Articles written by: Irwin Block

“We’re larger, we’re stronger, we’re healthier,” Richard Adler says. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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The future is a (baby) booming place, visionary says

Never trust anyone over 30, we were told in the forever-young 1960s. Now that the Baby Boomer generation is pushing into their late 60s and early 70s, a well-known futurologist took a look at where we are heading and came up with some fascinating conclusions. Richard Adler, a distinguished fellow […]

Harry Hurwitz, 92, recalls his time in the Canadian navy and as a WWII prisoner of war. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Remembrance Day: The captain yelled out, “Abandon ship!”

On November 11, we remember those who served our country, but for Harry Hurwitz the day he can’t forget is April 29, 1944. That was the day Hurwitz and other victims of a German torpedo attack on his Canadian ship ended up in the English Channel, struggling to survive. At […]

André Picard photo by Peter Ford / Pinpoint National
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Health-care focus should switch to prevention: André Picard

André Picard’s romance with journalism began as an extracurricular affair. While studying administration in the mid-1980s at the University of Ottawa, he developed a passion for writing as a music reviewer for the student newspaper, The Fulcrum. Instead of becoming an accountant or business executive, Picard earned a second degree […]

Panelists Mira Sucharov (from left), Hagai El-Ad and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. (Photo courtesy of New Israel Fund Canada)
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Israeli hotline that aids women supported by Canadian group

  “Ruthi” belongs to an ultra-Orthodox Israeli community. After suffering for eight years with an abusive husband, she turned to a 24-hour hotline serving the country’s most vulnerable people. It was an act of desperation, not without huge consequences, including the possible loss of custody of her children, Orit Sarfaty […]

Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values
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Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values

Last fall, an event took place in Verdun that could be a metaphor for the changing face of Quebec. Nov. 4, 2012, was the last time members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 marched from the local cenotaph—a statue of a First World War soldier—to the Great War Memorial […]

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 […]