May 23

What?

So, the TV reporter with the nice hair asked the guy-in-the-street, why ya voting for Arnold Schwarzenegger? The guy looked at…

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May 22

Family Jewels

  “I couldn’t stop laughing,” says Jason. That was walking out of the local bank in Burlington, Ontario, after TNL@TB said…

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May 20

Chutzpah

  Four years ago a couple of braggy, insufferable, know-it-all engineer kids in their late twenties wrote me. They boasted about…

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May 19

Surprise!

  For some time this pathetic blog has  warned you to get ready for higher interest rates. Lock into a five-year…

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May 18

Think Again

Yesterday I offered a few nuggets. Like not getting divorced and throwing your adult kids out of the basement. But…

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May 17

Choices

Do you have financial regrets? Other than reading this blog, of course? Are there fundamental things you’d change about how…

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May 16

Losing our way

  Dave’s a 54-year-old career teacher in Ontario with two kids in uni and a wife at home. Like most teachers,…

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May 13

Pressure

Three young women. Three cities. Three stories. As you might imagine, this pathetic blog generates a lot of mail. I weed…

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May 12

Illiterates

For the past 28 years Gerrie’s been a dedicated employee at one of our world-class universities. Now he’s 64, soon…

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May 10

Unfair & cruel

Michael and Martina now hate me. The property-lusting couple took to their Facebook page days ago and published a smiley photo…

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May 9

The New Abnormal

  Dylan and his wife make two hundred large and rent a two-bedder in the tony West End of Vancouver, where…

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May 5

Bad Thinking

  Whether you plan on it or not, you’ll age. Wages will be a memory. But your debts will live on.…

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May 4

Combustible

  The flames ripping through Fort Mac this week seem symbolic. What was once the nation’s pound-for-pound most ridiculously expensive real…

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May 3

Parenting

    Forget the Chinese dudes. It’s the Bank of Mom that’s the prime driver the residential real estate market in Canada.…

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May 2

The quandary

  Poor Joanne. Only sixty, always a stay-at-home spouse, and James died in a skiing accident this past winter. Sadness now…

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Apr 29

No Kidding

  Besides the Globe and Mail, and possibly the weird Vancouver dailies, the biggest house-pushers in the land work for CMHC.…

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Apr 28

Ethics

  When I sold my pile in beloved Lunenburg last winter, the young couple who took it knew everything. They knew…

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Apr 27

The crime

Bob’s a cop in Metro. A detective, actually. Prides himself on being absolutely meticulous, ethical, researched, by-the-book. “Gut means nothing,”…

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Apr 26

In The Bag

  Want to feel superior to all the poor souls who write me? Sure ya do. Let’s dive into this week’s…

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