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Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood
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Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood

We exist! At last, the commercial film industry is beginning to realize that we “over-50s”—the middle-age and senior demographic—are worthy subjects of major fictional movies. We are major acting talents, we are not addicted to electronic devices, we like to go to the movies, and we have the money to […]

At Montreal’s Botanical Garden, Butterflies Go Free, Monarch is king
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At Montreal’s Botanical Garden, Butterflies Go Free, Monarch is king

The monarch is king at this year’s Butterflies Go Free exhibit, hosted by the Montreal Botanical Garden. The distinctive orange and black pattern of the monarch’s wings and white, black and green stripes of the caterpillar are featured prominently in the décor and living versions abound. Although the monarch stands […]

Housing: Seniors’ quality of life is an evolving project
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Housing: Seniors’ quality of life is an evolving project

FADOQ Montreal has awarded honorary plaques to the first private seniors’ residences that have met the criteria of the new Seniors Housing Quality Program. The plaque is a tribute to their participation and their commitment to the well-being of seniors living in private residences. Residences receiving the plaque included the […]

Angela Davis speaks during Black History Month in Montreal in February 2013. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Civil-rights activist Angela Davis enchants Montreal audience

The name Angela Davis recalls the heady and sometimes violent 1960s, the American civil-rights struggle and the political and social ferment that swept through much of the world, including Canada. Davis became an iconic figure because of her ties to the Black Panthers and leftist activism. She was charged with […]

When landlords and pet-lovers clash
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When landlords and pet-lovers clash

There are so many animals available for adoption and any number of people who would like to adopt but cannot because their landlord won’t permit it. We receive phone calls every year from people asking what can be done. They want to know what the Régie du logement will do […]

Generation Foundation’s miracle on Notre Dame St.
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Generation Foundation’s miracle on Notre Dame St.

Home is where the heart is. In 1999, Generations Foundation’s first home was in our own home. Adrian and I operated the charity from our basement for two years. We awoke to faxes coming in and attended to all manner of communication, including phone calls and emails from morning till […]

Updated: Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured
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Updated: Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured

On February 14, Roberta McIvor, murdered in 2011, and Maisy Odjick, missing since 2008, received a different sort of Valentine’s Day gift, the gift of acknowledgment. At the 22nd annual memorial march held for missing and murdered aboriginal women, the girls’ photographs were carried, mounted on placards, their brilliant smiles […]

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Knitters have a yarn to tell on Ravelry.com

Looking to knit or crochet booties for a new baby? A hat for your cat? A sweater for the dog? Chances are good that you can find the perfect pattern on Ravelry.com. You have to sign up for a free membership before you can use the site, but trust me, […]

Retirement is puzzling at the best of times. Make sure you have all the pieces.
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What’s my retirement number?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how everyone needs to hit a certain “number” before they can retire comfortably—a number that is, frankly, intimidating to many Canadians. Is it true? Your so-called “number” or retirement savings threshold won’t come from a simple formula. Contrary to what some may […]

Sun Youth Book Store is open to the public
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Sun Youth Book Store is open to the public

All books, CDs and movies donated to Sun Youth get a second life at our bookstore. Open to the public, profits finance Sun Youth emergency services programs. At the heart of the bookstore are volunteers Claudette Toutant and Kea Sénécal. Tuesday to Thursday, they share their love for books, music […]