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Lose weight and feel great? It’s not too late

Being overweight is not a good thing, especially when you’re older. My battle with the bulge began when I stopped smoking 20 years ago, exacerbated by the side effects of medication. Even though I stopped drinking alcohol, I remained 30 to 40 pounds above the suggested weight for someone of […]

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Limitless Learning: Learn to read and play music

So you have that old clarinet sitting around the house, haven’t played it in years, and have that urge to make music. Or, maybe you never got to join the high-school band to play trombone, but it’s something you’d love to do. Now, seniors of all ages, who want to […]

Robert Libman believes his political and professional background are a good fit
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Former CSL mayor Robert Libman back in action in Mount Royal for Tories

For many who have experienced the political trip, once is more than enough. But for Robert Libman, the pull of being a player hasn’t lost its grip. Co-founder of the Equality Party, former mayor of Côte St. Luc, and member of the Montreal executive committee, Libman is seeking the Conservative […]

Now 73, Dr. Jonathan Meakins is enrolled as 
an M.A. student in Fine Arts at Concordia University.
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Renowned surgeon Jonathan Meakins goes for master’s in art history

Going back to school as a mature student is never easy, especially if you’re over 70. If you’re also six feet four, a confident and accomplished professional, with an Order of Canada in your lapel, fellow classmates less than half your age may feel intimidated. You’re sharing class rooms and […]

Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story
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Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story

Back in the early 1970s, as a newspaper reporter in Vientiane, Laos, I became convinced there was no future for corrupt U.S. backed regimes in Southeast Asia. For villagers subjected to carpet-bombing in Laos and Cambodia, there was little doubt as to who the enemy was. In Vietnam, it was […]

A YouTube screen grab of the Herzl Family Practice Centre in its early days.
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The evolution of the Herzl Family Practice Centre

It started in 1912 as a small dispensary providing free medical care to newly arrived, often poor, immigrants of all backgrounds, sponsored by Montreal’s Jewish community. It grew and developed into what is today the multi-faceted and bustling Herzl Family Practice Centre, part of the Jewish General Hospital. This evolution, […]

CD review: Fern Lindzon
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CD review: Fern Lindzon

Fern Lindzon Like a Circle in a Spiral (Iatros/MAPL) This 11-song collection reveals the growing confidence and expanded scope of singer/pianist Fern Lindzon. On this, the third CD by the classically trained Toronto artist, we hear a more nuanced vocal treatment than on previous recordings, with less emphasis on her […]

Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding
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Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding

He’s young, smart, accomplished, and committed to a set of values. He believes the Mount Royal riding is ready to vote Conservative in next year’s federal election, and, after helping run their last campaign, is considering taking the plunge himself. Meet Richard Yufe, 35, a long-time Hampstead resident who graduated […]

Explore Jewish Montreal with walking tours
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Explore Jewish Montreal with walking tours

Much of Montreal’s history is still visible today in the buildings, streets and alleyways of the city’s older districts, and that includes Jewish Montreal. A series of walking tours has been developed by the Museum of Jewish Montreal and runs this summer until Labour Day weekend. It’s an opportunity to […]

Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal
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Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal

The federal election may be a year off, but the battle for the Mount Royal riding has begun with the unexpected entry of a new candidate for the Liberal nomination. Jonathan Goldbloom, 58, a veteran public relations professional and member of one of the city’s most distinguished Jewish and Liberal […]