Articles written by: Irwin Block

Michael Eastman cooks up a storm at New Hope seniors centre.
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New Hope springs in N.D.G.

In a quiet, leafy corner of N.D.G. sits a small church where an organization with an earthly mission carries out its daily work. Located in the Kensington Presbyterian Church at Godfrey and Kensington, New Hope is a senior citizens’ day centre staffed by people with various health challenges. It serves […]

Photo courtesy of Shen Yun 2015
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Preview: Shen Yun 2015

Once referred to as the Sleeping Giant, China is set to overtake the U.S. in ten years as the world’s biggest economy. What about its culture?

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Health reform fails to protect English, advocate warns

Some 150 activists, past and present, and those who support their work, dined at the St. James Club on Union St. to pay tribute to the leadership, selfless dedication, and achievements of James Hughes, Eric Maldoff, and Marjorie Sharp.

Eric Maldoff honoured for “strategic and practical leadership”
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Eric Maldoff honoured for “strategic and practical leadership”

The Parti Québécois win in the Nov. 15, 1976 provincial election sent shockwaves through Quebec society, and a new generation of Anglophone leaders began to emerge.

Marjorie Sharp: the ultimate volunteer
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Marjorie Sharp: the ultimate volunteer

She no longer practices law, but Marjorie Sharp has never stopped working to make the world a better place.

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.