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Melody Moore stars as the tragic Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in Montreal in 2015. (Photo by Chip Gillespie)
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Puccini’s evocative Madama Butterfly emerges at Place des Arts

Both opera buffs and neophytes will be delighted by Opéra de Montréal’s much-anticipated production of Madama Butterfly, starting September 19 at Place des Arts.

N.D.G.-Westmount NDP candidate James Hughes.
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NDP’s James Hughes wants to take social service to the next level

James Hughes, who carry the NDP party colours in the newly formed riding of NDG-Westmount, is relaxed, articulate, and thoughtful.

NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis
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NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis

Mount Royal isn’t the only Montreal riding that’s too close to call, and NDP candidate Ryan Young in Lac-Saint-Louis believes he is well-positioned to score an historic upset in that Liberal stronghold.

Cavalia's Odysseo in Montreal, 2015.
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Cavalia presents best practices when dealing with animals in entertainment

Using animals in entertainment often has negative connotations and evokes strong criticism from those concerned with animal welfare. Each year, at the Calgary Stampede, or closer to home, the Festival du Cochon in St. Perpétue, Quebec, domestic animals are subject to activities they fear and in resisting suffer avoidable injuries […]

Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music
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Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music

The performance space at the Casa del Popolo on St. Laurent filled up quickly to standing-room-only overcapacity last month for a special premiere.

Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor
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Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor

The upcoming election is more than a numbers game for incumbent MP Francis Scarpaleggia in Lac-Saint-Louis, who looks back at the 2011 result as something of an anomaly.

Children line up to board the bus to summer camp in the Laurentians last month. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)
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Generations Foundation: Learning from nature and each other

Everyone can benefit from the great outdoors. Camp Amy Molson in Grenville-Sur-La Rouge accepts campers 5 to 13 and Camp Trails End at Kinkora’s beautiful private lake in Ste-Adolphe-d’Howard welcomes those 6 to 17. Of the more than 350 underprivileged children who attend each camp, 95 per cent live below […]

A homeless man on Rene Levesque Blvd. in Montreal.
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Shelters not geared to special needs of older adults

They are the city’s homeless, part of the urban culture in North America and a living scar, a condemnation of our post-industrial society and its underside.

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book
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Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book

Montreal’s fascinating history, ethno-cultural mix, older neighbourhoods, architecture, and geographical setting make it a city for poets.

Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of  independent voices
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Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of independent voices

No one was surprised when a Conservative-dominated Parliamentary committee, examining so-called anti-terrorism legislation, refused to hear Privacy Commissioner Daniel Thouin this winter.