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“Our capacity to represent ourselves has improved,” Dan Philip says, but there is work still to do. (Debrah Gilmour)
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Dan Philip leads a chorus of voices for change

Longtime human-rights activist Dan Philip is well known to Montrealers who care about issues of social justice. Whenever instances of alleged racism surface in the media or on the street, it is often his opinion journalists seek. High-profile cases have included celebrity psychiatrist Pierre Mailloux, who made comments many thought […]

A scene from the Iliad by Luca Ferrari, 17th century.
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Theatre: Body, heart and soul go into Iliad, Odyssey

Homer’s timeless, epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, adapted by Peter Smith, will be the featured plays for Geordie Theatre’s 33d season. Thought to be the oldest in Western literature, these stories, which often refer to Greek myths and legends, will resonate with young people raised on Magic cards, […]

Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec
Editorials

Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec

Quebec’s April 7 provincial election focused sharply early in the campaign on the arrival of media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau onto the active political scene as a Parti Québécois candidate in St. Jérôme. It was less his raised fist and pledge to work to turn Quebec into an independent country […]

Henry Milner expects that if the PQ loses or wins only a minority, leader Pauline Marois will quit. (Rachel Côté)
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Quebec election could turn on values charter and PKP gamble

As a political scientist and author who actively supported the Parti Québécois, Henry Milner brings a unique perspective to political analysis in Quebec. He explains his involvement, which included running as a PQ candidate in Westmount in 1981. “In terms of making a better society around us, they were the […]

Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death
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Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest I recalled this droll quip that highlights the inexact language associated with death after listening to a CBC podcast titled “A Word About the […]

Boom made it inside the house, made friends with Jake the lizard, and never left. (Photo: Hayley Juhl)
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A cat story: The big Boom theory

I called my wife at work as soon as it became clear what was happening. “The cat has gotten outside and found himself a kitten,” I told her. He was herding it, keeping it safe against the wall of the house. “He may not keep it. Please repeat that part […]

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Flavour Guy: The cat, the kitchen, some tofu … and me

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house. Sure, you could conceivably drown in the bathroom, and I will leave hypothetical scenarios to your imagination. But that’s about it. It is the kitchen where true chaos can reign. Knives—blunt ones—bounce off fruit and cut through thumbs; sharp ones […]

Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr
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Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr

You know how first cats are. They are like first loves. And I don’t mean puppy love. You will never find another cat like your first. We got Floyd as a kitten in 1978, before we had our first child. My then-husband named him after one of his friends, Floyd […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]

Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes
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Montreal puppy-mill survivors looking for homes

By Sharon Brand Volunteers at the Montreal SPCA’s L’Annexe were kept busy in September, when they took in 100 rescued Yorkshire terriers. “One day, a person called us, complaining about the noise and smell that was coming from a facility,” said Terry Price Kimmel, the Annexe’s volunteer co-ordinator. “The person […]