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A scene from the Iliad by Luca Ferrari, 17th century.
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Theatre: Body, heart and soul go into Iliad, Odyssey

Homer’s timeless, epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, adapted by Peter Smith, will be the featured plays for Geordie Theatre’s 33d season. Thought to be the oldest in Western literature, these stories, which often refer to Greek myths and legends, will resonate with young people raised on Magic cards, […]

Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec
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Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec

Quebec’s April 7 provincial election focused sharply early in the campaign on the arrival of media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau onto the active political scene as a Parti Québécois candidate in St. Jérôme. It was less his raised fist and pledge to work to turn Quebec into an independent country […]

Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes
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Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes

By Sharon Brand Volunteers at the Montreal SPCA’s L’Annexe were kept busy in September, when they took in 100 rescued Yorkshire terriers. “One day, a person called us, complaining about the noise and smell that was coming from a facility,” said Terry Price Kimmel, the Annexe’s volunteer co-ordinator. “The person […]

Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go
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Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go

It’s been a long winter, brightened by the brilliant performance of our Canadian athletes at the Olympic Games in Sochi. But now that it’s over, we have to face the grim reality of our political winter. The prospect of a spring provincial election, with the Parti Québécois comfortably ahead in […]

Book review: Surviving Love
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Book review: Surviving Love

By guest columnist Irene Ogrizek. Sheryl Halpern’s collection of 19 short stories, Surviving Love, features characters who misplace their children, play desperate texting games and manage—with varying degrees of social deftness—eccentric cousins, troublesome parents and terrifying trips to the mall. Love does not conquer all in Halpern’s world, unless, she hints, […]

Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences
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Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences

The tragic seniors residence fire in idyllic L’Isle Verte that claimed the lives of 32 seniors was an avoidable tragedy. All of Quebec’s elderly—not just those with reduced mobility and autonomy—deserve protection and care in their declining years. The men and women who perished deserved better, and what is shocking […]

Sun Youth’s Sid Stevens and The Senior Times go hand in hand. (Photo: Nicholas Carpentier)
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Editorial: Grass-roots organizations toil in the trenches of urban poverty

Poverty can be a cruel and painful condition, especially when the have-nots are bombarded by the buy! buy! buy! messages of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday consumer society. Try to imagine raising a family as a minimum-wage worker and paying for rent, food, clothing, medication and school supplies on $406 a […]

Jaswant Guzder tackles mental illness with art
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Jaswant Guzder tackles mental illness with art

Though one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, it is still seen by many as taboo. Jaswant Guzder, the internationally renowned head of child psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, visualizes child and family dynamics in figurative and abstract paintings she has created […]

Learning new skills could help stave off dementia, study suggests
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Learning new skills could help stave off dementia, study suggests

The following has been reprinted with permission from the Association for Psychological Science. Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp. They are told to “use it or lose it.” But new research indicates that only certain activities—learning a mentally demanding skill like […]

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Study on stimuli could lead to pill to help treat Alzheimer’s

An Israeli study has discovered a biological mechanism that could explain how challenging mental and physical activity can delay the development and onset of Alzheimer’s disease, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports. The study, led by Boaz Barak of Tel Aviv University, was published in the September issue of the journal […]