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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 […]

André Picard photo by Peter Ford / Pinpoint National
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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 […]

Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues
Editorials

Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues

As these lines were being written, formal proceedings began against Gilles Vaillancourt, the ex-mayor and so-called King of Laval, who faces 12 charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. As the highest-profile municipal official to be indicted so far, the case against Vaillancourt and 36 others […]

Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values
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Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values

Last fall, an event took place in Verdun that could be a metaphor for the changing face of Quebec. Nov. 4, 2012, was the last time members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 marched from the local cenotaph—a statue of a First World War soldier—to the Great War Memorial […]

Gad Horowitz argues that there is a significant “Tory” or “pre-liberal” remnant in Canada.
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Horowitz has made a career of challenging prevailing notions

Former Montrealer Gad Horowitz is a rare example of a public intellectual who established his brilliance in one field, then shifted to several others in a continuing exploration of ideas and their effect on society. Those who know Horowitz, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto, will […]

The Senior Times in the ’80s: Letting you in on a few hot issues
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The Senior Times in the ’80s: Letting you in on a few hot issues

We can’t all be perfect all of the time. Here are a few of our biggest bloopers. On the right-hand side of one of our papers printed in the 1980s, there was a half-page box with the words “X ad goes here.” We had sent the film to the printer […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Confusion in defining autonomy

Researching a definition for autonomy in seniors, I became more confused with each confusing article. This is a difficult subject with no clear answers. Residences offer different levels of care, including autonomous, autonomous with services, assisted living and full nursing care. Each residence has its own definition of each. I […]