Financial ‘to do’s’ before the end of the year

Grandparents, parents, friends and family can contribute to RESPs (Registered Education Savings Plans) for children. Grandparents, parents, friends and family can contribute to RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plans) for qualified disabled individuals. A donation to an eligible charity can reduce annual income tax. If you turned age 71 this year you must convert RRSPs to […]

Apples add to Thanksgiving

The McIntosh apple, for which Canada is renown, turns 200 years old this year! What better way to celebrate the apple than at Thanksgiving? This sweet, juicy favourite has given us a number of offspring, among them the Empire and the Cortland. And there are the Crispin and Ginger Gold.  Why not plan an apple […]

Wine pairings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to count one’s blessings and be happy for what life has provided. This holiday is usually celebrated with a big feast. Next to Christmas dinner, it’s the meal that folks tend to go all out on and a glass of wine or two is the perfect accompaniment. The noble turkey is […]

Reel Beach: Hockey movies haven’t hit big time

September is a time of returns. Kids are back in school, celebrities hit the red carpet and hockey players hit the red line. Leaf fans are still hopeful and movie buffs look for that crowdpleasing gem at TIFF, like last year’s The King’s Speech. This year’s festival presented three new hockey films, Breakaway, Goon and […]

Rosetta McClain Raptor Watch

Did you know that the annual southern migration of raptors, also known as ‘birds of prey’, goes right past our front doorstep each fall?  Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Turkey Vultures, Broad-winged Hawks, and even Golden Eagles fly by each day during this period.  When conditions are right, they soar right through the Beach area. […]

Confessions of a unrepentant techno-mom

I will confess.  I am one of those people who spend an insane amount of time on my Blackberry every day.  Ask my editor; I took her out to lunch and she practically had to pry it out of my hands so I could eat my meal.  While it started as a business tool, I […]

Bottoms Up: Pisco — national drink of Peru

If you’ve ever been to South America, I’m sure you’ve come across Pisco. This pure, brandy-like spirit made from grape product through the distillation process packs quite a punch. My first introduction to it in the southern hemisphere many, many years ago resulted in my doing the Lambada on a coffee table with a lampshade […]

The Main Menu: Pickling no longer difficult

In the old days, pickling or preserving occurred on the hottest day of the year. It involved a great deal of boiling water, scalding jars, cleaning fruit and vegetables, and sweat. In short, preserving of old was hard work. Thankfully, the process has been streamlined. Although it still involves preparation, science has simplified the steps, […]