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Travel insurance should you or not? - Part 1

Why should we purchase travel insurance? How much coverage does one need?  Where do you get reliable travel insurance? We are being faced with these questions over and over and over again… Did you know that your Canadian health insurance is “almost” cert...
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Healthy Life: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. There is pink everywhere. Even with the ambulance service I work for, we switch our gloves to pink ones. To me, however, every day is breast cancer awareness. I make it my mission to make sure people "Feel it on the First", a monthly reminder to do...
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Food

Recipe: Fall detox salad

This crunchy, nutritious, vibrant salad is what I like to call a bowlful of balance during a chocolate-filled October. I made this last week when my body declared it was time to give the Halloween candy a rest. The Detox Salad was on my mind, but I had to improvise with ingredients on hand – H...
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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice White Russians

This is the next pumpkin spice latte. Ingredients For the rim 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers For the drink 2 oz. vodka 1 oz. Kahlua 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin spice creamer Cinnamon stick, for garnish Instructions - Make the rim: On a shallow plate, combine pumpki...
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Big Nate Goes Bananas

The school year is winding down, and Nate can’t wait for summer vacation: baseball, beach trips, and…overripe bananas? Yuck!   Turns out Nate has a problem with fruit that’s past its prime.  And that’s not all that’s bugging him.  Kim Cressly is making...
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Recipe: Vegan apple oat crisp

Still have leftover apples from this year's picking expedition? Then try this vegan version of a fall favourite: apple crisp! Ingredients Topping 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided 1/2 cup light-brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt Morton Iodized Salt  6 tablespoons extra-...
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Food

Recipe: Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie

Take the hassle out of chicken pot pie by whipping up this recipe that uses pre-made biscuits. Ingredients 4 frozen buttermilk biscuits 1 1/2 c. chicken stock 1 c. whole milk 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning 1 chopped small onion 1 c. Matchstick Carrots 3 tbsp. but...
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Makeup By Marla: My current makeup bag

A recurrent question that I've been asked lately is, "Marla, what are the products you use for your everyday makeup routine?" I do admit that about every 3 to 6 months or so, I run the risk of adopting a product and giving it current daily makeup routine status, but there are some stap...
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An Anthology of Intriguing Animals

Take a sneak peek into this adorable illustrated menagerie, featuring beloved animals that children love. This is a beautiful book filled with stunning photographs and fascinating information, whether it's how the koala got its name or which animal the Ancient Egyptians thought rolled the sun ac...
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School Spotlight: Bialik High School

Bialik High School is a secondary private Jewish high school, I-V, private high school that is part of the JPPS-Bialik school system, that was founded and based on a pluralistic vision of Judaism that offers an outstanding Jewish and secular education through both an English Section and a Section fr...
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Personalize your kid's birthday party

For some reason, autumn is littered with two things: falling leaves and an influx of kids’ birthday parties (I personally think it’s all that holiday cheer). I’ve been to, and hosted, my fair share of kids’ birthday bashes, and I think I know a thing or two (or 45) about what...
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Food

Recipe: Crusty White Bread

This recipe was inspired by the bread recipe created by Jim Lahey and presented by food writer Mark Bittman in the New York Times. Ingredients Bread 3 ½ cups (525 g) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp salt ½ tsp instant dry yeast 1 ¾ cups (430 ml) cold...
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