Articles written by: Irwin Block

Gad Horowitz argues that there is a significant “Tory” or “pre-liberal” remnant in Canada.
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Horowitz has made a career of challenging prevailing notions

Former Montrealer Gad Horowitz is a rare example of a public intellectual who established his brilliance in one field, then shifted to several others in a continuing exploration of ideas and their effect on society. Those who know Horowitz, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto, will […]

Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence
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Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence

At a newsstand in Tel Aviv, I was looking for a copy of the day’s Ha’aretz, the left-of-centre daily, when an American-born senior advised me to buy the Jerusalem Post, which is centre-right. When I refused, he launched into a diatribe about the Arabs, claiming it was futile to re-enter […]

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Analysis: Time to face Montreal’s culture of corruption

I met a city councillor friend at a play this winter who tried to minimize the explosive testimony at the Charbonneau inquiry into collusion and corruption in Montreal’s construction industry. “I don’t believe half of what is being said,” remarked the councilor, who is considered progressive and honest. Unfortunately for […]

Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner
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Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner

No neighbourhood is complete without a solid brunch restaurant, and that’s the role Ben & Florentine provides in the Town of Montreal shopping centre at 2356 Lucerne, adjacent to the Metropolitan Blvd. We dropped in the other day for a midday meal, attracted by the news that the restaurant has […]

Afghan President Karzai “is not a great women’s advocate,” Weisberg says. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Fundamentalism, extremism the enemies in Afghanistan

From North Africa to the Middle East, the Islamic world is in turmoil and Afghanistan can be seen as a precursor. What can we expect when most foreign forces leave by the end of next year? We put the whither-Afghanistan question to Laurie Wiseberg, a human-rights expert who recently returned […]

There are blue skies over McGill, one of the many campuses offering courses on a host of topics this fall.
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Limitless Learning: Find courses in a host of subjects, from philosophy to photograhy

Use it or lose it—the adage applies to mind as well as body. Here is a selection of the many courses offered for the inquiring mind this fall at various institutions. The Thomas More Institute has 30 unique university-level courses over 12 weeks that are not repeated, including: * The […]

Avid cyclist Russell Copeman wants to fix crumbling urban infrastructure. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Russell Copeman gains leverage in race for borough mayor

If you see a tall, curly-haired man on a Bixi bike in the west end, it may well be Russell Copeman, the former Liberal member of the National Assembly for N.D.G. He has a different route these days and won’t be heading downtown to his office at Concordia University where […]

Geraldine Doucet to perform in Cote St. Luc
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Geraldine Doucet to perform in Cote St. Luc

She sings, she dances, tells jokes, and generally entertains with her energy and positive worldview. On September 9, Geraldine Doucet will bring her talent to the stage at the St. Patrick Square apartment complex for a benefit concert. It’s at 6767 Côte St. Luc. Doucet is seeking to raise funds […]

Restaurant review: Thanjai
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Restaurant review: Thanjai

There are dozens of Indian restaurants in Montreal offering a mainly North Indian menu, but few with a South Indian cuisine featuring a huge choice of dosas­—savory crepes—and other regional delights. We’re talking about Thanjai, which we visited last month at its bright and airy location on Van Horne, just […]

Piano prodigy: Heads turn as young Pinchas Antal scales the music scene
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Piano prodigy: Heads turn as young Pinchas Antal scales the music scene

The Moscow-trained pianist was entertaining a full house at the Castel Royal residence, playing waltzes and tunes that struck a familiar chord with the attentive and appreciative crowd. Then the mood suddenly shifted to one of excited anticipation as 12-year-old Pinchas Antal entered the room to display his remarkable talent. […]