How Do You Know if You are CRA’s Favourite Target?

CRA's favourite target

No one wants to be in CRA’s cross-hairs.  You may be an unsuspecting victim even if you’ve done nothing wrong.  We’re not talking about people who are guilty of tax evasion or tax avoidance.  Your only criteria may be your marital status.  If you are single, divorced or widowed, then you may be CRA’s favourite and unsuspecting victim.  If you … Read More

5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Teenager Today

being a teenager today

This isn’t one of those nostalgic posts about “I remember when”, but my kids will probably accuse me of it. Obviously, there have always been challenges in raising teenagers but throw in social media, access to technology and our kids surpassing our knowledge base for certain things, and so our job as parents just got exponentially more difficult. Life was … Read More

No One Wakes Up and Suddenly Decides to Become Charitable One Day

become charitable

In the past, I would never describe myself as being particularly charitable. It’s not that I wasn’t compassionate or I was completely selfish, but to be honest, I didn’t think that anything I contributed towards charity would make a meaningful difference. I wasn’t able to write a significant cheque. The other reason, there wasn’t a particular cause that I was … Read More

How Does Tremendous Purpose Come From the Darkest Tragedy?

tremendous purpose

Does the hurting ever stop? I don’t know because I’m not even close to being there yet.  A big part of me wants the pain to go away but not at the cost of the memories.  The memories are what I cherish, what I hold onto when I want to feel close to Madeline. This is what I felt 2 … Read More

If I Had One More Chance, What Would I Say To Maddie Today?

the maddie project

It’s been more than six years since we lost our beloved daughter, Maddie to depression at the tender age of fourteen. It’s hard to describe what has transpired since that dreaded day.  It has left this indelible imprint upon the lives of our family and so many of our friends. Yet it is a legacy that has touched the lives of … Read More