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Mayor Denis Coderre has no regrets leaving federal politics to serve Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the city of Montreal)
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Mayor Denis Coderre: “Montreal is my flag”

Only one politician showed up when the family and friends of figure skater Joannie Rochette gathered in Berthierville in 2010 to watch her skate in the short program at the Vancouver Olympics. Denis Coderre was there, joining in the chants of “Go, Go Joannie,” though Berthierville was far from his […]

“Our capacity to represent ourselves has improved,” Dan Philip says, but there is work still to do. (Debrah Gilmour)
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Dan Philip leads a chorus of voices for change

Longtime human-rights activist Dan Philip is well known to Montrealers who care about issues of social justice. Whenever instances of alleged racism surface in the media or on the street, it is often his opinion journalists seek. High-profile cases have included celebrity psychiatrist Pierre Mailloux, who made comments many thought […]

Henry Milner expects that if the PQ loses or wins only a minority, leader Pauline Marois will quit. (Rachel Côté)
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Quebec election could turn on values charter and PKP gamble

As a political scientist and author who actively supported the Parti Québécois, Henry Milner brings a unique perspective to political analysis in Quebec. He explains his involvement, which included running as a PQ candidate in Westmount in 1981. “In terms of making a better society around us, they were the […]

Boom made it inside the house, made friends with Jake the lizard, and never left. (Photo: Hayley Juhl)
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A cat story: The big Boom theory

I called my wife at work as soon as it became clear what was happening. “The cat has gotten outside and found himself a kitten,” I told her. He was herding it, keeping it safe against the wall of the house. “He may not keep it. Please repeat that part […]

Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr
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Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr

You know how first cats are. They are like first loves. And I don’t mean puppy love. You will never find another cat like your first. We got Floyd as a kitten in 1978, before we had our first child. My then-husband named him after one of his friends, Floyd […]

Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes
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Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes

By Sharon Brand Volunteers at the Montreal SPCA’s L’Annexe were kept busy in September, when they took in 100 rescued Yorkshire terriers. “One day, a person called us, complaining about the noise and smell that was coming from a facility,” said Terry Price Kimmel, the Annexe’s volunteer co-ordinator. “The person […]

Some people consider euthanasia because they don’t want to become a burden. (Photo courtesy of stock.xchng)
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Euthanasia: End-of-life care hinges on recognizing and treating pain

If Bill 52, An Act Respecting End of Life Care, becomes law, euthanasia/medical aid to dying will be legal in Quebec. For social services minister Véronique Hivon, who introduced the bill, the act is humane, ensuring the terminally ill, as informed consenting adults, can make end-of life choices. She has no […]

Irwin Cotler hard at work. (Photo by Kristine Berey)
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A thank-you letter to Irwin Cotler

Dear Mr. Cotler, When our publisher, Barbara Moser, asked me if I wanted to write you a thank-you letter, my first thought was that, having met you in the capacity of writing for The Senior Times, I can no longer laugh at politician and lawyer jokes. You have shattered those stereotypes for […]

Women study information technology in Amman, part of a program that fosters equality. (Photo courtesy of ICAN)
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Project Genesis: Mideast peacebuilding from bottom up

Note: A clarification appears at end. The idea was solid, and so was the training of its leaders and implementation of its programs. After initiating Project Genesis in 1975, McGill University social work professor Jim Torczyner in 1997 succeeded in transplanting that successful formula to the Middle East. The idea […]

Alanis Obomsawin expresses hope in youth: “The future looks different.” (Photo: Linda Dawn Hammond)
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Aboriginal filmmaker is a witness to the future

There is something in the air, something new in the public consciousness regarding First Nations. Perhaps it’s the new awareness of Canada’s history raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or the headlines made by the Idle no More movement. One very likely reason for this softly rumbling sense of […]