Articles written by: Kristine Berey

Female pilots played a significant role during the Second World War. (Photo courtesy of Spitfire Productions)
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Spitfire Dance reveals fascinating lives of female aviators

For 50 years, Clint Ward has led a double life. A pilot since his 20s, he started flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent decades with Air Canada and Corporate Aviation. He has also nurtured his involvement in community theatre, directing, among other works, the entire Gilbert and […]

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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
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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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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 […]