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Financial Fitness: Vacation planning a ticket to better investments

You may be looking forward to “getting away from it all” this summer, but as you know, vacations actually require a fair amount of planning. Some of the efforts required for successful vacations can teach us valuable lessons in other areas of life — such as investing. Secure your home […]

Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding
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Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding

He’s young, smart, accomplished, and committed to a set of values. He believes the Mount Royal riding is ready to vote Conservative in next year’s federal election, and, after helping run their last campaign, is considering taking the plunge himself. Meet Richard Yufe, 35, a long-time Hampstead resident who graduated […]

Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal
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Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal

The federal election may be a year off, but the battle for the Mount Royal riding has begun with the unexpected entry of a new candidate for the Liberal nomination. Jonathan Goldbloom, 58, a veteran public relations professional and member of one of the city’s most distinguished Jewish and Liberal […]

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Word Nerd: This is mind-altering, literally

The language scolds are literally apoplectic. By 2013, several prominent dictionaries, such as Oxford and Webster’s, had expanded their definition of “literally” to mean “figuratively. In response, the British magazine The Week lamented, “The dictionaries have bowed to the will of the grammar-averse public. As anyone who paid attention in […]

Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

Allan Small with a No. 76 Canadiens 
jersey — just like P.K. Subban. (Photo: Sharonne Cohen)
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Our Heroes: Boomie is inspiring, and crazy for the Habs

By Sandra Schachter Boomie (his nickname—I’ve never called him Allan) is my cousin. He is 71, and recently retired from dentistry after more than 40 years. His patients had a special affection for their Dr. Small—not only because of his excellent professional care, but also because of the way he […]

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Changing minds, changing lives: Dans la rue marks milestone

Having completed its first quarter of a century, Dans la rue, founded by Father Emmett Johns in 1988, is ready for new challenges. Year 26 sees the realization of a long-held dream: the building of safe housing. “We’re going to be finishing the final phase of construction of 17 apartments […]

Oliver Jones (courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]

Dennis Brott has added new and potentially spectacular events to this year’s chamber music festival. Below, Itamar Zorman and Vira Lozinsky will perform. (Courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival)
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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: Spirit of friendship, musical creativity reign

To appreciate Montreal is to celebrate its greatness as a centre for creative expression, and for many that means music at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. With 22 concerts from May 8 to 31 at the lovely and accessible St. George’s Anglican Church at Peel and de la Gauchetière, the […]

The march from Auschwitz takes an emotional toll on all participants. (Photo: Jordan Stoopler)
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March of the Living: Students and survivors learn from each other

By Jordan Stoopler One year ago, when Dawson College student Sharon Brand walked under the sign Arbeit Macht Frei—Work Makes One Free—into Auschwitz, she was overcome with emotion. Her eyes welled with tears as she embarked on a march that holds special significance to her. “A lot of my family […]