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By Bradley Blaylock   With Nike Air Max Month in full effect,


House hunters can be forgiven for reacting with a bit of skepticism when brokers speak of a home’s “good bones.” After all, the term can sometimes be code for a house that, despite it skeletal strength, requires considerable work to make it the nest of your dreams.


My partner and I are big fans of Montreal. “So what are we doing here?” he asked. “Here” was the deck of Holland America’s Veendam, as we prepared to set sail on the line’s St. Lawrence Seaway cruise.

All I could think of was that early grainy photo of Earth taken from outer space. There was something familiar yet distant about the sonogram image of my partner’s first grandchild. In staring at the black-and-white pictures of baby’s first snooze, I felt a strong connection to this incubating Einstein-to-be. But then came a question that tempered some of my joy: what would he or she—the three-month mark doesn’t tell you everything—call me?

If you’re looking for a flashy crossover to make a scene at your local scene, keep on driving. Although the Lexus RX essentially invented the mid-size luxury crossover market, and still dominates, it’s not about flash. And that’s exactly what makes it so cool: its luxury takes you away from it all.

As the French expression goes, vive la différence.

Anyone who’s ever been to the Schomberg, Ont., home of Philip Beatty and Steven Frankowski knows that a subsequent invitation is not to be turned down. “Because of our busy schedules, we don’t get to entertain nearly as much as we’d like to,” says Frankowski, who works for Rolex Canada, an hour’s drive away in Toronto. “But when we do entertain, we like to pamper our guests.”

It’s 2:45 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, and I can’t find a taxi. It was my first night out in Wilton Manors, a section of the Florida city popularly known as the gay village. It’s here that I’d spent one Wednesday night taking advantage of the $1 vodka sodas at Rumors (rumorsbarwiltonmanors.com), a popular watering hole located in the thick of village strip.

The world of diabetes management has changed dramatically over the past few years. New testing and treatment strategies are making life with diabetes easier, and it couldn’t come at a better time. It’s estimated that 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or “pre-diabetes,” and many of them have no idea they even have a problem.

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