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REG amuses...: BUGATTI auto surpasses 300 mph

Street model car capable of exceeding 300 mph.

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BRUNO's ramblings...: Remember Movember

The first big snow of November happened a few days ago. It was gone within a day or so. But the cold temps stayed around. Got my winter tires put on the car. Today we are supposed to get much … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Poppies 1, Cherry 0

Cherry may have done himself in this time but he was in the wrong. Cherry commented about the poppy campaign in memory of the fallen who fought in past wars. His criticism was that the poppies were not being worn … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...:

Math puzzles, pizza and pizzazz with good ole Norm.

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EVENTS: CHRISTMAS LUNCH for the isolated and alone

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FERMO's Desk...: PICKERING pays respect on Remembrance Day, 2019

 

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: Phone ‘PORTING-OUT’ Scam

Here’s a new one which we will write about in greater detail very soon, after more research is completed. The fraudster find personal information about you and open a phone account with another phone service, impersonating you. They then get … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk: Number of Canadians honouring vets rising

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 3 of 6) Reduce your telemarketing calls

Reduce your telemarketing calls: Register your phone number: Click the link to the Canadian govt’s National Do Not Call The Canadian government service will not successfully block all telemarketers. “Fraudsters.” “fraud callers” originating internationally are NOT BLOCKED. So, your duct … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 6 of 6 ) Has your data been compromised?

Want to know if your data has been compromised? If you want to verify whether or not your email address has been compromised, there is an Internet service which will identify emails in databases of companies which have been hacked. … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 4 of 6 ) TELCOS OBLIGED TO FIGHT SPAM

TELEPHONE COMPANIES OBLIGED TO FIGHT TELEMARKETING Bell Canada has just launched their UNCB ( Universal Network-level Call Block service ) supposedly free and for all their clients. You do not have to do anything as BELL completes the process of … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 2 of 6) How to stop phone spoofing

PART 2 ( 6 part series ) How to stop phone spoofing At this time, there is no ‘sure fire’ way to stop phone spoofing. The US government and the telecom industry are working together to put a stop to … Continue reading

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 5 of 6 ) Have you been breached?

Has your email been breached ( put at risk )? “Breached” means you have visited a site on the Internet and that company has been hacked exposing a portion of its subscribers to fraudsters. Some very big companies have been … Continue reading

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ERMA's desk...: A war cannot be won, so at best, if you can, count your losses and please do not forget.

The famous phrase of the writer, Rudyard Kipling endares us to remember, “lest we forget”. Remembrance Day November 11th, 2019. Lest we forget! This phrase means there is a lesson learned and we are cautioned not to let it depart … Continue reading

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AGEING: ELDER ABUSE webinar

  ELDER ABUSEWebinar event register to watch this webinar broadcast REGISTRATION  

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HEALTH: 10 things that just aren’t worth it….

10 things that just aren’t worth the energy and aggravation many of us give them.

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SCAMS, FRAUDS and HACKS: (PART 1 of 6) Phone SPOOFING, phone scams

What is Phone Spoofing? Phone spoofing is when a scammer makes another person’s or company’s phone number appear on the receiver’s caller ID in an attempt to impersonate that individual or organization. The end goal is to gain access to … Continue reading

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FERMO's Desk...: Pickering REMEMBERS

REMEMBRANCE DAY ceremonies Sunday, NOV. 1010:45 am Pickering Esplanade

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FERMO's Desk...: Ya mean I might be able to join ya?

Fermo’s buddies are droolin’ and have become happier campers with this latest bit of news. Dogs will soon be allowed to accompany their human buddies who want to have a pint in a pub…it isn’t all clear sailing just yet … Continue reading

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Lentil Soup

Winter’s coming….time for meals that warm up the body and the soul !  

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HEALTH: Multi-Million Dollar Class Actions against retirement home corporations

This story is not intended to frighten people, nor to have them avoid retirement homes. Rather,  its intent is to be a cautionary warning to families who may be considering nursing home services for someone in their family.

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HEALTH: An important update about the flu shot…

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From NAKINA...: Nov. 4 – speedin’, dustin’, and football gripin’

No more dust bunnies with the new bObsweep ! The OPP….….launched a major crackdown last w/end on Highway #6, from one end (Tobermory? in the north) to the other (Pt. Dover in the south)….and all points in between! They had/have … Continue reading

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iPad: NOTABILITY: the best notemaking app anywhere

That Notability is not available on the WIN10 platform is our only criticism of this notemaking application.   The best notemaking app of any Notability is the best notemaking application for iPads, iPhones and Apple OS systems, period. We have been using Notability daily … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Libraries: courage, class and character

Public libraries supporting free speech and open debate even difficult topics and issues is praiseworth they they walk the talk, demonstrating class and philisophical integrity. Recently, the Toronto Public Library showed real class permitting a controversial public figure’s use of … Continue reading

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NAUGHTY HUMOUR: Excellent eyesight

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NAUGHTY HUMOUR: PMS irritated, ya think?

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NAUGHTY HUMOUR: Mammogram appointment

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VOTE2019: GRAPHIC: final results

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BOOK CLUBS OF PPL: LOANSTARS – Canadian librarians select notable books of the month

Each month the librarians across Canada select the books they believe should be available in the country’s libary system. Click the links for your selected month: AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER

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EDITORIALS: Take time to remember

Traditions, honouring bravery, paying respect, are these things relegated to bygone times? Do young people understand and comprehend the sacrifices made in defending and safeguarding freedom and liberty for future generations? The veterans of World War I are all gone; … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: Why we don’t respond to bullying/hate publicly

We are afraid. We won’t stand up to bullies publicly because we are afraid of them, their power, their physical dominance or their business place superiority. We’ve experienced bullying throughout our life and now in our golden years, we watch … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: Fermo says, “Improve your health, get a dog!”

Each year, there are more than 50,000 strokes in Canada and about 64,000 Canadians will have their first heart attack. New studies suggest simple fixes that could save the lives of people who experience these cardiovascular events. As researchers report, … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: Dementia: The Latest in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Tara Losinski | October, 2019 Dementia is defined as a disorder of mental processes caused by disease or injury. It affects not just memory and concentration but also perception and personality. Getting older remains the strongest risk factor; after 65, … Continue reading

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HEALTHY: Three habits that will help improve your life

Read, exercise physically, exercise mentally…that’s it !Joseph Isieturugo, Success Builder, leader, coach and your friend. Reading: forming and maintaining the habit (consistency) of reading is key to making it big in life. Readers are leaders. A reader today, a leader … Continue reading

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NAUGHTY HUMOUR: Guess who !

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MEMORY: Solutions 3

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MEMORY: Strategies, diversions, puzzles to help improve memory

Memory weakens with age, no avoiding it. However, there are some activities which researchers claim can slow the erosion.

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TECHNOLOGY: Email etiquette, Part 2

Mind Your Email Manners Ten reminders about email etiquette and manners that we think everyone should follow. We try to and you should too.

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EDITORIALS: Where goest thou Canada?

Where goest thou Canada?These election results are disappointing but not discouraging. Our country seems to be a good place to live but when we see how divided and fragmented it is, it becomes demoralizing for some citizens, regardless of colour, … Continue reading

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NADA: Out of date; out of touch! Edit efficiently and effectively.

The old ways of editing may have been easy but they just aren’t the way in the electronic era. Today, many writers use electronic tools to write their material, wordprocessing programs such as WORD, TEXTMAKER,  LIBRE OFFICE and NEAT OFFICE. … Continue reading

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LONELINESS: COMMUNITY CARE DURHAM: an excellent source of assistance

Community Care Durham is an outstanding source of assistance to older adults, persons living on their own, and seniors in need of assistance. It provides assistance in numerous areas: Food & Nutrition Transportation Support & Education Health & Wellness Help … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Oct 21 – Indian summer, hooray!

Rotzy grumbles…might be time for warmer apparel  but warmer fall weather still permits wearing summer attire…

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REG amuses...: How did the world change so much?

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EDITORIALS: We told you so . . .

We told you in November, 2016…check it out:  [ TRUMPISM ] We said it three years ago and now it rears its ugly head in our election.

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RICHARD's desk: MARGARET ATWOOD shakes the campaign bush…catch the falling leaves

Atwood has some thoughts about how to vote. She hits the mark with precision and accuracy giving voters reason to pause and deliberate carefully with their vote. Read what she wrote to the Globe and Mail at Atwood.

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EDITORIALS: CONSERVATIVES have a campaign communications problem

Conservative Party has a campaign communications problem. We have tried contacting the local riding Conservative Party candidate in numerous ways, email, phone, personal visits to the campaign office at various times during the business day and after, all to no … Continue reading

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LONELINESS: BERLIN appoints MINISTER for LONELINESS

Loneliness is being recognized as a very serious threat to health, as serious as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Great Britain, seeing the severity of the problem, created a Ministry for Loneliness in 2018. Now, Berlin is following suit.

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BRUNO's ramblings...: Fall brings closure to our days of riding

It’s here!!! Fall has come and slapped us in the face! Oh sure, it teased us a bit with some days of summer like temperatures and sunny days. Then it reminded us who is boss.

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HEALTHY: NINE LIFESTYLE Changes that can reduce the risk of dementia

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says By Fergus WalshBBC Medical correspondent

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VOTE2019: FINAL CAMPAIGN MESSAGE from local candidates

The FOUR candidates campaigning in the PICKERING-UXBRIDGE riding were asked “What would like to say to the voters of this specific riding in these last days of the campaign?” We thank each candidate who responded. Their replies are shown below. … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: MUSARAT Bio

Cyma Musarat moved to Canada from Lahore, Pakistan, and built a small business in Toronto while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for disadvantaged and orphaned children throughout the world as a president of Friends of SOS Children’s Villages Canada. … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: FORINT Bio

Peter Forint has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, a MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a graduate certificate from Seneca College in Green Business Management. He spent over 24 years in the … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: O’Connell bio

Prior to entering federal politics, Jennifer O’Connell was elected to Pickering City Council at the age of 23. She remained a municipal councillor for almost 10 years. Between 2014 and 2015, she was Deputy Mayor for Pickering, Ontario. O’Connell is … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: Higdon bio

Eileen Higdon is native to Lanarkshire, Scotland where she worked as a nurse and midwife; she moved to Toronto in 1973 where she began studying at Ryerson University, receiving her bachelor of science in nursing. She is a well-known public … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: CHISU BIO

From 2011 to 2015, Corneliu Chisu was a Conservative MP representing the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East. In the 2015 federal election, he was defeated by Liberal candidate Jennifer O’Connell in the redistributed riding of Pickering—Uxbridge. Originally from Romania, Chisu studied … Continue reading

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RECIPES_TRY: JUICIEST TURKEY you will ever roast

Do you want the juiciest turkey you have ever roasted? Here’s the method. Prepare you turkey by patting it dry with paper toweling. [ Be sure to remove the innards, (neck, heart, etc.) from the inside of the turkey. ] … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Oct 14 – Do birds pee?

Thanksgiving and sometimes, our thinking wanders off into wonderland…Rotzy deals with a loaded question this week.

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VOTE2019: SENIORS matter . . . need to be considered by local candidates

Ever get “short-changed” in a conversation with a candidate? Cut off without being fully heard? Never getting the chance to say what you have in mind completely? “Vibrant voices” is a site created by the RTO-ERO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: KNOCKIN’ AT YOUR DOOR . . .

When a candidate knocks at your door, ask some questions and listen to the responses.

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VOTE2019: GUIDE for voters

Voter’s checklist You need  Voter Information Card Ways to vote Identification needed to vote Accessibility assistance available    

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EDITORIALS: STRATEGIC VOTING caused by petty campaigning

In many ways the Canadian election of 2019 is a mess of confusion, turmoil and disarray. No party has dared to make a big stand. As the Torstar journalist, Jordan Himelfarb, writes, the election is a “metaphor for our small … Continue reading

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FERMO's Desk...: What are the coolest facts to know?

It is impossible to lick your elbow (busted) A shrimp’s heart is in its head. A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond. It … Continue reading

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ERMA's desk...: Having an attitude of gratitude

Having an attitude of gratitude is a choice or disposition which sets you apart from the majority of those around you, especially those who usually react negatively to what may be a challenging or disappointing situation.

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Caramelized Pear Steel Cut Oats

INGREDIENTS FOR STEEL CUT OATS: INGREDIENTS FOR PEAR: ·2 cups Steel Cut Oats ·4 cups Milk or Milk Alternative ·¼ cup Vegan Becel ·1/3 cup Brown Sugar ·2 tbsp. Cinnamon ·¼ tsp. Salt ·1 ½ tbsp. butter or olive oil … Continue reading

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HEALTH: Where Are We With Ontario Healthcare?

Early in the year, the Health Ministry announced the new strategy for Ontario and included information on the Ontario Health Agency and the formation of Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). 

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LONELINESS: P.E.C. – ahead of much of Canada on support for seniors

Prince Edward County, a rural area about an hour and a half east of Toronto , may be one of the most picturesque regions in Ontario.

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FERMO's Desk...: Another 911 hero

There  were many heroes in the American tragedy of 9-11.

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FERMO's Desk...: So God made a dog

Fermo’s “Mr. Curiousity” everywhere…but…

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NADA: ASSOCIATIONS – stop working alone

Your writing can be improved but you need to get out of your tower of literary isolation.

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NADA: EDITING – save money

So you finally bit the bullet and hired a professional.

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NADA: EDITING – hire a professional

Professional editors cost money. Learn how you can save money.

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LONELINESS: Loneliness: learn more about it

People who live on their own have the right to choose if they want isolation and solitude. However, someone still should check in on them once in a while.

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EDITORIALS: VOTER CHALLENGE: poor local candidate, good party leader

“First past the post” is a flawed electoral process, agrees Elizabeth May.

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NADA: EDITING – ease the pain

Editing…minimize the pain!

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From NAKINA...: Oct 7 – 400 series highways are a pain…so too, Election 2019

Once a happy camper…but not happy with south Ontario roadways Last Tuesday….….Oct 1st marked the first anniversary for Miz. Jo and Rotzy having landed here at #303-555 Park Road North….aka Harris Place here in Brant’s Ford, having said ‘au revoir’ … Continue reading

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EDITORIALS: QUEBEC, how can we make you feel wanted?

Quebec fears for its life. This may be justified when one sees the disintegration and demise of their language, their culture and their society. But each move Quebec makes to safeguard its existence seems to be a slap in the … Continue reading

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BOOK_NEWS: Indie authors day in Pickering

Indie Authors Day, a celebration of independent authors, was organized by the PineRidge Arts Council and presented at the Pickering Public Library.

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BOOK_NEWS: Loanstars OCTOBER selections

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Grilling all autumn long with local produce

Thanks to what seems like the hottest summer ever…

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Barbecue still on…Confetti chicken

Barbecue ain’t done just yet

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EAT RIGHT, LIVE BETTER...by LISA: Halloween dessert to fall for

An autumn dessert you’ll fall for…

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EDITORIALS: “KIDS KAMP”…election 2019

Campaign 2019 is a school yard kids brawl.

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RICHARD's desk: Week at a glance: NOV 9 – Nov 16

MONDAYRemembrance Day ceremonies TUESDAYHistoric Church Open Doors WEDNESDAY THURSDAYCaregiver support group[ Event is held every 2nd Thursday each month ] FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY  

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FERMO's Desk...: Branding going too far !

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HEATHER'S reviews: The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis

White House chaos and calamity, fact or fake news? Michael Lewis, New York Times best selling author, puts it into plausible perspective.

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HEATHER'S reviews: The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (2017)

Abused, forced into the sexual slave trade, tortured and her family members murdered by members of the Islamic state, Nadia Murad endured it all and was eventually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her survival   SynopsisIn this intimate memoir … Continue reading

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From NAKINA...: Sept 30 – Fall down…Jays, Leafs, Timmies car lines…

Some random observations and thoughts…from lazies to losers…  

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RICHARD's desk: Pickering’s own magazine

Wow, talk about impressive. Kind of like attending a ‘black tie affair’. . . that’s the new PICKERING’S YOUR CITY magazine is.    

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RICHARD's desk: New magazine hits our town

A new magazine has just been launched in our town and it looks darn good. We are still getting information about the magazine from the editor, Audra Leslie.

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HEALTH: OCTOBER: Social isolation awareness month

Your health, physical and mental, is at risk if you spend too much time alone.

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HEALTH: Treatment for burns

When you get accidently burned….

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From NAKINA...: Fall arrives, along with food festivals and music too

Great weather means fall outings…

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EDITORIALS: DEEP THROAT, in Canada now? Oh no.

Deep Throat was the source behind the 1972 Richard Nixon Watergate scandal. Who’s_Canada’s_“Deep_Throat” in the Trudeau ‘brown face’ scandal? Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, respected journalists, were behind the Watergate newstory. Who’s behind the Canadian scandal?

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REG amuses...: I hate restrooms at Home Depot

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VOTE2019: An excellent chart comparing the PLATFORMS of the major federal parties

Following the election campaign is easier if you have a chart comparing the PLATFORMS of the major federal parties.

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EDITORIALS: QUEBEC, what are you thinking?

  Which supercedes the other? Quebec 21 or Canada Charter of Rights?

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From NAKINA...: Sept. 16 – Jazz, Friday 13th, and gardening

Jazz, fighting the crowd at Fri 12th in Dover, and veggie thievery!

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VOTE2019: There are 4 MAJOR issues facing Canadian in this federal election

Canadians face FOUR MAJOR issues in this federal election.

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NEWS: Get to know Toronto Star journalists

We like the Toronto Star, especially the digital version, because they have some of the very best journalists reporting and commenting on the news today, Dimanno, Mallick, Delacourt, Scoffield to name a few.

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EDITORIALS: KEEPING UP . . . with the news

A senior once told us, to be really educated “you must read a newspaper front to back every day.” That may have been true in bygone times, but today, one newspaper may not get you to the the land of … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: Comparing the election debates, CDN – USA; USA more controlled

Typical Canadian, Paul Wells, Maclean’s magazine columnist and moderator of the leaders debate held in Toronto at the outset of the campaign, exemplifies Canadian personas to a ‘T.” When the debate got out of hand, he politely sat back and … Continue reading

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AGEING: Age with elegance

A worthwhile read if you want to ‘age with elegance…’: ELEGANT AGING

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HEALTH: Alzheimers or anosognosia?

If you are over 60 and occasionally have memory lapses…

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VOTE2019: sept: ALL CANDIDATES FORUMS

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BRUNO's ramblings...: Sept: Fall’s coming too soon

Fall is coming too soon for me!

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VOTE2019: Poll confusion clarified by CBC

CBC confused poll watchers. Finally clarifies its mess.

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VOTE2019: Singh or May: who’ll be the new kingmaker

The Canadian federal election is on. The two major parties are tied in the polls. They’re neck and neck in reality. Justin isn’t getting a sweeping majority. Either is Andrew. But… Third parties hold power to make the kingElizabeth May … Continue reading

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AGEING: Vaping in my day

I vaped many years ago….

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HEALTH: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years caring for patients during the last 12 weeks of their lives, asked her patients about “any regrets they had or anything they would do differently.”

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HEALTH: 7 tips to help with weight loss

Here, seven simple changes that can help you reach your wellness goals:

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From NAKINA...: Sept 9 – considering athletic engagement again…feeling his oats

Feeling good…so considering athletic engagements

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NEWS: TorStar prints retraction, correction and explanation

Toronto Star sent a breaking news email notification which was erroneous. What an error for the biggest newspaper in the country. Minutes later the correction replacing the erroneous email notification was sent out. Star public editor, Kathy English, writes an … Continue reading

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VOTE2019: Platform PROMISES chart

An examination of the federal parties policy promises shows the parties are campaigning for the middle class votes.

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NEWS: Toronto Star prints a real doozy

Take a look at the email sent out by the Star less than two hours after Andreescu won the US Open defeating Williams by the scores indicated in the Star email:

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HEALTH: Slow the aging process

AGING CAN BE SLOWED DOWN

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POLITICS: Remarrying widow mourns loss of LIBERAL husband

Virgin Bride on Her 4th Wedding A woman married three times walked into an Ottawa bridal shop and told the sales clerk  she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding.

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VOTE2019: Need for economic democratization

The economy isn’t working for most Canadians

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VOTE2019: Federal candidates PICKERING-Uxbridge

The FOUR candidates campaigning in the PICKERING-UXBRIDGE riding are shown below. Click on the candidate to access their website.       Email:  cchisu@rogers.com Email:  peter.forint@greenparty.ca Email:  ethigdon@gmail.com Email:  info@cymamusarat.ca Email:  jennifer.oconnell@parl.gc.ca  

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VOTE2019: A LIBERAL CANDIDATE to watch

Jennifer O’Connell, an MP and the incumbent for Pickering-Uxbridge, is a Liberal to watch.

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