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Quick sale for west end Toronto home

43 BEMERSYDE DR., TORONTO ASKING PRICE $939,000 SELLING PRICE $935,000 PREVIOUS SELLING PRICES $799,100 (2009); $705,300 (2004); $332,500 (1999); $264,700 (1996) TAXES $6,665 (2011) DAYS ON THE MARKET...

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My five-year-old is often constipated. Should I be worried?

The question: I have two girls, ages 5 and 7. Ever since she was a baby, my youngest has seemed prone to constipation, at least compared with her older sister. They have roughly the same diet and...

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King West condo sells for top dollar

18 STAFFORD ST., NO. 805 ASKING PRICE $329,900 SELLING PRICE $346,500 PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $296,000 (November 2007); $286,500 (July 2007); $166,051 (2004) TAXES $1,750 (2011) DAYS ON THE MARKET Two...

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Why banking on cord blood isn’t necessarily a good idea

It’s a straightforward pitch to expecting parents: Pay a private clinic to store your baby’s stem-cell-rich umbilical-cord blood, and rest assured that he or she has protection for life. Multiple...

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Are schools going too far in measuring student BMI and banning junk food?

Are physically active kids better learners? This is Part 3 of The Globe’s series on children’s fitness and education. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It’s the takes-a-village question, applied to...

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A foodie’s tour of the forgotten corners of Paris

Out-of-the-way pleasures are what Jennifer McLagan likes best. Most people go where most people have already gone. But the critically acclaimed food writer who divides her year between Toronto and...

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The God Box: transferring your troubles to a higher authority

Whenever Trena Barnes frets about her marriage or finances, she jots down her worries on a slip of paper and puts them into a small, wooden box. To others, the container looks like an ordinary jewel...

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May 27: Your lookahead horoscope

IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: The more other people urge you to change things the more inclined you will be to leave them just as they are. And why not? Your ship of fate is still on course and no major...

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What volunteer programs are available for high-school grads?

The question Our son will be finishing up high school next year. He had planned on applying to Katimavik, but sadly that is no longer an option. We are wondering if there are any other similar programs...

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When a man is a woman

Laurence Anyways, the third movie from Quebec’s wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan – he’s only 23 and already a habitué of the Cannes Festival – deals with a serious subject, transgenderism, albeit in a...

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May 29: Your daily horoscope

IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: It’s not like you to let your heart rule your head but over the coming year you will be more inclined to let your emotions guide you. The ideal, of course, is to find the...

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Report card gives kids an F on physical activity

With kids’ physical activity levels as woefully low as they are – in large part because parents feel safer having them inside watching television rather than running around outside – moms and dads are...

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I have low blood sugar – what should I eat?

The question: I have been diagnosed with low blood sugar. Is there a special diet I should follow? The answer: There isn’t a specific diet for low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, but there are dietary...

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Two offers for Dufferin Grove detached

250 RUSHOLME RD., TORONTO ASKING PRICE $2.2-million SELLING PRICE $2.25-million PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE $1,405,000 (2008) TAXES $8,704 (2011) DAYS ON THE MARKET Four LISTING AGENTS Paul Johnston and...

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Proposed changes to wine law back on table in Ottawa

The Prohibition Era in Canada could finally come to an end in June. After a setback this week in Parliament, when federal New Democratic Party MPs bungled passage of a private member’s bill that aims...

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What one banker is telling international investors about the Toronto real...

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a Bank of Nova Scotia economist facing a room full of foreign real estate mavens. Investors around the globe are fascinated by Canada’s housing market. When...

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Common painkillers may prevent skin cancer

Commonly used painkiller medications may act as partial shields against skin cancer, according to new research from Denmark. The study found that people who routinely took non-steroidal...

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The Grove: The Empire strikes back

Toronto doesn’t need another British restaurant. The city has spent the last 70 years trying to escape its Britishness. And British food is whatever the opposite of sexy is – it’s leaden, gassy, the...

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‘Catastrophe awards’ and zero grades: Teachers voice their frustrations

The dunce cap may be history, but one teacher has found a tool to single out underperforming children: the “catastrophe” award. A Grade 3 student in Arizona was given the unusual end-of-year award –...

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The reincarnation of Montreal’s Ritz

Last Saturday, as Ritz-Carlton general manager Andrew Torriani and I finished up our second course of a perfect seared scallop with puréed spring peas in the hotel’s not-quite-open Maison Boulud, I...

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