Five top tips for buyers looking to purchase repossessed homes

By: Andrew Mitchell   Under the right circumstances, a repossessed property can yield incredible value. Because they are more concerned about recouping losses than making profits on these transactions, banks and other lending institutions are less likely to hold out for top ...

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’twas the night before new year

Dear Readers, As the end of the year approaches and a new one to begin, I offer you this little ditty:   ‘Twas the night before New Year, when all through the house Crowds of people were stirring, I could not find my ...

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Tourtiere

By Chef Peter Webster of Bouquet Garni Catering   The tourtière is a Quebec institution.  It is most often served around Christmas time, which is too bad because it is an amazing meal.  It can be prepared in advance and be frozen ...

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Top 10 tips for staying healthy during the holidays

1. On top of the list – Be realistic. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Rather, focus on maintaining your current weight.   2. Start your day with a nutrient dense drink like a green smoothie. You’ll feel lighter and more energized. ...

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Things that are dangerous to our pets at Christmas

By: Valerie Brecknock     The Christmas season is here again, comes around fast every year, one day it’s July the next we are all frantically shopping getting ready for the holidays.  Like me, I would imagine being a few days before the ...

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There’s More to Gifts Than Toys and Electronics

At this time of year, we all face the dreaded shopping list. Gifts are needed for your toddlers or teens, spouses and family, teachers, coaches and caregivers. Unfortunately what ends up happening is that we end up buying out of ...

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All kinds of baskets at Sun Youth

While in the Sun Youth food bank we are getting ready to distribute Christmas baskets to thousands of needy families, other baskets will be subject to a lot of rivalries only a few feet away. This Thursday, December 19 will ...

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Strathcona Hall

by Dick Nieuwendyk   Strathcona Hall was designed and constructed in 1904 by Montreal architects Samuel Arnold Finley and David Jerome Spence. The funds for this building was a gift from Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, a wealthy Scottish-born Canadian, ...

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Is rust-proofing worthwhile?

Car experts disagree…   By: John Symon     Many Montreal car owners wonder about the usefulness of rust-proofing their vehicles. Quebec’s long, cold, but humid winters and the abundant use of abrasives (sand, gravel) can cause damage to car paint of while use of ...

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