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Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

By on March 21, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

When her husband’s first big deal was hanging in the balance, Jacqueline Desmarais, who died this month at the age of 89, said to him: “Don’t worry, Paul, if it doesn’t work out, I can go back to nursing.” Her husband told the story at her 80th birthday party. “They were the original power couple, […]

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Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

By on January 22, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

Francess Halpenny, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 98, was a powerhouse in the world of letters in Canada. She was a top editor with the University of Toronto Press at a time when the esteemed publishing house was expanding its international reputation; she was editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, […]

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Animation legend Grant Munro left a mark on global industry

By on December 29, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Animation legend Grant Munro left a mark on global industry

Grant Munro, who has died at the age of 94, both starred in and did animation for Neighbours, a National Film Board short that won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1953. Neighbours is a Cold War parody that opens with two men sitting in lawn chairs. They are smoking pipes and share a […]

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Cruel October

By on October 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments

October is the cruellest of months for stock markets. Thirty years ago, there was the stock market crash of 1987, a one-day drop of 22.6 per cent on October 19. That was somewhat unique, since a recession did not accompany it; the cause was program trading – computers tricked into selling all at once. Stock […]

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The Slow Road to Riches

By on October 26, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
The Slow Road to Riches

We’re not talking about Bill Gates type riches, just a comfortable cushion to live on if you fall on hard times or stop working. There is a two-word solution: Compound interest. Compound interest is when you earn interest on your interest. Say you have $500 in a bond or stock and it pays you 5 […]

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Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

By on September 11, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

Most viewers never knew his name, but Arnold Amber, who died in Toronto on Labour Day at the age of 77, was the brains behind TV programs that millions of Canadians watched. For a decade and a half, he was the man in charge of special news broadcasts at the CBC, covering elections, leadership conventions, […]

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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

J. Pearce Bunting, who died last month at the age of 87, was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange for 17 years, from 1977 to 1994. He was from central casting: handsome, well dressed, with impeccable manners and a fine pedigree; he was the public ideal of what a stock exchange president should be. He […]

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Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

Jack MacKenzie, who died last month at the age of 95, had a remarkable string of accomplishments in his long life: He was the oldest man ever to ski to the North Pole; made 30 trips across the North Atlantic during the Second World War, ferrying aircraft to Britain; was the first federal taxman in […]

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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on May 11, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

J. Pearce Bunting, who died last month at the age of 87, was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange for 17 years, from 1977 to 1994. He was from central casting: handsome, well dressed, with impeccable manners and a fine pedigree; he was the public ideal of what a stock exchange president should be. He […]

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Financial Advice

By on March 22, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Financial Advice

Getting good financial advice is hard. Here are a series of videos made by Fred with AFBS that can answer many common questions.

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