Articles written by: Irwin Block

Federal election 2015: Too close to call in three ridings
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Federal election 2015: Too close to call in three ridings

Among closely watched local races, the outcome in newly-delineated Notre Dame de Grâce-Westmount and two other West End ridings could be considered too close to call. Marc Garneau, the Liberal incumbent and Canada’s first astronaut, was in his Monkland Ave. election offices recently when we asked him to define the […]

FACE School in Montreal
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Elected school boards guarantee anglo rights in Quebec, panel suggests

The Quebec government’s rejection of a report urging it to continue English school board elections, in spite of low voter participation, has upset the sponsoring groups.

Theatre preview: Teesri Dunyia’s State of Denial decries Armenian genocide
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Theatre preview: Teesri Dunyia’s State of Denial decries Armenian genocide

Rahul Varma’s Teesri Duniya Theatre used to market itself with a promotional T-shirt that read, “Changing the World, One Play at a Time.”

Playwright, teacher Alyson Grant brings Royal Vic ghosts to life
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Playwright, teacher Alyson Grant brings Royal Vic ghosts to life

The magnificent grey limestone buildings that house the old Royal Victoria Hospital sit in all their glory on the slope of our mountain, their facades and turrets a monument to much real-life drama.

Fair trade: Ugandan schoolchildren have a Montreal champion
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Fair trade: Ugandan schoolchildren have a Montreal champion

Judy Labow’s active vocabulary does not include the word “retire.” Until 2013, she was head teacher of patients at the Jewish General Hospital’s Family and Child Psychiatry unit, where she continues to teach.

Book review: Naïm Kattan’s novel Farida “timely, significant”
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Book review: Naïm Kattan’s novel Farida “timely, significant”

Farida, a Jewish cabaret singer, “struggles for survival and her freedom in a world on the edge of upheaval and the dark shadow of war.” She sings in Arabic, and the novel depicts life at the time from a woman’s perspective.

Liberal candidate Marc Miller did his thesis at U de M on globalization. Photo by Irwin Block
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Justin Trudeau’s got what it takes, says Liberal hopeful Miller

Justin Trudeau has been in the public eye virtually from the day he was born, on Christmas Day 1971, to parents with rock-star status. But does he have what it takes to lead the country?

Scholar Chantal Ringuet has immersed herself in Yiddish Montreal. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Chantal Ringuet shows human rights isn’t a sprint — it’s a marathon

During the this year’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Sept. 20, thousands of Montrealers will be pounding the streets of the city for their own well-being and to raise funds for a favourite cause.

N.D.G.-Westmount NDP candidate James Hughes.
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NDP’s James Hughes wants to take social service to the next level

James Hughes, who carry the NDP party colours in the newly formed riding of NDG-Westmount, is relaxed, articulate, and thoughtful.

Guidebook tells history of anti-Semitism in Canada
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Guidebook tells history of anti-Semitism in Canada

As part of its educational mission, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre has produced a Brief History of Anti-Semitism in Canada.