Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.

Gloria Ménard is committed to protecting the mountain. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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Activist’s attention focuses on nature, anglo rights

Ménard loves the mountain and, as a founding member of Les amis de la montagne, has worked hard to fight for its integrity. Plus she’s angry with those who pollute it by not picking up after their dogs.

CD Review: Discover World Music (Various Artists)
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CD Review: Discover World Music (Various Artists)

For weeks now, I have been listening to and been inspired by this extraordinary compilation of 18 songs. They’re on on two CDs – music from around the world, beautifully recorded, varied, and a source of continued pleasure. Call them folk, or roots; you don’t have to understand the words to […]

CD review: Dialectics by Curtis Nowosad
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CD review: Dialectics by Curtis Nowosad

When five skilled and motivated musical friends who love music get together for a recording session, it can become something extraordinary.

Israeli journalist decries “excuses” that prevent peace
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Israeli journalist decries “excuses” that prevent peace

“It’s the end of the masquerade.”

Eric Girard (Photo: Irwin Block)
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Éric Girard thinks he can win one for Harper in Lac-Saint-Louis

As a senior manager at the National Bank for some 20 years, risk assessment and management have been at the heart of Éric Girard’s work.

CD review: Fran Avni’s Kulanu – All of Us in Harmony
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CD review: Fran Avni’s Kulanu – All of Us in Harmony

This up-lifting recording of mainly new versions and re-arrangements of traditional synagogue prayer-songs will strike a positive chord with Jewish listeners familiar with their content and meaning.

Mario Rimbao (photo: Irwin Block)
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“Coach” Mario Rimbao enters battle for NDP in Mount-Royal

An epic battle is set to unfold in Mount Royal riding as the three major parties seek to replace Irwin Cotler, retiring after 15 years as its Member of Parliament.

GG’s Caring Canadian Awards: Quebec students who are changing the world
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GG’s Caring Canadian Awards: Quebec students who are changing the world

In recognition of the burgeoning volunteer sector among youth, 12 young Quebecers, 8 to 17, received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award March 23, given since 1985 to exceptional effort in volunteering to help others and building “a smarter and more caring nation.”

Laurier-MacDonald students (L to R): 
Alessia Collaci, Francesca Varrone, animator Vince Lacroce, Kayla Panacui.
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“We” generation honoured with Governor-General’s Caring Canadian Awards

We’ve all heard about the Me Generation – that’s the Boomers, and in the 1970s, Tom Wolfe coined the phrase to describe the attitude among many that what counts in life is self-realization, not social responsibility.