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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long
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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long

Nina Munk’s Governor-General’s Award-nominated book The Idealist was described by one critic as “an excellent and moving tribute to the vision and commitment of Jeffrey Sachs” and by another as “a powerful exposé of (Sachs’s) hubris run amok.” The Idealist is a journalistic eyewitness account of the director of the […]

Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina
Travel

Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina

Legend has it that there was once a beautiful Inca princess who lived in the Peruvian desert. She fell in love with a handsome prince who suddenly died. With a broken heart her tears created a lagoon, where she sat longing for her lost love. A hunter suddenly scared her […]

Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
Features

Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?
Columnists

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?

Holidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. Memories of happier times bring a mixed bag of emotions. Friends and family may be less inclusive for parties, knowing that a guest with dementia causes difficulties. The greatest gift you can give a caregiver is your support. This does not include advice […]

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice
Features

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice

A province-wide organization, Seniors Action Quebec, was launched November 19 with the release of the report Enjoying Your Senior Years in Your Own Language, Culture and Community, by the Commissioner of Official Languages. The report on English-speaking seniors in Quebec confirmed that despite higher education levels among English seniors, nearly […]

Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight
Columnists

Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight

A directive has been issued as part of Program 68 by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal that will affect some of our most vulnerable citizens—those recovering in hospital. Once stabilized—that is, no longer in need of hospital care—a patient is to be discharged within […]

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Columnists

Word Nerd: Original blackmailers being blackmailed?

“Scottish independence; Navy frigate contract will be held after U.K. split vote,” read an August 2012 headline in The Scotsman. This story related how lucrative contracts to build the next generation of Royal Navy frigates would only be announced after the Scottish referendum on independence scheduled for autumn 2014. Not […]

Smart Shopping: Light and dark sides of our final vice, coffee
Columnists

Smart Shopping: Light and dark sides of our final vice, coffee

Our last socially acceptable addiction is coffee. So why not buy the best, drink the best and curl our fingers around a soothing piece of solace—a really good cuppa java. Coffee beans, like wines, are named for the country or area they come from. If no country is mentioned on […]

Sun Youth’s Sid Stevens and The Senior Times go hand in hand. (Photo: Nicholas Carpentier)
Editorials

Editorial: Grass-roots organizations toil in the trenches of urban poverty

Poverty can be a cruel and painful condition, especially when the have-nots are bombarded by the buy! buy! buy! messages of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday consumer society. Try to imagine raising a family as a minimum-wage worker and paying for rent, food, clothing, medication and school supplies on $406 a […]

Natalie Bercovici (far left) and volunteers prepare gifts for needy children. (Photo courtesy of Generations Foundation)
Columnists

Generations Foundation breaks through wall of poverty

I woke up to our first winter morning of 2013—blowing snow, sleet and rain. The grey morning sky morphed into brilliant, piercing colours in a promise of positive change. Today, a young senior, I cannot help but wonder how I survived the previous harsh winters. When I was a student, […]