Articles written by: Irwin Block

Clockwise from top left:  Jean-Michel Richer, Emily Dorn, Alain Coulombe, Gordon Binter
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Does Opéra de Montréal’s Don Giovanni have shades of Donald Trump?

When Opéra de Montréal production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni plays Nov. 12, 15, 17, and 19, many will be struck by the similarity between its central figure and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease.

McGill professor Serge Gauthier dedicates career to defeat of Alzheimer’s

When neurologist Serge Gauthier first appeared in The ST in its early days, Alzheimer’s was thought to mostly affect old people, a consequence of strokes.

The Forward editor J.J. Goldberg. (Photo: Irwin Block)

Israel lacks credible leader to make peace: NY editor

With civil war raging in Syria, Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 and its refusal to abide by international law there has taken a back seat.

Barbara Moser and Irwin Block in Leros, Greece, in 2012.

Irwin Block on one of the most rewarding gigs of his journalistic career

A reporter can rarely pick and choose to cover only what he wants, but at The Senior Times, I am almost always enthusiastic and engaged.

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First Azrieli Music Project concert features MSO and award winners

A unique program combining music by Jewish composers and music new work performed in public for the first time is on tap for a special concert evening October 19

Goldbloom award winner Miriam Green, in NDG. (Photo: Irwin Block)

Community activist Miriam Green moved to action by childhood experiences

“If you don’t stand up for people in trouble, one day you’ll be in trouble and there’ll be nobody there.”

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Off means On at the October Jazz Fest

Off Festival de Jazz returns with 22 concerts and related cultural activities.

Book review: How Justin Trudeau won the race of his life
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Book review: How Justin Trudeau won the race of his life

In our media-dominated world there is a principle that politicians ignore at their peril: you could offer the most imaginative and necessary policies and competent people to implement them, but without marketing they won’t sell.

“Never Again” means human rights for all, Cotler tells men’s club. Photo: Charles Eklove

Irwin Cotler founds Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights

You might think that after a distinguished career as a human-rights crusader, Irwin Cotler might settle into a comfortable retirement.

Anna Markarova plays Aida in an Opéra de Montréal production. Photo: Courtesy of Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Montréal’s Aida should not be missed

Montreal may be a hockey town, but there is much happening culturally that deserves equal attention, the Opéra de Montréal among them.