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Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity
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Generations Foundation: The women behind every great charity

I am going out on a limb to play the devil’s advocate for a biblical female in praise of the female gender. Women are by nature nurturers and can elicit high degrees of whatever they put their minds to. Our biblical Eve did not set out to exact God’s condemnation […]

Editorial: Pierre-Karl Péladeau a poor choice for Hydro-Québec
Editorials

Editorial: Pierre-Karl Péladeau a poor choice for Hydro-Québec

Premier Pauline Marois has been naming a lot of Parti Québécois favourites to important government jobs lately, and when they are competent, these appointments are considered acceptable patronage. It’s part of the game. But she made a serious error in choosing media magnate Pierre Karl Péladeau as the new chairman […]

Editorial: Boycott clothing manufactured in Bangladesh to help save lives
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Editorial: Boycott clothing manufactured in Bangladesh to help save lives

Consumers love cheap clothes and shoes, but who is really paying the price for these bargains? The answer was revealed brutally to the world last month in the horror of the latest in a series of factory disasters in Bangladesh. Nearly 500 workers were crushed to death when a building […]

Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine
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Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine

I have photos of my mother, keepsakes from her mantle, memories, of course. But what I enjoy most are a handful of her cookbooks. We have hundreds of books on cooking stuffed onto shelves. I keep planning a cull, maybe a basic 100. That would make sense, but that will […]

Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business
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Legal Ease: Not reading all-risk insurance policy fine print can be risky business

Insurance is a contract in which the insurer, in return for payment of a premium, agrees to pay the insured if an event covered by the insurance occurs. There are two main types of insurance policies: personal and property. Sickness, accident and life insurance fall into the personal category. These […]

Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love
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Smart Shopping for Mother’s Day: Frame Mom for love

May is the month we honour our mothers. When people can’t think of what to buy, they often fall back on the usual flowers and/or chocolates, both of which are delightful and yummy, but fleeting. Why not create or find something special and have it framed, so every time Mom […]

What’s Happening in Montreal in May
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What’s Happening in Montreal in May

WELCOME TO BROADWAY, QUEBEC The award-winning Lyric Singers will burst into song at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, June 13-15, delivering music by George Gershwin, songs from Kismet, and selections from Anything Goes, Once on This Island, Cabaret, Titanic, The Book of Mormon and others. Reserve tickets at lyrictheatrecompany.com or 514-743-3382. ART […]

Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook
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Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook

In the pantheon of musicians who emerged in the late 1950s and 1960s during the folk revival, holding a prominent place alongside Bob and Joan and Joni is clear-as-honey voiced Judy Blue Eyes. Listening again to the five LPs she recorded during that era, I was transfixed by Collins and […]

Photo: Gar Lunney, 1961, Library and Archives Canada
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Musical theme: Feminism and labour rights go hand in hand

Two very important things happen each May: Mother’s Day (May 12) and International Workers’ Day (May 1). While labour activism has always been a monumental part of Quebec life, in the 1960s women burst onto the scene by forming groups that raised awareness of women’s issues and led to demands […]

Montreal Chamber Music Festival screen grab
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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: First-class jazz is in the cards

Musical gems culled from three centuries played in small-group formations by top-tier performers—that and some first-class jazz is in the cards during the month-long Montreal Chamber Music Festival that gets underway this month. Talking about it with festival founder, cellist Dennis Brott, I returned in my mind to the marvelous […]