Robyn Young

Aging population opens door to careers in gerontology

Gerontology is fast becoming a popular field of study for those seeking a career change. “It’s clear with the changing demographics that Canada is an aging society and the needs of seniors have to be addressed,” said Michele Green, coordinator of the Social Service Worker — Gerontology program at...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 10:30 AM

Cashing out early a bad idea, experts warn

If you’re strapped for cash and don’t know where to turn, withdrawing from your RRSPs should be the last resort. “This would be similar to cashing in a pension plan early; you are really affecting your future ability to take care of yourself,” said Kevin MacLeod, certified financial planner and...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 11:30 AM

Borrowing to invest can be a good option for some

One way to maximize your RRSP contributions is to get an RRSP loan, but professionals in the industry warn this is not for everyone. “It all depends on your tax rate, your expected rate of return and how fast you’re going to pay off the loan,” said Jamie Golombek, CIBC’s managing director of tax...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 10:30 AM

How to grow your savings

It’s RRSP season again and time to think about how to maximize your contributions.So what’s the best way to go about it?Kevin Cork, a certified financial planner based in Calgary, says in a financial planner’s dream world, everyone would line up on Jan. 1 and make their contribution for that year,...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 5:30 AM

Research key when choosing your school

When “shopping” for an MBA, Niki da Silva, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, says do your research.“Start with defining: What are my must-haves? What must this program do?” said the director of MBA admissions and recruitment.Whether it’s program length...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 8:50 AM

Develop your plan, and stick to it 'like a diet'

When it comes to financial planning, there’s no time like the present to get the ball rolling. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in your 20s, 40s or 80s, as long as you start,” said Laura Rossiter, a consultant with Investors Group Toronto Midtown. But the earlier you start, the stronger your plan will...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 9:30 AM

Why so angry? New handbook may have your answer

If you find yourself getting a little hot under the collar sometimes and can’t figure out why, a University of Toronto sociology professor might have some answers. "On average, people in their 20s and 30s report more anger than those in their 40s, 50s and older," said Scott Schieman, author of a...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:30 AM

E-learning programs on the rise across Canada, experts say

Catering to adult learners with jobs, families and little time to spare, online courses in continuing education are growing rapidly across the country.“They’re growing at a much faster rate than our traditional in-class courses,” said Colin Simpson, dean of the Centre for Continuous Learning at...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 4:39 AM

Make ’em laugh — with Humber’s help

When it comes to the art of comedy, experience is 90 per cent the teacher, says Larry Horowitz, stand-up comedy instructor at Humber College.Horowitz says although you can’t really “teach” comedy, you can coach, encourage, review and critique as well as pass on techniques and theory accumulated...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 4:25 AM

Parties for a cause

In case you needed another reason to party, a University of Toronto student group has come up with one for you: Charity.Party For A Cause (PFAC) has been in operation for about six years and the student-run organization hosts five to six parties a year.All money collected through ticket sales is...

Friday, November 20, 2009, 11:15 AM

York psych clinic opens

Graduate psychology students at York University can now further their training through a state-of-the-art clinic right on campus.Madalyn Marcus, who is one of the PhD students who will train at The York University Psychology Clinic, says the new facility is invaluable for the program.“There are so...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 3:49 AM

Resident director keeps show fresh

As resident director, Madeline Paul watches The Sound of Music about four times a week — and she never gets bored.“It’s my job to maintain the standard and the freshness of the show,” she explained. But it probably wouldn’t be healthy for her to watch the show any more often than she does, she said...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 10:53 AM

Getting the right face for the right role

Canada had the final vote, but Stephanie Gorin was largely responsible for casting the well-loved Elicia MacKenzie as Maria in Toronto’s The Sound of Music.A casting director for the past two decades, Gorin narrowed down a pool of 2,000 girls to 186 before the debut of CBC’s reality television show...

Monday, August 17, 2009, 11:05 AM

Animating the inanimate

On the Sound of Music stage, Kevin Dixon is responsible for 70 different automated pieces of scenery, including one that weighs 20,000 pounds.He’s the head of automation with Mirvish Productions’ Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre and he says the most satisfying part of his job is when...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 11:17 AM

George Brown chocolatier class coming soon

For all you chocolate lovers out there, it might come as a bit of a surprise to learn the delicious treat can be a bit temperamental.“You need a relationship with the chocolate; it requires a lot of patience,” says Jennifer Lakhan-D’Souza.The chef instructor at George Brown College is in the final...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 7:37 AM

Adult learners in demand

From jewelry-making to project management, continuing education programs across the country have a lot to offer.Academic institutions are stepping up their game in the continuing education department in response to overwhelming demand for professional and personal growth programs.At the University...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 7:11 AM

Final chapter in hunt for a house, and adulthood

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. This is the last column on her jounrey a new home.The final step to my officially becoming a property owner happened last week.The seller delivered the status certificate...

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 5:39 AM

The signing, and the long wait

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. Check back every week for her accounts.There’s a funny feeling that goes along with being a first-time home buyer that I can only liken to that of playing Monopoly.You’re...

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 6:55 AM

It’s not always about money

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. Check back every week for her accounts.Finally, I have a home.When we last left off, I had purchased and backed out of a new loft property in a matter of a week.In the...

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 8:24 AM

Strike throws wrench in home hunt

In a classic first-timer’s move (or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself), I recently got into and out of a condo purchase all in the span of a week.Flipping through the Saturday morning paper one weekend I spotted an ad that piqued my interest.It touted a brand new loft conversion in a...

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 6:42 AM