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Fees, fees, fees!

What are investors paying for investment management services in Canada?

by Stephan Desbiens, Partner & Associate Portfolio Manager at Exponent Investment Management Inc.

I often get asked about investment management fees. “How much am I paying?” or “How much will you charge to manage my money?” are the 2 most often asked questions. Of course it would be nice to receive any advice or service for free, but to quote Stephen King: “You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you”. This is especially true with investment fees in Canada. Continue reading

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Udoq 400 Power Plug & Play Charging/Docking Stations

The first patented multi-device luxury docking/charging luxury station

for all mobile devices, udoq 400 Power for Apple and udoq 400 for

Android are one-size-fits-all stylish stations for

charging/docking up to five smartphones, tablets, music players,

smartwatches, eReaders, and other devices. Created by the minimalist

designers of Porsche according to German engineering standards, udoq 400

Power is plug & play ready, made of elegant sturdy high-grade aluminium

that’s built to last. Continue reading

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Coldest Night Of The Year    #cnoy19

Join in and Start Fundraising

Help make a difference this winter for people in need. The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is taking place Saturday, February 23, and you can donate or sign up today. It is a family-friendly national walk-a-thon that helps raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people here in Ottawa and across Canada. Participants in this walk raise money by collecting pledges for their 2km, 5km or 10km walks. Continue reading

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Grimm’s large rainbow

The large Rainbow is really versatile and ideal already for small children! Toddlers stack, sort and build and as the children get older they might use it as a cradle for dolls, as fence for animals, like a tunnel or bridge for vehicles, as house for dwarfs and dollhouse dolls, build amazing sculptures… this rainbow will always be integrated in playing with a lot of fantasy. This product is recommended by “spiel gut” (good toy guide). Continue reading

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Adventures In Toronto

This year, in lieu of taking a winter trip south, we decided to choose a destination closer to home. We packed up our bags and took a weekend trip to Toronto. I find half the fun of visiting any destination … Continue reading

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Forging Bonds with Step-Grandchildren


Are you a step-grandparent? If so, you’re certainly not alone. These days, family trees are pretty “bushy.”

Popular television shows such as Modern Family and the Brady Bunch have brought the dynamics of stepfamilies into mainstream pop culture. However, as families become increasingly diverse and complex, defining family relationships remains a tad tricky.

Now, researchers from the University of Missouri’s College of Human Environmental Sciences and Sinclair School of Nursing are shedding new light on what happens within a family when the step-grandparent had no active role in raising the parent of the step-grandchild. Continue reading

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Heart of the Rideau Canal

Grounded in history Smiths Falls does not disappoint the day-tripper

By Madeline Kallio | Jan/Feb 2019

As the major centre between Ottawa and Kingston, Smiths Falls enjoys a “small-town” ambience that is very sought after. A town steeped in history, coupled with the nearby beauty of the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, this area is a pleasure to visit. Continue reading

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Sail Away into the Sun Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gail Butler Winner of the Sail Away into the Sun Contest, a 4 day/3 night cruise for two. Gail Butler of Kanata is presented with the contest from Roger Holmes, General Manager/Partner of Carleton Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. Continue reading

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Happy Time

Suzart’s new production, Elf the Musical, delivers holiday family fun onstage and behind the scenes too. by Pam Dillon Ellen Séguin is pumped. She’s directing the Ottawa premiere of Elf the Musical, the Suzart Productions show happening December 5 to … Continue reading

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Feeling Off Kilter? Use Yoga to Ease Vertigo

Balance  We often hear the word “balance” and think of the seemingly impossible goal of achieving that smooth transition between work, home, family, fitness, healthy eating, and so on (good luck with that!). But equally important is the simple ability … Continue reading

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