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Mario Rimbao (photo: Irwin Block)
Features

“Coach” Mario Rimbao enters battle for NDP in Mount-Royal

An epic battle is set to unfold in Mount Royal riding as the three major parties seek to replace Irwin Cotler, retiring after 15 years as its Member of Parliament.

GG’s Caring Canadian Awards: Quebec students who are changing the world
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GG’s Caring Canadian Awards: Quebec students who are changing the world

In recognition of the burgeoning volunteer sector among youth, 12 young Quebecers, 8 to 17, received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award March 23, given since 1985 to exceptional effort in volunteering to help others and building “a smarter and more caring nation.”

Laurier-MacDonald students (L to R): 
Alessia Collaci, Francesca Varrone, animator Vince Lacroce, Kayla Panacui.
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“We” generation honoured with Governor-General’s Caring Canadian Awards

We’ve all heard about the Me Generation – that’s the Boomers, and in the 1970s, Tom Wolfe coined the phrase to describe the attitude among many that what counts in life is self-realization, not social responsibility.

Stay engaged even when ill: study
Health

Stay engaged even when ill: study

Getting a chronic illness tends to increase feelings of loneliness, including among those with a steady partner of 50 years or more, a new Concordia University study indicates.

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Features

Alzheimer’s Society has big plans for new centre in Montreal

Montreal’s Alzheimer’s Society is now in a position to offer expanded multidisciplinary services from its new centre at 4505 Notre Dame St. W. in St. Henri.

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
Features

Quebec must consider “the other” in values debate

The murderous attacks by Muslim fanatics against cartoonists in France, Denmark, and Holland who dared to deride Islam raises a fundamental question: should there be limits to free speech when it comes to the cherished values and sensibilities of religious and ethnic minorities, including Muslims and Jews?

Donny McCaslin
Reviews & Previews / What's Happening

Powerful lineup for Jazz en Rafale festival

Jazz en Rafale is a small festival with a big heart – it combines a new talent competition with performances by major international and local artists.

Quebec should create anglo office: Graham Fraser
Features

Quebec should create anglo office: Graham Fraser

Graham Fraser is making waves with a suggestion – he first calls it “an idea worth considering” – that Quebec needs some kind of permanent secretariat for Anglo communities in the province.

Pascale Déry photo by Barbara Moser.
Features

Pascale Déry: We’re warming up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

First impressions mean a lot, and television journalist Pascale Déry immediately impresses with her sparkling personality, positive outlook, friendly approach, and grasp of political issues.

Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover
Reviews & Previews

Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover

As the New Year was approaching, a Nanos Research opinion survey indicated that Stephen Harper was regaining support due to perceived foreign policy successes and tax cuts.