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Gad Horowitz argues that there is a significant “Tory” or “pre-liberal” remnant in Canada.
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Horowitz has made a career of challenging prevailing notions

Former Montrealer Gad Horowitz is a rare example of a public intellectual who established his brilliance in one field, then shifted to several others in a continuing exploration of ideas and their effect on society. Those who know Horowitz, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto, will […]

The Senior Times in the ’80s: Letting you in on a few hot issues
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The Senior Times in the ’80s: Letting you in on a few hot issues

We can’t all be perfect all of the time. Here are a few of our biggest bloopers. On the right-hand side of one of our papers printed in the 1980s, there was a half-page box with the words “X ad goes here.” We had sent the film to the printer […]

Marguerite Bilodeau is a harp-playing Raging Granny.
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Raging with the Grannies is just one of the things she does

Marguerite Bilodeau will never mind if you ask her how old she is, because age is something she celebrates. Bilodeau, who is part of the Raging Grannies, is set to begin her latest adventure—a 21-day tour, with her guitar and harp in tow, to Rimouski, the Gaspé and the Magdalen […]

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. (Photo by Stephane D'Alu, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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Anne Frank and Eva Schloss, sisters in tragedy

In her three books and countless talks to young people and adults, Eva Schloss, 84, has been keeping alive the legacy of the Holocaust. It is not a freely chosen vocation, but rather it became her destiny when her mother married Anne Frank’s father, Otto. The small diary Anne left […]

Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence
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Analysis: Portents of what could be in Israel — peaceful co-existence

At a newsstand in Tel Aviv, I was looking for a copy of the day’s Ha’aretz, the left-of-centre daily, when an American-born senior advised me to buy the Jerusalem Post, which is centre-right. When I refused, he launched into a diatribe about the Arabs, claiming it was futile to re-enter […]

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Analysis: Time to face Montreal’s culture of corruption

I met a city councillor friend at a play this winter who tried to minimize the explosive testimony at the Charbonneau inquiry into collusion and corruption in Montreal’s construction industry. “I don’t believe half of what is being said,” remarked the councilor, who is considered progressive and honest. Unfortunately for […]

International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler
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International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler

Having just returned from Israel, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler recently described what he calls the “critical mass of threat unlike anything that we have seen” surrounding that country. “It’s one thing when you’re reading about it, it’s another thing when it’s happening literally next door,” he said in his […]

Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated
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Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated

A park dedicated to seniors was inaugurated last month thanks to an initiative by the Quebec government to create senior-friendly cities. “In 2011, the mayor of Montreal confirmed the city’s commitment to Municipalite Amie des Aines, and we subscribed to different principles of that program, going from words to action,” […]

Early detection of cancer could mean many more years of hand-holding. (Photo: stock.xchng)
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Ovarian cancer isn’t a silent killer. When it whispers, listen

Ovarian cancer has bothered medical professionals for a long time, says Dr. Lucie Gilbert, director of gynecological oncology at the MUHC, because unlike in breast, colon and other cancers, very little progress has been achieved in the last three decades. “Ovarian cancer rates are flat,” Gilbert says. “It is recognized […]

Afghan President Karzai “is not a great women’s advocate,” Weisberg says. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Fundamentalism, extremism the enemies in Afghanistan

From North Africa to the Middle East, the Islamic world is in turmoil and Afghanistan can be seen as a precursor. What can we expect when most foreign forces leave by the end of next year? We put the whither-Afghanistan question to Laurie Wiseberg, a human-rights expert who recently returned […]