Articles written by: Irwin Block

Jean Derome photo by Irwin Block.
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Victoriaville Festival: The delight and innocence of being Jean Derome

It might sound incongruous to label a confirmed modernist a “Renaissance Man, but the moniker fits Jean Derome’s many modes of expression.

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All roads lead to the Victoriaville Festival

It opens big and closes big, with a range of ensembles filling out the four-day festival in typical “Victo” style – bold and eclectic.

L to R: Monty Newborn, PR Chair; Dr Jacques Corcos; and Ron Sawatzky, president of the West Island Prostate Cancer support  group
Health

Prostate cancer: Urologist battles against a “sophisticated enemy”

Forty years ago, urologists were generally seeing prostate cancer patients referred by radiologists. The patients were admitted for bone pain because the cancer had metastasized.

Prostate group marks 20th anniversary
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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.