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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian
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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian

Gregory Baum, a leading and often controversial Catholic theologian, has added his voice to those who oppose the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values. But in so doing, the former priest cautions that it would be wrong to label as xenophobic all who support banning the wearing of conspicuous […]

Erin-Scott Kafadar and Timothy Hopkins (Photo: Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint)
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Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint’s Nutcracker rekindles classical dance

The Nutcracker might be the most famous full-length ballet of all time. Set to the exquisite music of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky and adapted from Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Initially the work was not a runaway success, with critics […]

Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice
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Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice

Joking about politics can be a risky thing, as Montreal comic sensation Sugar Sammy recently discovered. Sammy—the stage name for Côte des Neiges-born Samir Khullar—caused a sensation when he posted side-by-side photos of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his Facebook page. He asked, “Who would […]

The lightness of being in the dark
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The lightness of being in the dark

In late October, the electricity was off for at least six hours because of a windstorm that came howling through Montreal at 70-100 kilometres an hour, leaving small-scale destruction in its path. It was hard to drive on the dark streets, and some motorists weren’t taking turns at intersections where […]

Jaswant Guzder tackles mental illness with art
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Jaswant Guzder tackles mental illness with art

Though one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, it is still seen by many as taboo. Jaswant Guzder, the internationally renowned head of child psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, visualizes child and family dynamics in figurative and abstract paintings she has created […]

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Generations Foundation: ‘Mensch’ honoured for integrity, empathy

As time marches on, we might neglect to honour key people in our lives, long gone now, who made sacrifices for us, for our communities, for our country. It is important to take the time to think of our dearly departed parents, and possibly siblings and other family members who […]

Life coaching is not the same as therapy, Minda Miloff underlines. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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Life coach calls people off the bench

When the kids leave home, it leaves a huge void for caring parents left behind. If around the same time one’s own parents are confronting life-threatening diseases, the stress can be dramatic. That is exactly the confluence that Minda Miloff faced as her three children were moving on and parents […]

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Financial Fitness: It’s time for your checkup

December is a great time for a year-end financial checkup. It is also the perfect time to meet with your financial adviser to discuss your current and future financial goals. In addition to making sure you don’t miss any investment opportunities before 2013 wraps up, your adviser can work with […]

NBA legend Robert Parish poses with young Sun Youth athletes Jason Drivakos (from left), Trenton Dias-Maxwell and Luca Rienzo. (Photo: Joseph Munro)
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NBA fills tall order for charity

Sports have a special place in Sun Youth. Since 1954, the organization has offered a number of programs to Montreal children. Some former Sun Youth athletes have gone on to professional careers, like Miami Heat NBA champion Joel Anthony and the Boston Celtic’s Kris Joseph. Recently Sun Youth hosted NBA […]

Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me
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Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me

Every once in a while Chanukah and Christmas arrive at the same time. This year is not one of those times. Hanuka is early this year, about a month before Christmas. This brings to mind a frayed Jewish joke: When is Hanukah this year? It is the 25th of Kislev; […]