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Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is
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Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is

Why do I expect a phone call from my children on Mother’s Day? Why did I always feel a duty to call my own mother? Where’s the law creating this obligation? Well, there isn’t one, at least not here in Canada. The early Romans worshipped the goddess Cybèle as the […]

Live from Leon, Nicaragua
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Live from Leon, Nicaragua

Surprise! It’s March and we’re in Leon, Nicaragua, the capital of the Sandanista revolution that overthrew the Samosa regime in 1979. This is the first Times and Places article to be written on the spot. We flew into Managua, the capital, two nights ago and found a private taxi to […]

Fire victims are bused to shelter. (Photo: Tzach Alon)
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Sun Youth supports fire victims

Spring means new beginnings, but this year, many Montreal families were forced to make a fresh start before March 21. With the exceptionally cold winter, the number of residential fires in Montreal significantly increased. In 2008, Sun Youth, the city of Montreal and the Red Cross signed an agreement to […]

Generations Foundation: Fresh start is many things to many people
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Generations Foundation: Fresh start is many things to many people

Spring officially began in March, but spring renewal occurs after rain showers have washed away the remnants of snow and debris on the streets and sidewalks. It is refreshing to see greens sprouting, with a promise of lovely flowers and trees dotting nature’s landscape. Days are longer and we can […]

The march from Auschwitz takes an emotional toll on all participants. (Photo: Jordan Stoopler)
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March of the Living: Students and survivors learn from each other

By Jordan Stoopler One year ago, when Dawson College student Sharon Brand walked under the sign Arbeit Macht Frei—Work Makes One Free—into Auschwitz, she was overcome with emotion. Her eyes welled with tears as she embarked on a march that holds special significance to her. “A lot of my family […]

Smart Shopping: Gown with the (spring) wind
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Smart Shopping: Gown with the (spring) wind

Ladies, it’s time to switch out of your drab winter clothes and brighten up your days with bright colours. There is no reason to spend full price on clothing when we have friendly discount stores in town and with the heart of the Canadian garment industry in our back yard. […]

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Count your musical blessings in April/May 2014

April is the cruelest month, said the great poet T.S. Eliot. But Montrealers should count their blessings, having so many wonderful musical ensembles in the city. Here is a sampling of what’s to come. April 23. As part of its special concert series, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents world-class pianist […]

Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul
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Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul

Spring has arrived. Along with green leaves and colourful blooms is the desire to spend more time outside. Montreal’s winter was harsh and many of us spent too much time indoors. Many people fear their last years of life will be spent in a nursing home, in a room confined […]

The fearless, proud and unsinkable Jelly Bean.
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First Person: Antics aside, life’s sweeter with Jelly Bean

By Thelma Gearey Browsing a pet store looking for cat toys, I saw a litter of kittens and asked the salesgirl if I could hold one. The kitten put her tiny white pink paws around my neck and pressed her soft head into my cheek and just purred in total […]

In Quebec, there were close to 116,400 workers 65 and over in 2013. (stock.xchng)
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Working long past retirement age has become the new normal

By Peter Wheeland If you think you’re seeing a lot more people over 50 in the Canadian workforce these days, it’s no mirage. Baby boomers are still having a major impact on the economy, the most significant of which is the rapid growth in the number of people working well […]