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When the new look and significantly slimmed down Denis Coderre announces his plans to run for mayor of Montreal again, prominent local restaurateur Ted Dranias says he wants to sign up to be a candidate in NDG. Dranias not only has his three Petros Taverna restaurants operating in Westmount,…

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During this COVID-19 pandemic period, a lot of people have turned to reading a bit more. On a nice summer day there is nothing quite like taking a book or tablet outside and getting lost in some stories, fiction or non-fiction.

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Friendship Circle is an extraordinary organization that creates friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and provides an opportunity to become a contributing member of the community. Through its wonderful programming, Friendship Circle aims to promote an inclusive community …

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A few weeks ago I shared the inspiring story of 17 year old NDG resident Clara Chemtov’s rise to become Miss Teenage Quebec after successfully overcoming an eating disorder. On this week’s Cohen In The City edition of Suburban On Air, I spoke to both Clara and the recently crowned Miss Montr…

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As fundraising organizations try and make the best of a very bad situation during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Autism Speaks Canada has come up with an innovative way to keep their annual Dog Walk intact. The key word in today’s world is “virtual” and that was the way to move forward in th…

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Laval resident Sammy Reda, a parent of two students, makes his living manufacturing auto parts. Business at OEM Industries has continued throughout the pandemic. In the wake of COVID-19, he and some partners recently created an entity called Frontline to sell face shields. Before the product…

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Last week I had the honour and privilege of being a guest on a segment of Legal Face-Off, a fast paced, high energy legal podcast on WGN Radio in Chicago, dealing with the hottest issues of the day. Chomedey’s very own Rich Lenkov co-hosts the show with Christina Martini and they provide a l…

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From the very start of this pandemic, my sanity has been saved by some strategic binge watching on NetFlix. The latest was Locke & Key, a thriller along the lines of cult favorite Stranger Things. It has already been renewed for a second season and one of the cast members is Montreal act…

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Theresa May did not last very long as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but her legacy might very well be the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness in 2018. It was born from a report a year earlier that stated how nine million of the country’s 67 million people felt lonely some or all …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the lives of every single human being on earth. Each of us must deal with our own disappointments. Our health and that of loved ones clearly remains paramount. Businesses are being torpedoed and for some, dreams dashed.

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One of the best podcasts out there on COVID-19 comes to us via the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal and hosted by Laval resident Shaun McMahon. He joined the health authority last fall after leaving 925 The Beat FM. McMahon showcases his impeccable bilingualism with English and French editions o…

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On last week’s CTV National News, award-winning anchor Lisa LaFlamme ended one show with a bit on all of the correspondents’ pets, including her own. She called them “great diversions” during this depressing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As a devoted cat owner for the past 25 years, I could not …

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I wrote my first article for The Suburban as a teenager 41 years ago. During this time the paper has always stepped up when times were tough. While the newsrooms of most weekly newspapers in this province have shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec’s largest English weekly has risen …

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Besides Premier François Legault and Health Minister Daniellle McCann, the highest profile individual in this province since the COVID-19 pandemic crisis heated up has been Laval resident Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s public health director.

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I have long been an admirer of Jean Charest, dating back to when he challenged Kim Campell for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party in 1993. The wrong person won that battle and when all was said and done Campbell reduced the once mighty Tories to two seats. Charest eventually as…

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When Parsa Famili’s aunt was diagnosed with dementia at an elderly care facility, he felt the need to step up and establish an organization to facilitate access to the early detection of neurological ailments. His goal was to help educate and raise awareness about the debilitating effects of…

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The transformation of the former PF Chang’s location at Rue des Jockeys near Decarie Blvd. is now complete and the newest La Cage: Brasserie Sportive (previously known as La Cage Aux Sports) officially opened last Thursday. This marks the 42nd La Cage location. Surveying the two level, 317 s…

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When Éric Bourbonnais graduated from the Universite de Montréal- HEC in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree he knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Over the past 14 years he has indeed done so and more.

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Many of us best remember Lauren Roberts as the cute little girl of media personality Leslie Roberts, who would make cameo appearances on the popular CTV program Travel Travel. Well she is all grown up now and actually, a truly youthful looking 34, and after a dozen years working in Toronto s…