Category: Guest Columnists

  • Strategies for using ETFs

    Strategies for using ETFs

    By Kim Inglis Independent research and consultancy firm ETFGI reports there are 5,410 exchange-traded products (ETPs) globally, with 10,477 listings from 222 providers listed on 60 exchanges. These ETPs represent US$2.62 trillion as at the end of July. The most popular ETP is the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). These open-ended funds combine the benefits of […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Basil, Olive Oil, Pasta and Pizza

    By Reena Nerbas Removing Tape from Carpet Dear Reena, My, I am in a quandary! I have glued my area rug with double sided tape to my existing carpet, and now it seems an impossible task to remove the tape from the carpet (I live in a rental apartment). I need your solution to this […]

  • Solutions and Substitutions by Reena: Re-purposing Rubber Gloves

    Solutions and Substitutions by Reena: Re-purposing Rubber Gloves

    By Reena Nerbas Dry Leather Furniture Dear Reena, I am wondering if you would mind clarifying something in your books. The leather in my parent’s sofa is starting to dry out. As such, they want to treat it with a moisturizer. One of your books suggests using olive oil to moisturize leather, and another one of your […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Sprayed by a Skunk

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Sprayed by a Skunk

    By Reena Nerbas Skunk Spray Dear Reena, My son was sprayed by a skunk and I would like to know what to use to remove the skunk smell from his clothes. Is there any combination besides laundry detergent that would remove the smell? Bonnie Dear Bonnie, Here is the ‘Skunk Spray Recovery Solution’ from my […]

  • Managing Market Volatility

    By Kim Inglis If not placed in the context of either market history or investment horizon, a significant market drop will cause some investors to doubt the wisdom of their investment plans and become nervous. Then they jeopardize their long-term portfolios by making short-term decisions during the turbulence. They forget that a portfolio stocked with […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Tips for Removing Marker Stains

    By Reena Nerbas Marker Stain on White Sweater Dear Reena, I marked my white cardigan with a blue permanent marker. You said once before to use bug repellent to remove marker but I had already used a stain remover and then rinsed in cold water. Is it too late to try bug repellent? Should I […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keeping Mold off the Cheese and Cleaning Dust off the Ceiling

    By Reena Nerbas Vinegar from Herbs Dear Reena, Do you have a recipe for making vinegar from herbs? Pam Dear Pam, In a large re-sealable glass container combine: 1 large bunch of clean herbs such as, basil or tarragon with 3 cups white wine vinegar. Store in a cool, dry place, this can be used […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Toilet Paper Dilemma

    By Reena Nerbas Making Refills Last Dear Reena, I use pens that require refills. Last two worked for a while and then stopped working. The store clerk suggested warming them; they worked briefly and then stopped. Is there anything else that I can do? Refills aren’t cheap! Love your column, it is definitely a must […]

  • AHS Weekly Wellness News ~ Know Your Options: Where Should You Go for Health Care?

    Did you know many Albertans who visit our emergency departments don’t have to be there? Often, people end up there because they don’t know what options they have for getting the care that best fits their needs. Across the province there are lots of different options for health care, so many in fact that navigating […]

  • Examining a Major Misconception Surrounding ETFs

    By Kim Inglis Research and consultancy firm ETFGI reports that globally listed assets of ETFs and exchange-traded products reached a new record high of US$2.55 trillion at the end of May 2014. Canada represents US$63.2 billion of those assets. This remarkable growth has also brought changes. ETFs started out quite broad-based. However, an influx of […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions Column by Reena: Frozen Blueberries

    By Reena Nerbas Mold Stains on Laundry Dear Reena, My son started washing his own laundry at home. He insists on using cold water to wash everything because he says that hot water fades colors. I noticed that when he pulls some of his t-shirts out of the dryer, they have mold stains all over […]