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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, […]

Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop
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Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop

BY IRWIN BLOCK The irrepressible Vic Vogel was on the phone from his home near the Jacques Cartier Bridge, searching for words to explain what he does with Cuban music. Words failed him, so he put down the phone, went over to the piano and played a few bars of […]

At Residences Symphonie, painting and sculpture are part of animated life
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At Residences Symphonie, painting and sculpture are part of animated life

BY DANIEL SAILOFSKY From sculptors and singers, to painters and programs, Donna Farmer and the people who live at Residences Symphonie know how to have a good time. While Farmer, an animator at Symphonie, may have been the primary group leader and coordinator of this year’s event on May 31, […]

Montreal student protests: Language divide evident in tuition conflict, Dawson students say
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Montreal student protests: Language divide evident in tuition conflict, Dawson students say

BY DANIEL SAILOFSKY Much has changed since the European colonization of the New World began more than 500 years ago, but one thing remains true: the French and the English remain distinct. As Dawson student Daniel Etcovitch explained, while the conflict of the day may be tuition hikes instead of […]

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Seniors’ resilience is highlighted in UQAM research report

BY KRISTINE BEREY The wall of silence surrounding elder abuse is not as insurmountable as it once was, but the issue remains complex. Seniors living in abusive situations have historically been reluctant to seek help for a number of reasons—physical or cognitive frailty, shame, social isolation and especially the emotional […]

Agatha is one of many cats who need homes. Contact the SPCA Montérégie: 450-460-3075, spcamonteregie.com.
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New animal law misses key issue, humane society says

BY KRISTINE BEREY As July 1 approaches, shelters across the island are bracing themselves for the wave of discarded animals that will be left at their door. As a prelude to moving day, last May the SPCA took in 1,060 former pets, 703 of which were cats. “There are thousands […]

Marathon dancers compete in 1923. During the Depression, many entered the competitions for the free food. (Photo from the Library of Congress)
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John Abbott dancers cry havoc with production of Marathon 33

BY BYRON TOBEN Shakespeare popularized the phrases “cry havoc” and “sweet are the uses of adversity.” These quotes popped into my mind during John Abbott College’s professional theatre production of June Havoc’s dance drama Marathon 33. Havoc, who was born in Vancouver and died at 97 in 2010, had a […]