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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness
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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness

by Molly Newborn A trip to Australia is not complete without an expedition to the famous Great Barrier Reef. And so, I set out on a mini mission—to find Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef, which is great enough to be seen from outer space, is the world’s largest coral reef […]

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up
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Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up

by Barbara Moser With its natural harbour, Valparaiso rapidly outgrew the narrow strip of land that borders the water and could only expand onto hills that jut out like thick fingers reaching to the sea. Hence, funicular lifts were built to gain access to the homes built above the original […]

Lower-cost housing in Montreal’s west end sets higher standard
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Lower-cost housing in Montreal’s west end sets higher standard

by Irwin Block If you’re old enough to remember Monkland High School on West Hill, you’re probably eligible to rent an apartment there. Since 1987, when it was converted into apartments for autonomous seniors, it has been known as Résidence Monkland—one of several affordable, accessible and attractive not-for-profit places to […]

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 […]

Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting
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Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting

It’s a dark Friday evening in the Snowdon area and the lights are out at the YM-YWHA on Westbury Ave., in respect of the Jewish Sabbath. Only one door is unlocked. When I enter and tell a security guard I’ve come for the Jewish Renewal service, he points left and […]

Quebec voters fear a reignited sovereignty debate, Kathleen Weil says.
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Kathleen Weil gears up to fight for diversity and individual rights

The evening before the September 4 Quebec election, Kathleen Weil could be seen strolling along Monkland, enjoying a dish of ice cream and appearing confident of personal victory in N.D.G. Schmoozing in outdoor cafés, she and her constituents were concerned about a PQ return to power, as predicted in the […]

Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace
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Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace

The art of losing isn’t hard to master so many things seem filled with intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster ~Elizabeth Bishop by Barbara Moser I lost my credit card. This is a public announcement to all my creditors that my card is in limbo and I […]

Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink
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Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink

It’s quite the thing when the craft world buzzes, what with the snikt of sharpened scissors, the swish of pulled ribbons, the clink of cookie cutters and a symphony of glue guns, paintbrushes and dreams. The buzz reached a crescendo last month when the Michael’s chain opened in seven Quebec […]

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 […]