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Jewish General satisfaction dips, but so do bedsores

BY: IRWIN BLOCK The average satisfaction rate of patients at the Jewish General Hospital has been dropping marginally over the past two years, but it remains above the 80-per-cent level. The satisfaction level dropped almost three percentage points—to 81.5 per cent in the April 2011 to March 2012 period from […]

Photo: Isabella Rosa Amodei, Ella Photography
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Raging Grannies, bold and bare, fight fire with tears of laughter

BY:KRISTINE BERRY Contrary to what many believe, it is not having grandchildren the Raging Grannies have in common, since being a grandmother is not a prerequisite for membership. What they share is an unyielding belief in certain values, the courage to fight for them and a great sense of humour. […]

A demolition derby heat at the Ormstown Fair. The cars weren’t the only things experiencing heat. Photo: Hayley Juhl
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Fairs: Where things go bump in the sun

BY: HAYLEY JUHL When I say I go to the Ormstown Fair for the extreme heat, I mostly mean I’m going to watch cars demolish each other in a dirt arena. But also, it’s hot. This year’s fair marked the first time I felt justified in wearing my Stampede-approved cowboy […]

Photos: Melani Litwack
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Five ecosystems, 250 animal species, one stop: the Biôdome

BY: MELANI LITWACK The Biodôme is not a zoo. It is an immersive exploration of five ecosystems—three of which are distinctly Canadian. In 1989, a feasibility study was conducted on Montreal’s former Olympic Velodrome and three years later it was repurposed as the Biodôme—a zoological marvel unlike anything Montrealers had […]

McKenty: A man for all seasons
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McKenty: A man for all seasons

BY: CATHERINE MCKENTY As long as he could remember, Neil McKenty was interested in writing. A teacher in grade school gave him a key piece of advice: “Find something to write about.” And he did. At 9, he won his first oratorical contest, no doubt helped by his mother, Irene, […]

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca
Travel

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK We left Salta, Argentina, to visit three northern villages in Jujuy province just south of the Bolivian border. We were advised by an English teacher we met in Salta to spend one night each in Humahuaca, Tilcara and Purmamarca, and that’s just what we […]

Hank Teav’s bakery, Yuki, offers the best rye bread in town, plus desserts to die for, Barbara Moser says. Photo: Barbara Moser
Food

Eat your way along Sherbrooke in Westmount

BY BARBARA MOSER To continue on our hungry way along Sherbrooke in N.D.G./Westmount to my favourite outdoor eateries, let’s begin with Yuki, a Japanese bakery and café with everything from take-out bento boxes to glorious layer cakes that look so splendid they would do nicely for a wedding! On their […]

Reviews & Previews

The Overcoat retold in Montreal

From the first moments in Darrell Wasyk’s The Girl in the White Coat, you feel the bitter taste of poverty. Based on Nikolai Gogol’s timeless short story The Overcoat, but transposed to modern Montreal, the film chronicles the efforts of Elise, played with angelic innocence by Pascal Montpetit, as she tries […]

Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell
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Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell

BY: IRWIN BLOCK We got to know music journalist Michelle Mercer from her biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter (Footprints: the Life and Work of Wayne Shorter), a well-crafted account of an enigmatic jazz original. Thanks to a recommendation from Shorter, Mercer got a chance to interview the reclusive Joni Mitchell […]

Rwandan dancers get in the groove during Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal Photo: Irwin Block
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Lachine Canal folk fest proves more than just a nostalgia gala

BY IRWIN BLOCK Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, a charter member of the 1960s folk music revival, is alive and well and doing what he has always done—singing about struggles past and campaigning for the underdog today. For about 200 fans who packed his concert at the Georges […]