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Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal
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Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal

A few years ago a U.K. Labrador retriever called Endal captured the public’s imagination when he saved his injured owner’s life by bringing him his cellphone. Named Dog of the Millennium, Endal appeared in the media, a book was written about his life and he earned the Gold Medal of […]

Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history
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Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history

At the age when most kids begin to ask why the sky is blue and a million other questions, Ruth Loft was forbidden to speak in her mother tongue. Far away from home in a residential school the 5-year old and her 4-year-old brother were forced to attend, only English […]

Matriarch of Jamaican women’s league a model of determination
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Matriarch of Jamaican women’s league a model of determination

The suggestion for this story appeared one morning in The Senior Times email inbox, simple yet eloquent: “I would like to recommend that your paper do any article on Miss Ivyline Fleming, who is a community worker, still active at 88 years old, president of the Jamaican Canadian Community Women’s […]

Neurotheologist explores the science of the power within
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Neurotheologist explores the science of the power within

Through conscious direction of your thoughts, you can learn to affect the functioning of your brain regardless of your age, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg says. The director of research for integrative medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia as well as assistant professor of religious studies at the University of […]

Victoriaville music festival: Organized, improvised sound
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Victoriaville music festival: Organized, improvised sound

Normally placid Victoriaville becomes a musical Mecca May 16, as musicians and fans from across North America gather for the 29th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle. With 20 concerts over four days, it offers a panorama of musical territories and sonorities, expanding the possibilities of organized and improvised […]

Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook
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Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook

In the pantheon of musicians who emerged in the late 1950s and 1960s during the folk revival, holding a prominent place alongside Bob and Joan and Joni is clear-as-honey voiced Judy Blue Eyes. Listening again to the five LPs she recorded during that era, I was transfixed by Collins and […]

Photo: Gar Lunney, 1961, Library and Archives Canada
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Musical theme: Feminism and labour rights go hand in hand

Two very important things happen each May: Mother’s Day (May 12) and International Workers’ Day (May 1). While labour activism has always been a monumental part of Quebec life, in the 1960s women burst onto the scene by forming groups that raised awareness of women’s issues and led to demands […]

Retiring teachers’ union leader: ‘Easy-peasy it was not’
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Retiring teachers’ union leader: ‘Easy-peasy it was not’

Union leadership usually begins on a voluntary basis, when none of your colleagues wants to accept the challenge of standing up for a worker’s rights, in the office or on the shop floor. It puts you in conflict with management, marks you as “the enemy within” and exposes you to […]

Painting by Debrah Gilmour
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Photos: Montreal artist Debrah Gilmour inspired by nature, travel

Debrah Gilmour is a Montreal artist specializing in landscapes and portraiture. She graduated from the fine arts program at John Abbott College and continued her studies in education, literature and art at Concordia University. Gilmour’s works are in private collections across Canada, with four images published as greeting cards by […]

Controversial professor Norman Cornett sees his classroom as a laboratory
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Controversial professor Norman Cornett sees his classroom as a laboratory

A group of 25 adults gather around a table in a church hall on a Sunday afternoon to engage with a Montreal professor and his guest. Norman Cornett, 62, has convinced the usually private novelist Rawi Hage to attend a third session in what Cornett calls dialogic learning. It is […]