Category: Guest Columnists

  • A Commonly Used But Often Misunderstood Tool

    A Commonly Used But Often Misunderstood Tool

    By Kim Inglis According to Deloitte, the Canadian marketplace is home to over $14 billion in publicly traded convertible debentures.  Deloitte notes their appeal is growing because convertible debentures allow issuers to take advantage of lower cash costs and high yield potential, and they also give investors the opportunity to earn current income without giving […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Nail Polish Spill

    By Reena Nerbas Adhesive Stain on Upholstery Dear Reena, I recently picked up a used rear window, and left it in the back of my van, leaning up against the rear seat. The black adhesive softened in the heat and some transferred to the upholstery fabric, leaving an ugly black streak stain. What can I […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Jets in a Jetted Tub

    By Reena Nerbas Cleaning Showers, Jetted Tubs and Restoring Colour to Towels Dear Reena, Today I have both, a tip and two questions. My tip: When cleaning your tub or shower, spray it with your cleaner and wipe it down while wearing a pair of dollar store exfoliating gloves. These gloves are inexpensive, reusable, have just enough […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Better Coffee

    By Reena Nerbas Zucchini Bread Dear Reena, I make my own zucchini bread and I have one question. Is it important to drain the zucchini before adding it to the batter? Thanks Jess Dear Jess, For moist and delicious zucchini bread it is not necessary to drain excess liquid before adding zucchini to the batter; […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Healthy Roses

    By Reena Nerbas Smelly Diaper Pail Dear Reena, I have a lidded garbage can next to my bed, full of my daughter’s diapers. I can’t seem to get rid of the odor. I’ve tried replacing the bag, but it’s still there. Any suggestions on how to remove it? Celin Dear Celin, Unfortunately the odor will […]

  • Going It Alone

    Going It Alone

    By Kim Inglis   Canadians have many options when it comes to managing their investment portfolios.  Most opt for full-service investments firms while others choose discount brokerages or robo advisor services.  Those choosing to go it alone should make sure they fully understand their options before proceeding. I recently received an email from an elderly […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Dealing with Sticky Messes

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Paper Plates

    By Reena Nerbas Fuzzy Blankets Dear Reena, How do I take the fuzz off of a 100% polyester blanket? It’s on both sides of the blanket. Thank-you, Norma Dear Norma, The easiest solution is to purchase a sweater shaver designed specifically for removing pilling or thread balls from fabrics such as polyester. Another option is […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Metals

    By Reena Nerbas Refresh Velcro Dear Reena, How can I refresh Velcro that no longer clings to my shoes? Verajean Dear Verajean, Clean Velcro using a metal pet brush or plastic comb and tweezers if necessary. After the loops are free of debris, wash Velcro with soapy water and rinse with water. Cleaning Brass Plaque […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Pool Noodles

    Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Pool Noodles

    By Reena Nerbas Stains in Toilet Dear Reena, Can the “finish” on a toilet bowl deteriorate or erode from the point where reddish stains that appear to “flow” from the top of the bowl to the top of the water? The stains are removed with cleaner but reappear quickly. Thank you, Steve Dear Steve, You […]

  • Poem to Provide Hope to Fort McMurray

    Poem to Provide Hope to Fort McMurray

    I wrote this poem of hope as I was walking around downtown Lethbridge and thinking about how fortunate I am compared to many others. I dedicated the poem to those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and I think it would raise spirits and motivate people to help.   Do we really take the […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Keeping the Fridge Clean

    By Reena Nerbas Musty Books Dear Reena, I picked up a few old books at a garage sale; the books carry a musty odor that I am unable to destroy. What can I do to take away the stink? Leighton Dear Leighton, Place the books inside of a sealable plastic bag. Pour one eighth cup […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Squirrels in the Garden

    By Reena Nerbas Nuisance Squirrels Dear Reena, How can I prevent squirrels from eating the plants on my balcony? Is there something that will repel them? Thank you, Bonnie Dear Bonnie, What works for one squirrel will not necessarily work for them all; here are some effective solutions to try. Begin by distracting your furry […]

  • Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Painted Fridge and Painted Carpet

      By Reena Nerbas Cleaning Plastic Storage Containers Dear Reena, My dilemma is sticky residue that has formed on my older brand name plastic containers. Washing in hot, soapy water doesn’t seem to “cut it”. Any solution? Jo-Anne Dear Jo-Anne, I contacted a very popular plastic container manufacturer; they recommend that you wet the containers […]

  • Reviewing your GIC Investing

    Reviewing your GIC Investing

    By Kim Inglis Cash reserves held by Canadians have risen significantly since the global financial crisis.  Earlier this year, CIBC World Markets reported that Canadians currently hold $75 billion in cash. That’s almost 10 per cent of the total value of overall personal liquid assets in Canada.  CIBC also noted that, in the past year […]