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A bittersweet goodbye on the eve of St. Valentine's Day

By Bruce Deachman

“My husband passed away on St. Valentine’s Day, you know,” she said, touching my forearm as she spoke. I resisted the urge to pull away. 803 more words

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Vintage Champagne an ideal choice on Valentine's Day

Most people see Champagne only as a “celebratory drink.” I have no problem with that, but I must admit I get greedy when it comes to Champagne. 1,020 more words

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How to cook a sweet Valentine's dinner at home

By Patrick Langston

Photography by Ashley Fraser

Want to sweep your sweetie into flights of rapture this Valentine’s Day? For advice on how to do it we dropped in on chef/owner Patrick Garland at his popular bistro-styled Absinthe Café in Ottawa. 1,509 more words

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Bloomin' trade: Florists gear up for busiest time of year

By Bruce Deachman

Photography by James Park

“Just living is not enough,” said the title character of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s The Butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” 639 more words

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Red-hot accessories for Valentine's Day

Montreal is giving winter the boot with sexy stilettos, practical sneakers built for speed and lovable bags that positively sneer at frigid temperatures.

RED HOT… 335 more words

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Date night: Dressing up for Valentine's Day

Photography by Ashley Fraser

Even married couples with children need date nights.

With a seven-month-old son and two hectic careers, Sophie Beaudoin and Christopher Schlesak, both 34, keep things spicy by not slacking off in the romance department. 410 more words

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