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A Christmas Carol: Okay with being Scrooge
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A Christmas Carol: Okay with being Scrooge

Most people would be hesitant to admit they’re pretty good Scrooges. Not James Milvain. He played the role last year for the Rialto Theatre’s A Christmas Carol presentation and the foundation was so pleased with his performance, they’ve asked him to reprise the role. Though he considered experimenting, he ultimately […]

Editorials

Editorial: Bold steps needed in the Mideast

It was short but brutal, the eight-day war in November that pit fighters from various factions in Hamas-led Gaza against Israel. The toll: 150 Palestinians and five Israelis dead, plenty of pain and misery on both sides. Both sides were ready. It just took a spark, which was provided when […]

Louise Harel says she plans to return to university for a week of English immersion.
Features

Louise Harel, the woman who would be mayor

Now that Montreal has its first anglo mayor in a century, Louise Harel has a new record in mind: becoming the city’s first female mayor. With city hall shrouded in a black cloud of collusion, corruption and kickbacks, Harel sees herself as having a credible chance of taking over next […]

Funky pull-tab earrings can be found at Il Etait Deux Fois.
Columnists

Buy local to help keep it in the Montreal family

Holiday means family, but family means something beyond those people who are related to you. Family also means community. When you do your holiday shopping, this year more than others, it is important to think of your Montreal family and the people whose income depends on you supporting them—not someone […]

Harriet Johnson is among 33 people who have signed on to a class-action lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
Features

‘I saw the devil’ in Home for Colored Children, alleged abuse victim says

Physical, psychological and sexual abuse of minors leaves an indelible mark on their lives. The pain never goes away completely, but more and more victims are seeking recognition and retribution. Harriet Johnson, mother of six and a Montreal resident, has taken a two-track approach for abuse suffered at the Nova […]

The Sunshine Boys at the Segal Centre a rollicking theatre experience
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The Sunshine Boys at the Segal Centre a rollicking theatre experience

There was not an empty seat in the house, and when the action hit high gear, not a dry eye from all the laughter. This was the scene last month at the Segal Centre as veteran actors Aron Gonshor and Sam Stein went through their shtick as out-of-work and estranged […]

Columnists

Sun Youth, CJM-IU renew friendship

Le Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut
 universitaire (CJM-IU) and Sun Youth renewed their partnership by signing a new 
service agreement through which clients referred to Sun Youth by the centre with receive clothing, food and other support. “This assistance goes beyond material goods, sometimes vital for
families referred,” said centre director-general Jean-Marc […]

Review: Deconstructing the Muslim tide myth
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Review: Deconstructing the Muslim tide myth

Montrealers following sensational headlines linking Muslims to terrorism or honour killings experience a range of reactions. Some become convinced that Muslims are different and threatening. Others, such as new Canadian Muslims,  experience dread. Like the Jewish community, Montreal Muslims have been targeted by hate crimes. Mosques in Verdun, Dorval and Gatineau […]

Hanukah traditions: The miracle of oil and latkes cooked in it
Columnists / Food

Hanukah traditions: The miracle of oil and latkes cooked in it

It occurred to me recently that Judah Maccabee never ate latkes. I guess this shouldn’t have surprised me except that Hanukah, or as it was known, the Festival of Lights, happened almost 2,200 years ago and a lot of traditions get accepted in that time. Hanukah commemorates a Jewish revolt […]

Word Nerd: “Bespoke” crosses the pond. Crikey!
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Word Nerd: “Bespoke” crosses the pond. Crikey!

Some years ago while on a trip to England, I encountered some words and expressions that made me realize the importance of being bilingual in the English languages. For example, I asked someone in London where I could find an ATM. She looked nonplussed, but her companion translated, “he means […]