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Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
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Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice
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Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice

A province-wide organization, Seniors Action Quebec, was launched November 19 with the release of the report Enjoying Your Senior Years in Your Own Language, Culture and Community, by the Commissioner of Official Languages. The report on English-speaking seniors in Quebec confirmed that despite higher education levels among English seniors, nearly […]

N.D.G. Food Depot’s December Prize Calendar can be purchased for $10.
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N.D.G. Food Depot launches advent calendar

If you’re looking for a hands-on volunteering experience where you really feel you’re helping, the N.D.G. Food Depot welcomes you as they expand their home delivery program. “We have a stable core of volunteers who assist with the program, and most are seniors themselves who want to get out and […]

Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian
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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian

Gregory Baum, a leading and often controversial Catholic theologian, has added his voice to those who oppose the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values. But in so doing, the former priest cautions that it would be wrong to label as xenophobic all who support banning the wearing of conspicuous […]

Erin-Scott Kafadar and Timothy Hopkins (Photo: Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint)
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Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint’s Nutcracker rekindles classical dance

The Nutcracker might be the most famous full-length ballet of all time. Set to the exquisite music of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky and adapted from Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Initially the work was not a runaway success, with critics […]

Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice
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Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice

Joking about politics can be a risky thing, as Montreal comic sensation Sugar Sammy recently discovered. Sammy—the stage name for Côte des Neiges-born Samir Khullar—caused a sensation when he posted side-by-side photos of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his Facebook page. He asked, “Who would […]

The lightness of being in the dark
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The lightness of being in the dark

In late October, the electricity was off for at least six hours because of a windstorm that came howling through Montreal at 70-100 kilometres an hour, leaving small-scale destruction in its path. It was hard to drive on the dark streets, and some motorists weren’t taking turns at intersections where […]

Life coaching is not the same as therapy, Minda Miloff underlines. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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Life coach calls people off the bench

When the kids leave home, it leaves a huge void for caring parents left behind. If around the same time one’s own parents are confronting life-threatening diseases, the stress can be dramatic. That is exactly the confluence that Minda Miloff faced as her three children were moving on and parents […]

Atwater Library image courtesy of Jeangagnon, Wikimedia Commons
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Atwater Library benefit raises $80,000

One of the great annual benefit parties for various good causes around town is that of the venerable Atwater Library and Computer Centre. On the eastern edge of Westmount, with a thin, triangular slice that overlaps Montreal, this bi-city cultural hub has a respected history and a dedicated corps of […]

Canada geese have the potential to become 
emotionally attached to humans who care for them. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Help feed the birds (it’s tuppence a bag) of Le Nichoir

  Le Nichoir, the largest rehabilitation centre for aquatic and songbirds in Canada, received seven baby Canada geese this summer. Caring for these birds is difficult because they easily become attached to humans and if that happens, it is impossible to release them into the wild, which is Le Nichoir’s […]