Articles written by: Kristine Berey

Nelson Mandela burns his passport in 1960. (Photo: Wikimeida Commons, photographer unknown)
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Black History Month takes on different dimension post-Mandela

  This year’s Black History celebrations acquire a particular poignancy with the recent death of Nelson Mandela. In homage to the great human rights leader, the Round Table on Black History Month will present A Long Walk to Freedom, an exhibit that encompasses history, visual arts and education. The first […]

Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent
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Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent

Imagine a gnarled willow tree “bursting into a million butterflies” and reappearing as origami. Think of “a shadow, so still—surrounded by teddy bears.” Have you ever felt “like an unread book,” or “like a cold day in Alaska”? Perhaps “like a star in space … lonely among many … small […]

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Local entrepreneurs bring old technology into the digital age

Love TV but hate paying for dozens of channels you never watch? Self-taught electronics whiz and TV signal specialist Mario Trottier says he can get you watching the basics, up to 23 television channels including CBC, CTV, NBC, PBS, Global and more, all in beautiful high definition. There’s no monthly […]

The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long
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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long

Nina Munk’s Governor-General’s Award-nominated book The Idealist was described by one critic as “an excellent and moving tribute to the vision and commitment of Jeffrey Sachs” and by another as “a powerful exposé of (Sachs’s) hubris run amok.” The Idealist is a journalistic eyewitness account of the director of the […]

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice
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Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice

A province-wide organization, Seniors Action Quebec, was launched November 19 with the release of the report Enjoying Your Senior Years in Your Own Language, Culture and Community, by the Commissioner of Official Languages. The report on English-speaking seniors in Quebec confirmed that despite higher education levels among English seniors, nearly […]

N.D.G. Food Depot’s December Prize Calendar can be purchased for $10.
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N.D.G. Food Depot launches advent calendar

If you’re looking for a hands-on volunteering experience where you really feel you’re helping, the N.D.G. Food Depot welcomes you as they expand their home delivery program. “We have a stable core of volunteers who assist with the program, and most are seniors themselves who want to get out and […]

Erin-Scott Kafadar and Timothy Hopkins (Photo: Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint)
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Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint’s Nutcracker rekindles classical dance

The Nutcracker might be the most famous full-length ballet of all time. Set to the exquisite music of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky and adapted from Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Initially the work was not a runaway success, with critics […]

Canada geese have the potential to become 
emotionally attached to humans who care for them. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Help feed the birds (it’s tuppence a bag) of Le Nichoir

  Le Nichoir, the largest rehabilitation centre for aquatic and songbirds in Canada, received seven baby Canada geese this summer. Caring for these birds is difficult because they easily become attached to humans and if that happens, it is impossible to release them into the wild, which is Le Nichoir’s […]

Sébastien Bourgault estimates he memorized 900 Reader’s Digest jokes. (Photo courtesy of Sébastien Bourgault)
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Yuk-Yuks Cabaret: A higher calling?

The great playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” The link between laughter and tears is a longstanding one and it is in moving from one to the other that we […]

BTW examines the pervasive problem of police shootings
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BTW examines the pervasive problem of police shootings

Opening night of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of! by Omari Newton evoked names and faces many still recall: Anthony Griffin, Marcellus François, Rohan Wilson, Fredy Villanueva—young men who had everything to live for but died in their prime in encounters with Montreal police. We’ve heard […]