Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.

Harriet Johnson is among 33 people who have signed on to a class-action lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
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Home for Colored Children: Nova Scotia government backtracks, apologizes

In Halifax Friday, Premier Stephen McNeil apologized for the abuse of former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, calling it “one of the great tragedies in our province’s history that your cries for help were greeted with silence for so long.”

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Dowson urges anglos to vote in school-board elections

The stakes have never been higher for anglophones in local school board elections to be held Nov. 2, and broadcaster Anne Lagacé Dowson is urging community members to register and vote.

CD reviews: Rio-Paris, Brazil
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CD reviews: Rio-Paris, Brazil

There is a lot more to Brazil than football prowess and a boom economy with a nominal GDP of US $2.5 trillion, seventh in the world.

Heureux Naufrage (Fortunate Shipwreck)
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Preview: Heureux Naufrage (Fortunate Shipwreck)

The Charter of Values, as proposed by the former Parti Québécois government, raised inter-communal tensions, sparked an impassioned debate, and is now history. But what about the back-story, the historical developments that saw Quebec transformed from one of the world’s most pious Roman Catholic enclaves to this latest push for […]

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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 […]