Mike Cohen

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Check in with our city columnist to hear more about newsmakers in our community, as well as celebrity sightings, rumours and gossip.

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After I binge-watched season three of the Israeli-thriller Fauda, I went into a bit of withdrawal. But now comes Tehran, a new espionage thriller from Fauda writer Moshe Zonder. It tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that plac…

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Due to the recent COVID-19 protocols, the Autism Speaks Canada Walk on Wheels Car Parade, originally scheduled to take place this Sun. Oct. 25 in Pointe Claire, is going virtual. To participate you can walk around the block, in your own backyard, decorate your car before a quick grocery run …

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the show must go on and The McGill IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Research Group will indeed hold its annual fundraising event — this year dubbed “Laugh Your Butt Off (At Home!)” on Thursday, Nov. 12 via Zoom, featuring international entertainer and mentalist…

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Five Montrealers — Kalika Hastings, Marina Sabbithi, , Arminta Thurairajah, Ayla Tse and Christina Harb — are contending to become Miss Universe Canada at the end of this month. On this week’s Suburban On Air, I introduce viewers to Kalika (joined by her mentor from Danse 123 Connie Rotella)…

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In 2012 a star was born when Catherine Verdon Diamond, then working as an executive assistant to the managing director of CBC Montreal, got the nod to do some fill-in weather forecasting on television. A year later City TV came to town with Breakfast Television and this lady known affectiona…

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In 2012 a star was born when Laval resident Catherine Verdon Diamond, then working as an executive assistant to the managing director of CBC Montreal, got the nod to do some fill-in weather forecasting on television. A year later City TV came to town with Breakfast Television and this lady k…

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Congrégation Sepharade Or Hahayim - Cote Saint-Luc welcomed B’nai Brith Canada Chief Executive Officer Michael Mostyn to a special Zoom meeting last week. Introduced in French by Montreal City Councillor and opposition leader Lionel Perez, Mostyn delivered a snapshot of what his organization…

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For the past decade I have been actively involved in a Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt program for homeless cats. It is volunteer driven by a small group of dedicated souls. I thought this was a huge commitment until I learned about A Horse Tale Rescue ( AHT Rescue), based in Vaudreuil-Dorio…

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Joe Cheaib was 10 years old when he first arrived in Montreal with his family from Lebanon. One of nine children, it became clear pretty quickly that his career path would end up involving the food industry. It was the Cheaib family who started the hugely successful ethnic food retailer Marc…

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Carts are filled with rows of labeled bags and checked out titles. A friendly staff person greets members of the Jewish Public Library, placing their orders on a small table by the doors, with a gloved hand and a smile (hiding under a mask). The JPL’s curbside pickup service has helped the c…

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After what Guy Ouellette has endured in the world of politics the last few years, it is remarkable he is still able to persevere as the Member of the National Assembly for Chomedey. In 2017 he was arrested by the province’s anti-corruption police, UPAC. He was suspected of leaking informatio…

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On January 13, 2020 Michael Hollander and Dahlia Guttman suffered the worst thing that can possibly happen to a parent. Their daughter Ronnie Joy died from a rare condition called Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). She was a healthy two year old. To honor her, Michael and Dahlia h…

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Entrepreneur, business woman, and pet lover Hélène Rousse will be pitching her new invention, the Pethold, a hands-free grooming kit for pets, on CBC’s Dragons’ Den next week and to be aired at a later date “My cat Merlin was the inspiration,” she explains. “Whenever I had to cut his claws, …

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My guest on the latest edition of The Suburban On Air’s Cohen in the City is community leader and philanthropist Sylvan Adams, who immigrated to Israel five years ago. He has left quite a legacy in Montreal, with the Herzliah, YM-YWHA, Yaldei and?

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Add Crohns and Colitis Canada as another non-profit organization impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their annual gala, originally slated for April and rescheduled for the fall, is now being rejigged. And their 25th anniversary Gutsy Walk, which has raised over $45 million for world-class res…

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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 …