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Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner
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Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner

No neighbourhood is complete without a solid brunch restaurant, and that’s the role Ben & Florentine provides in the Town of Montreal shopping centre at 2356 Lucerne, adjacent to the Metropolitan Blvd. We dropped in the other day for a midday meal, attracted by the news that the restaurant has […]

International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler
Features

International inaction has fuelled the killing in Syria: Cotler

Having just returned from Israel, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler recently described what he calls the “critical mass of threat unlike anything that we have seen” surrounding that country. “It’s one thing when you’re reading about it, it’s another thing when it’s happening literally next door,” he said in his […]

Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated
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Senior-friendly Montreal park inaugurated

A park dedicated to seniors was inaugurated last month thanks to an initiative by the Quebec government to create senior-friendly cities. “In 2011, the mayor of Montreal confirmed the city’s commitment to Municipalite Amie des Aines, and we subscribed to different principles of that program, going from words to action,” […]

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem
Travel

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem

Travelling by bus down the east coast of Australia I found a little hippie-chic town that many tourists—from backpackers to the wealthy—frequent to laze in sun and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. Take Haight-Ashbury to a pristine Australian surf beach, add a few millionaires and such high-class celebrities as Elle […]

Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400
Columnists

Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400

Rare beef is red, Roquefort is blue. Carrots are orange, but I love a brown roux. As the theme of this issue is colour, I was planning on adding to this doggerel with a full colour-pleasing palate. However, while raw foods come in many colours, the Flavour Guy knows that […]

Early detection of cancer could mean many more years of hand-holding. (Photo: stock.xchng)
Features

Ovarian cancer isn’t a silent killer. When it whispers, listen

Ovarian cancer has bothered medical professionals for a long time, says Dr. Lucie Gilbert, director of gynecological oncology at the MUHC, because unlike in breast, colon and other cancers, very little progress has been achieved in the last three decades. “Ovarian cancer rates are flat,” Gilbert says. “It is recognized […]

A cut-leafed Crane’s-bill. (Photo: DAlvesgaspar, Wikimedia Commons)
Health

‘Trade, not aid’ — changing the world with eco-preneurs

Who has not heard of the benefits of echinacea, St. John’s wort, lavender and peppermint? They’re not just used to make tea. Medicinal plants are ubiquitous in food supplements, medications and a myriad of personal-care products, including skin creams and shampoo. According to the World Health Organization, 80 per cent […]

McGill concerts affordable and exciting
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McGill concerts affordable and exciting

Appreciating classical music is a learning experience that can only be developed through listening. No amount of discussion, persuasion or explanation—even illustrated through the use of recordings—can substitute for the direct and emotionally charged experience of being part of music making, even if the only instrument you have is your […]

The film Denis will close the Montreal International Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of the festival)
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Black film fest highlights local, global talent

Montreal is a film buff’s paradise, where major film fests seem to take place back to back. In its ninth edition, the Montreal International Black Film Festival takes place September 18 to 29. It holds a special significance, coming one month after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King […]

Afghan President Karzai “is not a great women’s advocate,” Weisberg says. (Photo by Irwin Block)
Features

Fundamentalism, extremism the enemies in Afghanistan

From North Africa to the Middle East, the Islamic world is in turmoil and Afghanistan can be seen as a precursor. What can we expect when most foreign forces leave by the end of next year? We put the whither-Afghanistan question to Laurie Wiseberg, a human-rights expert who recently returned […]