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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness
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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness

by Molly Newborn A trip to Australia is not complete without an expedition to the famous Great Barrier Reef. And so, I set out on a mini mission—to find Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef, which is great enough to be seen from outer space, is the world’s largest coral reef […]

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up
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Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up

by Barbara Moser With its natural harbour, Valparaiso rapidly outgrew the narrow strip of land that borders the water and could only expand onto hills that jut out like thick fingers reaching to the sea. Hence, funicular lifts were built to gain access to the homes built above the original […]

Reviews & Previews

Review: Ishmael’s House had its genesis in Canada

by Irwin Block Sir Martin Gilbert is a most prolific historian with more than 50 books to his credit, an established and popular writer whose work is crafted for and marketed to the general reader. Ishmael’s House, A History of Jews in Muslim Lands (McLelland & Stewart, 424 p., $35) […]

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Sofabeds and slipcovers help make you the hostess with the mostest

Once we hit cooler weather, we start spending more time inside and noticing our furnishings. There’s also that niggling thought about the holidays down the line and sleepover guests arriving. So how can we make sure they’re comfortable, and still have a nice piece of furniture to look at and […]

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Square dance with Dollard des Ormeaux’s Swinging Stars

Square dancing is not for squares. It’s fun, it’s healthy, it’s about keeping time to the rhythm, swinging your partner ’round and ’round, open to all ages, and it’s not complicated. It injects fun into the lives of more than 90 people who take part weekly in the Swinging Stars, […]

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Students help seniors with home maintenance

Seniors 65 and over living in Pointe Claire can get free indoor and outdoor home maintenance services if they meet certain criteria, including a means test. Single apartment dwellers must have a maximum annual income of $29,900; for couples, the combined income is a maximum $33,250. The maximum income for […]

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NOVA West Island offers support to ALS sufferers

When a loved one is living with cancer or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), family members need help to enable the patient to stay home. Nova West Island is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, community-based health-care organization whose primary mandate is to provide specialized in-home care and support, including […]

Editorials

Letter to the Editor: Cuts to Canadian Food Inspection Agency are dangerous

Dear Editor, In June, the Conservatives chose to make significant cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the omnibus budget bill. Liberals voted against these cuts because Canadians deserve to feel confident that their food supply is protected just as our farmers and ranchers deserve safe and stable business. […]

Lower-cost housing in Montreal’s west end sets higher standard
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Lower-cost housing in Montreal’s west end sets higher standard

by Irwin Block If you’re old enough to remember Monkland High School on West Hill, you’re probably eligible to rent an apartment there. Since 1987, when it was converted into apartments for autonomous seniors, it has been known as Résidence Monkland—one of several affordable, accessible and attractive not-for-profit places to […]

Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip
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Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip

by Mark Medicoff Autumn is a somber time, yet it regales us with its fiery splendour. The season’s mood urges us to reflect on life’s beauty as well as its uncertainty. So in tune with the autumn’s offerings, here are day-trip ideas to scoop you out of the armchair traveler’s […]