Articles written by: Irwin Block

Henry Milner expects that if the PQ loses or wins only a minority, leader Pauline Marois will quit. (Rachel Côté)
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Quebec election could turn on values charter and PKP gamble

As a political scientist and author who actively supported the Parti Québécois, Henry Milner brings a unique perspective to political analysis in Quebec. He explains his involvement, which included running as a PQ candidate in Westmount in 1981. “In terms of making a better society around us, they were the […]

Aeneas as envisioned by painter Claude Lorrain in the 17th century.
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The Aeneid to play at La Chapelle Theatre

The Aeneid is the Greek classic poem by Virgil that tells the saga of Aeneas, his escape from Troy with his son and father and his search for a new home. It has been transposed into a modern setting of the Middle East in the French-language version by Quebec playwright […]

Women study information technology in Amman, part of a program that fosters equality. (Photo courtesy of ICAN)
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Project Genesis: Mideast peacebuilding from bottom up

Note: A clarification appears at end. The idea was solid, and so was the training of its leaders and implementation of its programs. After initiating Project Genesis in 1975, McGill University social work professor Jim Torczyner in 1997 succeeded in transplanting that successful formula to the Middle East. The idea […]

Anthony Housefather and his team broke a record for freestyle mixed relay swimming in January. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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C.S.L Mayor Anthony Housefather takes the plunge into federal politics

If you live in Montreal’s West End, don’t be surprised if one day soon a young-looking man with a spring in his step knocks on your door to talk politics. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, now seeking the nomination as Liberal candidate in the federal riding of Mount Royal, […]

CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson
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CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson

David Ian, Valentine’s Day, Prescott Records The music of the great American Songbook, when given a personal touch, never ceases to charm and delight. Toronto-born pianist David Ian has arranged these 11 pieces—classics of the standard repertoire, except for the gospel tune Sweet By and By—into smooth, easy listening yet spirited and […]

Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues
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Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel and Jordan last month in which he reinforced Canada’s already strong support for the Jewish state got a mixed reaction in major Israeli and Canadian media. Bernie Farber, former CEO of the now-defunct Canadian Jewish Congress, wrote that Harper’s “giant hug of the […]

Scholar Chantal Ringuet has immersed herself in Yiddish Montreal. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Montreal’s rich Yiddish heritage has an unlikely champion

Yiddish, and the rich literary output of the last century in Montreal when the language thrived here, has a new and unlikely champion. Chantal Ringuet, raised in Quebec City’s Charlesbourg suburb, never heard a word of Yiddish in that almost exclusively French environment. At the Ursuline school and Collège St-Charles-Garnier, […]

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl met and fell in love in Argentina. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Love and Music: 88 keys to keeping romance alive

Don’t postpone joy. That injunction is a guidepost for the partnership of violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, in love and music and their life and work together. It is on the wall of their basement rehearsal space in their cozy Côte St. Luc townhouse, and it reflects the […]

Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra
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Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra

Rafael & Energia Dominicana Enamorarse en la playa Vivo Musique We can’t all go south in the winter, so the next best thing for those of us stuck in El Norte is to feel the warmth, energy and love that permeates this wonderful album of Latin music. It is a […]

Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
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Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]