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  • friend, foe, meddler

    November 20, 2013 9:33 AM 52

    WASHINGTON - John F. Kennedy's personal pollster came to Canada with an assumed name, the blessing of the president and a secret objective: help defeat the Diefenbaker Tories. Canadians might be surprised by the extent to which political events in this country were shaped by the charismatic U.S. leader, famously assassinated 50 years ago this week. Helping

  • Tiger-Cats a toothless bunch over last two decades

    November 20, 2013 6:00 AM 65

    If there's one thing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are good at, it’s finishing last overall in the CFL. The Tabbies have been rather toothless over the past couple of decades, ending up in the basement a whopping nine times in the last 23 years. That’s almost once every other year. The Ticats finished dead last in the CFL last season with a 6-12 record. They had the same record

  • Tax time 2015: 6 ways that deferring tax credits, deductions can pay off

    April 26, 2012 9:26 AM 47

    Most people doing their income tax returns don't think twice about claiming all their deductions immediately, but there are cases where a little knowledge and patience can turn into a big payoff. Generally, most deductions and credits Canadians are eligible to claim through the tax system must be claimed in the year in which you earned them. There's

  • Home-office tax writeoffs can generate big savings

    March 12, 2012 9:07 AM 39

    Many Canadians have a place set aside in a den or family room where they can do some office work. With a computer, printer, desk and phone, it might even look like an office. But a taxpayer's ability to deduct expenses for a personal workspace depends on whether the Canada Revenue Agency considers it to be a legitimate home office. Home office deductions

  • Some workplace benefits come tax-free

    March 7, 2012 9:14 PM 66

    Every dollar your employer pays you in salary is considered taxable income, but there are some tasty benefits companies can offer to staff that the tax man won't be able to bite into. Some benefits are reported on your T4 slip as being taxable — things like life insurance premiums that the employer pays. So, what are some of those non-taxable benefits

  • CBC's Hubert Lacroix on relationships

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 57

    Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. was interviewed by Karl Moore, associate professor at McGill University’s Desautels faculty of management before the allegations about CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi surfaced; the subject was not addressed. Below is an edited excerpt of their conversation. For the full interview, tune into CJAD 800 AM, on Friday

  • The Right Chemistry: Debunking cancer-treatment myths spread via email

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 51

    It’s hard to know what makes people generate nonsensical emails. Perhaps it gives a feeling of power to see one’s handiwork spread around the world. And that can happen, especially if the topic is cancer and the advice given about the disease appears to come from a reputable institution. One such preposterous email that has really made the rounds is titled

  • Fine Dining Review by Lesley Chesterman: L’Orignal

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 53

    Price range: Starters $10-$19; main courses $24-$50; desserts $10-$12. For a city that didn’t have much in the way of good french fries 10 years ago, we’re sure going gangbusters now. It seems like everywhere I eat, a huge plate of fries descends onto the middle of the table, and there I go picking them up, dipping them in a swirl of mayonnaise and packing

  • Montreal Diary: Portrait of a changed life

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 62

    The last few years have been tough on David Rhyno. When he was 10, an older woman sexually abused him and gave him cocaine. By the time Rhyno was 20, he was a full-blown heroin addict. At the start of September, Rhyno, now 52, was living on the streets of Montreal, homeless for the second time in his life. That’s when he had a chance encounter with a young

  • Doug Camilli: A little Usher coming with your Cheerios

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 59

    Next time you buy Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart, open the box from the bottom: that’s where you’ll find a single from Usher‘s upcoming album. Billboard had the story, which doesn’t mention the medium; I suppose the track, called Clueless, is on a CD. This marketing breakthrough is another advance in Usher’s relationship with the brand: last summer he did a musical