Bottoms Up: News from around the wine world

By now you’ve probably heard all the talk about interprovincial wine shopping in Canada. Or should I say ‘non-interprovincial’ wine shopping! An obscure 1928 Prohibition-era law presently makes it illegal for consumers to transport even a single bottle of alcohol across provincial boundaries. How archaic you say? Darn right! The original idea of this law […]

The Main Menu: Have your own Royal Tea party

We are entering into the season of weddings and wedding showers. With the royal wedding just past, the afternoon tea has become a popular entertainment. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to make your afternoon tea the event of the season. You may want to choose a theme for the tea and a […]

Think of space as a resource

We are all aware of what happens when we spend more than we can financially handle. Most of us have a fairly good grasp of budgeting and balancing our income with our expenses/savings. Because the consequences can be so dire when we don’t manage this area of our lives, we will take action fairly quickly […]

Hypothyroidism is underdiagnosed

Is your thyroid underactive? Do you have some or all of the following symptoms:  fatigue, allergies, depression, cold hands and feet, weight gain/inability to lose weight, thinning eyebrows, constipation, dry skin, forgetfulness, foggy thinking, irritability, joint pain, blood pressure problems, and/or headaches/ migraines, and yet all blood tests come back normal?  You may have what […]

Learning to be nice is a life lesson

“But, mommy, we always have to be NICE!” This from my 12-year-old, who has one of the most pleasant, easy-to-get-along-with personalities I know. Why the complaint? We are talking about the merits and drawbacks of going to a small school. Yes, she concedes, it is great to know everyone in the school. Students even know […]

Understanding a taxing situation

So often the terms marginal tax rate, effective tax rate and average tax rates are discussed interchangeably without really understanding their meaning. Let’s take a quick look at these terms and how the information they provide can help guide your financial decisions today and in the future. For example, in 2010, Josephine’s total income from […]

Beautiful Angel needs heavenly home

Angels travel in packs. These gangs of good almost always have a leader too – the inspiration behind their unrelenting acts of kindness. The head halo is often elusive by nature, fluttering just out of identifying reach. But recently, I caught one by the wingtip and I absolutely refuse to let go. Of course, that […]

Ontario families need answers — and tax relief

Every day more and more people come into our office for help. Times are hard for many of them. Good jobs that disappeared in the financial meltdown have not returned. For those lucky enough to find work, jobs are temporary, part-time or at minimum wage. Many people work two and three jobs just to try […]

Deja Views: May 3, 2011

The reason this archival photograph of Silver Birch Avenue was taken in 1916 was to document the manhole cover in the centre frame. Today, the maintenance cover has been moved and the house shown close to the lake has been replaced with the Silver Birch Boat House. Do you have an old photo you’d like […]

Bottoms Up: Remy Pannier celebrates 200 years

Happy Birthday dear Remy Pannier! Happy Birthday to you! After a certain age, birthday celebrations lose their appeal for many. However, when you’re celebrating a 200th, it’s a huge cause for elation. Such is the case with Remy Pannier who this year celebrates 200 years of winemaking in France’s Loire Valley. The Loire is France’s […]