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Ethiopia: guardian of the Ark

by Agnes Chung A few summers ago, I attended the African festival at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium.  I am no coffee drinker, but the fragrance of roasting coffee beans with burning incense emanating from the Ethiopian stand piqued my interest. It ignited my fascination with Ethiopia, where the Ark of the Covenant is claimed to be kept.  […]

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Active versus passive investing: Tax-free savings account – a helpful tool in your investment strategy

By Allan Gray, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Wood Gundy This article on Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) may help you better understand and take advantage of the benefits of this savings vehicle. Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, Tax and Estate Planning with CIBC Financial Planning and Advice, outlines some aspects of TFSAs below. The TFSA first became available […]

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Venus – Earth-like? … but hot!

by Raymond Strom Venus appears in our sky as the morning and evening star. It is one of the brightest objects in our night sky and is located close to Earth. Little was known about Venus’ physical nature until the last half of the twentieth century. Thick clouds obscure the surface of Venus, so surface […]

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Surprised by hope

by Sharon Simpson It’s spring, and the sunshine after months of grey has done some good to the spirit. The crocuses are peaking through the ground and the cherry blossoms are finding their life. We see a ray of sunshine break through grey clouds and there is a lift in our spirits. A ‘glimmer of […]

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New life… Spiritual legacy

by Sharon Simpson Yesterday, a new baby entered this crazy and wonderful world. I know that it happens every day, but yesterday, that baby carried my DNA – maybe my eye colour, my hair colour or my ability to wiggle my ears. A granddaughter. My granddaughter. Our family has grown and on both sides she […]

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Active versus passive investing: Part 2 – Is it worth paying management fees?

by Allan Gray, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Wood Gundy As a refresher, passive investments attempt to mimic the composition of a market and produce results that are similar to that market. Passive investments include index mutual funds and most ETFs, and generally charge lower management fees than active funds. On the other hand, the main objective […]

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Mercury – the small, hot planet with surprises

by Raymond Strom The measure of a good model of any kind is to be able to predict what future observations might turn out to be.  In terms of astronomy, and particularly the solar system we live in, evolutionary astronomy has not done well.  Mercury, the innermost planet is a good case in point. Because […]

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Prayer, a cornerstone of unshakable faith

by Lily Mtongwiza   There is power in prayer. Prayer is the second of the four cornerstones of faith life that include tithing, personal Bible reading, and weekly church service attendance and fellowship. When we pray, we create an opportunity. Prayer is essential to building a relationship with God. It is the primary way in […]

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Bumpa

by Phil Callaway I can’t tell you how excited I was the first time my granddaughter called me “Bumpa.” But then I discovered that she calls everything Bumpa. She calls a tomato Bumpa. My dog she calls Bumpa. A block of Gouda cheese is Bumpa. Names. My mother once told me that she started thinking […]

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In times of transition

by Sharon Simpson   Seniors face many transitions. One day, life seems completely normal and the next, something unexpected happens and life goes sideways. This could be a fall, a stroke, a diagnosis or a death. Not all transitions that take place are negative. Some transitions may be very positive. It may be new love, […]