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Top facts about the regulation of charities

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By The Canada Revenue Agency Charities play an important role in our society and provide valuable services to Canadians – including the most vulnerable. That is why the Government of Canada supports charities through unique tax privileges, such as an exemption from income tax and the ability to issue official donation receipts and receive gifts
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Rideau Park United Church

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Nancy McPherson, Rideau Park United Church member At a slight curve in Alta Vista Drive, at the corner of Cunningham, in a long-established residential neighbourhood, Rideau Park United Church welcomes its congregation and members of the community to services, activities and events. Rideau Park has been a Christian presence in the area for 65
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Remembering Christmases past

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

Christmas means many things to many people. We all have special memories of that special time, and for some of us the memories can go back decades. Take Laura Desjardins for example. This year she celebrates 103 Christmases! Mary Cook asked Desjardins to share some of those memories with our readers. Y@H: I’m sure your
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Tips on how to pick a charity this season

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

(NC) The holidays are all about checking off lists — hang decorations, check. Plan the menus, check. Finish buying presents, check. Attend family gatherings, check, check, check. Perhaps donating to a local charity or food bank tops your check list because ‘tis the season for charitable giving. And the statistics prove it. According to Imagine
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Waiting for the Christmas box

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Mary Cook The Christmas box arrived from Chicago every year. It was the difference between having a meagre Christmas or one filled with excitement. Aunt Freda was Father’s spinster sister. We thought she must be very wealthy to live in a big city like Chicago. She was also a sister to Aunt Lizzie in
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Over The Back Fence

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… Helen Blair of Pakenham has been involved with the Pakenham Public Library for almost 50 years, doing just about every job going. She has taken her turn on the sign-out desk, re-shelving books and checking out materials, and jokingly says she was also the cleaning lady for several years! An avid reader and
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Exploring Valley Venues: The Pontiac

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher To me, early December is the season of The Wait when so many of us are awaiting Christmas. Here, in West Quebec’s Pontiac’s countryside, last month’s vistas of gold and charcoal punctuated by conifers dark green are awaiting snow’s white blanket. Soon we’ll venture outside to snowshoe, ski – and perhaps even
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Second World War Veteran Reflects on War Amps 100 Years of “Amputees Helping Amputees”

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

As The War Amps celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, Second World War veteran Charlie Jefferson, of Ottawa, reflects on how the Association has supported him and generations of amputees. In March 1945, Jefferson was serving as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in the Rhine Valley, Germany. He was injured by an
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Illuminating Christmas in Ottawa and the region

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Whether we call December’s festivities “Christmas” or “the Holiday Season”, winter is upon us and is well worth celebrating. With snow blanketing fields and forests, cityscapes and rural landscapes, colourful twinkling lights allow us to marvel at the magic the decorations weave. From Parliament Hill to Upper Canada Village, from the Chutes
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Hemochromatosis: A common but under-diagnosed disease 

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

By Lisa M. Petsche Chances are good that you have never heard of hemochromatosis, also known as iron overload disease, despite that it’s the most common genetic disorder in the western world. Although it can affect males and females at any time in life, it typically manifests itself in middle age. The disease is potentially
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