Articles written by: Kristine Berey

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Travel

Celebrate friendship and romance in Paris

  This summer, marked 50 years since my husband, George, and I, then two immigrant nine-year-olds from opposite sides of the globe, met in the hallway of an Outremont apartment building. To celebrate our 34th year as a married couple, we went to Paris. Our window of opportunity was two […]

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Facebook fraudsters exploit new territory

This summer, a public education campaign was launched in Nanaimo, BC, after one local senior was defrauded of almost $7,000, another lost $3,500 and a third unwittingly gave away $24,000. The method used was the now well-known grandson scam, which first appeared in 2008. It victimizes seniors by playing on […]

Sébastien Froidevaux (L) with Rev.Pierre Rivard (R)
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Catholic Church engages in healing

A reporter asked Pope Francis last summer a question about the status of gay priests in the church. While his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI had characterized homosexuality as “an intrinsic moral evil,” Pope Francis answered: “Who am I to judge them?” His attitude reflects a time of renewal and openness […]

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Rental board needs tax money to meet tenants needs: advocates

It’s become commonplace for tenants to live with mice and mould for almost two years after filing a complaint to the Régie du Logement. Housing advocates have been campaigning for many years to reduce wait times for a hearing, but the problem has only worsened. “Compared to last year it […]

Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb
Features / Reviews & Previews

Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb

  On the eve of International Women’s Day, standup comic Jenny Collier, 30, was cancelled from a comedy show despite having already been booked, because there were “too many” women. “I was completely dumbfounded, not only by the fact that I was cancelled for this reason but also by the […]

Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer
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Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer

In real life, trying to breathe new life into a faltering marriage is not-so-funny. But in the hands of veteran comedy writers Earl Barret, Arne Sultan and Ray Cooney, the subject of Wife Begins at Forty takes on hilarious proportions as the protagonists in a ho-hum relationship navigate the rocky […]

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Changing minds, changing lives: Dans la rue marks milestone

Having completed its first quarter of a century, Dans la rue, founded by Father Emmett Johns in 1988, is ready for new challenges. Year 26 sees the realization of a long-held dream: the building of safe housing. “We’re going to be finishing the final phase of construction of 17 apartments […]

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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]

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What's Happening

Count your musical blessings in April/May 2014

April is the cruelest month, said the great poet T.S. Eliot. But Montrealers should count their blessings, having so many wonderful musical ensembles in the city. Here is a sampling of what’s to come. April 23. As part of its special concert series, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents world-class pianist […]

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Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals reflects we humans

Looking at Jo-Anne McArthur’s portraits of animals is like looking into a mirror, the shock of recognition forever destroying—if ever there was any doubt—the notion that animals are not our fellow creatures. Activist and photographer McArthur created We Animals, a project documenting through photographs the fate of the animals we […]