Articles written by: Kristine Berey

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Louise Lecavalier’s perpetual dance of life

She has been described as “a flame on legs,” her frenetic, daring energy “a true force of nature.” But in person, having coffee in the Plateau, Louise Lecavalier exudes a sense of simplicity, lightness and calm that belies the incredible physical power within her. Lecavalier made her mark almost immediately […]

Présence Autochtone celebrates local aboriginals
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Présence Autochtone celebrates local aboriginals

The 23d edition of Présence Autochtone, Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival highlighting indigenous talent, takes place July 30-August 5. A smorgasbord of free and paid activities, the fest provides a glimpse into aboriginal creativity through art, music, dance, photography film and gastronomy. Films will be shown at different venues, including a […]

Canadian history exposed in deeply personal memoir
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Canadian history exposed in deeply personal memoir

Until recently, many Canadians did not know that for over a hundred years it was government policy to remove aboriginal children from their homes during their most formative years and raise them in often-abusive residential schools. In the wake of a class-action suit sparking the Idle no More movement, an […]

Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology
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Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology

Laughter is known to be the best medicine, and lately laughter yoga and laughter therapy and something laughingly called laughology are springing up, all very laudable to be sure. But laughter feels so much better when it is triggered by humour. Flat or funny, the people whose business it is […]

Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground
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Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground

Retired general and senator Roméo Dallaire delivered a strong message for Canadians at the May 23 screening of the documentary Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Child soldiers are children, no less so than your own. Directed by Patrick Reed, the film, based on Dallaire’s 2010 book, provides a glimpse […]

Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible
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Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible

Joan Wright is a slim, energetic businesswoman who does her own accounting and comes to the city from the South Shore twice a week to manage Ultravision, a store she has owned for more than 25 years. “I like coming to the shop, it gives me exercise,” she says, adding […]

ACCAF: Artists document a community
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ACCAF: Artists document a community

In 2002, when launching the first show by a fledgling group of Afro-Canadian artists she had founded, psychotherapist Shirlette Wint was determined to ensure a place for Afro-Canadian art on the Montreal cultural stage. “An artist is not just a person who draws and paints, he is documenting a lived […]

Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal
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Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal

A few years ago a U.K. Labrador retriever called Endal captured the public’s imagination when he saved his injured owner’s life by bringing him his cellphone. Named Dog of the Millennium, Endal appeared in the media, a book was written about his life and he earned the Gold Medal of […]

Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history
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Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history

At the age when most kids begin to ask why the sky is blue and a million other questions, Ruth Loft was forbidden to speak in her mother tongue. Far away from home in a residential school the 5-year old and her 4-year-old brother were forced to attend, only English […]

Matriarch of Jamaican women’s league a model of determination
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Matriarch of Jamaican women’s league a model of determination

The suggestion for this story appeared one morning in The Senior Times email inbox, simple yet eloquent: “I would like to recommend that your paper do any article on Miss Ivyline Fleming, who is a community worker, still active at 88 years old, president of the Jamaican Canadian Community Women’s […]