Articles written by: Irwin Block

Follow your passion – good things can happen
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Follow your passion – good things can happen

If helping people in need is in your DNA, a career in commercial and corporate law is not necessarily the most satisfying way to spend your working hours.

“People need to decide what they stand for,” says Anne Lagacé Dowson. Photo by Barbara Moser
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Journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson turns activist to save public schools

Anne Lagacé Dowson arrived in Montreal with an M.A. in hand, some experience at CBC radio in Ottawa, and a bicultural background, and settled in a modest apartment.

A rabbinic view of  human rights in Israel
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A rabbinic view of human rights in Israel

When Jews from around the world join hands with Palestinian Arabs in their annual fall olive harvest, it helps build co-existence and mutual understanding.

Claire Holden Rothman spoke about her novel My October at Books and Breakfast in 2014. (Photo: Barbara Moser)
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October crisis looms in Claire Holden Rothman novel

“There’s a discomfort around the October Crisis. People were killed, people got hurt, people got abducted.”

CD review: Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems
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CD review: Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems

The Leonard Cohen we know and love is back with the gift that keeps on giving: his magical way with words, his spiritual side, the music that flows therefrom, and that distinctive voice – limited in range, but deeply resonant.

Norman Marshall Villeneuve makes those drums sing. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Norman Marshall Villeneuve bops away at House of Jazz

Norman Marshall Villeneuve is back in town, and the party’s on.

Irwin Tauben’s parents rarely talked about their past. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Finding restitution: Montrealer reclaims property in Poland

Irwin Tauben’s parents were among the fortunate few – Polish Jews who endured sub-human conditions in labour and concentration camps to survive the Holocaust. They rarely talked about the past as they rebuilt their shattered lives.

Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa
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Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa

The Altsys Jazz Orchestra has carved out a special place for itself over the past quarter century, performing beautiful and challenging works by modern masters.

Theatre preview: Of the Causes of Wonderful Things
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Theatre preview: Of the Causes of Wonderful Things

Those of us who have seen Talya Rubin perform know her one-person shows are unique, moving and memorable, often laced with humour.

Montreal Gazette editorial cartoonist Terry (Aislin) Mosher with Sparky. (Photo by Barbara Moser)
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Aislin, master of satire, publishes book No. 47

The targets of editorial cartoonist Aislin’s pen are local, Canadian and world leaders, and though they may not be amused at first, readers gobble it up.