Articles written by: Irwin Block

MUHC: Raids and fiscal scandals hurt superhospital’s image
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MUHC: Raids and fiscal scandals hurt superhospital’s image

Construction is heading into final stages for what is to be the ne plus ultra of 21st-century health-care and research facilities—Montreal’s two megahospitals. However, troubling questions remain about alleged financial irregularities involving building the $1.34-billion Glen Yards facility, management of the McGill University Hospital Centre and the activities of its […]

Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood
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Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood

We exist! At last, the commercial film industry is beginning to realize that we “over-50s”—the middle-age and senior demographic—are worthy subjects of major fictional movies. We are major acting talents, we are not addicted to electronic devices, we like to go to the movies, and we have the money to […]

Angela Davis speaks during Black History Month in Montreal in February 2013. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Civil-rights activist Angela Davis enchants Montreal audience

The name Angela Davis recalls the heady and sometimes violent 1960s, the American civil-rights struggle and the political and social ferment that swept through much of the world, including Canada. Davis became an iconic figure because of her ties to the Black Panthers and leftist activism. She was charged with […]

Bassist Zack Lober mines his ancestry in a musical tribute to his grandfather
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Bassist Zack Lober mines his ancestry in a musical tribute to his grandfather

Following the path of many of our finest musicians, bassist/composer Zack Lober left his native Montreal seven years ago for the challenges and inspirations of the jazz life in New York City. It’s still the jazz world’s mecca, and that’s where Lober, 35, added a master’s degree at the famed […]

Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House
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Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House

In upheavals that convulsed the Arab world over the past two years, Saudi Arabia seemed immune. It is the last absolute monarchy in the world, and enormous wealth, profligate spending and political power is in the hands of the Al Saud family. Its princes control every important agency. Slavery was […]

Journalist Robert Fisk: Arab awakening calls for “justice and dignity”
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Journalist Robert Fisk: Arab awakening calls for “justice and dignity”

Robert Fisk is an award-winning British journalist who can lay claim to the “Mideast expert” sobriquet because he’s been covering the Middle East for more than 35 years. A PhD in history, Fisk is not one of those reporters who fly in somewhere when things get hot, get a quick […]

Restaurant review: Parthenon is as close as it gets to Greece
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Restaurant review: Parthenon is as close as it gets to Greece

There’s a new addition to the restaurant choices on Queen Mary near Earnscliffe that has what it takes to attract a loyal following. Three of us dined at the Parthenon on a frigid weekday night, thoroughly enjoyed its traditional Greek cuisine and left with full bellies and taste satisfaction. The […]

Mark Abley lends a voice to a Canadian black sheep
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Mark Abley lends a voice to a Canadian black sheep

Mark Abley has had a good professional relationship with that fickle woman Lady Luck—he’s been at the right place at the right time so that his talent as a poet, journalist, non-fiction writer and editor has received broad recognition. But just as Montreal-based Abley, 57, had completed his latest work […]

Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties
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Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties

Mark Abley created a stir in The Gazette this fall with an opinion piece in which he called for an alliance of the left as the only way to end the division of anti-Conservative voting patterns. “Hard-core New Democrats, lifelong Liberals and fervent Greens have their differences, of course,” he […]

Marion Blake in her home office at Manoir Westmount.
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Editor gambled on moving to a Westmount residence … and won

For some, moving to a senior’s residence can be traumatic, for others it can be liberating, the right decision at the right time. That was the case for Marion Blake, who 10 years ago moved back to Canada after a decade in Cambridge, England, and who remembers the challenge as […]