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Fatherhood nearing 60

Ya, that's me. 


It's awesome. 


So, I'm going to post some examples of other older fellas that have kids when they are older. A base to start some muses for later. 


My friend Darren, brought up


Al Pacino

Al Pacino is officially a dad of four!

The 83-year-old actor welcomed a baby boy, Roman Pacino, with his girlfriend, Noor Alfallah, 29, in June 2023. The couple, who have been dating since April 2022, announced that they were expecting their first child together just weeks before their son's arrival.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has six grown kids: Drena, Raphael, Julian, Aaron, Elliot and Helen. In April 2023, he welcomed his seventh child, Gia.

When asked about his six children, the Oscar winner corrected the interviewer and said: "Seven, actually."

"I just had a baby," he explained, though he didn't provide any further details about the little one. 

On the red carpet at the N.Y.C. premiere of his film About My Father, De Niro spoke to Extra about welcoming another child at the age of 79.

"I'm ok with it. I'm good with it," he said, adding that raising children "never gets easier" no matter what age you are.


Well, Benjamin David Lloyd Ross is my 6th child, born last year, his mom Megan is such a wonderfukl mom, wife, friend, I am a very blessed husband, father, grandfather, son, man.  Alex was my first son, born in 1990, his mom is Janet Heaslip, we met at Ag College. I have 4 girls from my 2nd marriage with Kim Quenneville. They are Lisa, Sara, Chelsie and Charly, they may be step daughters, they are my girls 100%.  There is 15 grand kids so far ( one is in heaven). #16 is on track for May 20th, could be a couple more in the works. 11 step sons, if my math is right. 

.. To Be continued, check out comments for more thoughts, articles to keep me functioning well, well into my 90's 


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Congratulations George Tackaberry !

 A wonderful choice for this award !







Contact: Pam Robertson, Executive Director                                                February 16, 2024

Phone: (613) 342-6553 ext. 101                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE





The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Mr. George Tackaberry as recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Previous recipients include Larry VanderBaaren, Joe Hudson, Paul Fournier, Hunter Grant, Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek, and Dave Jones. 


This award is sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation. Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity, and personal/corporate generosity.


Mr. Tackaberry is a highly successful entrepreneur, widely respected philanthropist, and decades long community leader. Most prominently known as founder and President of G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction Company Limited, Mr. Tackaberry has devoted himself to improving the lives of others through his professional and personal endeavors. 


Mr. Tackaberry launched the company in 1957 and it has grown from humble beginnings into a thriving enterprise providing fast, efficient, quality work for municipal, commercial, and residential clients. It operates dozens of sites throughout Eastern Ontario and employs 100 full-time plus 200 seasonal workers, many who have been with the company for several decades.


Through the years, G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction has donated to countless community groups, offering significant financial and in-kind contributions. Recently, the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville announced that the Maple View Landings Redevelopment Project in Athens will be named the G. Tackaberry and Family Home following a donation of $500,000 from Mr. Tackaberry and his family.


The Tackaberry family was also celebrated when the Brockville municipal airport was renamed the Brockville - 1000 Islands Regional Tackaberry Airport following the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in materials, time, and money to extend the airport’s runway to 4500 feet in order to accommodate larger aircraft. 


Other examples of generosity from Mr. Tackaberry include major donations to Brockville General Hospital, Gord Brown Memorial Outdoor Rink, and Leeds & Grenville United Way.


The family is also very proud to support dozens of charities, service clubs, schools, parks, community gardens and youth athletic teams. Among these is the Athens Lions Club presentation of the annual Steam Exhibition. Company equipment and personnel are actively involved in preparing grounds and presenting displays. Additionally, the company frequently supplies floats and trucks for local parades and Mr. Tackaberry’s sizeable antique truck collection, one of the most prominent in the world, can be seen on display at events throughout the area.


Included among the many community, business and individual accolades received by Mr. Tackaberry are the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce Industry of the Year Award (2001), the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Business of the Year Award (2001) and the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Bill Thake Memorial Community Development Award (2015). 


Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Steve Latimer, expressed his appreciation by noting that “Mr. Tackaberry is widely known and universally respected throughout our entire region. We are very grateful for the generosity he and his family have shown to so many in need.” 


The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process. Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered his congratulations. “Mr. Tackaberry has always been kind, generous and humble. He’s a true gentleman, and it’s a real privilege to honour him in this way. Few have done more for our community than George and his family.”


Mr. Tackaberry will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting at the Brockville Country Club on Wednesday, March 27th.


This year will also see the inaugural presentation of the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award to recognize lifelong volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the community. Sponsors of this award are the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence Rideau. Details to follow in the coming week.


Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website or call 613-342-6553 by March 18th.



The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 300 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission is to support and enhance business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming. 


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Trusts & Tax Reporting moving forward


there is new  trust rules that are now law

lots of requirements and it may affect many people unawares 

this article is a good starter to help determine responsibility for reporting


we do trust returns , CRA has geared up the online reporting options 


Lots to think about 

As always please review comments below for more info gleaned for this topic

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Grape Benefits Yum Yum

looks like grapes are a must for anyone's diet, they are in mine 


great article on the benefits of grapes


i am growing a few grapes at the ranch, I think I need to take it a bit more seriously 


Sources include: USDA
Amount Per1 cup (92 g)
Calories 62
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1.8 mg 0%
Potassium 175.7 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16 g 5%
Dietary fiber 0.8 g 3%
Sugar 15 g  
Protein 0.6 g 1%
Vitamin C 6% Calcium 1%
Iron 1% Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B6 5% Cobalamin 0%
Magnesium 1%    
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Foot Steps Toby Keith

“As Good As I Once Was”

that was his most popular song.

 I Found out today that he died at 62 a few days ago. Stomach Cancer

lots to think about in his interview, Faith, God, your foot steps


As always please check out  the comments below for more history that will be posting later as I find it. 

a few songs are posted down there


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TFSA Contest - Win $7000

When you win the $7000 , be sure and come and see me


You could win $7,000 to help fast-track your financial goals!

You could max out your TFSA.

A TFSA offers tax-free growth on investments, providing a flexible and versatile savings tool. The annual TFSA contribution room limit has been raised to $7,000 for 2024 which you could win!

Important dates:
Start date: February 5, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET
End date: March 28, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET

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Worldly Vacation Taxable Benefit Tax

Subject: A tax that Canadians might all support , except 1 or 2


"Great resource .... New or Existing, this is a good little overview, taxes to feed the golden goose , yes the Goose eats to much, we all eat a little too much. If you are lucky, you might have friends that can take care of you on your vacation, this happens for the odd turkey in this country .... I wonder how much scratching would happen if larger gifts from friends was deemed a taxable benefit for say politically exposed persons , that might be a good idea. CRA could do a poll to see if that would be an acceptable tax to be implemented"


So ....


 Do a poll , have fun, Federal be a good place to start.  


A worldly vacation taxable gift benefit, issue a T4A , code WTF , and kicks in when the gift exceeds .... pick your number 


9000 a day 

1000 a day

500 a day

10 a day


Only Politically Exposed Persons and their Family being subject to the taxable benefit. 


Penalties for not issuing the T4A WTF , start at 5,000 for individuals and 50,000 for corporations. 


For those issuing a T4A WTF they receive a refundable tax credit equal to $500 . The gift giver should be rewarded for their influence petaling and to help with the filing cost. 



This is definitely an under utilized source of revenue for government to consider. A tax designed to encourage social responsibility amongst politically exposed persons and help generous patrons be recognized for their contributions.  I think Canadians would rally around this initiative and a whole new government bureaucracy could be created, more good paying jobs, I would put that department on a base salary plus commission! 


All the best with this opportunity. 




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Napoleon Hill's Thought for the Day

Please check out the comment section for additional thoughts will be posted there. (FYI check out all our blog posting comment sections as that is where you will find additional information on the topic, reason, it's a quick place for me to post info as i find it, click, done, plus it typically makes a nice picture that many articles come with) 


 I also encourage you to register yourself and enjoy your own daily reminder direct from  NH , click here


** Napoleon Hill's Thought for the Day:




** Act on your own initiative, be prepared to assume full responsibility for your acts.



One of the primary differences between those who achieve great things in their lives and those who manage only to "get by" is that successful people learned early in life that they were responsible for their own actions. No other person can make you successful or keep you from achieving your goals.


Taking the initiative means assuming a leadership role, a position that singles you out for praise – and for criticism. The good leader is one who shares the credit for success with others and assumes full responsibility for failures or temporary setbacks. When you accept responsibility for your actions, you gain the respect of others and are well on the way to creating your own future.

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

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Sound Character

** Napoleon Hill's Thought for the Day: ------------------------------------------------------------ ** Sound character begins with keen ------------------------------------------------------------ ** self-respect. ------------------------------------------------------------ No one really knows for sure how we develop self-respect, but the experts believe it begins at a very early age. Parents who show their children that they love them unconditionally—just because they are who they are—build a foundation of health self-respect that will sustain the children for the rest of their lives. From this foundation comes the moral and ethical structure known as character. Healthy self-respect should not be confused with egotism. An egotist loves himself for the most superficial of reasons, while a self-respecting person takes pride in qualities of character that he or she has worked hard to develop. man running on sidewalk early morning Trust the process. Male sitting at desk with L.C. Smith typewriter ** From the Napoleon Hill Foundation® Archives

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day.Jan 27

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


In light of recent terrorist attacks aimed at Jews in Israel, it is critical that we remember the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during WWII.


PragerU has short, educational videos that teach the truth about the Holocaust and why we must remember it this day and every day.

What Was the Holocaust?

During WWII, the Nazi regime, headed by Adolf Hitler, set out to exterminate every living Jew. They murdered 6 million. Why did they do it? How did they do it? And why do so many young people know so little about it?

Joseph Alexander: I Survived the Holocaust but It Could Happen Again

Holocaust survivor Joseph Alexander was a young man when the Nazis exterminated 6 million innocent Jews during World War II. He reminds us why young people today must learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and the events leading up to it. If we forget, how can we make sure these atrocities never happen again?

Ep. 267 — The Evil of Holocaust Denial

Why would anyone deny the single most documented genocide in history? Dennis responds to strong opposition he received from his column,  If Holocaust Deniers Don’t Go to Hell, There Is No God.

What Do People Know About the Holocaust?

What do Americans know about the Holocaust? Will Witt hit the streets to find out. 

Stand with Israel. Condemn Terrorism.

Shortly after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, Israel was founded in 1948 as a Jewish state. In light of recent terrorist attacks aimed at Jews in Israel, we must voice our support for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.


On Saturday, October 7th, Hamas, a terrorist group backed by Iran, launched a brutal attack on Israeli civilians. They killed and ruined the lives of thousands of innocent Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Driven by hate and the goal of “wiping Israel off the map,” they raped, murdered, and tortured Jews while killing Arab citizens and using Palestinian civilians as human shields. As of now, more than 1,300 people have died—including dozens of Americans.

We must condemn Hamas and remind Americans that there is never a justification for terrorism.

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Big Sticks Against Corporate Owners

"Along with the new filing requirements, the CBCA updates increased the maximum fine for corporations for non-compliance to $100,000 from $5,000. In addition, individual officers, directors or shareholders could be liable for fines of up to $1 million and a maximum prison sentence of five years if they are convicted of an offence related to compliance failures."


We must read on , more disclosures for private companies, that is pretty every incorporated business that is not listed on the stock exchange. 

Looks on the surface the intent is to bludgen small business owners and create some more work for lawyers and burecarts.



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Working From Home - Tax

" Employers will be extra busy this tax-filing season providing eligible employees with completed tax forms they’ll need to deduct home office expenses on their 2023 returns.  

The temporary “flat rate” method, which allowed Canadians working from home due to Covid to claim up to $400 in employment expenses in 2020 and up to $500 in 2021 and 2022, is not available for 2023. That method did not require the employee to get a form from their employer. 

Employees who worked from home in 2023 and who are eligible to claim home office expenses will have only one option — the “detailed” method, which will require a completed Form T2200: Declaration of Conditions of Employment from their employer. 



Form T2200: Declaration of Conditions of Employment

Year 2023 form to be available near end of January 2024

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Blue Monday Tips



This morning I received a lovely email and one of the articles was about the Monday Blues. I forgot about this, I guess it happens to many people.

"Mondays typically aren’t fun for most people. The weekend is over, it’s the start of the work week with many emails to catch up on, and there are five days to go until you have two glorious days off again."

1st Tip 

How can I beat the winter blues this Blue Monday?

Just because Blue Monday is upon us, doesn’t mean you can’t combat it. Here’s what you can do to feel better when the winter blues roll around.

1. Surround yourself with those you love

Consider having dinner with your family or close friends, or just hanging out with your four-legged friend (Mercy loves to go with me for road trips). Being around your loved ones isn’t just a mood booster, it’s also a good distraction from the day itself.


Have a Delicous Good For you Maple Water Drink - my Favorite Option that is 




Enjoy #CanadasNationalBeverage 


My favourite Tip, is to get a Maple Water beverage. Natures Energy Water , try our Maple Sap Beverage, Sparkling KiKi Maple Lemon, Cranberry, Blueberry or Strawberry  #SimplyRefreshing


Maple water is the name that the industry decided to call Maple Sap. Maple Sap is the term for the liquid that comes from the tree. It is present in every tree and is utilized by the tree to move energy and nutrients between the roots to the leaves. During the freezing winter months the maple tree stores the sap in the roots. As the weather warms up in the spring the sap moves up to the branches to provide these nutrients to grow the new leaves.

Maple Water

Maple Water contains all the nutrients needed to keep a strong and tall sugar maple tree healthy!  With over 64 antioxidants, 80 nutrients, amino and organic acids, Maple Water beverages are an ideal source to restore your electrolytes and rehydrate.

The Iron, Zinc, Calcium, and Magnesium present in Maple Water are just some of the essential minerals your body needs to stay healthy. 

"Drink Healthy Stay Healthy!"©


This will pick you up and inspire you to be your best on Monday, enhancing your day ! 


Enjoy the benefits of Maple Water, get sold out, turn those cans upside down and make the best of Blue Monday's . If you want an extra boost, make Sparkling KiKi Maple Blueberry  your go to answer.  

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Tax Slips For 2023 Expectations

For 2023 tax reporting

These are typical reporting / mailing expectations for most items. 

2023 Tax Slip Target Mailing Date Deadlines

T4's by Feb 29, 2024

T5's  by Feb 29, 2024

2023 RRSP Remainder of Year (ROY) Contribution Slips (March to December 2023) , by January 29, 2024

1st 60-Days RRSP Contribution Receipts for trades placed January 1 to March 1, 2024 = by March 25, 2024

T4RSP, T4RIF, T4A, T5 and matching Releve’s (R2 & R3)  by February 5, 2024

T4A and Releve1 for advisors and distributors by February 5, 2024

NR4 (registered and non-registered) by  March 27, 2024

T3 (R16) for Segregated funds by March 27, 2024

RRSP first 60 days of 2024 contribution key dates:

January 1, 2024 to February 29, 2024 Contributions are accepted until end of day March 1, 2024, contributions after the cutoff date will not be accepted for the first 60 days.



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