Teach children early about volunteering

The guidance office in any high school will tell you the same thing. In the final months of their final year, some students invariably appear at the door to the guidance office, confusion in their eyes. But it’s not their academics they’re worried about. High school students in Ontario get four whole years to figure […]

A Glimpse into Beach Houses of Worship

From our earliest days it seems that we have been taught to count something. One sheep. Two sheep. Three sheep. Our Sesame Street friends, Bert and Ernie, have coached us well.  Now that I’m into my middle years, my counting patterns have changed somewhat. Two pounds lost last week. Gas prices are up two cents […]

Skype is an easy way to connect

In many ways, as kids become adults, the difference between parents and their middle-aged children is much less pronounced. Both generations can drive, own homes (or at least mortgages), vote and enjoy a glass of wine together. But a noticeable difference arises with technology. “Not you, too,” I heard my mother say at Easter as […]

Learn the options for inheriting a RRIF

Ever wondered what the difference is between a ‘successor annuitant’ and a named ‘beneficiary designation’ when transferring from a Registered Retirement Savings Plan to a Registered Retirement Income Fund? Probably not, but the distinction is important. A RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) is a tax deferred savings plan to save for your retirement. At age […]

Bernie Fletcher: Movies Made in East Toronto

There’s been a murder in the Don Valley. But don’t worry, it’s 1895 and Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Police Constabulary is on the case. Fans around the world are following Murdoch Mysteries in its fourth season of forensic sleuthing in the Age of Invention. Dubbed ‘Sherlock Holmes meets CSI’, the series is based […]

Glenn Cochrane: Sturdy’s taken up piano

Sturdy Gert McCurdy is back in town after a lengthy visit to the far north and as usual she has many an intriguing story to tell. Sturdy had been hired by a behavior consultant to take a group of 31 dental technicians up to her old stomping grounds so they could study the effect that […]

Trustee’s ordeal is over, case dismissed

“It’s over!,” I yelled!!! I was being sued for conflict of interest because I have a daughter who teaches in the TDSB and it is over. The complaint had been withdrawn and the judge had dismissed the case. It isn’t as satisfying as being found innocent but it will cost less than a fifth of […]

Bottoms Up: 2011 Ontario Wine Awards

Once again this year, it was my great pleasure to judge the Ontario Wine Awards, as I’ve done for most of its existence. Celebrating 16 years of excellence in Ontario wines, it is the brainchild of well-known wine scribe Tony Aspler. Originally coined the Air Ontario Wine Awards because Air Ontario was the main sponsor, […]

The Main Menu: Enjoy salad days of summer

Gone are the days when a wedge of iceberg topped with some cheesy sludge could be called a salad. Now we have creations. Salads can be a vibrant cornucopia of tastes, textures and colour, designed to please the eye as much as the palate. Mixed greens of all sorts, fruit, berries and nuts not to […]

Former Beacher shares life Over the Wire

June is here and a teenage boy’s fancy turns to beaches, cottages and girls. Imagine it’s 1941 and a brutal war rages in Europe. The Malvern principal gives you the option to sign up for active service and graduate early without writing your final exams. Andrew Carswell was turning 18 and chose to enlist. In […]