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Sam Marr and his family are waiting for a donor. Photo courtesy of the Marr family
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Family’s future depends on the kindness of a stranger

BY: KRISTINE BEREY When Toronto resident Susan Groberman met her future husband, Sam Marr, more than 20 years ago, she instantly recognized him as the love of her life.As they raised their two boys, Darren, now 18, and Adam, 16, their bond became even stronger. They seemed to have everything. […]

Rabbi fosters religious-humanist approach to Judaism
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Rabbi fosters religious-humanist approach to Judaism

BY: IRWIN BLOCK When Ron Aigen came to Montreal from the U.S. in the summer of 1976 for his first posting as a rabbi, he was in for some big surprises. For starters, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-born graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, with a degree in family therapy and community […]

In search of greener pastures for Canada’s political landscape
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In search of greener pastures for Canada’s political landscape

BY:IRWIN BLOCK Being leader of Canada’s fifth political party is not the easiest way of getting the nation’s attention. But that has not stopped Green Party chief Elizabeth May from making her presence felt in the hurly burly of Ottawa politics, even if the NDP, Liberals, and Bloc have priority […]

Editorials / Features

Editorial: Harper denies care to refugees, closes door to Roma

What kind of country is Canada becoming under the Stephen Harper Conservatives? Under the stealth of omnibus legislation, and with the virtually unbridled power of its majority, we respectfully paraphrase Shelley to observe: “Look upon these mean-spirited works, and despair.” A prime example: Under new rules, refugee claimants will be […]

Features / Health

No need for men to suffer alone

BY: IRWIN BLOCK In 1994, Pointe Claire resident Charles Curtis got the result from what was then a relatively new test for something called the PSA level in the blood. Prostate specific antigen, PSA, is the substance produced almost exclusively by certain cells within the prostate gland. When my own […]

Features / Health

Jewish General satisfaction dips, but so do bedsores

BY: IRWIN BLOCK The average satisfaction rate of patients at the Jewish General Hospital has been dropping marginally over the past two years, but it remains above the 80-per-cent level. The satisfaction level dropped almost three percentage points—to 81.5 per cent in the April 2011 to March 2012 period from […]

Photo: Isabella Rosa Amodei, Ella Photography
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Raging Grannies, bold and bare, fight fire with tears of laughter

BY:KRISTINE BERRY Contrary to what many believe, it is not having grandchildren the Raging Grannies have in common, since being a grandmother is not a prerequisite for membership. What they share is an unyielding belief in certain values, the courage to fight for them and a great sense of humour. […]

A demolition derby heat at the Ormstown Fair. The cars weren’t the only things experiencing heat. Photo: Hayley Juhl
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Fairs: Where things go bump in the sun

BY: HAYLEY JUHL When I say I go to the Ormstown Fair for the extreme heat, I mostly mean I’m going to watch cars demolish each other in a dirt arena. But also, it’s hot. This year’s fair marked the first time I felt justified in wearing my Stampede-approved cowboy […]

Photos: Melani Litwack
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Five ecosystems, 250 animal species, one stop: the Biôdome

BY: MELANI LITWACK The Biodôme is not a zoo. It is an immersive exploration of five ecosystems—three of which are distinctly Canadian. In 1989, a feasibility study was conducted on Montreal’s former Olympic Velodrome and three years later it was repurposed as the Biodôme—a zoological marvel unlike anything Montrealers had […]

McKenty: A man for all seasons
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McKenty: A man for all seasons

BY: CATHERINE MCKENTY As long as he could remember, Neil McKenty was interested in writing. A teacher in grade school gave him a key piece of advice: “Find something to write about.” And he did. At 9, he won his first oratorical contest, no doubt helped by his mother, Irene, […]