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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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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…

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It is that time of year, on the eve of the Academy Awards in Hollywood, that I bring you my annual edition of The Suburbies. This is my spoof edition of the Oscars, with our local politicians serving as the stars. I started it more than 30 years ago in this very paper.

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There are many reasons why I have enjoyed attending Laval Rocket games at Place Bell in recent years, but the game presentation is definitely one of them. The 10,000 seat arena is a great place to watch a hockey game and see the Canadiens’ top American Hockey League prospects in action.

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I think it is safe to say that so many radio listeners miss the voices of Natasha Gargiulo and Freeway Frank since they were let go last summer by Virgin Radio. But for the past week and until Jan. 26 fans can see Natasha up close and personal in her new role as an actress in the presentatio…

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Before the Christmas break, longtime Laval resident and ever so charismatic broadcaster Frank Cavallaro announced that he would be stepping away from his full-time gig as weather forecaster for CBC Television News and Radio. He has been replaced by Catherine Verdon-Diamond (CVD), late of Bre…

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During my recent visit to the Montreal Canadiens press box, I got to meet longtime Laval resident Danny Cattelan who works as a National Hockey League official for home games at the Bell Centre as a statistician.

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More than 500 people attended the Cedars Auction and Raffle Soirée last month at iconic Le Windsor for a festive evening to help the Cedars Cancer Foundation go beyond in its efforts to help cancer patients and their families. This year, all of the $400,000 in proceeds will support the Psych…

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It is that time again readers for me to look deep into my crystal ball and forecast, partly tongue in cheek, what we may expect in the year ahead. I therefore give you my top 20 predictions for 2020.

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NEW YORK — Over the years I have had the good fortune of travelling to many places around the world. But this holiday season I chose one of my all-time favorites with a short trip to New York City.

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The annual ORT Montreal Ted Wise Gala for Jewish Education is indeed one of the more remarkable fundraising events in the community. I am still in awe of what I saw transpire just over a week ago at the Place des Arts. America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco might have been the professional m…

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Old Montreal might not exactly be next door to Laval, but do not tell that to the Duvernay-based husband and wife team of Anna Giampà and Matteo Fiorilli. She was the chair of the iconic Centaur Theatre’s recent fundraising gala while Matteo served as catering chair. More than $160,000 was raised.

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The elegant and traditional Viennese Ball of Montreal took place recently at the Hotel Marriott Château Champlain under the distinguished patronage of the Austrian Ambassador to Canada Stefan Pehringer, and of the Honorary Consul General of Austria Marc Bissell. Guest of honour was Patrick C…