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Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art
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Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art

If there is a safer, cleaner and more accessible city than Santiago, Chile, we haven’t been there. What makes the city so easy to visit is the main thoroughfare, O’Higgins Avenue, and the three subway routes: one runs along O’Higgins, one to the north and one to the south. Ever-present […]

Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is
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Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is

As I write from the safety and luxury of my Manhattan hotel, it’s 24 hours after hundreds of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents discovered their homes were destroyed by fire or submerged in water, their businesses gone with the wind, their lives turned inside out till further notice. We […]

Trench Patterns at Bain St. Michel: Good intentions clash with ideology
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Trench Patterns at Bain St. Michel: Good intentions clash with ideology

The audience walks into the intimate confines of Infinitheatre and sees her, the central figure in Trench Patterns, lying on a hospital bed. The backlit screen showing the cross on Mount Royal above a mound of trees and hospital sounds suggest it’s the Royal Vic. Scenes of combat fill the […]

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Author Peter Beinart critiques settlements, calls for boycott

It was one of the most electric moments in the years I spent as a student at McGill University. On January 31, 1961, Hillel House on Peel St. was packed with students and professors who were sitting on tables and stairs to hear controversial British historian Sir Arnold Toynbee debate […]

Remembrance Day: Younger veterans carry the torch
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Remembrance Day: Younger veterans carry the torch

Bravery, love of country, willingness to defend Canadian values and confront tyranny—all are qualities that accompany our soldiers who serve overseas. On November 11, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who came back injured physically or emotionally from combat. We also pay tribute to […]

Slavoj Zizek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously: Wave of revolts predicted
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Slavoj Zizek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously: Wave of revolts predicted

A year ago, North America was in the throes of the Occupy movement, Quebec’s student boycott was being mapped out, and the Arab Spring was reaching a crescendo. What to make of it all? One of the most perceptive analyses comes from the brilliant and voracious mind of Slovenian philosopher […]

First female senior rabbi installed at Temple Emanu-el-Beth Sholom
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First female senior rabbi installed at Temple Emanu-el-Beth Sholom

The scene: a crowded Friday night at the Temple Emanu-el-Beth Sholom in Westmount. Excitement is in the air as the huge main sanctuary fills up. This is no ordinary Sabbath service. The archbishop of Montreal, Most Rev. Christian Lépine, is in the audience, as are Protestant clergy and U.S. consul-general […]

Montreal city councillor Alex Norris has a reporter's eye and a politician's ear.
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Montreal city councillor Alex Norris fights for a cleaner, greener city

What the heck is going on at city hall? In Montreal, Laval, Boisbriand, Mascouche—just about everywhere that big money is being spent on infrastructure—it appears that inflated prices, as much as double the market value, kickbacks to civil servants and elected officials and payoffs to political parties and the Mafia […]

How to pop your own popcorn and fight the oy!ment of November
Columnists / Features / Food

How to pop your own popcorn and fight the oy!ment of November

By Barry Lazar Fruit pie and ice cream, roast beef with drippings, A fresh cup of coffee, pots of soup simmering Onions cooked slowly ‘till they’re caramelizing These are a few of my favourite things…. I could go on, but you get the picture, and maybe a trace of taste […]

Insurance can last a lifetime – if you need it to
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Insurance can last a lifetime – if you need it to

By Deborah Leahy September was Life Insurance Awareness Month in the U.S. When you consider the benefits you and your family may receive from life insurance, you might agree that Canada should also have a month focused on this important part of your overall financial picture. According to the 2012 […]