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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop
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Registered Disability Savings Plans: here’s the scoop

The registered disability savings plan, or RDSP, was introduced in 2008 to help individuals with severe and prolonged disabilities save for their long-term financial security. However, many Canadians have not yet taken advantage of it. A participant may hold only one RDSP account, which is limited to a lifetime total […]

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons
Columnists / Food

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons

A simple question: why does Montreal have so many places—restaurants and restaurant chains—featuring barbecued chicken? We have St. Hubert BBQ, Chalet BBQ, Côte St Luc BBQ, dozens of Portuguese chicken rotisseries. Scores, and a score of others. Chicken is an easy dish to make at home and there are hundreds […]

Editorial: To save CBC, Harper must go
Editorials

Editorial: To save CBC, Harper must go

In their ideological commitment to less government involvement in society, Steven Harper’s Conservatives have caused serious long-term harm to one of our country’s most important institutions – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio Canada. The CBC was created in the 1930s to counter the growing influence of American radio. It now includes […]

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Word Nerd: Nu, let’s sit and kibbitz about those shlemiels and schnorrers

Fewer than one-third of English words stem from the original Anglo-Saxon word stock and to some extent the language’s ascendancy lies in the internationality of its words. Even with its grammatical irregularities and illogical pronunciation and spelling, English is best suited to be the world’s bridge tongue because of its […]

Allan Small with a No. 76 Canadiens 
jersey — just like P.K. Subban. (Photo: Sharonne Cohen)
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Our Heroes: Boomie is inspiring, and crazy for the Habs

By Sandra Schachter Boomie (his nickname—I’ve never called him Allan) is my cousin. He is 71, and recently retired from dentistry after more than 40 years. His patients had a special affection for their Dr. Small—not only because of his excellent professional care, but also because of the way he […]

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Changing minds, changing lives: Dans la rue marks milestone

Having completed its first quarter of a century, Dans la rue, founded by Father Emmett Johns in 1988, is ready for new challenges. Year 26 sees the realization of a long-held dream: the building of safe housing. “We’re going to be finishing the final phase of construction of 17 apartments […]

Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?
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Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?

Would you like to have the important position of operations manager of a busy organization? You would be expected to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with no vacation. The work would include scheduling, food services, chauffeuring, teaching, laundering, janitorial duties, clothes styling, shopping, law enforcement and […]

The world's largest lobster sculpture located in Shediac, New Brunswick. (Photo by JAKclapclap47)
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Flavour Guy: No tears for lobsters in Mom’s kitchen

Mom. Mom in the kitchen (have I told this story before? Well maybe not this way). Mom at 80, well 80-something. Mom in her housecoat, the walker at her side. Mom with a chef’s knife raised perfectly, lined up over a live lobster. No shaking, no hesitancy, the concentration of […]

Oliver Jones (courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]