Articles written by: Kristine Berey

RIDM: Montreal International Documentary Festival highlights filmmakers’ choices
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RIDM: Montreal International Documentary Festival highlights filmmakers’ choices

To celebrate its 15th birthday, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has come up with a unique approach to showcase the greatest docs ever made. Within its regular programming, they have created a special section of 15 films proposed by 15 well-known people in the world of film. Composer of […]

STM transit complaints dealt with on case-by-case basis
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STM transit complaints dealt with on case-by-case basis

The public will never know how the STM will deal with the public transit worker who is alleged to have insulted a passenger and put her into a headlock during a dispute involving a malfunctioning métro fare machine. The STM must heed Quebec’s act respecting access to documents held by […]

Telephone fraud artists prey on seniors
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Telephone fraud artists prey on seniors

As there is no limit to human imagination, there is no limit to the forms fraud can take, experts say. And it can happen to anyone. Recently, The Senior Times received an email that seemed to come from Gemma Raeburn, a business professional and community leader we had written about […]

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Trivia and quiz book is full of surprises

by Kristine Berey Do you know what alcoholic drink is associated with Mexico? What about the name and year of the first musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein? Do you care? If you flip through Questions, Quizzes and Quotations by Benny Beattie, who spent eight years compiling this huge range […]

Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson
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Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson

by Kristine Berey The worlds of musical theatre and jazz will intersect on the Segal Studio stage this month as iconic singer Ranee Lee opens the fifth season of its Power Jazz Series. “I’m a big movie buff, and I’ve done plays, movies, drama and musicals,” Lee said. “This will […]

Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none
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Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none

Harry Belafonte has a vision that has not changed since he walked alongside civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in the ’60s, or even before, when he decided to use the power of his enormous celebrity to create a better world. “Life has been more than generous in giving me this […]

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression
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Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression

by Kristine Berey When a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, it is hard to feel hopeful and not let the sense of loss take over. In her coming lecture See Me, Hear Me and Listen at the Alzheimer Groupe’s Education Conference, gerontologist Pamela Atwood will describe techniques that […]

The travelling museum is on a seven-city tour. Photo courtesy of EAN
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Travelling museum showcases Mexican art

BY: KRISTINE BEREY The remarkable travelling exhibition Vida y Muerte—Life, Death and the Expression of Everyday Life according to the view of the world of Contemporary Indigenous Communities—is a revelation. Organized by the Mexican non-profit organization Espacios de Arte Nomada, or EAN, in partnership with the Mexican consulate, the exhibit […]

Montreal psychotherapist Kit Racette. Photo: Kristine Berey
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Building Awareness teaches more movement, less pain

BY: KRISTINE BEREY When we think of fitness, running, jogging, and pushups, strain, sweat and struggle come to mind. But being fit can mean being fluid and pain-free rather than strong and muscular, as ancient disciplines like yoga and tai chi have shown. There are more recent paths as well, […]

Sam Marr and his family are waiting for a donor. Photo courtesy of the Marr family
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Family’s future depends on the kindness of a stranger

BY: KRISTINE BEREY When Toronto resident Susan Groberman met her future husband, Sam Marr, more than 20 years ago, she instantly recognized him as the love of her life.As they raised their two boys, Darren, now 18, and Adam, 16, their bond became even stronger. They seemed to have everything. […]