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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 […]

Anthony Housefather and his team broke a record for freestyle mixed relay swimming in January. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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C.S.L Mayor Anthony Housefather takes the plunge into federal politics

If you live in Montreal’s West End, don’t be surprised if one day soon a young-looking man with a spring in his step knocks on your door to talk politics. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, now seeking the nomination as Liberal candidate in the federal riding of Mount Royal, […]

CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson
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CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson

David Ian, Valentine’s Day, Prescott Records The music of the great American Songbook, when given a personal touch, never ceases to charm and delight. Toronto-born pianist David Ian has arranged these 11 pieces—classics of the standard repertoire, except for the gospel tune Sweet By and By—into smooth, easy listening yet spirited and […]

Scholar Chantal Ringuet has immersed herself in Yiddish Montreal. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Montreal’s rich Yiddish heritage has an unlikely champion

Yiddish, and the rich literary output of the last century in Montreal when the language thrived here, has a new and unlikely champion. Chantal Ringuet, raised in Quebec City’s Charlesbourg suburb, never heard a word of Yiddish in that almost exclusively French environment. At the Ursuline school and Collège St-Charles-Garnier, […]

Nelson Mandela burns his passport in 1960. (Photo: Wikimeida Commons, photographer unknown)
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Black History Month takes on different dimension post-Mandela

  This year’s Black History celebrations acquire a particular poignancy with the recent death of Nelson Mandela. In homage to the great human rights leader, the Round Table on Black History Month will present A Long Walk to Freedom, an exhibit that encompasses history, visual arts and education. The first […]