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Angela Davis speaks during Black History Month in Montreal in February 2013. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Civil-rights activist Angela Davis enchants Montreal audience

The name Angela Davis recalls the heady and sometimes violent 1960s, the American civil-rights struggle and the political and social ferment that swept through much of the world, including Canada. Davis became an iconic figure because of her ties to the Black Panthers and leftist activism. She was charged with […]

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 […]

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Knitters have a yarn to tell on Ravelry.com

Looking to knit or crochet booties for a new baby? A hat for your cat? A sweater for the dog? Chances are good that you can find the perfect pattern on Ravelry.com. You have to sign up for a free membership before you can use the site, but trust me, […]

Bassist Zack Lober mines his ancestry in a musical tribute to his grandfather
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Bassist Zack Lober mines his ancestry in a musical tribute to his grandfather

Following the path of many of our finest musicians, bassist/composer Zack Lober left his native Montreal seven years ago for the challenges and inspirations of the jazz life in New York City. It’s still the jazz world’s mecca, and that’s where Lober, 35, added a master’s degree at the famed […]

Journalist Robert Fisk: Arab awakening calls for “justice and dignity”
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Journalist Robert Fisk: Arab awakening calls for “justice and dignity”

Robert Fisk is an award-winning British journalist who can lay claim to the “Mideast expert” sobriquet because he’s been covering the Middle East for more than 35 years. A PhD in history, Fisk is not one of those reporters who fly in somewhere when things get hot, get a quick […]

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 […]