Articles written by: Irwin Block

Photo by Barbara Moser.
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Duddy Kravitz comes home for musical apprenticeship

Duddy’s back and it looks like, finally, he will make the Kravitz family proud.

Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival
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Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival

Walking into the rehearsal space, I heard the glorious sound. It was the 48 singers in Lyric Theatre vocal ensemble practicing for its June shows and what a rich, full-bodied, and energetic sound it is!

Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of  independent voices
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Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of independent voices

No one was surprised when a Conservative-dominated Parliamentary committee, examining so-called anti-terrorism legislation, refused to hear Privacy Commissioner Daniel Thouin this winter.

In Mount Royal, it’s Libman vs. Housefather
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In Mount Royal, it’s Libman vs. Housefather

They share similar ethno-cultural backgrounds, went to the same high school, Herzliah, and served as Côte-Saint-Luc mayor. Both admire retiring Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, and now are set to fight it out to replace him in the October federal election.

Ethel Rosenberg, Billie Holiday lynched by the system
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Ethel Rosenberg, Billie Holiday lynched by the system

There were protests around the world, including in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, but the harsh sentence and refusal of President Eisenhower to provide clemency came in the context of Cold War hysteria.

Raging Grannies sweat it out against climate-change inaction
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Raging Grannies sweat it out against climate-change inaction

It was Earth Day, the day after Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s budget failed to mention Climate Change, with no new money to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Jean Derome photo by Irwin Block.
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Victoriaville Festival: The delight and innocence of being Jean Derome

It might sound incongruous to label a confirmed modernist a “Renaissance Man, but the moniker fits Jean Derome’s many modes of expression.

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All roads lead to the Victoriaville Festival

It opens big and closes big, with a range of ensembles filling out the four-day festival in typical “Victo” style – bold and eclectic.

L to R: Monty Newborn, PR Chair; Dr Jacques Corcos; and Ron Sawatzky, president of the West Island Prostate Cancer support  group
Health

Prostate cancer: Urologist battles against a “sophisticated enemy”

Forty years ago, urologists were generally seeing prostate cancer patients referred by radiologists. The patients were admitted for bone pain because the cancer had metastasized.

Prostate group marks 20th anniversary
Health

Prostate group marks 20th anniversary

It has never been easy for men to discuss and deal openly with medical issues involved with their “private parts”—symbol and essence of manhood—but the need has always been there.