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Sébastien Bourgault estimates he memorized 900 Reader’s Digest jokes. (Photo courtesy of Sébastien Bourgault)
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Yuk-Yuks Cabaret: A higher calling?

The great playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” The link between laughter and tears is a longstanding one and it is in moving from one to the other that we […]

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Flavour Guy: Our heroes are the architects, builders and teachers of peace

On Remembrance Day, November 11, we recall our heroes. We honour them as exemplars of the virtues that we hope to attain: patriotism, strength, commitment. In the U.S., the same date is called Veterans Day. It celebrates those who have been in military service. Memorial Day south of the border […]

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Salon Mieux Vivre 50+ zeroes in on prevention

Today’s seniors live longer and are more active and productive than ever before. Their contribution to society is immense. Health and prevention are the themes at the heart of this year’s Salon Mieux Vivre 50+, coming to the Palais du Congrès this month. The Senior Times will be part of […]

BTW examines the pervasive problem of police shootings
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BTW examines the pervasive problem of police shootings

Opening night of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of! by Omari Newton evoked names and faces many still recall: Anthony Griffin, Marcellus François, Rohan Wilson, Fredy Villanueva—young men who had everything to live for but died in their prime in encounters with Montreal police. We’ve heard […]

Stephanie Argerich tells the story of her pianist mother in Bloody Daughter. (Photo courtesy of RIDM)
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RIDM: Let the world come to you

Martha Argerich is recognized as a titan of the piano. At the age of 8, she performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos on stage, going on to win the most prestigious international piano competitions and launching a stellar career. Throughout her life however, she remained an intensely private person, shunning the […]

Harry Hurwitz, 92, recalls his time in the Canadian navy and as a WWII prisoner of war. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Remembrance Day: The captain yelled out, “Abandon ship!”

On November 11, we remember those who served our country, but for Harry Hurwitz the day he can’t forget is April 29, 1944. That was the day Hurwitz and other victims of a German torpedo attack on his Canadian ship ended up in the English Channel, struggling to survive. At […]

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Health-care focus should switch to prevention: André Picard

André Picard’s romance with journalism began as an extracurricular affair. While studying administration in the mid-1980s at the University of Ottawa, he developed a passion for writing as a music reviewer for the student newspaper, The Fulcrum. Instead of becoming an accountant or business executive, Picard earned a second degree […]

Panelists Mira Sucharov (from left), Hagai El-Ad and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. (Photo courtesy of New Israel Fund Canada)
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Israeli hotline that aids women supported by Canadian group

  “Ruthi” belongs to an ultra-Orthodox Israeli community. After suffering for eight years with an abusive husband, she turned to a 24-hour hotline serving the country’s most vulnerable people. It was an act of desperation, not without huge consequences, including the possible loss of custody of her children, Orit Sarfaty […]

Walk cautiously in the snow! An even better idea: Stay indoors.
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How to adjust your cane

The Senior Times welcomes guest writer Marla Nayer, PhD. Nayer is a physical therapist. One of my pet peeves is watching people use canes that are adjusted incorrectly. On many occasions I have gone up to people on the street, introduced myself, and offered to adjust their cane to the […]

Film director Alain Chartrand was marked by the events of October 1970.
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Filmmaker shines a light on a tragic moment in Quebec history

For those who lived through it, the October Crisis of 1970 is a disturbing memory. The federal government’s imposition of the War Measures Act that saw close to 500 citizens arrested and held without charge still bitterly divides Quebecers. When Front de libération du Québec leader Paul Rose died last […]