Articles written by: Irwin Block

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 […]

Robert Libman believes his political and professional background are a good fit
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Former CSL mayor Robert Libman back in action in Mount Royal for Tories

For many who have experienced the political trip, once is more than enough. But for Robert Libman, the pull of being a player hasn’t lost its grip. Co-founder of the Equality Party, former mayor of Côte St. Luc, and member of the Montreal executive committee, Libman is seeking the Conservative […]

Now 73, Dr. Jonathan Meakins is enrolled as 
an M.A. student in Fine Arts at Concordia University.
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Renowned surgeon Jonathan Meakins goes for master’s in art history

Going back to school as a mature student is never easy, especially if you’re over 70. If you’re also six feet four, a confident and accomplished professional, with an Order of Canada in your lapel, fellow classmates less than half your age may feel intimidated. You’re sharing class rooms and […]

Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story
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Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story

Back in the early 1970s, as a newspaper reporter in Vientiane, Laos, I became convinced there was no future for corrupt U.S. backed regimes in Southeast Asia. For villagers subjected to carpet-bombing in Laos and Cambodia, there was little doubt as to who the enemy was. In Vietnam, it was […]

A YouTube screen grab of the Herzl Family Practice Centre in its early days.
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The evolution of the Herzl Family Practice Centre

It started in 1912 as a small dispensary providing free medical care to newly arrived, often poor, immigrants of all backgrounds, sponsored by Montreal’s Jewish community. It grew and developed into what is today the multi-faceted and bustling Herzl Family Practice Centre, part of the Jewish General Hospital. This evolution, […]