Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.

NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis
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NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis

Mount Royal isn’t the only Montreal riding that’s too close to call, and NDP candidate Ryan Young in Lac-Saint-Louis believes he is well-positioned to score an historic upset in that Liberal stronghold.

Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music
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Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music

The performance space at the Casa del Popolo on St. Laurent filled up quickly to standing-room-only overcapacity last month for a special premiere.

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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Our selections

Here are suggestions for top concerts at indoor venues at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor
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Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor

The upcoming election is more than a numbers game for incumbent MP Francis Scarpaleggia in Lac-Saint-Louis, who looks back at the 2011 result as something of an anomaly.

A homeless man on Rene Levesque Blvd. in Montreal.
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Shelters not geared to special needs of older adults

They are the city’s homeless, part of the urban culture in North America and a living scar, a condemnation of our post-industrial society and its underside.

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book
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Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book

Montreal’s fascinating history, ethno-cultural mix, older neighbourhoods, architecture, and geographical setting make it a city for poets.