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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 […]

Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent
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Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent

Imagine a gnarled willow tree “bursting into a million butterflies” and reappearing as origami. Think of “a shadow, so still—surrounded by teddy bears.” Have you ever felt “like an unread book,” or “like a cold day in Alaska”? Perhaps “like a star in space … lonely among many … small […]

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl met and fell in love in Argentina. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Love and Music: 88 keys to keeping romance alive

Don’t postpone joy. That injunction is a guidepost for the partnership of violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, in love and music and their life and work together. It is on the wall of their basement rehearsal space in their cozy Côte St. Luc townhouse, and it reflects the […]

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Local entrepreneurs bring old technology into the digital age

Love TV but hate paying for dozens of channels you never watch? Self-taught electronics whiz and TV signal specialist Mario Trottier says he can get you watching the basics, up to 23 television channels including CBC, CTV, NBC, PBS, Global and more, all in beautiful high definition. There’s no monthly […]

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 […]