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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 […]

How I shed my troubles at Cape Tribulation
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How I shed my troubles at Cape Tribulation

BY: MOLLY NEWBORN There is a narrow and mysterious road that travels far north in Queensland, Australia. It begins in the sleepy sugar-cane town of Mossman and winds north along the coast deep into the mystical Daintree rainforest, up to a headland discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770, when […]

Happy New Year and buy a hat
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In Chile with love: the trek south along the Pacific

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK Last winter, we spent four weeks in Argentina and Chile. It was our first trip to South America. The seven-hour bus ride to San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile from Pumamarca in northern Argentina was stunning, with desert, snow-capped mountains in the distance, […]

Saturday-night shoppers crowd Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. Photos: Barbara Moser
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Analysis: Israel is thriving, but settlements cast a shadow

BY: IRWIN BLOCK Israel is seen as a society beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, challenges and threats. Based on what we see and read in the media, life in the “promised land” would seem to be unlivable. But on the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, there is a […]

Election 2012: No panic on Monkland over minority win
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Election 2012: No panic on Monkland over minority win

Gil Benabou (from left), Molly Mouyal and Coby Steiner talk politics and sip coffee at Pain Doré on Monkland. BY: IRWIN BLOCK It was the day after the Quebec election, and for many west end residents there was a sense of relief that Pauline Marois’s Parti Québécois will be restrained […]