Articles written by: Irwin Block

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No need for men to suffer alone

BY: IRWIN BLOCK In 1994, Pointe Claire resident Charles Curtis got the result from what was then a relatively new test for something called the PSA level in the blood. Prostate specific antigen, PSA, is the substance produced almost exclusively by certain cells within the prostate gland. When my own […]

Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop
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Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop

BY IRWIN BLOCK The irrepressible Vic Vogel was on the phone from his home near the Jacques Cartier Bridge, searching for words to explain what he does with Cuban music. Words failed him, so he put down the phone, went over to the piano and played a few bars of […]

Richard Galliano plays Bach to Piazzolla at Maison Symphonique de Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Discover a taste for every ear

BY IRWIN BLOCK Jazz fan or not, there is a tremendous range of music in free outdoor venues and paid indoor ones to satisfy most tastes at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The first of hundreds of daily shows starts Wednesday, June 27, and continue until Sunday, July 7, […]

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Economist Jeff Rubin: Economic slide is not all bad

BY IRWIN BLOCK As surely as lilacs bloom in spring, gas prices in Montreal soared above $1.33 a litre in May, and for economist Jeff Rubin, that may not be all bad. There is little we can do about the growing demand for petroleum, especially in the new consumer economies […]

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Years of sun exposure takes its toll on skin

BY IRWIN BLOCK One “feature” of growing older is acquiring liver spots and various other blemishes on the skin. To find out whether they pose a risk, I recently asked a dermatologist to have a look at my arms, face and back. It turned out that half a dozen of […]

Jan Wong tackles taboo of workplace depression with courage
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Jan Wong tackles taboo of workplace depression with courage

BY IRWIN BLOCK There are many inspiring moments in this gripping personal story of how one of Canada’s toughest, most courageous and successful journalists fell into the dark hole of workplace depression. Told with honesty when it comes to revealing her weaknesses and many character strengths, we are reminded how […]