Reader’s Choice: Heading into 2020, We Look Back at Our Top 20 Stories

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And just like that, it’s the end of the year — and the decade. As we review the last 10 years on, unsurprisingly our readers wanted to know more about healthy and happy aging. And who among us can resist a good gossip about old Hollywood heartthrobs? Or an adorable new royal baby? And Zoomers are going places, especially with Zooming: The Travel Club, and we’re doing our best to inspire their journeys and guide them on their way.

Wellness & Longevity

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Because it’s kind to your joints, swimming is a suitable form of exercise for all ages. Photo: Todd Quackenbush/Unsplash

No. 1: Swimming May Slow Down Aging By Decades

From cradle to grave, swimming might just be the best exercise ever. Not only is it good for just about everyone, it accommodates all ages, stages, abilities and disabilities. There’s also evidence it can slow down the aging process. So go ahead, dip your toe in the water and start with a lap or two.

Arts & Entertainment

No. 2:  Cary Grant and Randolph Scott—A Hollywood Gay Couple?

They were two handsome bachelors who happened to be Hollywood heartthrobs and roommates. Cary Grant and Randolph Scott lived together off-and-on for nearly 12 years, sharing a Santa Monica beach house and a mansion in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood. But were the two living together as a gay couple in plain sight during the oppressive 1930s?

Your Money

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No. 3:  13 Things You Need to Know About the Canada Pension Plan

Although it forms a big part of our retirement income, the Canada Pension Plan is a complex program that’s not entirely understood by those who will eventually benefit. We break it down with this CPP Primer.


No. 4: No Sex Ever — Can a Relationship Survive?

When long-term partners don’t agree on how often to have — or not to have — sex, does that spell doom beyond the bedroom? In this story, we address a reader’s query about what to do when your partner literally never wants to have sex, unilaterally changing the sexual contract at the heart of the relationship.


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Imagine travelling around the world for a full year with a single carry-on bag. Photo: Arnel Hasanovic/Unsplash

No. 5:  10 Tips for Packing Extra Light

These days, more people are opting for carry-on luggage – something flight attendants have been doing for years. With many airlines charging extra fees for checked bags, it certainly makes sense financially. Plus you eliminate the wait when you land, bypass any extra cab fees for handling and there’s no chance your luggage will go missing. So leave those worldly possessions behind and enjoy the freedom that comes from travelling light with these simple tips from an intrepid globetrotter who actually travelled around the world for a full year with a single carry-on bag.

Royal Watch


Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Baby Archie, Duke and Duchess of Sussex

No. 6: Meghan Markle Shares New Photo of Baby Archie in Honour of Prince Harry’s 35th Birthday

Our readers love their royals, and interest in the newest member of the British Royal family was no exception. On this occasion, Meghan released a new photo of baby Archie from his christening on Prince Harry’s 35th birthday. And, of course, we couldn’t resist revisiting some of our own favourite photos of the birthday boy through the years, including a few baby pics of Harry, along with snaps taken with brother William and mother Diana.


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No. 7: No-Stress, No-Mess: 7 Hearty One-Pot Recipes

Looking for easy meals for entertaining? You’ve found them with this collection of satisfying and simple one-pot dinner recipes.



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No. 8:  Live Like the Queen: 12 Royal Secrets of Longevity

How does she do it? Here, we look at some of the factors that are (quite possibly) the reasons Queen Elizabeth II continues to enjoy good health.



Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Rising from the sea, the 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island is one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful drives. Photo: theroub08/pixabay

No. 9: Getaway: 7 Great Canadian Road Trips

You don’t have to go halfway around the world to experience history, culture and natural beauty at its finest. When the travel bug bites, Canada has a wealth of experiences to offer.

 Diet & Nutrition

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In addition to disease-preventing antioxidants, apples contain pectin — a form of soluble fibre that helps keep you feeling fuller longer and prevents blood sugar spikes. Photo: Daria-Yakovleva/Pixabay

No. 10: 10 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

Think shedding a few pounds is all about sacrifice? As we begin a new year and a new decade, we presented some super healthy, super tasty foods to help you meet your weight loss goals.



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Olivia de Havilland publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939. Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

No. 11: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Olivia de Havilland

The beloved Gone with the Wind star has led one fascinating life – from Oscars to sibling rivalries to secret affairs. In honour of Olivia de Havilland’s 103rd birthday this year, we looked back at her storied career in film.


No. 12:  9 Short Hairstyles For Women Over 50

To shear or not to shear. That’s the question ladies with long locks sometimes ask themselves. Here are some inspirational looks to help you decide.

Diet and Nutrition

Spices are a surprising source of antioxidants, which can play a role in preventing a range of chronic health problems including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular conditions. Photo: Matej Madar/Pixabay

No. 13: These “Spices of Life” Add a Dash of Good Health to Your Favourite Foods 

Herbs and spices are about more than turning a bland dish into a culinary feat: they also add a dash of healthy benefits to your food.

Diet and Nutrition

No. 14: Healthy Eats: 10 Everyday Superfoods

Superfoods don’t have to be exotic or expensive — in fact, many are grown in Canada, easy on the budget and readily available at the grocery store. Here, some of our top choices.


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Did you sleep well last night? If not, you’re among the majority of Canadians. Photo: JayMantri/PIxabay

No. 15: 5 Ways to Fend Off Sleep Deprivation

While we already know that being sleep deprived can lead to a host of health issues, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, recent research is now suggesting it can be toxic for your brain as well.


No. 16: 7 Celeb-Inspired Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Looking to update your look? Here, some inspirational ideas from glamorous women who aren’t afraid to break conventional hair rules.


No. 17: How Canadians Can Get the Most Out of Their U.S. Conversion

For snowbirds taking flight to sunny, southern climes. Find out how to get more bang for your buck when converting Canadian to U.S. currency.



Angela Lansbury in a Hollywood publicity still, 1944.
Angela Lansbury in a Hollywood publicity still, 1944.

No. 18: 7 Surprising Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Angela Lansbury

Dame Angela Lansbury has entertained audiences for seven decades on stage and screen, including a 12-year stint on Murder, She Wrote. We dug up some lesser-known facts about the beloved star.

Arts and Entertainment

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Celebrated Indigenous actress Tantoo Cardinal, 68, opens up about representation in film and her first ever starring role, the TIFF film “Falls Around Her.” Photo: Courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival

No. 19: Tantoo Cardinal, 68, On Her First Starring Role

At 68 years old, and after 48 years as an actress on stage and screen — a run that’s earned her everything from the Order of Canada to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement — the Indigenous actress finally landed her first starring role in a feature film.


No. 20: Youth Boosters: 6 Steps to Age-Proof Your Body

A prescription for healthy living: Live longer and feel better by following these basic steps.


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