Articles written by: Irwin Block

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
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Quebec must consider “the other” in values debate

The murderous attacks by Muslim fanatics against cartoonists in France, Denmark, and Holland who dared to deride Islam raises a fundamental question: should there be limits to free speech when it comes to the cherished values and sensibilities of religious and ethnic minorities, including Muslims and Jews?

Donny McCaslin
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Powerful lineup for Jazz en Rafale festival

Jazz en Rafale is a small festival with a big heart – it combines a new talent competition with performances by major international and local artists.

Quebec should create anglo office: Graham Fraser
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Quebec should create anglo office: Graham Fraser

Graham Fraser is making waves with a suggestion – he first calls it “an idea worth considering” – that Quebec needs some kind of permanent secretariat for Anglo communities in the province.

Pascale Déry photo by Barbara Moser.
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Pascale Déry: We’re warming up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

First impressions mean a lot, and television journalist Pascale Déry immediately impresses with her sparkling personality, positive outlook, friendly approach, and grasp of political issues.

Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover
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Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover

As the New Year was approaching, a Nanos Research opinion survey indicated that Stephen Harper was regaining support due to perceived foreign policy successes and tax cuts.

Patrick Jr., Patrick, and Josephine MacFadden. (Photo: Lois Siegel)
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A tribute to Patrick D. MacFadden

A university education is much more than lectures, books, research papers, and exams. It’s about the people you meet, professors and fellow students, the extra curricular activities you take part in, and the resulting ideas, debates, and insights.

CD Review: Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer (Wiring/Intakt)
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CD Review: Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer (Wiring/Intakt)

Trio 3 is alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, and the tough-to-beat rhythm section of bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille.

CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon  (HIT/Naïve)
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CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon (HIT/Naïve)

There is an overwhelming sense of joy and playfulness in this latest album by French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, who has never sounded better.

Margaret Lock, professor of social studies in medicine at McGill. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Life choices may influence Alzheimer’s, researcher says

A clinical trial based in Medellin, Colombia, could help us understand how to identify and possibly treat Alzheimer’s disease. Margaret Lock, professor of social studies in medicine at McGill, cited this study as part of her overview of the research in The Alzheimer’s Enigma in an Aging World at this […]

Russian rabbi, artist unknown.
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Rabbi Arik Ascherman and his peers fight for human rights

For Rabbi Arik Ascherman, a human rights activist in Israel and the Occupied Territories, it is important for Palestinians to see a kippa-wearing Jew on their side.