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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 […]

Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning
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Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning

Since Chubby Checker’s performances of Hank Ballard’s The Twist ignited the dance floor in the early ’60s on American Bandstand, the artist, the song and the dance are still with us, compelling us to move. And no one can do The Twist without a big smile on their face, no […]

The wrong cheese for manicotti. No raisins for the bran muffins­—and did anyone add the bran? (Photo by Melani Litwack)
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Potboilers collective kitchen specializes in friendship

It’s 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and I’m standing, somewhat bleary-eyed, outside a big kitchen as five women prepare for a very busy morning. By noon there will be a huge pot of orange-carrot soup, pans of manicotti, containers of bran muffin batter and two huge apple crisps cooling on […]

Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance
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Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance

Last summer, the Montreal SPCA was called to a 4½-room apartment in the Plateau that had been suddenly vacated by an elderly tenant with health problems. When they arrived, the rescue workers were met with one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they had ever seen. “We confiscated 90 […]

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Montreal’s linguistic geography nothing to ‘strahss’ over

As a fledgling journalist in 1964, I was assigned to cover federal politics for United Press International in Ottawa and it was a tremendous learning experience, including linguistically. As I worked with an older crowd of top-notch reporters on Parliament Hill, I realized I did not speak English the way […]

The Senior Times celebrates spring
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The Senior Times celebrates spring

What is that great ball of fire in the sky? And—glory!—is it giving off heat? My friends, the winter of 2012-13 was mighty cold and dark (but great for skiers and exercising with a shovel), so The Senior Times would like to officially welcome the sunshine back to our fair […]

A full moon rises over the Chaos Theatre at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium goes to infinity … and beyond

Forty-seven years ago this month, the Dow Planetarium opened to the public. It closed its doors in October 2011 and the future of the heritage site is still being debated although the city hopes it will become a hub of the new Quartier de l’innovation downtown. The just-opened Rio Tinto […]

Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want
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Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want

Most Canadians would be hard pressed to name any of Canada’s 105 senators. That’s the nature of the beast. Our senators are appointed by the governor-general on the recommendation of the prime minister. They require no public support or accountability to serve until age 75, and barring a scandal they […]

Professionals play Musical Chairs
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Professionals play Musical Chairs

Their day jobs include hospital administrator and CEGEP teacher, but their love of music has brought them together in the reconstituted group called The Musical Chairs. February 28, the group performed before an enthusiastic crowd at the Manoir Westmount. It was their first gig since restarting a group formed 25 […]