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My partner and I have lived together for eight years. From the time we first met, we’ve always enjoyed a glass of wine or two with dinner and kept our partying for the weekends with minimal drug use. What can we say, we like our drinks. But the past couple of years has gotten me worried; now we find ourselves polishing off a bottle or two each night. My partner is calling in sick more often, raising suspicions from his co-workers and causing me extra stress. I’ve tried to bring it up with him, but he’s very defensive and says our drinking is normal and not excessive, and to stop worrying. I’d love to be able to have a couple of drinks and be satisfied. Any advice? I feel like I’m drowning here.”

Slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life was just one step on the road to becoming parents for teacher and non-profit management consultant Doug Kerr (left) and husband Michael Went, a senior financial advisor for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. So their move into a chic, urban two-storey townhouse wasn’t so they could be the envy of their friends. It was all to make room for their their Elmo-loving little man Malaki, who has turned their home into one big playroom.

Don’t expect the same old same old at this year’s Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the annual fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will look a lot different this year.
And we have the walk’s chair Shaun Proulx (pictured below right) to thank for that. Says Proulx: “Instead of doing a walk day, we’re doing a walk week.”