Articles written by: Irwin Block

Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian
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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian

Gregory Baum, a leading and often controversial Catholic theologian, has added his voice to those who oppose the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values. But in so doing, the former priest cautions that it would be wrong to label as xenophobic all who support banning the wearing of conspicuous […]

Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice
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Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice

Joking about politics can be a risky thing, as Montreal comic sensation Sugar Sammy recently discovered. Sammy—the stage name for Côte des Neiges-born Samir Khullar—caused a sensation when he posted side-by-side photos of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his Facebook page. He asked, “Who would […]

Life coaching is not the same as therapy, Minda Miloff underlines. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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Life coach calls people off the bench

When the kids leave home, it leaves a huge void for caring parents left behind. If around the same time one’s own parents are confronting life-threatening diseases, the stress can be dramatic. That is exactly the confluence that Minda Miloff faced as her three children were moving on and parents […]

“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 […]