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Montreal’s Space for Life venues brew magic for Halloween

What could be spookier than ghosts, druids and witches wandering about archeological remains? Jack O’Lantern stepping aside from wandering purgatory to give the tour of said remains. Jack himself will be at Pointe-à-Callière this month to teach children how to talk to ghosts and outsmart the strange characters they’ll meet […]

Montreal’s Botanical Garden lantern festival a feast of light
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Montreal’s Botanical Garden lantern festival a feast of light

Designed in Montreal and produced in China, hundreds of lanterns illuminate the Botanical Garden for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Garden of Light.  The nearly 1,000 lanterns tell the tale of the Feast of Peaches, hosted by the Queen Mother of the West. Xi Wang Mu’s peaches of immortality take […]

Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness
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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness

by Molly Newborn A trip to Australia is not complete without an expedition to the famous Great Barrier Reef. And so, I set out on a mini mission—to find Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef, which is great enough to be seen from outer space, is the world’s largest coral reef […]

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up
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Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up

by Barbara Moser With its natural harbour, Valparaiso rapidly outgrew the narrow strip of land that borders the water and could only expand onto hills that jut out like thick fingers reaching to the sea. Hence, funicular lifts were built to gain access to the homes built above the original […]

Reviews & Previews

Review: Ishmael’s House had its genesis in Canada

by Irwin Block Sir Martin Gilbert is a most prolific historian with more than 50 books to his credit, an established and popular writer whose work is crafted for and marketed to the general reader. Ishmael’s House, A History of Jews in Muslim Lands (McLelland & Stewart, 424 p., $35) […]


Sofabeds and slipcovers help make you the hostess with the mostest

Once we hit cooler weather, we start spending more time inside and noticing our furnishings. There’s also that niggling thought about the holidays down the line and sleepover guests arriving. So how can we make sure they’re comfortable, and still have a nice piece of furniture to look at and […]

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Square dance with Dollard des Ormeaux’s Swinging Stars

Square dancing is not for squares. It’s fun, it’s healthy, it’s about keeping time to the rhythm, swinging your partner ’round and ’round, open to all ages, and it’s not complicated. It injects fun into the lives of more than 90 people who take part weekly in the Swinging Stars, […]

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Students help seniors with home maintenance

Seniors 65 and over living in Pointe Claire can get free indoor and outdoor home maintenance services if they meet certain criteria, including a means test. Single apartment dwellers must have a maximum annual income of $29,900; for couples, the combined income is a maximum $33,250. The maximum income for […]

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NOVA West Island offers support to ALS sufferers

When a loved one is living with cancer or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), family members need help to enable the patient to stay home. Nova West Island is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, community-based health-care organization whose primary mandate is to provide specialized in-home care and support, including […]


Letter to the Editor: Cuts to Canadian Food Inspection Agency are dangerous

Dear Editor, In June, the Conservatives chose to make significant cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the omnibus budget bill. Liberals voted against these cuts because Canadians deserve to feel confident that their food supply is protected just as our farmers and ranchers deserve safe and stable business. […]