valentine’s Day card with the inscription: “BE MINE.” The following day, I  received a valentine from the teacher. It read: “Thank you, but it’s still BE MINE-US.”                                    ... [read more]

5 Bits of Financial Advice Most People Don’t Take

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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1. Run your finances like a business. You should treat your budget like a business, because in the  business of life, the bottom line matters. Many of the same principles business owners use can be applied to your personal life: prioritize your spending, assess your profits and losses, and don't lose sight of the big picture, like saving for retirement or getting out of debt.  2. Make saving part of your lifestyle. Saving money doesn't always... [read more]

Better Than Fences

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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For 40 years, two friends lived on adjoining farms, separated by a wide creek. One day the friends began to fight over a petty thing and their long friendship fell apart. The misunderstanding grew into bitter words and finally, silence. Weeks later there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a bit of work," said the carpenter. "I have a job for you," said John. "Look across the creek at that... [read more]

Hindsight Is 2020! 10 Design Trends to Ditch in the Coming Year—and How to Decorate Instead

Friday Jan 10th, 2020

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It’s a brand-new decade and there’s a good chance you're reflecting on your choices over the past 10 years. Maybe you're patting yourself on the back for taking that job across the country. Perhaps you wish you could undo that three-year relationship that sucked the life out of you. Or maybe—just maybe—you're surveying your home, and you have the sudden urge to get rid of everything in it. After all, as we head into 2020, now is the perfect time... [read more]

The Invention Of January

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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Happy January, the traditional first month of the year! But how did January get to be the first month of the year? Consider that until the 1700s, calendars were not always as we see them today. January 1 became the first day of the new year when Julius Caesar reorganized the Roman calendar and made it solar rather than lunar In the year 45 B.C.E. he moved the beginning of the year to January 1. When the Gregorian calendar—which most of the world uses today—was introduced in... [read more]

Lead With Positive Attitude

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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The success of any team (not to mention your own family!) depends on the positive attitudes of the members and the leader. Demonstrate—and reinforce—these important personal guidelines: · Ego control. Remember, be committed to the goals of the team, not your own ambitions. Can you and the rest of your team put the group’s priorities first? · Admitting mistakes. Be willing to honestly concede errors so the team can move... [read more]

Sometimes A Hug Trumps A Fight

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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The next time your small child throws a temper tantrum, try giving a hug instead of a lecture. You might be surprised at how effective a hug can be in quieting a child in the midst of a meltdown. Hugs can defuse a child’s hurt or anger, making it easier for him or her to listen to what you have to say. Once calm, your child can take part in a larger discussion about the problem and his or her behavior. Children do better when they feel secure and loved, no matter what. [read more]

Effects Of Peaceful Video Games

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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Playing action-packed video games may make people more violent, but do calm, peaceful games bring on a mood of relaxed serenity?  Maybe so, according to experiments conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. First, they had to find a relaxing video game. They settled on Endless Ocean, which simulates scuba diving and gentle underwater exploration. Then they took a group of 150 college students and randomly assigned them to play either a violent game like Resident Evil 4, a... [read more]

Good Medicine

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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I don’t know what it is, doc,” the young man said. “I just don’t feel good.” The doctor examined him and ran some tests. Then she talked to her nurse and came into the examination room with three bottles of different-colored pills. “OK,” the doctor said. “I want you to take one blue pill with a large glass of water every two hours. I want you to take a green pill with a large glass of water every three hours. And then take one of the... [read more]

12 Money Tips for Christmas

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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  Save yourself this Christmas If the festive season usually leaves you out of pocket and feeling like you spent more time and money battling the crowds than relaxing with friends and loved ones, why not simplify things this year?  Here are some quick and easy tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without breaking the bank. 1. Have a pre-Christmas clean up There's still time to bag some extra cash to boost your festive finances. Spend a few hours clearing out... [read more]

Gifts That Keep On Giving

Thursday Nov 28th, 2019

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If you haven’t done all of your holiday gift shopping yet, then here are some ideas for inexpensive gifts with staying power long after the holidays are over.     Magazine subscriptions. Yes, made of paper—not electrons. People still enjoy flipping pages, and magazines make great gifts that keep on giving all year long.   Food items. Drop by a World Market or other exotic foods store and put together a selection of interesting chocolates or unusual... [read more]

Express your Gratitude this Holiday Season

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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'Tis the season to be jolly! Yet for many people, the holidays can also be synonymous with stress. One way to make sure you experience the warmth of the season is to slow down and remember to acknowledge all the things and people in your life that make you feel grateful. What is gratitude? Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, you acknowledge the goodness in your life. And because, in the process, you recognize that the... [read more]

Winter Fun Facts

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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1. The wind chill factor is a measure of heat loss from exposed skin. 2. If it gets cold enough, ice crystals can form and snow can fall from clear skies. 3. All snowflakes have 6 sides. 4. A whiteout is also called a snow squall. It occurs when a cloud touches the ground. 5. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. 6. The "winter blues" were first diagnosed in 1984. And have recently been named seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.... [read more]

Nuts To You— A Healthier Diet

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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Hungry for a quick snack? Nuts are tasty, convenient, and healthy. Their fiber and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both good for the heart. Just choose wisely. Although all nuts have health benefits, they’re best eaten raw or dry-roasted, not covered with chocolate, salt, or sugar. Here’s the breakdown on some of the most popular nuts (roasted, serving size 1 ounce): • Pistachios:... [read more]

Perfect Holiday Parties

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019

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Throwing a party is often a matter of the right combination of providing your guests relaxation and enough structure that they are able to enjoy themselves. A savvy host knows there are many ways to do this. Here are a few tips for throwing a winning party:        ¨ Set the tone. If you really want everyone to relax and have fun make sure that you are completely organized. ¨ Whatever you’re going to serve, have it ready, and know how... [read more]

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

Wednesday Nov 20th, 2019

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If you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being cold can make you very sick. Older adults can lose body heat fast faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what's happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia. What Is... [read more]

Register for the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Monday Oct 28th, 2019

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Registration for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program is open until 9 p.m. on November 8 for residents 65 years and over and people with physical disabilities. The program provides assistance to eligible applicants by clearing a space in the windrow (about three meters or 10 feet wide) after snow plowing operations have ended. The program runs from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020. Pick up and submit applications at your local community center, the Mississauga... [read more]

Don’t Doubt the Power of a Dream

Monday Oct 28th, 2019

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When people share their goals with you, do you help them launch their dreams—or try to bring them back to Earth? In his book The Man Who Listens to Horses (Ballantine), famed horse trainer Monty Roberts tells about the time one of his teachers in high school assigned a paper called “My Goals in Life.” The teacher, Mr. Fowler, was interested only in practical goals—not fantasies about going to Hollywood to become a movie star, and the like. But young Monty had a... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Monday Oct 28th, 2019

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Help Kids Deal with the Real World

Monday Oct 28th, 2019

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Finances. Drugs. Relationships. These can be tough issues to discuss with your children, but you can’t afford to neglect them. Here are some principles to guide you in keeping the lines of communication open: · Create an open environment. Let your children know that you are available to listen whenever they have questions or just want to talk. · Give your undivided attention. Drop everything to listen when your child approaches you, no matter what... [read more]

Essential Auto Insurance Tips for Canadian Snowbirds

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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Follow these auto insurance tips to help you avoid issues and save money over the snowbird season! Whether you’re taking your car to the U.S. or leaving it in Canada for the winter, snowbirds have unique auto insurance issues to consider. Before you leave for the season, it’s a good idea to review your coverage to ensure that you have appropriate and sufficient coverage for your vehicles. Start by reading your auto insurance policy carefully with regards to travel to... [read more]

10 Secrets No One Tells You That'll Help Your House Fetch Top Dollar

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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Maybe you’ve bought and sold a home before, or maybe this is the first time. Regardless, now you need to get top dollar for it. Yes, you can tidy up, bake some cookies so the house smells nice, and place fresh flowers (research says roses, lavender, and fuchsia most sway buyers) around the house. But these are the typical techniques most sellers deploy. Really want to get the best price possible—or even spark a bidding war? Here are 10 tips that are seldom mentioned in listing... [read more]

5 Home Upgrades Millennials Couldn't Care Less About

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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Despite being called out for their ineptitude at saving money and their overwhelming fondness for spending it on experiences instead of things, millennials actually do desire financial stability—especially if it means they can buy a house. So what kind of homes do they want? According to real estate professionals, a large majority of millennials seeks out properties that are move-in ready—with plenty of room for customization. "They care more about the home... [read more]

The Cold Facts

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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Cold season is coming. Most colds begin in late August or early September, increasing slowly for a few weeks, then remaining high until March or April. The increase may be due to the opening of schools and to cold weather, which prompts people to spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will spread from person to person. Also the most common cold-causing viruses survive better when humidity is low—during the colder months of the year. Cold weather also may make the... [read more]

25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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You've got your costume picked out, candy buckets filled, and party all planned — all that's left to do for the best Halloween ever is put your knowledge to the test. How much do you really know about Halloween? Turns out it's not only about who gets the most chocolate or creates the scariest costume. Over the centuries, the holiday has evolved from a way of begging for food to one of the most commercialized days of the... [read more]

Personal Productivity Trick

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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If you tend to procrastinate, or drag your feet getting a task done, here's a simple technique that might help: Start using a timer. If you avoid tasks like cleaning the house, set the timer on your stove or phone for 15 minutes, then make an agreement with yourself to clean like mad for just those 15 minutes. The timer has a way of making the task more bearable because it has an end time. You can "bear" it for 15 minutes. It's likely that you'll keep going after that... [read more]

Halloween Tongue Twisters

Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2019

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¨ He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts. ¨ Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters ¨ Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons. ¨ Ghostly ghouls gather gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses. ¨ Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins ¨ Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses. ¨ If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big... [read more]

Early Signs Of Diabetes

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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People with type 2 diabetes often do not have any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are often ignored because they may not seem serious. Take a look at yourself and your loved ones for these common symptoms of diabetes, keeping in mind that type 2 diabetes develops slowly over many years, and may present only one or two symptoms initially: · Fatigue. · Nausea, perhaps vomiting. · Blurred vision. · In women, frequent vaginal... [read more]

Power of Attorney and Will Tips for Canadian Snowbirds

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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Wills and powers of attorneys aren’t just for the wealthy - they are essential legal documents everyone should have, as they dictate how you or your assets are to be cared for or dealt with in the event you pass away or become incapacitated. A properly drafted and executed will (or wills) ensures that your assets are distributed, and your minor children are taken care of, according to your wishes in the event of your death.  Powers of attorney are equally important documents... [read more]

Snowbird Guide to Renting Out Your Canadian Residence for the Winter

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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If you spend most of the winter outside Canada, you may want to explore the opportunity to rent out your Canadian home while you’re away.  Renting out your Canadian residence can have a number of benefits, including helping to cover the costs of your winters away. The extra income can be used to supplement or even offset the cost of your winter home or rental. Another benefit is that your home will be lived in and therefore you won’t have to find someone to inspect it daily... [read more]

You Probably Suspected…

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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Pringles were originally called “Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips.” However, due to the fact that they only contain about 42% potato based content, with most of the rest being from wheat starch and various types of flour, including corn and rice flour, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made them change the name because their product didn’t technically meet the definition of a potato chip. Their use of the word “chip” was also restricted, forcing them to... [read more]

Fall Checklist for Your Home

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with- in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money – and maybe even your life. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with... [read more]

Why Do We Celebrate Grandparents Day?

Wednesday Aug 28th, 2019

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The History of Grandparents Day Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honour grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day.  Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going. Grandparents Day has both an official flower and song.... [read more]

Top Second Careers for Seniors By Kimberley Fowler

Tuesday Jul 30th, 2019

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Those who choose to continue to work after retirement often do so to challenge themselves, pursue a passion or stay active and engaged in their community. Others choose to find a second career not out of choice, but because they’ve realized that their savings and social security benefits are not enough to get by, or they have family members who need their financial support. Second Careers for Seniors Out of choice or necessity, here are some of the careers that seniors are... [read more]

Faint praise

Tuesday Jul 30th, 2019

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A minister was retiring, and after his final sermon, he stood at the door of his church to say farewell to his parishioners. One old woman told him, “I’m sure our next pastor won’t be as good as you’ve been.” The minister was flattered but tried to be modest. “Oh, I’m sure he’ll be fine. What makes you say that?” “I’ve been here for the last five pastors,” said the lady, “and each one has been worse than the one... [read more]

Be Careful With Sugar Intake

Tuesday Jul 30th, 2019

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A spoonful of sugar may, as Mary Poppins sang, help the medicine go down. But too many spoonfuls will probably increase your need to take medicine in the first place. Too much sugar—or rather, the unproductive calories it delivers to the body—can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, among other health problems. How much is too much? An American Heart Association study found that Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons a day (during 2001-2004). AHA guidelines... [read more]

Golf: A Good Walk Spoiled?

Tuesday Jul 30th, 2019

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The summer months are the prime golfing season. The origins of this popular (and frequently frustrating) game are unclear, though some historians trace it back to an ancient Roman game called paganica, in which players used a bent stick to hit a leather ball. A stained glass window dating back to 1340 in Gloucester Cathedral in England shows someone swinging something that looks like a golf club. And a Ming dynasty scroll, also from the 14th century, depicts a member of the Chinese imperial... [read more]

The Origin Of @

Tuesday Jul 30th, 2019

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We know it well as the standard symbol for e-mail, but where did it come? History says that the @ symbol was created by medieval monks. During the Middle Ages, each copy of a book was painstakingly transcribed by hand. The task went to monks, who developed ways to reduce the number of pen strokes for common words. The result was to loop the “t” in the word at around the “a.” [read more]

What Makes Seniors Feel in Control?

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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"We found that sleep, mood, and stress are all important factors in determining a sense of control, and in whether older adults feel they can do the things they want to do," said study co-author Shevaun Neupert. She is a professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. "This finding is important because when older adults begin to lose their sense of autonomy, it can lead to changes in behavior that adversely affect their health and well-being," Neupert... [read more]

Invention Of The Popsicle

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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The Popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old who kept it secret for 18 years. The inventor was Frank Epperson who, in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch, which contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached a record low. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat that he humbly named the epsicle. Eighteen years later he patented it and called it the Popsicle. [read more]

Vitality Makes Life Easier

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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Of all the ways you can improve your life to be the best it can be, the one thing that underlies all is vitality. You probably have noticed you’re more vital when you feel good.  After a good night’s sleep, you have more energy than after a poor night’s sleep. After eating light, you have more energy than when you eat heavy. After having success at something, you feel more alive than you do after you fail at something. When you feel vital, it’s easier to get... [read more]

Tips On Homeowner’s Insurance

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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You're a statistic. To an insurer, you're not a person; you're a set of risks. An insurer bases its premium on your "risk factors," including occupation, who you are, what you own, and how you live. Know your home's value. Before you choose a policy, it is essential to establish your home's replacement cost. A local builder can provide the best estimate. Insurers differ. What seems to be the same product can be priced differently by different... [read more]

The Art Of Scrambling Eggs

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019

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One of the most important ingredients in scrambled eggs is air. It would be nice if we could just dollop a Tablespoon of air into the mixing bowl, but for the time being, incorporating air into beaten eggs requires good old-fashioned elbow grease. The more you whisk, the more air bubbles become trapped in the shaken and unraveling protein of the eggs. As the eggs cook, protein molecules firm-up around the air bubbles resulting in a spongy texture and hopefully full and fluffy scrambled eggs.... [read more]

The Green Economy—Explained

Thursday Jun 6th, 2019

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Here’s a quick story to observe World Environment Day and illustrate the difficult balance in managing natural resources. In 1968 Garrett Hardin wrote this article to describe a common grassland in which several farmers allow their cattle to graze. In order to increase individual wealth, it is in the interest of each farmer to enlarge their herd and continue to graze on the same piece of land. But after the threshold of a certain number of cattle is exceeded, the quality of the land... [read more]

Clever Household Cleaning Hacks

Thursday Jun 6th, 2019

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· Steam-clean your microwave. Cut a lemon in half and put it in a microwave-safe dish filled with water. Zap it until the water boils. Let it steam for another minute before opening. The gunk can now be wiped away with less effort. · Speed up dryer time. Throw one clean dry towel in with your wet clothes before starting the dryer. 10-15 minutes later, take it out. The dry towel will absorb some of the excess moisture. · Clean scorched pans. Fill the... [read more]

June Brings Joy to the World

Thursday Jun 6th, 2019

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June 16th is Father’s Day! It’s a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In some societies, Father’s Day is a celebration for men to get together and hike or have a physical adventure to celebrate their manhood. June 5th is World Environment Day, an annual event sponsored by the U.N. aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment... [read more]

Dad’s Most Important Work

Thursday Jun 6th, 2019

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The effort put into fatherhood is a man's most important work. Our need to do something important and enduring is built into us by nature. Taking a long view of the eons of human existence, it becomes apparent that raising our children is as essential to human survival as is eating or breathing. The quality of our work will directly affect the quality of that existence, just as our forefathers' love and work gave us the qualities we needed to get us this far. [read more]

11 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

Thursday Jun 6th, 2019

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We already know that a healthy lifestyle is a major factor in living a long life, but new studies show that having hobbies and staying socially active is equally important for seniors. It has long been known that a nutritious diet, exercise, and positive health choices all contribute to helping seniors feel more energetic. In fact, emerging research into longevity indicates that mental and social activity is just as critical as physical activity when it comes to... [read more]

Toronto’s Seniors are now more financially secure than young adults. What Changed?

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

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Working life wasn’t always easy for Geraldine Pennie and her husband. Work as a tool and die maker was well paying, but intermittent, for her husband, Doug. For Pennie, there was a series of contracts in social welfare, including running subisidized housing. Neither spouse was in a job that had a private pension. Still, they were delighted to discover they could easily afford to buy a home, take summer camping trips with their son and daughter, and even enjoy the odd vacation in... [read more]

Thermogenic Foods Burn Fat

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

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What is Thermogenic Food? It’s food that raises your metabolism slightly, helping to burn off calories. The best known of these foods are spicy peppers and green tea. But the actual thermogenic effects of those foods are fairly low—about 80 calories at most when consumed in high quantity. The best way to get a thermogenic effect is to combine different foods. Since fat has the lowest thermogenic effect, and protein the highest, a diet low in fat and high in lean protein will... [read more]

Charisma Can Be Developed

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

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Charisma means “divine gift,” and it’s used to describe people with powerful charm and personal magnetism. But it’s not always a gift—many people develop charisma by learning how to connect with people. You can too, using these techniques: Physical presence—Whether or not you’re handsome or beautiful, you can boost your physical charisma: · Take care of your overall health. Healthy people are more attractive. · Make... [read more]

What Mother's Know

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

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  What we say when we’re… · 4 Years Old - My mommy can do anything. · 8 Years - Mom knows a lot. · 12 Years - Mom doesn't know quite everything. · 14 Years - Naturally, my mother doesn't know what’s going on. · 16 Years – Mom is so old-fashioned. · 18 Years - That old woman? She's way out of date. · 25 Years - Mom knows something about... [read more]

A Good Example Goes A Long Way

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

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Two sons work for their father on the family farm. The younger son has for years been given more responsibility and reward, and one day the older son asks his father to explain why. The father says, "First, go to the Kelly's and see if they have any geese for sale." The son soon returns with the answer, "Yes they have five geese they can sell us." The father then says, "Good, please ask them the price." The son returns with the answer, "The geese... [read more]

The Gardener’s Secret

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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A woman ran a garden store that had been in the family for three generations. For as long as anyone could remember, the garden store’s business was always great and the owner and staff were happy and cheerful. People often said, “Who wouldn’t be happy with the kind of business they’re doing?” When anyone new came into the garden store, they’d notice that all the staff wore a big badge that read, Business Is Great! Everyone who saw the badge for the... [read more]

April Fools’ Day History

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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The history of April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. Many people were rebellious and refused to acknowledge the change. They continued to celebrate New Year’s on the last day of the former celebration, April... [read more]

Couponing Secrets Anyone Can Use

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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When you first start using coupons, expect a 25-30% reduction in your grocery bill. Over time, with attention to details, you can save 30-50%. And with extreme couponing, you can reach the more than 50% level. · Don't use coupons the week they come out. Stores jack up prices in anticipation. · Use coupon-matching websites such as SavingsAngel, CouponMom and The Grocery Game, and combine manufacturers' and in-store coupons to maximize... [read more]

April Fools’ Fast-Food Hoax Hall Of Fame

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the ad, the new whopper included the same ingredients, but rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King revealed that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into... [read more]

Easter

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. [read more]

14 of the Most Interesting Easter Traditions from Around the World

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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Kids in the U.S. and Canada grow up expecting a delivery of decorated eggs and candy from the Easter bunny each year, but that tradition may seem odd to some. Brought to this country by German immigrants in the 1700s, the practice is rooted in the belief that rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth. While this may be the norm in Canada and America, other cultures have their own unique Easter celebrations. Whether it's drenching one another with water in... [read more]

Why Estate Planning is so Important as a Senior

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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As you get older, you run the risk of being unable to make your wishes clear when it comes to your estate planning. Many people procrastinate because they don’t know where to start on the process. You may even be afraid that if you sign a power of attorney form over to a child, you may end up stuck in a nursing home. These are all valid concerns. This fear can be mitigated by meeting with an estate planner, and putting your wishes down on paper. Build in a contingency plan for how you... [read more]

5x5 Exercise

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Too tired to work out? Too busy? Too...whatever? Here's a way to slip exercise into your day without heading to the gym or breaking for a long period. 5x5 exercise means to exercise vigorously five times per day for five minutes each time. When you get up in the morning, do morning calesthenics. Take five to do jumping jacks, run in place, do burpees, or put on the music and dance. Five minutes goes by quickly. On morning and afternoon breaks at work, instead of lounging in the... [read more]

Passion for Learning

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Socrates was once approached by a man who asked the great teacher to help him to become a better student. The master took the would-be student into the water and suddenly pushed him under and held him there. Surging to the surface, out of breath, the young man gasped, “Why did you do that?” Socrates answered, “When you want to learn as badly as you wanted to breathe, you will.” [read more]

Think Before You Compliment

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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As a professional photographer, Julie took a lot of pride in her work. One evening she was at a dinner party with a master chef. The chef asked to view some of Julie's images, and afterwards complimented her. “These are really good," he told her. “You must have a great camera to get shots this nice.”    After dinner, Julie complimented the host on his wonderful food. “That dinner was excellent,” she said. “You must have some high... [read more]

Murphy’s Laws

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Everyone has heard of Murphy's first law: "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." But hardly anybody knows who Murphy was. The search for Murphy's notebooks over the years has led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor's junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for... [read more]

Why St. Patrick’s Day?

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Why do we bother to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world? Obviously, you might say, the day is to honour Ireland's patron saint, who introduced Catholicism to the Irish and rid their land of snakes. But that's not really what we're celebrating, is it? We're really using it as an excuse to wear green and throw a big party. Everyone knows the Irish love a good party. Our methods of celebrating might differ around the... [read more]

Flowers Know When To Bloom

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Scientists have known since the 1930s that plants sense the length of the days and, somehow, use that information to decide when to flower. Russian scientists back then speculated that a mysterious substance must be transported from leaves to shoot tips, stimulating the formation of flower buds. They called the mystery chemical “florigen.” In 2005, a trio of new studies revealed how it works, including why flowers spring forth in certain spots on a plant. The findings were... [read more]

To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019

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Get ready for sunnier days, whether you have an hour or a weekend to spare. The first official day of spring is March 20. So whether there’s still snow on the ground or flowers in bloom, you can rest assured that nicer weather is on its way. Usher in the new season with a bit of spring cleaning, some fresh flowers and — if you can get outdoors — a little dirt under your fingernails. Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less 1. Make mirrors and table lamps... [read more]

Test Your Relationship

Monday Feb 11th, 2019

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A strong relationship is founded on communication and sharing.  So how much do you know about your partner or spouse?  Try these simple questions — the more you can honestly answer “yes” to, the firmer ground you’re on:  I know who my partner’s best friends are. I can describe my partner’s greatest ambition. I can name my partner’s favorite singer or musical group. My partner appreciates the things I do for him/her. My... [read more]

Heroic Customer Service

Wednesday Feb 6th, 2019

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Excellent customer service comes from people who care, not company policy. Take this example of a front-desk clerk at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village resort. As a guest was checking out, she told the desk clerk that she had a wonderful visit but had been heartbroken when she lost several rolls of film she hadn’t yet        developed. The clerk not only sympathized with the guest, she also told the woman to leave a couple of unused rolls.... [read more]

Where we Live

Wednesday Feb 6th, 2019

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Making any kind of prediction about the real estate market is a risky proposition. The website of Housing Finance magazine, though, cautions readers to be wary of these age-based assumptions: Generation Y doesn’t want to buy a house. In fact, one survey of over 1,200 members of Generation Y found that about 36 percent already own a house, and 70 percent of those who don’t own a home expect to buy one by their early 30s. Baby Boomers want “Independent Senior... [read more]

Mothers: They Are Human Too!

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019

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Being a mother can be stressful. But admitting that you sometimes need a break can be hard, given the expectations that society has for the “perfect” mother. A survey of some 25,000 moms (reported on the Parenting.com website) uncovered some secrets about what mothers want, and don’t want, from their lives. Some of the longings and preferences the mothers admitted to were: • 23 percent say what they want most is some time alone. • 49 percent have sent their... [read more]

Top 5 Benefits of Staging Your Home

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019

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Real Estate Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale. Staging is really about un-decorating and removing years of living, collecting & decorating so a buyer can visualize themselves living in the home. When a seller "lets go" of some of their own things, it then gives permission for the buyer to buy! There are many benefits of staging your home for sale. Here are the top 5 reasons. 1. Staging is always less than your first price reduction. In most cases a price... [read more]

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019

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To leave the old with a burst of song, to recall the right and forgive the wrong. To forget the thing that binds you fast to the vain regrets of the year that’s past. To have the strength to let go your hold of the not worthwhile of the days grown old. To dare to go forth with a purpose true, to the unknown task of the year that’s new. To help your brother along the road to do his work and lift his load.. To add your gift to the world’s good cheer is to have and... [read more]

Ontario Creating 40 New Seniors Active Living Centres

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019

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Province Helping Seniors Stay Active and Socially Connected Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Ontario is helping seniors stay active and connected to their communities by investing in up to 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres across the province. Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, joined by Vic Dhillon, MPP, Brampton-West, was at the Villa Polonia in Brampton today to announce the recipients of new Seniors Active Living Centre funding. CANES Community Care is... [read more]

Caring For An Elderly Relative While Working

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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Caring for an elderly relative can be challenging when you’re committed to your career. Many people leave their jobs to care for parents, but that isn’t your only option. Consider these strategies for keeping your job—and your sanity: ¨ Look into workplace regulations for taking time off to care for relatives. ¨ Flex your work schedule. You may be able to telecommute, work part-time, or take on a flexible schedule. Talk to your manager. If you’re... [read more]

Notable in November

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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November 1st, 1959 - After being hit in the face with a hockey puck, Jacques Plante, goalie for the Canadiens at the time, created the hockey mask out of fiberglass and resin. November 3rd, 1718 - The birth of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who hit upon pairing bread and meat slices to sustain him through lengthy gambling sessions. November 7th, 1885 – the first transcontinental railroad across Canada, concluded with the driving of the "last spike" in... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Why We Like To Be Scared

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories: · We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled... [read more]

Still Eager To Help

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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A young man was helping his elderly mother move into a new apartment building. He was sensitive to the fact that his mother had always been quite active, both in her job and in her volunteer work after retirement. But he was concerned that she’d have trouble taking care of herself. So, as he was unpacking boxes, he casually asked her, “Mom, have you ever considered Meals on Wheels?” The mother sighed sadly. “I have, but you know, I just don’t think I have... [read more]

Did You See That?

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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Haunted houses are a $300 million a year business, with more than 3,000 throughout North America. Some of the most-visited places are: 1) Whaley House in San Diego, California; 2) Madison’s Haunted Inn in Kincardine, Ottawa; 3) Oppertsauer House in Stony Plain, Edmonton. Alberta; 4) The ghost town of Jerome, Arizona; 5) The town of Fergus, Ontario; 6) The battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 7) The site of the witch hunts, Salem, Massachusetts; These... [read more]

Grandparent Goodies

Saturday Sep 1st, 2018

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Grandparents Day is September 9, here are some delightful stories from – and about – grandparents:  My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.  He asked how old I was, and I told him “62.”  He was quiet for a moment and then he asked, “Did you start at one?” When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.  Still, a few... [read more]

Fall Begins September 22nd

Saturday Sep 1st, 2018

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The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22nd, ushering in a new season. The equinoxes (both Autumnal in fall, and Vernal in spring) mark the points in the year when the sun crosses the equator so that every place on earth experiences an equal amount of daylight and darkness. Equinoxes are also the days when the sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere exactly due east and it sets exactly due west. The equinoxes have been observed and celebrated for thousands of years and have significance... [read more]

Start The School Year Right

Saturday Sep 1st, 2018

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The first day of school looms large and scary for new pupils – and their parents as well.  Here are some suggestions on how to ease the transition:   Establish a routine in the morning before the school year starts, so your child can get accustomed to dressing and having breakfast without hurrying.   Before classes begin, visit the school with your child so it won’t seem so strange.  Many schools have special orientation programs to familiarize... [read more]

Midsummer Garden Care

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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By this time of year, your plants could be looking tired and awful. Although the heat may make working in the garden a daunting prospect, whether you have a few acres or a few potted plants, a little love this month will keep your plants looking nice until the Fall, when the days start getting shorter and the garden slows down. Deadhead: Cutting off the spent blooms on your plants will tell them to make new ones. If you have roses and it’s late in the month, you can give them a... [read more]

Quick Pick-Me-Ups

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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Heat got you down?  Is your elevator not going all the way to the top?   If you have a few moments, these simple things might help snap you  out of it: · Spritz your favorite scent in your living space. If you save your best fragrance for special occasions, smelling it can take you back to a fun time and put a smile on your face. Why let it sit in the bottle? · Pop a multi-vitamin.  If you have been dragging lately, you might not have been... [read more]

Dogs Need a Break from the Sun, Too

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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When the temperature gets up there and you’re wearing shorts and a tank top, remember: your best friend has a fur coat on. Besides panting, do you know what dogs do to tell you when they’ve had too much fun in the sun? Heavy panting His tongue and mucous membranes are bright red. His saliva is thick and sticky It’s important to act immediately if a dog has any of the above symptoms. First, move your dog out of the sun (or heat) to an area where there is cool air... [read more]

Four Steps for Beating Post-Vacation Blues

Tuesday Jul 31st, 2018

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  If your vacation should have relaxed and recharged you why can going back to work be so hard?  It takes two days to come back up to speed after a two-week vacation, according to researchers. Here are a few ideas to minimize that deer-in-the-headlights feeling when you go back to work: Let others know your plans. Let clients and co-workers know when you’ll be away and give them alternative contacts. You’ll reduce the number of messages waiting for you at the... [read more]

10 Mind-Boggling Facts About Canada By Daniel Reid

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars One of the most common facts about Canada is that it can get pretty cold in the winter (anyone who’s ever had to chisel their car out of a block of ice in the morning knows this to be true). The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is... [read more]

Painkillers May Weaken Immunizations

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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Do you reach for a painkiller, for yourself or your family, when you get a shot?  That may not be such a good idea, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium — can react with your body’s immune system and weaken the effect of flu shots and other vaccinations. Scientists suggest it might be better to tough it out and stay away from NSAIDs a day or so before... [read more]

Quality Service Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless.

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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On average, families move about every five years and we are always looking for repair and service people we can trust. Most of us rely on wise neighbors for referrals to reliable plumbers, painters and auto mechanics. Still, it takes time to develop your own personal relationships with them. Here are some ways that may help give you more confidence in your choices until you and your service people have bonded. Ask around for shops and services before you need them. Don’t put off... [read more]

Different Ways to Honour Dad

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

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Fathers play a special, irreplaceable role in our lives, and Father’s Day is a great time to let them know that. On June 17, skip the tie and tell all the  special, irreplaceable dads in your life what they mean to you from the bottom of your heart. Some suggestions: Write a letter thanking your father/uncle/grandfather/ brother/son for all he’s done and all he means to you.  Read it in front of him and the whole family. You can frame it and even add photos or... [read more]

He Found Great Value In Disaster

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

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Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was possibly the greatest   inventor who ever lived.  He received more than 1,000 patents in his lifetime, many for items we take for granted today: the alkaline battery, the motion picture camera, the phonograph and, of course, the light bulb.  There’s a story that it took  Edison more than 2,000   experiments before he got his light bulb to work.  When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times, Edison said,... [read more]

Ontario’s 2018 Budget: What Seniors Need to Know

Monday May 7th, 2018

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Like speeches from the throne, budgets are aspirational documents delivered by the governing party to outline their spending priorities, with hopes of continuing to be the governing party. Given how close today’s Ontario budget is to the June 7 provincial election, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted.   This budget leaves the impression that the Ontario Liberals are gambling that Ontarians will forgive significant deficits if it means large investments in social... [read more]

Hunger Pangs or Snack Cravings?

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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Many of us eat more than we need to.  Often it’s because we think we’re hungry when instead we’re anxious, depressed, bored, or just tempted by the plate of brownies a coworker brought in this morning. Although you shouldn’t wait until you’re faint with hunger to eat, it’s good to pay attention to the signals your body is sending you.  These are the typical symptoms of real hunger: · Growling, gurgling, or rumbling in the... [read more]

Cell Phone Civility

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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Cell phones sometimes seem to create as many problems as they solve.  To smooth over the rough spots, CellPhones.org put together this list of cell phone etiquette tips: Lower your voice.  Don’t force everyone around you to listen to your half of the conversation. Avoid personal subjects.  Resist the temptation to overshare where complete strangers can listen to your intimate secrets. Don’t take calls (or text) when talking to someone else.  If you... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016

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In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]

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