Articles written by: Kristine Berey

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 […]

Stephanie Argerich tells the story of her pianist mother in Bloody Daughter. (Photo courtesy of RIDM)
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RIDM: Let the world come to you

Martha Argerich is recognized as a titan of the piano. At the age of 8, she performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos on stage, going on to win the most prestigious international piano competitions and launching a stellar career. Throughout her life however, she remained an intensely private person, shunning the […]

Film director Alain Chartrand was marked by the events of October 1970.
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Filmmaker shines a light on a tragic moment in Quebec history

For those who lived through it, the October Crisis of 1970 is a disturbing memory. The federal government’s imposition of the War Measures Act that saw close to 500 citizens arrested and held without charge still bitterly divides Quebecers. When Front de libération du Québec leader Paul Rose died last […]

Marguerite Bilodeau is a harp-playing Raging Granny.
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Raging with the Grannies is just one of the things she does

Marguerite Bilodeau will never mind if you ask her how old she is, because age is something she celebrates. Bilodeau, who is part of the Raging Grannies, is set to begin her latest adventure—a 21-day tour, with her guitar and harp in tow, to Rimouski, the Gaspé and the Magdalen […]