Add fun with home-made puppets

June 5, storyteller Sally Jaeger and I are participating in the first Ontario Ultimate Block Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Toronto’s historic Fort York.  From 7,000 to 10,000 children and their families will tour and take part in about 20 play-based learning-activity centres. The activities are for children aged one to 81, […]

Don’t get trapped in web of misinformation

More and more these days vets and other professionals rely on new technology to communicate with, and educate our clients. Our practice now uses a combination of email and internet technology for the majority of our communication and information sharing both with clients and colleagues. Gone are the days of photocopied handouts and lengthy answering […]

Reduce, reuse and upcycle

Spring is the time when garage sales pop up like tulips and daffodils! They are great places to find all sorts of bargains, and a great way to recycle your ‘stuff’. I used to think I was ‘cheap’, but it seems that I am really actually ‘green’. Beach Metro News has listings for all the […]

Glenn Cochrane: Where never is heard an encouraging word

Sturdy Gert McCurdy is just back from her old stomping grounds in the frozen north, and she is positively brimming with news. She was invited up to the town of Miserable Lagoon to officiate at a Polar Bear throwing contest which, as it happens, was won by a local athlete named Big Bad Eddie Warburton. […]

Hug a tree – it’s making you richer

As Mother Nature ever so slowly beckons spring to the Beach, the residents of our beautiful neighbourhood are but mere days away from witnessing the revival of our marvellous oak tree forest and its wondrous canopy. This year it feels late to see our oaks return from their winter slumber. Or was last year just […]

Glenn Cochrane: Glenn gets wound-up about spring

I recently fell into conversation with my old pal Sebastian Morningside and as usual we covered a wide range of topics including the Manitoba Uprising of 1961 and Whatever has happened to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Uprising is history of course and as for this city’s beleaguered hockey squad there is nothing wrong with […]

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 […]

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 […]