Lodging a Compliment

We're often quick to criticize, but sometimes aren't so fast to give credit where credit is due. Especially in matters pertaining to customer service. Here's a personal case in point:

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Our Canada editor Gary thinks outstanding customer service deserves praise.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-22 3:05pm

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Colour My World

As a kid, I could colour for hours. My favourite colouring book—which I jealously guarded from my younger sister lest she scribble in it—was one full of brides. Every page had so much to colour: wedding gowns with lots of detail, veils and hair accessories and oh, the bouquets of flowers!

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 As a kid, I could colour for hours. My favourite colouring book—which I jealously guarded from my younger sister lest she scribble in it—was one full of brides. Every page had so much to colour: wedding gowns with lots of detail, veils and hair accessories and oh, the bouquets of flowers!

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-22 2:05pm

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The thrill is gone but not forgotten

Born in the late '50s and a survivor of the mid-'70s hippie-wanna-be era, a time when the music you listened to defined how you dressed and who you hung out with – jean-jacketed rockers on one side of the school cafeteria, decked-out disco dudes 'n' divas on the other, with a smattering of pierced, spiked and leathered punks emerging along the shadowy periphery – I listened to the blues a lot during my formative years.  Back then, to me at least, the blues were B.B. King and his signature guitar, Lucille.

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OC editor Gary bids adieu to the King of the Blues

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-15 5:05pm

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Rising to the Challenge

I recently came across the announcement that there has been a TV documentary in the making for the past three years on the Canadian Women’s National soccer team!

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Did you know there is a TV documentary called RISE about the Canadian National Women's Soccer Team airing before the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup in June?

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-15 1:05pm

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Prelude to Summertime

I just got back from my lunch hour stroll and, as it turns out, Friday, May 8th is the first real day of summer here in Montreal: sunshine, light breeze, 27ºC. In a word, perfect. As I was walking, I got to thinking about summers past, all the way back to when I was I kid in the 1960s. School would let out on or around June 21st, and not long after that, my mom and dad would have the old Chevy Biscayne packed to the bursting point and the whole family would pile in and head to the cabin, marking the official end of the school year—and the start of summer vacation.

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With summer weather already upon us, Our Canada editor Gary recalls his summer vacations as a kid.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-08 3:05pm

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Wine Tasting Fun in Quebec

I’ve wanted to explore more areas around Montreal for a while now, and I finally got the chance last weekend when I went for a tour and wine tasting event at a vineyard in Quebec's Eastern Townships called Vignoble de la Bauge.

It was a gorgeous, sunny Saturday, perfect for my friend’s bachelorette party – wine tasting and dinner, that’s all, I swear! Even though it was the vineyard's first day open, the staff were very friendly and we learned all about the wine making process.

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Travelling close to home, OC editor Johanna goes on a wine tasting adventure in Quebec's Eastern Townships, just outside of Montreal.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-08 1:05pm

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Be Prepared

Hurricanes, floods, fires… all you have to do is watch the nightly news to know that, unfortunately, disaster can strike anytime without warning.

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This is Emergency Preparedness Week across the country: How prepared are you in case of an emergency?

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-08 10:05am

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The Mother of All Good Ideas

Mother’s Day is next weekend, and while my mom is easy to please and is always happy with whatever I get her, it’s nice to come up with something original. She’s a big reader, so a book is always welcome but if there doesn’t happen to be a new novel out by one of her favourite authors, it’s a bit of a guessing game. That’s not to say I don’t know her reading tastes, though. After all, she’s the one who introduced me to some of my all-time favourite, good old mainstream works of fiction.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-01 2:05pm

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Jivin' Fun!

Last night I went to Montreal’s Rialto Theatre to try out the rockabilly jive for the first time.

Called Jivin' Martinis, an event that will take place once every two months organized by Ecole de danse JiveStudios, it was a great night with music from Ottawa’s Kingmakers, “Canada’s original ice-cold rockabilly combo!”

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I try my first ever rockabilly jive dance class!

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-01 1:05pm

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BYOB (Bring Your Own Bobber)

Well, now that my old-timers hockey season has come to a close—with two back-to-back tournaments ending last weekend and a wife whom I now fear considers herself a hockey widow—I've hung up my skates for the season. And promptly dug out my fishing gear. (Thanks for letting me be me, Aurora!)


(Amazingly, we won a tournament this year!)

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OC editor Gary trades in his hockey stick for a fishing rod...and thanks his very understanding wife.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-01 1:05pm

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