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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

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.

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)

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 […]

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Word Nerd: It takes a lot of gall to accuse someone of chutzpah

“I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.” White House Press Secretary Tony Snow July 5, 2007, in reference to Bill Clinton’s criticism of George Bush for pardoning Scooter Lobby, given that Clinton spent his final hours as president issuing 140 pardons […]

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Financial Fitness: Take into account each of your accounts

You’ve got one investment account here, your RRSP and TFSA there, and some more assets over at that other place. You’re “diversifying,” right? That tactic could be raising your risk, inviting costly fees and preventing you from creating a sound retirement strategy. It is not uncommon for investors to think […]

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Reviews & Previews

CD reviews: Kleztory, Spaces

Kleztory Arrival AMERIX This Quebec-based Klezmer group has been around for more than a decade, but it has never sounded better. A sextet with a mix of Quebec-trained and European musicians, the collective is rooted in the traditional Romanian/Gypsy/Turkish party music that is so easy to love, yet broadened by […]

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Legal Ease: 52 years of practicing law in an ever-changing landscape

Spring is the season of hope and optimism. Some look for the first crocus leaf, some fall in love or start looking for a new home, others decide to retire. I’m in the last category. April 1, instead of being a practicing attorney I became a member of the bar […]

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Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals reflects we humans

Looking at Jo-Anne McArthur’s portraits of animals is like looking into a mirror, the shock of recognition forever destroying—if ever there was any doubt—the notion that animals are not our fellow creatures. Activist and photographer McArthur created We Animals, a project documenting through photographs the fate of the animals we […]


Flavour Guy: Finger lickin’ good asparagus

I wasn’t hungry this winter. Soup was good, thank you. Soup for lunch, for dinner. What the heck, as I eat steel cut oats on most wintery days, you might say I eat soup for breakfast too. Nothing wrong with a good soup. Take last night’s meal: Roast chicken, leftover […]