Articles written by: Irwin Block

Russian rabbi, artist unknown.
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Rabbi Arik Ascherman and his peers fight for human rights

For Rabbi Arik Ascherman, a human rights activist in Israel and the Occupied Territories, it is important for Palestinians to see a kippa-wearing Jew on their side.

Chaja and Elizabeth Wajnberg, with Srulec and Lusia, Lodz 1949. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wajnberg)
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Review: Sheymes, A Family Album after the Holocaust

As survivors of the Holocaust dwindle in numbers, the burden of memory and the compulsion to record falls on the shoulders of their offspring.

Frank Baylis
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Frank Baylis, Anthony Housefather, Anju Dhillon win Liberal nominations

For many, including established Liberals, it was a big surprise.

Michael Eastman cooks up a storm at New Hope seniors centre.
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New Hope springs in N.D.G.

In a quiet, leafy corner of N.D.G. sits a small church where an organization with an earthly mission carries out its daily work. Located in the Kensington Presbyterian Church at Godfrey and Kensington, New Hope is a senior citizens’ day centre staffed by people with various health challenges. It serves […]

Photo courtesy of Shen Yun 2015
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Preview: Shen Yun 2015

Once referred to as the Sleeping Giant, China is set to overtake the U.S. in ten years as the world’s biggest economy. What about its culture?

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Health reform fails to protect English, advocate warns

Some 150 activists, past and present, and those who support their work, dined at the St. James Club on Union St. to pay tribute to the leadership, selfless dedication, and achievements of James Hughes, Eric Maldoff, and Marjorie Sharp.

Eric Maldoff honoured for “strategic and practical leadership”
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Eric Maldoff honoured for “strategic and practical leadership”

The Parti Québécois win in the Nov. 15, 1976 provincial election sent shockwaves through Quebec society, and a new generation of Anglophone leaders began to emerge.

Marjorie Sharp: the ultimate volunteer
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Marjorie Sharp: the ultimate volunteer

She no longer practices law, but Marjorie Sharp has never stopped working to make the world a better place.

Follow your passion – good things can happen
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Follow your passion – good things can happen

If helping people in need is in your DNA, a career in commercial and corporate law is not necessarily the most satisfying way to spend your working hours.

“People need to decide what they stand for,” says Anne Lagacé Dowson. Photo by Barbara Moser
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Journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson turns activist to save public schools

Anne Lagacé Dowson arrived in Montreal with an M.A. in hand, some experience at CBC radio in Ottawa, and a bicultural background, and settled in a modest apartment.