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 […]

The Main Menu: Thank goodness for greenhouses

Kudos to Ontario farmers who use innovation to grow fresh produce in a less than hospitable climate. Greenhouse gardening minimizes the effects of our rigorous climate and allows us to have fresh picked tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and lettuces now. In the past farmers had to rely on outdoor planting and Mother Nature. As a result, […]

Glenn Cochrane: Mae West can’t beat May in the Beach

After a typical Toronto winter which always seems so long and so dour, we are finally heading happily into the Merry Month of May and not a moment too soon, if you ask me. According to my notes the month is named after Mae West, a popular stage and movie performer back in the 1930s […]

Glenn Cochrane: Glenn tells everyone to “Have a nice day.”

Whatever happened to that cheery admonition “Have a nice day?” The time was that a child’s first words were “Have A Nice Day,” strangers would stick their heads in your car window and cry “Have a Nice Day” while you waited for the traffic light to change, and felons would beset you on the street […]