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Mark Abley lends a voice to a Canadian black sheep
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Mark Abley lends a voice to a Canadian black sheep

Mark Abley has had a good professional relationship with that fickle woman Lady Luck—he’s been at the right place at the right time so that his talent as a poet, journalist, non-fiction writer and editor has received broad recognition. But just as Montreal-based Abley, 57, had completed his latest work […]

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 […]

Dr. Madan Bali: “We have become human doings, not beings”
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Dr. Madan Bali: “We have become human doings, not beings”

The mind is in every cell of the body, yoga instructor Madan Bali tells me. We are sitting cross-legged on the floor of his spacious downtown studio. His voice is low and soft, but carries in the spartan room. He compares the body—the complete body, which includes the mind—with supercomputers […]

Big Tree helps bring memories and personal stories to life
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Big Tree helps bring memories and personal stories to life

When Beryl Moser’s daughter Paula presented her with a most original gift—the chance to tell her life story to a professional interviewer and preserve it for future generations—she was delighted. Being the first client of a new venture, Big Tree Life Stories, created by oral historian Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Moser […]

Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream
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Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream

With the theme “It’s time,” the 22nd edition of Black History Month in Montreal also marks the 50th anniversary of the game-changing I Have a Dream speech of the great civil-rights leader Martin Luther King. In an exclusive exhibition presented at Place des Arts from February 5 to 18, six […]

Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties
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Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties

Mark Abley created a stir in The Gazette this fall with an opinion piece in which he called for an alliance of the left as the only way to end the division of anti-Conservative voting patterns. “Hard-core New Democrats, lifelong Liberals and fervent Greens have their differences, of course,” he […]

Meeting Greeks can take you off course
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Meeting Greeks can take you off course

We took the bus from Athens airport to Piraeus and walked to the Savoy Hotel, which we had booked with the help of business cards saved from our last trip. For $85, we had a good room where everything—including AC and a TV with BBC—worked, and a plentiful breakfast that […]

Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons
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Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons

Posh Port Douglas is a swanky resort town for Australia’s wealthy retirees. It is in Northern Queensland near two World Heritage areas—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, which some argue is the world’s oldest rainforest. My plan was to spend two to three days in town, explore the […]

Marion Blake in her home office at Manoir Westmount.
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Editor gambled on moving to a Westmount residence … and won

For some, moving to a senior’s residence can be traumatic, for others it can be liberating, the right decision at the right time. That was the case for Marion Blake, who 10 years ago moved back to Canada after a decade in Cambridge, England, and who remembers the challenge as […]

He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed
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He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed

Life in Montreal would be a lot more boring if we didn’t have Josh Freed poking fun at its vagaries. In his inimitable style, Freed has a way of turning commonplace activities into sources of joyful absurdity. Josh’s column in The Gazette is the first thing many of us turn […]