Articles written by: Kristine Berey

Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning
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Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning

Since Chubby Checker’s performances of Hank Ballard’s The Twist ignited the dance floor in the early ’60s on American Bandstand, the artist, the song and the dance are still with us, compelling us to move. And no one can do The Twist without a big smile on their face, no […]

Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance
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Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance

Last summer, the Montreal SPCA was called to a 4½-room apartment in the Plateau that had been suddenly vacated by an elderly tenant with health problems. When they arrived, the rescue workers were met with one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they had ever seen. “We confiscated 90 […]

Continuing education programs in Montreal (2013)
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Continuing education programs in Montreal (2013)

Every year colleges and community centres in Montreal offer the inquisitive senior a chance to discover something completely different about themselves or to rediscover something they thought they had lost. Here are a few of the newest adventures in store for the lifelong learner: If you’ve ever gone to hear […]

Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir
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Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir

Persephone Productions’ Lost: A Memoir is a portrayal of love. Cathy Osterle’s book Lost: A Memoir has been called a lyrical mediation on loss, love and hope. In its adaptation to the stage, by the author and director Dennis Garnhum, it has been lauded by the Calgary Sun, which predicted […]

No magic bullet to quit smoking: Montreal researcher
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No magic bullet to quit smoking: Montreal researcher

A study led by Dr. Mark Eisenberg, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, reveals that two-thirds of middle-age smokers who have been hospitalized for myocardial infarction—a heart attack—return to smoking a year later, despite having been treated with buprion (marketed as Wellbutrin […]

Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality
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Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality

At February’s end, with daylight increasing excruciatingly slowly by a mere second or two each day, in many of us a familiar longing sets in—for colour, for warmth, for the simple joy of being outside, feeling the sun. We all love the earth, seeing the sky, looking at flowers, watching […]

Housing: Seniors’ quality of life is an evolving project
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Housing: Seniors’ quality of life is an evolving project

FADOQ Montreal has awarded honorary plaques to the first private seniors’ residences that have met the criteria of the new Seniors Housing Quality Program. The plaque is a tribute to their participation and their commitment to the well-being of seniors living in private residences. Residences receiving the plaque included the […]

Updated: Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured
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Updated: Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured

On February 14, Roberta McIvor, murdered in 2011, and Maisy Odjick, missing since 2008, received a different sort of Valentine’s Day gift, the gift of acknowledgment. At the 22nd annual memorial march held for missing and murdered aboriginal women, the girls’ photographs were carried, mounted on placards, their brilliant smiles […]

Janina Fialkowska returns to McGill’s Pollack Hall
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Janina Fialkowska returns to McGill’s Pollack Hall

In her youth, Janina Fialkowska’s name was associated with Chopin, since the renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein had taken her under his wing and pronounced her “a born interpreter” of the great Polish composer. Her name became synonymous with courage, as she conquered cancer that threatened in mid-career to destroy her […]

Alzheimer’s battlefield keeps changing, researchers find
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Alzheimer’s battlefield keeps changing, researchers find

If by looking into a crystal ball you could learn whether your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease is higher than others’, you probably wouldn’t want to know. After all, definitive cause and cure continue to elude researchers and medications may stabilize the illness, but won’t reverse it. But what if […]