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The third annual Community Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, spearheaded by Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem in Côte Saint-Luc, will take place May 6 to 9. It will be fully virtual, with a Mental Health Symposium on Thursday evening, a Friday workshop for high school students and a …

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When the COVID-19 pandemic finally ends and we look back at this very sad period in human history, there will be a few takeaways that will benefit us down the line. Platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams head the list. They have certainly made an enormous impact on my life, notably in my ro…

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Montreal’s top professional dancers are coming together for a virtual show-stopping performance in support of Just for Kids Foundation on Tuesday, May 4 ( 8 pm). Tickets are on sale at https://jfk.akaraisin.com/ui/dwts2021. The event co-chairs are Arabella Decker and Studio Just Danse owner …

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Over a dozen PJ Library Kindness Boards were created in April in honour of Good Deeds Day 2021! Through the project, and thanks to a collaboration involving nearly 20 organizations, over 350 children of all abilities and backgrounds aged two to nine years from daycares and schools across Mon…

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Lifelong Chomedey resident Ian Enkin, 45, needs a kidney transplant to stay alive. I have followed his story for many years. We met on a number of occasions at the Cummings Centre, where his mom Harriet works.

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Not even the COVID-19 pandemic can stop the Academy Awards from taking place this Sunday in Hollywood. That means The Suburbies, my annual spoof of the Oscars, is back as well. For readers who are not familiar with this feature, I started doing it some 36 years ago in this paper. The fun is …

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I still get a bit teary-eyed when I think about my old friend Harold Heft, whose life ended way too prematurely in 2015 at the age of 50 from a brain tumour. Harold grew up around the block from me in Côte Saint-Luc. We shared a love for writing and sports. Even after he moved to Toronto, wh…

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Bravo to legendary educator Dr. Shimshon Hamerman, who guided four Bialik High School teams in the recent Virtual Jewish Moot Beit Dins (Moot courts). Overall some 145 students from 45 schools from Israel, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Canada competed. This year the students…

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Paola Cacopardo is one happy lady these days. The co-owner, along with Gilles Geoffrion, of the five Céramic Café locations in Quebec celebrated the formal reopening for sit-down customers last Friday. This included the spot on St. Martin Blvd., open since 2000.

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Events, clubs, and activities are some of the core pillars of the college experience that give students the opportunity to network and form long-lasting friendships. However, COVID-19 has put a damper on all of this and left students struggling to form these social bonds and enjoy campus life.

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In an effort to try and address the physical, mental and emotional fatigue that everyone has been experiencing over the past year, Shaare Zion Congregation has teamed up with Summit School’s TECC program, to deliver 760 beautiful bouquets of flowers to the community before Passover.

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How did it take me so long to interview Barry Avrich? The Côte Saint-Luc native and UTT/Herzliah grad just happens to be one of the most accomplished filmmakers in Canada. Please tune into my interview with him on our Suburban On Air video platform, where we discuss a beyond impressive caree…

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There are a lot podcasts around these days, but Kirkland residents Darren Gill and Jon Goyens seem to have carved an interesting niche theme for their The Hockey Masterclass. Not only is the focus on minor hockey, but via Goyens’ wealth of contacts the guests are pretty high end from coachin…

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Selected by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) as its Montreal partner for its LIFE & LEGACY® program, the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Montreal has  announced that over the course of its first year, 246 individuals or families have named one or more participating synagogues, …

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Motivated by the belief that they are stronger together, three Montreal community-based organizations joined forces last week to provide a soup and sandwich lunch to the shelter guests at St Michael’s Mission downtown. After being connected by Barry Christenson from Stepping Up (formally Soc…

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It is abundantly clear that hand sanitizing stations in public places will be part of our lives for many years to come. Although vaccination campaigns have begun for COVID-19, the world has woken-up to the importance of hand sanitizing in preventing the spread of infections.

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A year ago at this time, the society scene was still intact before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down indefinitely. As a result so many events have been cancelled, including Sammy’s Valentine’s Gala which raised much needed funds for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada). In fact, sin…

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Young people are experiencing the repercussions of the pandemic through a reduction of their social contacts. In this context, Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) is introducing virtual Digital Cafés to several Quebec high schools. A way to discover digital tools in an immersive en…

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A Quebec research team has discovered two early plasma markers to detect Alzheimer’s disease five years before its onset. The results of this recent study led by the doctoral student Mohamed Raâfet Ben Khedher and postdoctoral student Mohamed Haddad, directed by Professor Charles Ramassamy o…

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As prep for the intoxicating festival of Purim and the funniest month of the lunar calendar, Adar, YidLife Crisis and Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada are teaming up to present a special online comedy performance pegged as “ADARABLE “ to global audiences. The online presentation, based on t…

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In these crazy COVID-19 times, let me share a feel good story about a young man who instead of feeling sorry for himself stepped up for a cause. Dollard des Ormeaux teen Ethan Izenberg waited almost a year for spinal fusion surgery due to adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It seems the pandemi…

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Kara Maritzer always thinks outside of the box. The dynamic head of development and communications for the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Côte Saint-Luc recently helped launch “Lockdown Lunches” in collaboration with “Pay It Forward” – a group of five local restaurants: Taverne, Tuck Sho…

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For the third year in a row, Federation CJA is partnering with local organizations under the umbrella of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). JDAIM 2021 will be observed by more organizations than ever before, uniting Jewish communities across North America. T…

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Elyse Rosen clearly relishes challenges. Last July, in the midst of the pandemic, she decided to leave her very secure law practice to take on the role of CEO of the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA in Snowdon. The facility has been closed since last March and there is no telling when it will reopen.

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Autobus Groupe Séguin, a transportation operator headquartered in Laval, Quebec, and Lion Electric, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, recently announced the signing of an order for the acquisition of 60 zero-emission LionC electric school buses over…

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Like all charitable organizations, this past year has been a struggle for CHW Montreal as it continues to pivot and try new ways of raising money for its projects. Coordinator Alanna Elias wishes to share some upcoming fundraising efforts

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On the day that Kamala Harris is to formally be sworn in as the new Vice-President of the United States, we have more information on her Montreal past. Yes, she attended FACE School downtown for two years and graduated from Westmount High School in 1981. But now we can tell you that she went…

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Vivo Musique is very excited to share that Chomedey’s Rafael Energía Dominicana received the Public Artist- Popular Vote Award at the Latin Awards Canada 2020 recently in Montréal (virtually transmitted with respect to pandemic restrictions).

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While the local Society scene grinded to a halt last spring due to the pandemic, it is still nice to showcase the organizations which have worked outside of the box to maintain their goals. The traditional Annual Dinner of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) Foundation, which too…