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Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: Cash, no apology for former victims
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Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: Cash, no apology for former victims

Harriet Johnson was raped when she was a helpless 9-year-old and a ward of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children in Dartmouth, outside Halifax. When hearing that the home, faced with a class-action lawsuit, has agreed to pay a total of $5 million to victims of abuse, Johnson—a Montreal […]

Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible
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Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible

Joan Wright is a slim, energetic businesswoman who does her own accounting and comes to the city from the South Shore twice a week to manage Ultravision, a store she has owned for more than 25 years. “I like coming to the shop, it gives me exercise,” she says, adding […]

ACCAF: Artists document a community
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ACCAF: Artists document a community

In 2002, when launching the first show by a fledgling group of Afro-Canadian artists she had founded, psychotherapist Shirlette Wint was determined to ensure a place for Afro-Canadian art on the Montreal cultural stage. “An artist is not just a person who draws and paints, he is documenting a lived […]

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Celebrate Father’s Day with music

Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails must be the recipe for awesome. After all, that’s what little boys are made of, and look how they grow up to be such great dads. We get a jump on Father’s Day—June 16—with five great songs for and about Dad. 5. Daughter, Louden […]

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 […]