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Raging with the Grannies — just one of the things she does
Kristine Berey Marguerite Bilodeau doesn’t mind if you ask her how old she is, because, at 77, age is something she celebrates. Bilodeau, who is a member of the Raging Grannies, is set to begin her latest adventure—a 21-day tour, with her guitar and harp in tow, to Rimouski, the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands. She will appear at screenings of Magnus Isacsson’s 2010 film Les Super Memes, in women’s shelters and senior residences, where she will perform upbeat, cheerful songs, many of which she has composed. “Magnus is still very much alive, even if he died two years ago,” Bilodeau says of the beloved documentary filmmaker. She became politically aware years ago, when she protested against Canadian involvement in the Iraq war. “I started getting involved and at each march I would see the Raging Grannies. I asked myself, ‘Am I really raging enough to be with the Raging Grannies?’ You don’t get involved just like that.” A longtime peace activist, she is also a member of Ploughshares and several other social-justice organizations. Working as a nurse in several hospitals for more than 25 years and at Info-Santé for 15 has given Bilodeau solid nurturing skills. Although she began piano lessons at 10, it was only in adulthood that she began to sing to her patients. She learned to play the guitar in her early 40s. Her efforts lessons at 72. Now adept at three instruments, Bilodeau is regularly asked to perform at benefit concerts and other special events in the community. She tailors her programs to her audience, usually playing guitar and singing in French, English or Hebrew. She continues with a piano solo, and inevitably, plays the harp for the greater part of the time. “I’m an explorer,” she says. When not preparing concerts or protesting with the Grannies, Bilodeau, maman to five, granny to 10 and great-grandmother to one, is busy painting and writing. She has had three vernissages and has published several books on her thoughts. “I love performing,” she says. “I’m not shy at all, I love pleasing myself and other people. “But I wasn’t like that before. I think you become that.” Whatever difficulties in her life she may have had, she does not focus on them. In her small, pastel-decorated apartment in Côte des Neiges, surrounded by her instruments, photographs of loved ones and artwork she has created, Bilodeau projects inner peace, serenity and contentment. She says she has found her years past 70 to be an explosion of possibilities. “I believe everything in life happens at the right time, when you’re ready for it.” Hear Marguerite Bilodeau play the Celtic harp at

“I love performing,” says Marguerite Bilodeau, who plays several instruments.

were greatly appreciated not only by patients, but by the staff as well. A television clip of her work with dialysis patients a few years ago shows Bilodeau by the patients’ beds, lightening the discomfort and boredom that can pervade a hospital setting. She does not like to call herself a music therapist, but says she likes to play music as therapy. “The harp is the most therapeutic instrument. It

makes people calm and receptive, takes away anxiety and the masks begin to fall,” she says of the beautiful sound of the Celtic harp, which she discovered when she joined CAMMAC, a summer camp for amateur musicians. It was at CAMMAC that she met her harp teacher and began taking

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The “other” in Quebec politics “Spare us your lessons on values.” marched last month to advocate See their faces and hear their voices for an inclusive Quebec that re- throughout this issue. spects individual rights. People of all faiths walked together Text by Irwin Block, in harmony and said loud and clear: photos by Barbara Moser October 2013 The Senior Times 5

Quebecers’ acquired rights attacked by proposed charter
Irwin Block Last fall, an event took place in Verdun that could be a metaphor for the changing face of Quebec. Nov. 4, 2012, was the last time members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 marched from the local cenotaph—a statue of a First World War soldier—to the Great War Memorial Hall on Verdun St. The legion building, opened in 1929, is now the Verdun Islamic Centre, a busy mosque and community hall for the area’s growing Muslim population. Norman Cornett, a former McGill professor and an expert in Quebec history and nationalist development, cited the mosque as an example of transformation, and the choices we have to make as we debate the proposed Quebec Charter of Values. A changing Quebec “Are we going to fight reality, or are we going to work with it?” he asked. “Ideologues try to make reality fit their agenda. Realists say we’ve got to come to terms with what’s happening. “Why does Quebec have to adopt the Old World attitude and mentality of France, with its colonial past, and impose a severe dress code that would bar public servants from wearing the hijab, turban or kippah?” Although public-opinion surveys indicate support among francophones for the proposal has diminished, there are many, particularly off-island, who favour a secular government devoid of religious symbols.

Cornett said that the Bishops challenged the statement by PQ leaders that the crucifix should remain in the National Assembly because it’s part of Quebec’s heritage. “The crucifix is much more than a heritage object, or a symbol—it is an expression of faith,” Msgr. Noël Simard of Valleyfield said at the time. Like all ideologies, Cornett notes, nationalism can constitute a religion, and in their massive PR campaign, the government underlines its “sacred” mission of advancing Quebec’s higher interests. One ad reads: “Church, Synagogue, Mosque—it’s all sacred.” The next panel adds, “religious neutrality of the state, male-female equality—this is also sacred.” To Cornett, it adds up to a blatant attempt to turn nationalism into a quasi-religious credo, even as the Quebec and Canadian rights charters already guarantee male-female equality.

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The importance of immigrants “Needless to say, the charter campaign will not draw more immigrants to Quebec, which is necessary to maintain our standard of living, since the fertility rate here is below replacement level.” In 2011, Quebecers represented 23 per cent of Canada’s population but over the previous five years was only getting 19 per cent of new permanent residents, according to Statistics Canada. We also are an aging society, he observes: From 2006 to 2011, the proportion of seniors increased faster in It’s not just secularism the Atlantic provinces and Quebec To Cornett, who wrote his PhD than in the rest of Canada. thesis on the thought of nationalist “What the PQ government is historian Lionel Groulx, the pro- doing is a rear-guard action to save posal boils down to another “nation- the day for the francophone Chrisbuilding” measure. tian Quebecers,” Cornett said. It is designed, he says, to implant “Quebec cannot make it without the idea that Quebec is uniquely immigrants. They come as fully French-speaking and its heritage formed human beings, with their uniquely Christian—a monolithic language, ethnicity, gender, religion view of Quebec that may be intensi- and culture, and we’re asking them fied as a result of the review the Parti to divide themselves into nice neat Québécois has ordered of history categories? That is not the human courses at all education levels below condition, which is organic. university. Will the role of linguistic and ethReligion, nationalism nic minorities and aboriginal peoHe says he is most concerned ples be further under-valued? he about the charter’s attack on acasks. quired rights for institutions and He said the formal statement made individuals—the fact that city counlast month by the Assembly of Que- cilors, teachers and hospital workers bec Catholic Bishops condemning already wear kippas, hijabs, turbans the ban on wearing of conspicuous and other visible religious symbols. religious symbols by public servants. Continued on next page

“Secularism wants to create a false dichotomy between religion and culture,” says Professor Norman Cornett (centre).

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“You’ve got a fight on your hands when you try to remove acquired rights that have existed for decades or longer,” Cornett said. To those who see the hijab as a symbol of maledomination, Cornett asks: “Do we assume that because a woman wears a veil that she is not a feminist?” Implementing the impossible “If the state thinks it can come in and say, ‘this is good and this is bad,’ in a post-modern world, the state’s got another thing coming.” PQ advocates are wrong in painting the charter as being in line with the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, when francophone Quebecers had one of the highest fertility rates in the Western world, he said. “The fastest growing groups in Quebec are immigrants and natives,” he notes. Cornett concluded with a quote from German theologian Paul Tillich, who said: “Religion is the substance of culture; culture is the form of religion.” Quebec is going to have a mighty fight on its hands in attacking faith communities by proposing to restrict the expression of their profound beliefs, he predicted. “Secularism wants to create a false dichotomy between religion and culture. It ain’t that easy. In governance, as in medicine, the guiding principle should be Primum non nocere—first do no harm. That should inform the government’s approach to the charter.” Info: 514-256-2483, professor.normancornett@

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What a tangled lease we weave
Legal Ease Joyce Blond Frank
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In 2011, there were changes to the Quebec Civil Code with regard to leases for seniors residences that have affected senior tenants. These changes apply to leases entered into after November 30, 2011, and some changes have resulted in a certain amount of confusion. Some of the questions asked refer to what constitutes a seniors residence, what are the legal obligations of such a residence, how are the lease and its obligatory annex related and how they are to be interpreted, how does one complain and who has the right to complain. The Régie du logement has issued some rulings on these questions. A private residence for seniors is defined by the Health and Social Services Act as all or part of a building occupied by seniors over the age of 65 where the owner offers, besides lodging, at least two of the following services: meals, nursing, personal assistance, domestic aid, security and leisure activities. These services can be included in the rent or paid for separately. A tenant may terminate his lease with two months notice if he can no longer occupy his home because of a handicap or, in the case of a senior, where he is permanently admitted to a residential and long-term care centre or to a private residence where the nursing care and personal assistance services required by his state of health are provided, or to any other lodging facility regardless of its name, where such care and services are provided. The law defines “nursing care” as care that professional nurses and nursing assistants or others are authorized by law to exercise. “Personal assistance services” are defined to include assistance with and supervision of eating, personal hygiene, dressing, locomotion, transferring in and out of bed, or in and out of a chair or a wheelchair, using the toilet or a commode chair, including encouragement to carry out such activities and administering medication; invasive care involved in assistance with activities of daily living or administering medication; and distribution of medication. If the new residence or the particular services do not fall within the definitions set out by the law, the landlord can refuse to honour the two-month notice provision and the tenant who has signed a lease with a residence may be stuck with a lease for two different premises. The two-month notice sent to the landlord by the tenant must be accompanied by a certificate from an authorized person stating that the conditions requiring admission to a residence have been met. The Régie du logement rendered a judgment in January involving the two-month notice provision. The tenant gave his landlord notice, which the landlord refused on the ground that the residence to which the tenant was going was a private residence for seniors that did not fall within the definition provided by the Quebec Civil Code. The Régie had to decide whether the residence did fall within the definition of the code and whether the condition of the tenant required the services provided. The tenant had provided a detailed medical report from his doctor stating he had diabetes with visual complications and that one foot was paralyzed. His state of health made it difficult for him to go out. The doctor said the tenant’s state of health required that he be housed in a residence that offered nursing services and had personal assistance services available. The doctor also listed some of the required services that would protect his patient, prevent his isolation and enhance his quality of life. The Régie decided that the nursing and personal services offered fell within the legal definition and qualified the residence as a seniors residence. It also found that although the tenant had full capacity and was therefore autonomous, his age and health problems meant he required certain services to maintain his quality of life. It went on to say that when we speak of someone’s health, we must take into account not only his physical condition but his mental health. The fact that the tenant would be able to meet with other people and have a social life without having to go out would help both his physical and mental health and help him maintain quality of life. His notice to the landlord was valid and his lease was canceled. What we learn from this case is that the Régie will look carefully at the services provided by the residence and at the needs of the tenant. Most interesting is that the mental health and quality of life of the resident were included in those needs. Next month we will look at private residence leases and how they are being interpreted by the Régie.

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The Times in the ’80s: Letting you in on a few hot issues
Barbara Moser We can’t all be perfect all of the time. Here are two of our biggest bloopers. On the right-hand side of one of our papers printed in the 1980s, there was a half-page box with the words “X ad goes here.” We had sent the film to the printer and somehow it got lost and they printed the page without the ad on it. This can no longer happen because we send everything by computer camera-ready.

The next month I switched to Studio Apostrophe and began working with Brian Topp, who ran for leader of the NDP two years ago. Brian was at the forefront of desktop publishing at the time and had the first MaNow that the Griffith-McConnell cintosh in Montreal that was used to residence is no more I can tell this “typeset” a newspaper”—a machine story: We printed an ad for this resinow only found in museums. It was dence with the following line in small about one foot square, black and print: “Infrared light in all pubic white only, and we could only creplaces.” The director of the residence Top: Our staff in 1988 at The Times of Your Life festival. Below, four of our issues ate simple ads on it and then stick was very unhappy with the mistake from the decade, when the paper was put together strip by strip on a velox. on logos. We had to lay out the pages even though I tried to get her to see as we did at Eli’s. It turned out to be the humour in it. Still, she refused to included some advertising. The ’80s were a time when we only slightly more sophisticated. pay anything for the ad. On this and Exactly one year later, we had to relied on the phone. We had no From our print archives other occasions, I have often thought pay for the venue, so we decided to email and no fax. Advertisers had of what my brother David, who got charge people $2 for the two-day fes- to tell us what they wanted in their Volume 1 No 1 October 1986 me started in the publishing busi- tival. Included were seminars and a ads by phone. It was not impossible Front page headline: ness, often says: “Money comes and piece of a birthday cake large enough to “send a proof,” but it was diffiPower of the Elderly goes but time only goes.” for thousands, not to mention all cult. Advertisers could come to our We knew they had power. We just kinds of freebies, advice from kiosks office to check their ads, but often In 1988, we had our first “Times and workshops. they would see tiny strips of lines didn’t know we shouldn’t call them of Your Life” festival. It was free and Can you guess what happened? We and letters waxed or glued onto a (now us) the elderly. How we, the 5,000 readers showed up at the Delta lost 80 per cent of our participants. I “velox”—shiny paper you could wax boomers, refer to “older people” has definitely changed as we have “aged.” Hotel, who gave us their first floor guess they were insulted by the en- and stick things on. without charge as a promotion that trance fee. We used a lot of couriers in those Oops! The word is now matured … or is it ripened? days. We, the boomers, no longer think since We started in October 1986 with of ourselves as seniors. And we are 1986 a typesetter named Eli Adler who certainly not elderly. Yet, in 1986, Publisher & Managing Editor Journalists Advertising would type out the stories, or his when I was 36, it felt perfectly reaBarbara Moser Kristine Berey, Irwin Block Jodie Alter, Gloria Beigleman, Assistant Editor Sales Manager Shirley Cohen, daughter did, and then run them off sonable to name my newspaper The Kristine Berey Jacquie Soloway-Cons Sandra Schachter on strips from some kind of machine. Senior Times. Copy Editor Hayley Juhl E-mail Printing Hebdo Litho Office Manager Phone 514-484-5033 Little did I know that by the time Does anyone remember what it was Thelma Gearey Website Fax 514-484-8254 called? Then he would have me stand I was over 50 I would not think of Cover photo by Irwin Block To subscribe ($39/year) call 514-484-5033 beside him at the paste-up table, and myself as a senior and that I would Published by Publications Newborn Inc. Contents copyright ©2013. All rights reserved. Legal Deposit: National Library of Canada No. D368087 Dépot légal Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, 1993. Although every caution is taken by Publications Newborn Inc. to moni­ tor call out “Give!” I would fork over the be harassed to change the name advertising in the THE SENIOR TIMES, claims made by advertisers are not necessarily endorsed by Publications Newborn Inc. ad or the story and he would paste or, of my paper to The Mature Times, more accurately, slam, it down in any The Good Times, The Boomer Times, The Golden Times, The Times of your order. That was the layout then!

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The Filipina Association at the Times festival in 1988.

Life, The Times of Montreal, Experienced Montrealers. Each of these were recommended name changes at one time or another. We had some good advice in those days from seniors we interviewed on the subject of companionship in the February 1987 issue. From Joe, then 85, whom we met at the Cummings Centre (then called The Golden Age Association) in 1986, speaking about his relationship with Bessie: “Since I met Bessie, my life has changed a lot. I sold her culture and I got her soul. We give it all we got. When you give it all you got, it can’t be bad. My advice to younger people is to take life easy. Don’t abuse it. Friendship is important. Sex is less important. But if you have a woman, call me up and I’ll still give you a few lessons.” Thanks, Joe!

Amy and Molly watch Mom get made up for the festival.

Issie Abramson and Barbara Moser at Sun Youth.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you who wrote about my mother’s death and how much my article in the September issue, “No family or residence is perfect, but we must try harder,” resonated with you. It helped me to be able to share my feelings. Volume 111, No. 15. 1989 I worried about whether it was Front page headline: too intimate, but then I’ve always Tennis is not a game: it’s a life, expressed myself openly and intisay seniors What else is new? All you have to mately to you and this seemed the do is walk over to the Mount Royal time to continue that tradition. Your letters and comments touched Tennis Club to know that this stateme deeply! ment is still true. ~ Barbara Moser

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Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues
As these lines were being written, formal proceedings began against Gilles Vaillancourt, the ex-mayor and so-called King of Laval, who faces 12 charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. As the highest-profile municipal official to be indicted so far, the case against Vaillancourt and 36 others is symptomatic of the rot that has infected municipal politics in and around Montreal. Our deteriorating infrastructure is a more literal issue of rot, not unconnected with the corruption. We believe these are the main concerns facing voters in the November 3 municipal elections in cities and towns across Quebec. How the various parties and their leaders prepare to deal with them and which is most likely to provide the desired level of honesty and integrity in government should be the ballot questions. Mayoral candidate Denis Coderre,


the former Liberal MP for north-end Bourassa, proposes the creation of an inspector-general to “inquire into and attack cases of corruption.” Coderre has recruited more mem-

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bers of ex-mayor Gérald Tremblay’s Union Montreal than other parties. They include people of quality and integrity who could be effective if a coalition were to be reinstituted as it was when Tremblay quit. Early polls indicate he is the frontrunner, with newcomer Mélanie Joly showing suprising strength. Whoever occupies the mayor’s chair, a coalition approach representing all groups would be ideal. Team Coderre members worthy of support include St. Laurent borough mayor Alan DeSousa, veteran Helen Fotopulos, seeking re-election in Côte des Neiges, and newcomer Ruth Rosenfeld, former president of the Montreal Teachers Association, running in Loyola district. Richard Bergeron’s Projet Montréal has the advantage of never having held power in the central government and has a clean record. This party is the only one that has a real and active membership base, much like the Montreal Citizens Movement in the mid-1970s. In the Plateau Mont Royal borough, where it holds every seat, the administration of borough mayor Luc Ferrandez has set an example of people-first politics. In an area with extremely high density, it has made tremendous strides in enhancing pedestrian safety, creating green spaces, giving priority to local residents and safe bike paths, and ensuring that restaurant and bar terraces do not interfere with pedestrians. It has shown the way in promoting neighbourhood-first policies, the way of the future for our city. Its team deserves re-election and broad support, including Alex Norris, a powerful voice for integrity at city

hall; multi-talented TV personality Marie Plourde, making her first electoral bid; environmentalist Peter McQueen in Notre Dame de Grâce; Mindy Pollack in Outremont, the first Hasidic woman to run for municipal office; affable Jimmy Zoubris, who runs a stationery store on Park, seeking election in downtown PeterMcGill district. Where we disagree with Bergeron is on his party’s proposal to invest $1 billion on the first phase of a tramway. Given problems with fixing our roads, sidewalks, aqueduct and sewage systems, and the challenge of financing our excellent bus and métro system, the tramway dream seems just that for now. Seniors will recall how clogged a tramway can get in a heavy snowstorm. Coalition Montreal leader Marcel Côté, an economist and successful think-tank founder, appears to have the right combination of a strong political program, and people with track records of integrity to implement it. The fact that he conducted research for and gave advice to the Mulroney government does not disqualify him. He does not have Coderre’s folksy charm, he does not share Bergeron’s green dreams, but he seems to have a practical and sober view of policy necessities. He says he would set aside the proposed $2 billion for light-rail system on the Champlain Bridge and the $1-billion downtown-airport rail link and instead focus on fixing existing infrastructure. His team includes city hall veteran Marvin Rotrand, whose honesty and peoplefirst values are beyond reproach, former Liberal MNA Russell Copeman, returning to politics with his bid to become mayor of Côte des Neiges— Notre dame de Grâce borough, and former Vision Montreal stalwarts Louise Harel and Elsie Lefebvre, committed to Quebec sovereignty but effective, honest and committed to the public good. Above all, go out and vote or your complacency will get you the administration you deserve. Montreal voters can cast ballots for three to five candidates: city mayor, borough mayor and one city councilor in your district. Residents in some of the 19 boroughs may vote for one or both candidates for borough council that govern parking and traffic patterns, culture and recreation, snow removal and garbage collection.

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Girls were sisters in tragedy
Kristine Berey In her three books and countless talks to young people and adults, Eva Schloss, 84, has been keeping alive the legacy of the Holocaust. It is not a freely chosen vocation, but rather it became her destiny when her mother married Anne Frank’s father, Otto. The diary Anne left behind when she was in hiding with her family became a poignant and devastating testimony to emerge from the ashes of Auschwitz, and an enduring symbol of the slaughter of innocents. “When we were in Amsterdam, we were the same age, 11, with Anne being two months younger than me,” Schloss said. “We lived opposite each other and all the children played in the big square. I couldn’t speak Dutch, she didn’t speak German, but she took me to her apartment to meet her family. We spent time together but I was a tomboy—a wild child—and she was a sophisticated little girl, interested in boys. She had a sister and I had a brother so boys were no mystery to me.” Anne and Eva had known each other for two years when in July 1942 their families had to go into hiding. Schloss, like Frank, experienced some of the most wrenching moments of the Holocaust, that of being betrayed and put into cattlecars bound for Auschwitz. “It was a horrific journey, yet I have a special memory of it because it was the last time we were together as a family.” Schloss remembers her father telling her and her brother to always wash their hands, even though they knew where they were going and what it meant. “When we realized we were going to Auschwitz, we thought our last hour on Earth had come.” Immediately upon arrival people were put through the infamous selection process, where a wave of the hand indicated whether an adult or child was chosen to live or die.

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“I was very lucky to get through. “Many, who were smaller or looked too Jewish or pale, did not survive.” Schloss says the guards told the prisoners right away “with pleasure” what the smoke from the chimneys meant. “In our train we were 80. Half disappeared. Everybody knew what was going on. They didn’t have to do it, they were indoctrinated, they were told, ‘These people you have to kill are not human beings, they are guilty of all our suffering in the First World War, inflation, poverty, they took away all our dignity, it is all their fault, we have to get rid of them’.” Growing up, Schloss saw Otto consumed by the desire to keep Anne’s memory alive. She began speaking in public in the 1970s when she heard of the boat people fleeing Vietnam. “I said, ‘The world doesn’t care again.’ People are killed for no reason. It happens all the time. This is the sad thing, that people have not learned anything, but I still have hope that in the future, as many survivors talk to young people, when these people become adults, they will remember the message and will come to their senses.” Eva Schloss speaks October 10 at 7:30 pm, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, 120 Côte St. Antoine. 514-733-2221 x 236.

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Israeli hotline that aids women supported by Canadian group
Irwin Block “Ruthi” belongs to an ultra-Orthodox Israeli community. After suffering for eight years with an abusive husband, she turned to a 24-hour hotline serving the country’s most vulnerable people. It was an act of desperation, not without huge consequences, including the possible loss of custody of her children, Orit Sarfaty told 90 people at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom last month. Sarfaty is executive director of the New Israel Fund Canada. Ruthi feared the consequences, since “a rabbi might interpret a women’s shelter that does not follow Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) religious edicts as taking those children away from a Jewish lifestyle,” Thanks to the information she received, Ruthi was put in touch with a shelter that accommodates the Haredi lifestyle. The location of the shelter is strictly confidential. The hotline Ruthi called is among the services the New Israel Fund of Canada supports. It is available to all sub-cultures and responds in more graphic concern is the exponential growth of the ultra-Orthodox population in towns like Beth Shemesh, which was built as a modern Orthodox community. A teenage girl was recently harassed by the ultra-Orthodox because they alleged she was dressed immodestly. Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, reminded the audience that the minority in Israel is “the Palestinians, and they have their own fears about the future.” Panelist Mira Sucharov, a Carleton University political science professor, cited the case of the town of Upper Nazareth, where Mayor Shimon Gaspo, running for re-election, refuses to build an Arab school for the 20 per cent of the town who are not Jewish. They have to travel to Nazareth below, the largest Arab town in Israel. He then wrote in Ha’aretz, “Yes— I’m not afraid to say it out loud, to write it and add my signature, or declare it in front of the cameras— Upper Nazareth is a Jewish city and it’s important that it remains so.”
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newer throw-away model. Fix ‘R’ Us is a friendly West Island repair depot. They offer free estimates, and here’s an abbreviated list of what these guys with golden hands can repair: all makes and models of TVs, vacuum cleaners (they sell bags, too), coffee makers, car audio systems, cellphone screens and musical equipment including keyboards, amplifiers and sound systems and so much more. The best deal here is the watch battery replacement for $4. 4791 Sources. 514-421-1349 Radio St. Hubert has been open for more than 45 years, selling TVs, DVDs, sound systems, radios. Once you have bought something here, they do not forget about you—there is an in-store repair and installation department to take care of your purchases. This business has survived with old-fashioned, patient customer service and salespeople who have been there a long time. Major brand names are stocked, such as Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp, JVC, Elite, Pioneer. They carry such brand-name speakers as Paradigm, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Wharfedale, Dali, Era and Epos, as well as sound equipment by Creek, Elite, Cyrus, Integra, Harmon Kardon, Myryad, Sunfire, Sugden and Anthem. Look for Tivoli, shortwave and satellite dishes by Illico and Bell Express View. 6278 St. Hubert 514-276-1413, Handbag Repair Company is in the business of repairing handbags, briefcases, luggage (all airline claims), umbrellas and zippers (even on coats) and will order discounted luggage (Delsey, Westjet, Samboro, Bugatti, Mancini, Swiss Army, Victorinox, Jaguar and knapsacks). 5479 Décarie. 514-486-2028 The folks at Cordonnerie Westmount in Westmount Square have mastered the art of repairing high-end shoes—Louboutin, Jimmy Choos, Stuart Weitzman and Gucci—but can also fix regular brands. The owner’s skills were learned from an uncle, a master shoemaker, and he was taught how to fix vintage bags, rips from dog bites and broken heels. You can have your high heels raised or lowered, purses can be repaired, bags, jackets and shoes can be redyed and boots that are too wide can be put on a diet. Products for shoe maintenance can be found on the shelves, as well as non-slip grips for traction— this is Canada after all. 1 Westmount Square, at Ste. Catherine: 514-939-9729; 367 Arthur Sauvé in St. Eustache: 450-623-6201

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How to reap a great investment harvest
Financial Fitness Deborah Leahy
Harvest season may not mean that much to you if you don’t work in agriculture. Nonetheless, you can learn a lot from those who do—especially in your role as an investor. “Feed” your portfolio. Through the proper combination of fertilizers and irrigation, farmers maximize the growth of their crops. If you want to give your portfolio the opportunity to grow, you need to feed it with the right mix of investments. This means you’ll need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented vehicles, such as stocks and stockbased securities. Keep in mind that these types of investments will fluctuate, sometimes sharply. Be patient. Crops don’t grow overnight. Farmers know that they will put in countless hours of work before they see the fruits of their labours. And they know that, along the way, they will probably experience setbacks caused by a variety of issues: too much rain, too little rain, insect infestations—the list goes on and on. When you invest, you shouldn’t expect to “get rich quick”—and you can expect to experience obstacles in the form of bear markets, economic downturns, changes in legislation and so forth. Continuing to invest for the long term and focusing more on long-term results than short-term success can help you as you work toward your objectives. Respond to your investment “climate.” Farmers can’t control the weather, but they can respond to it. So, for example, when it’s been dry for a long time, they can boost their irrigation. As an investor, you can’t control the economic “climate,” but you can make adjustments. If all signs point to rising long-term interest rates, which typically have a negative effect on long-term bond prices, you may need to consider reducing your exposure, at least for a while, to these bonds. Diversify. Farmers face a variety of risks, including bad weather and fluctuating prices. They can help combat both threats through diversification. For instance, they can plant some crops that are more drought-resistant than others, so they won’t face complete ruin when the rains don’t fall. As an investor, you should diversify; if you only owned one type of financial asset, and that asset class took a big hit, you could sustain large losses. Spreading your dollars among an array of investments— stocks, bonds, cash and other vehicles—may help reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. Relatively few of us toil in the fields to make our living. But by understanding the challenges of those who farm the land, we can learn some techniques that may help us nurture our investments.

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The terrible beauty of Thunder Mountain, Nevada
Hayley Juhl “It’s barely even off the highway,” road-trip navigator Melani vowed. “And I promise you, it’ll be worth it. Roadside Attractions says Bruce Springsteen found it by accident and was inspired to write Thunder Road.” It was hot in the desert and we had a long road to Salt Lake City. But I was in love with Nevada, so I agreed to pull off the highway and I didn’t do more than cock my eyebrow toward her when we were suddenly rolling onto a dirt and gravel road. I was about to ask her how far we were intending to go on a road that might eat us when I saw the first sign that we had arrived: A life-size figure of some sort of nightmare glaring at us from the side of the road—a warning us away, it looked like. “The hell—?” I started, but we were still rolling, and more figures appeared. I don’t know how I hadn’t seen them coming, since there isn’t a lot other than horizon in that part of the state, but each figure, then each building came as a surprise to me. I don’t know the last time someone would happen. The skeleton of what would become a two-hectare commune of sorts was a one-room trailer Van Zandt covered in concrete to create a bottle house—the sort of thing you can find here and there all over the continent. But his bottle house has a message: On and around it are figures depicting the myriad tragedies American aboriginals suffered at the hands of white settlers and politicians. “I built that one place and I thought it was enough,” Van Zandt told the Salt Flat News in 1975. “Only I couldn’t get away.” When the owner of the land offered it to him for a song, what could he do but stay? Thunder Mountain and Van Zandt—who came to call himself Chief Rolling Thunder Mountain— attracted a variety of artists, lonesome souls and hippies through the ’60s and ’70s. The artist’s son says of him: “He had the charismatic personality that could have made him the next Jim Jones.” Rather he appeared to be a gentle man who thrived on art and company.
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had taken that road, but there was a small parking area near an opening in the fence that surrounded this ghost town. And I mean ghost in the literal sense. The signs said “Enter at your own risk” and “Caution: Must wear shoes. Broken glass and sharp objects on ground” and “No admittance after dark,” as though anyone in their right mind would want to be there

after dark. Thunder Mountain Monument was the brainchild of Frank Van Zandt, a Creek nation Second World War vet, pastor and theology student, sheriff ’s deputy and private eye who retired to this barren piece of land in the late ’60s. The story he told was that his truck broke down and he was called to the sacred ground; every time he tried to leave, something bad

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Photos by Hayley Juhl

The Salt Flats and the first transcontinental phone line Not far from Thunder Mountain are the mysterious Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. It looks like it has just snowed here, but it’s 40C on the blacktop and the highway cuts through 100 square kilometres of salt fields. Midway through the Flats is the place where, in 1914, the last wires were spliced to join East and West in the country’s first transcontinental phone line.

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There were always people living at Thunder Mountain. Though they weren’t required to work, most did. Those who didn’t had just one rule: Don’t bother the people who are working. Van Zandt wanted only people who would “aspire to the pure and radiant heart” to live with him in his “medicine society.” As a group and under the direction of Chief Rolling Thunder Mountain, they gathered roadside debris, other people’s junk and tons of concrete to build homes and monuments and strange life-size poetry. Of the future of society at large, he told the Salt Flat News, “But we’re headed right into intellectual poverty that’s worse than being on any reservation or worse than being in any prison, because you can’t break out of it. It’s a voluntary intellectual enslavement such as that federal barbed wire fence out there.” But eventually the hippies grew up, got jobs and moved on. Van Zandt’s wife left him, too, taking the last of his children with her. The art began to crumble. One of the outbuildings burned. In 1987, he took his own life, leaving Thunder Mountain in the hands of brutal weather and vandals. It would be years before his son Dan would pick up the mantle and begin to turn Van Zandt’s vision back into something truly remarkable rising out of the dust of the desert for travellers like us to find. Thunder Mountain Monument, off the I80 near Imlay, Nevada, is protected with wire fencing—it’s more a suggestion to vandals that they’d best stay away. Through the gate, there is a covered area with a lockbox for donations ($2 suggested per family, but who can resist stuffing a little extra in there?). Visit,
Photo: Kevin Burkholder

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Condo living

Our guide to senior living

Jardins West Park Gardens Condominiums de Luxe
Phone: 514-576-6360 Concrete building with elevator, wood floors and 9’ ceilings, large windows, granite counters, indoor parking & locker included. Close to all services and commodities Price: Starting at $289,000 (Tax incl.)

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11131 Meighen, Pierrefonds

Phone: 514-683-5353 Email: Website: Contact: Navin Somani Capacity: 3 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 1/2 condos Included: elevator, large balconies, indoor parking, storage locker Nearby: Roxboro train station, IGA, church, amenities within walking distance, waterfront, located on quiet cul-de-sac Price: call for details

Phone: 514-926-0808 or 514-364-1114 Website: Contact: Mike Giampaolo Capacity: 5 Studios: 3 ½, 4 ½, & Penthouse Long & short term rentals available Nearby: Angrignon metro, Angrignon Park, Carrefour Angrignon, 15 mins to downtown, easy access to highway 20. Included: Interior parking and storage. Indoor pool, fitness room with sauna. Stainless steel appliances. Price: Starting from $1,095

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Lanthier Royal Apartments
321 Lanthier Ave, Pointe-Claire
Phone: 514-695-5253 Email: Website: Contact: Madeleine St. Jean Capacity: 108 apartments Included: air-conditioning, electricity, hot water, heating, stove, fridge, dishwasher Services: resident manager on site, 24hr emergency number available Nearby: all the conveniences, golf, park Activities: outdoor pool Pets: no Price: 2-bedroom $1,319

Phone: 514-694-8383 Fax: 514-782-1304 Email: Contact: General manager, Sylvie Picard Capacity: 530 units (1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5) Care: Autonomous and special care floor Security: Surveillance camera, alarm and sprinklers Medical: Doctor weekly, registered nurse, license pratical nurse 7 days, caregivers 7 days Nearby: Lakeshore hospital, Statcare Clinic, shopping Services: Pharmacist, medical with appt. minibus, hair salon, parking Activities: Outings, fitness, theme dinners, dance, seminars, wood shop, gardening Food: Dining room with table service (lunch and supper) 3 meals per day on care floor Housekeeping: Weekly Pets: No Religious services: Catholic mass, protestant service

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Villa Beaurepaire

Phone: 514-823-2325 Contact: Sylvain Poupart Email: Website: Capacity: 50- Studios, 3 1/2, 4 1/2 Clientele: autonomous, semi-autonomous Nearby: Beaurepaire Village, bus, Lake St. Louis Services: Building manager, activity coordinator, laundry rooms, outdoor terraces, parking, storage, security cameras and emergency call numbers Food: 5 meals per week, dining room Included: Electricity, heating, basic cable, maintenance, elevator, balcony Price: $1,130 to $1,720 (Rent subsidies available)

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Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
Phone: 514-380-7436 (24 hour voicemail) Fax: 514-380-2100 Email: Website: Apartments: Studios 3 ½, 4 ½ Services: Indoor/outdoor parking ($), community room, laundry room ($) Nearby: Metro/bus,CLSC, pharmacy, shopping, banks Pets: Allowed Price: From $656 Each location varies, please call us for more information.

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Confusion in defining autonomy
Researching a definition for autonomy in seniors, I became more confused with each confusing article. This is a difficult subject with no clear answers. Residences offer different levels of care, including autonomous, autonomous with services, assisted living and full nursing care. Each residence has its own definition of each. I accompanied Mr. Jones and his family to three different residences. We were equipped with medical reports regarding his abilities and need for assistance. Each residence suggested a different type of living arrangement, from autonomous living with added services, to an assisted-living floor. The care level for Mr. Jones, although presented to all three residences in the same way, was rated differently depending on how the residence was

Let’s Talk About It Bonnie Sandler, BS.W.
designed in relation to services offered. Some residences include three meals a day and housekeeping as part of their autonomous package. Other services, such as medication distribution or laundry, are offered à la carte for an extra charge. This type of residence may not be well suited for a senior still interested in doing some cooking or who might be out during designated meal times. On the flip side, there are residences that offer an apartment in a safe environment with security, call bells and activities, but do not include meals or housekeeping. Other services can be purchased à la carte. However, if you are only planning on making yourself coffee and toast in the morning, and having the other two meals in the residence’s dining room, it may be more cost effective to look at a residence with a full meal package. For a family visiting residences without an adviser, this can be overwhelming. Meeting with leasing agents (or lifestyle co-ordinators, as they are often called) can be confusing. For me, the bottom line is care. I am not concerned about the definition of the level of care, but whether my client’s needs will be addressed fully, whether he will only be paying for services he desires and/or requires, and if the residence provides him with his level of comfort in terms of such amenities as a dépanneur, garden, movie theatre, lounges and such. While these may exist in a residence and are impressive, the point with Mr. Jones is whether he will make use of any of them. Don’t get caught up in how the residence presents what they view as an appropriate level of service. Prepare a list of the needs and desires you are seeking. It is about finding the best one suited to the person, not the one your friend thinks is a great residence because their aunt is happy there.

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Montreal residences

Fulford Residence
Phone: 514-933-7975 Fax: 514-933-3773 Email: Website: Contact: Marie-France Lacoste Capacity: 38 Care: independent, assisted living, CHSLD Security: alarms, call bells, camera Medical: doctor 2 days/wk & on call, nurse 7 days/wk Nearby: Guy-Concordia metro, CLSC, pharmacy Services: hairdresser, manicure, foot care Activities: bingo, outings, music, exercise, speakers, painting, games, crafts Food: 3 meals a day, plus tea and snacks Housekeeping: daily, laundry included Chapel: Catholic and Anglican on site Price: $2,395-$3,190

Place Kensington

1221 Guy, Montreal

Phone: 514-935-1212 Fax: 514-989-1009 Email: Contact: Pamela Hendy or Sylvia Zagury Capacity: 180 units Medical: doctor on call, nurse 24/7 Care: autonomous, light care, assisted living Security: alarms, call bells, monitors, sprinklers, doorman Nearby: metro, CLSC, pool, plaza, MVH, RVH, JGH, stores, churches, synagogues Services: physiotherapist, pharmacist, manicure, hairdresser, podiatrist Activities: concerts, aquafit, games, sports room, movies, lectures, outings, etc. Food: 3 meals a day Housekeeping: weekly, laundry facilities Chapel: all denominations Price: $3,200 -$6,000

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Manoir King David

Phone: 514-486-1157 Fax: 514-486-1837 Email: Contact: Anna Mylonas Capacity: 120 Care: autonomous, light care, assisted living, convalescence, respite, short/long stay Security: 24/7 care-aide at reception desk, call bells, surveillance cameras, monitors Medical: doctor weekly, clinic on site, nurses have direct line to doctor Mon.-Fri., RNAs & care aides 7 days a week Nearby: CLSC, pharmacy, shopping, library, banks, park Services: hairdresser, podiatrist, massage therapist Activities: exercise, lectures, movies, bridge, gardening, live music, outings, shuttle for shopping Food: 3 meals a day, afternoon tea daily Housekeeping: daily, laundry included Chapel: synagogue on site Price: $1,875-$2,800

5555 Trent, Côte St Luc

Résidence L’Alto

Phone: 514-747-6776 Fax: 514-747-9878 Email: Contact: Alain Lanctot Capacity: 220 apartments Care: autonomous, semi-autonomous, convalescence Security: call bells, alarms, 24hr surveillance, magnetic cards, cameras Medical: nurse’s aide 40h/week; doctor on site twice a month, personnel 24/7 Nearby: CLSC, hospital, pharmacy, library, metro, churches Services: manicure, pedicure, hairdresser Activities: staff animator, outings, games Onsite: dining room, garden, swings, Internet café, pool table, house cinema Housekeeping: included every 15 days Pets: no dogs allowed Price: from $910-$1,995 (incl. heating, electricity, phone, cable TV)

1700 St Louis, Ville St. Laurent

Montclair Residence

Phone: 514-481-5638 Fax: 514-481-2973 Email: Contact: Vicky Stewart Capacity: 50 Care: assisted living Security: alarms, call bells, monitors, staff 24/7 Medical: doctor weekly, nurses 7 days Nearby: metro, CLSC, library, shops Services: foot care clinic, hairdresser, pharmacist, manicure, pedicure Activities: outings, exercise, speakers Food: 3 meals a day Housekeeping: weekly, laundry included Chapel: Catholic & Protestant on site Pets: birds and rabbits Price: $1,900-$2,400

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Loving Care Nursing Home
Phone: 514-344-8496 Contact: Elaine Capacity: 5 Care: autonomous Security: security alarm Medical: doctor, nurse on call Nearby: CLSC, hospital, pharmacy Services: hairdresser Activities: animator, games, outings Food: 3 meals a day & snacks Housekeeping: included weekly Pets: no

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Westhill Residence

6332 Sherbrooke W., Montreal


Phone: 514-485-3030 Fax: 514-485-2932 Contact: Mario Poliziani Capacity: 18-24 Care: autonomous, semi-autonomous, short term/ long term, assisted living, care, convalescence, respite Security: monitors, fire alarms, call bells, alarms Medical: doctor consultation monthly, nurses aides 24/7 Hospital: 20-25 km Nearby: metro, bus, CLSC, pharmacy, pool, library, mall Services: physiotherapist, podiatrist, hairdresser, manicure/pedicure Activities: outings, exercise, music, games Food: 3 meals a day included Housekeeping: daily, (personal laundry service available), laundry included for bedding/towels only Religious services: facilities nearby A/C: included - Price: $2,300-$3,300

5300 Côte Saint-Luc Rd, Montreal

Phone: 514-483-5300, ext. 552 or 545 Contact: Jean-René Beaudet Studios & Suites: 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 1/2 Care: from independent to assisted living, apartments to care unit, housekeeping available Nearby: bus/metro, CLSC, mall, convenience store, Monkland Village Services: free queuing services for all, 3 meals, indoor parking, depanneur/pharmacist, hairdresser, esthetician, massage therapist, bistro/bar, dining room, billiard and multi-purpose rooms, cinema, pool/ spa/fitness center, green roof top terrace Activities: outings, exercise, music, crafts, games, bingo, entertainment, aquafit, movies, conferences Included: 1 or 2 bathrooms, A/C, cable Price: Starting $1,400

Place St. Moritz

Phone: 514-855-5552 Fax: 514-798-0649 Email: Contact: Liana Irimias, manager Capacity: 224 appartments Care: 23 units Security: video surveillance 24/7 Medical: weekly, doctor, nurses 24/7 Nearby: CLSC St. Laurent, Côte Vertu Métro Services: hairdresser, cleaning store, manicure, pedicure, foot care nurse Activities: exercises, concerts, conferences, outings Food: 2 meals a day Housekeeping: every second week, laundry upon request Chapel: on site Pets: not allowed Price: starting at $1,195

1055 Blvd. de la Côte Vertu, St. Laurent

Phone: 514-337-0000 Fax: 514-334-7422 Email: Contact: The management team Capacity: 103 apartments Care: autonomous & semi-autonomous Security: call bells, electronic surveillance, live-in managers Nearby: Place Vertu Shopping Center Services: hairdresser, manicure & pedicure Activities: activity director, games, outings,speakers, live entertainment weekly Food: 3 meals daily Housekeeping: weekly housekeeping & linens Religious services: Jewish Holidays & observances Pets: Pets welcome Price: Inquire within Join Us for a complimentary Lunch call 514-337-0000

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Manoir Westmount

Phone: 514-937-3943 Fax: 514-937-3946 Email: Contact: Gina D’Angelo Capacity: 125 Care: autonomous Security: 24hr receptionist/security Medical: 24hr health care professional Nearby: CLSC, hospital, shopping, pharmacy, banks Services: podiatrist, manicure, pedicure, hairdresser, bank Activities: full time animator, games, outings, concerts, speakers Food: 3 meals a day included Housekeeping: included daily Chapel: all denominations Price: from $1,850

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west island residences

Château Dollard

Phone: 514-685-4444 Fax: 514-685-2460 Contact: Gina Luci or Teresa Poce Care: semi-autonomous, assisted living, Alzheimer’s, nursing care, respite Security: alarms, call bells, camera, sprinklers Medical: doctor weekly, PABS, RNAs 24/7 Nearby: bus, CLSC, mall, hospital 10 km Inhouse amenities: gym, library, tuck shop, theatre, shuttle bus, activity room Services: hairdresser, manicure/pedicure Activities: recreational coordinator, outings, exercise, music, bingo, entertainment Food: 3 meals/day plus 2 snacks Housekeeping: weekly included Chapel: Catholic, Protestant on site Price: $2,100 - $4,700

1055 Tecumseh, D.D.O.

Chartwell Le Wellesley retirement residence
Phone: 514-697-7331 Fax: 514-697-7654 Email: Contact: Viviane Meslage (Leasing Manager) Capacity: 158 units Care: independent living, nursing supervision and care services Security: call bells, alarms, 24hr cameras Medical: weekly doctor visits; nursing care, 7 days Nearby: CLSC, hospital, pharmacy, library, mall Services: manicure, pedicure, hairdresser Activities: animator, outings, games, speakers Food: personalized packages Housekeeping: included Chapel: transportation to Sunday services

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Résidences Symphonie West Island

Phone: 514-695-6695 Fax: 514-695-7754 Email: Website: Contact: Community relations coordinator Capacity: 292 suites Care: independent, assisted living, dementia care Medical: 24/7 nurses Onsite: cinema, bowling, shuttle, pool, fitness centre, library, boutique Nearby: shopping mall, pharmacy, grocery store Services: hairdresser, indoor parking, luxurious spa Activities: animator, outings, exercise, music, games, movie theatre, bowling Food: 3 meals a day, snacks 24/7, flexible meal options Housekeeping: weekly, laundry facilities Chapel: non-denominational on site A/C: included Pets: pets allowed Price: Starting at $1,999

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Les Résidences Persaud Inc.

Phone: 514-695-1458, 514-299-8164 Email: Contact: Cindy Persaud Capacity: 9 Care: autonomous, semi-autonomous, short/long term, assisted living, light care, convalescence, respite Security: fire alarms Medical: doctor and nurse monthly Nearby: bus, pharmacy, CLSC, mall, library Services: hairdresser, podiatrist Activities: outings, exercise, music, crafts, games, bingo Food: 3 meals a day Housekeeping: daily, laundry included Chapel: Catholic, Presbyterian, United nearby Pets: cats allowed A/C: included

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Château Pierrefonds
Phone: 514-626-2300 Fax: 514-696-8910 Email: Contact: Monique or Pierre Laplante Capacity: 119 Care: autonomous, semi-autonomous, short/long term, assisted living, light care, convalescence, respite, Alzheimer’s Security: call bells, security alarms, cameras Medical: doctor/wk, nursing staff 7 days a week, 24hr nurse’s aide Nearby: bus, CLSC, pool, pharmacy, library Services: hairdresser, manicure, pedicure, banking, bathing assistance Activities: animator, outings, exercise, music, games, pet therapy (visiting pets) Food: 3 meals a day, plus 2 snacks Housekeeping: daily, weekly Chapel: Catholic on site, Anglican nearby Price: from $2,050

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Horowitz has made a career of challenging prevailing notions
Irwin Block Former Montrealer Gad Horowitz is a rare example of a public intellectual who established his brilliance in one field, then shifted to several others in a continuing exploration of ideas and their effect on society. Those who know Horowitz, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto, will be pleased to learn that a new book has been published focusing on his life and intellectual contributions as a radical thinker in Canadian political culture, psychoanalysis, Buddhism, Judaic scholarship and his latest passion, general semantics. The book is called Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz, edited by Shannon Bell and Peter Kulchyski (University of Toronto Press, 376 p., $59.50). It contains an editors’ introduction, 14 articles by a variety of scholars, and three recent essays by Horowitz. Most of the contributors are political scientists, but others are specialists in aboriginal, Jewish and women’s studies, and philosophy. As the editors note, Horowitz’s analyses in such Gad Horowitz argues that there is a significant “Tory” diverse fields “demonstrate a range of concerns or “pre-liberal” remnant in Canada. and nuance that defy our encapsulations … they reflect Gad’s rigour and lively curiosity: Gad the Gad Horowitz achieved a modicum of fame in scholar constructing painstaking arguments as a intellectual and political circles as a result of his public intellectual and as our rabbi of high theory.” doctoral thesis at Harvard and his adaptation of the pioneering work of Harvard professor Louis Horowitz’s public persona is summarized in a Hartz. question-and-answer session, followed by a more I first met Horowitz and learned about Hartz as biographical look at his life by Nelson Wiseman, his student in a 1965-66 course on U.S. politics a University of Toronto political scientist and fre- at McGill. Later, Horowitz and I met and became quent CBC commentator. friends in Toronto. Horowitz was born in 1936 in Palestine, then In his groundbreaking Canadian Labour in Poliunder a British mandate from the League of Na- tics (University of Toronto Press, 1968), Horowtions, and emigrated with his parents to North itz challenged the then-prevailing notion that America, living in a variety of cities. After earning the Liberal and Conservative parties were virtual a political-science bachelor’s at Winnipeg’s United replicas of the “non-ideological” American DemCollege, he obtained a master’s at McGill and PhD ocrats and Republicans. at Harvard. Horowitz used Hartz’s “fragment theory” of poThe Horowitz family was well known in Jewish litical cultures in the New World in proposing a and academic circles. The family patriarch, Rabbi major new interpretation. Horowitz argued that Aaron Horowitz, was a key figure in founding there was a significant “Tory” or “pre-liberal” Camp Massad in Canada, North America’s first remnant in Canada, and that explains at least in Hebrew-speaking summer camp, which pro- part why a “vibrant and legitimate socialist tradimoted cultural Zionism. tion” emerged in Canada, but did not the same One brother, Yigal, is professor emeritus of extent as in the U.S. physics at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, As he put it in the book, in contrast to the U.S. while a second, Asher, is a political science prof at with its dominant liberal tradition and revoluYork University in Toronto. tionary underpinnings, English Canada is “a liberal fragment” with significant Tory and socialist touches. Our political culture includes what might appear to be an oxymoron to some, the “red Tory” stream in Canada that Horowitz helped delineate. The late senator Eugene Forsey and George Grant, author of Lament for a Nation, are examples of Canadians who accepted some socialist principles, or were critical of capitalist excesses (red), while adhering to such instruments of traditional authority as the Crown and constitution (Tory). Horowitz shifted his attention in the late 1960s to psychology and psychotherapy, writing Repression: Basic and Surplus Repression in Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud, Reich and Marcuse (University of Toronto Press, 1977). With his broad range of interests, the issue of repression was not entirely new to Horowitz. While at McGill, he invited German theorist Herbert Marcuse to speak at the university, before Marcuse achieved broader acclaim. (One of his best-known students was American radical Angela Davis.) Repression became a transcendent theme, since it clashed with the libertarian explosion of political and sexual liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. His fascination with the work of Alfred Korzybski, the Polish–American philosopher who developed general semantics, also is discussed by some of the contributors. Horowitz attributes his interest to Korzybski’s central thesis—that civilization is “unsane” and is best understood by co-operative teaching and learning. That means listening and seeking to achieve a deeper understanding by engaging with whom one disagrees. As Horowitz notes, this school went out of favour in the late 1960s in part as a result of the polarization engendered by the Vietnam war. It was a time of advocacy journalism and the academic engagé. As the editors say, throughout his search Horowitz remains a subversive: “He never forgets the indignities and the fundamental injustice of poverty that the established order rests upon and continually reinscribes.” And yet, he also “never forgets the destabilizing force and uncontainable pleasure of certain forms of laughter.” The book should help solidify Horowitz’s place among Canada’s most prominent thinkers.

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Filmmaker shines a light on a tragic time in Quebec history
Kristine Berey For those who lived through it, the October Crisis of 1970 is a disturbing memory. The federal government’s imposition of the War Measures Act that saw close to 500 citizens arrested and held without charge still bitterly divides Quebecers. When Front de libération du Québec leader Paul Rose died last March, he was praised as a hero by some, while others called him a murderer for his part in the death of cabinet minister Pierre Laporte, a crime for which he served 11 years in prison. Film director Alain Chartrand’s father, union activist Michel Chartrand, was imprisoned for four months. “Overnight, no one had any civil rights—unacceptable in a democratic society,” recalled Chartrand in an interview conducted in French. His recently released film, La maison du pêcheur, recounts events that took place 14 months before the kidnapping of Laporte. “It was a shock, a trauma for Quebec society. That’s why no one wants to hear about it.” The film, set in the panoramic village of Percé, recounts the meeting of the future FLQ members who kidnapped Laporte: Bernard Lortie, a young uneducated and naive fisherman desperately searching for employment, and Paul and Jacques Rose and Francis Simard, who came to Percé to set up a space in which to politicize the townspeople. “The events unfolding in the film are not commonly known even by Quebec historians, nor taught in school,” Chartrand said. Two previous films on the October Crisis, Les Ordres by Michel Brault on the arrests and Octobre by Pierre Falardeau on Laporte’s ordeal, did not explain who these people were, Chartrand said. “They were 22 to 24 years old, idealists, indépendantists, pacifists who were against placing bombs and terrorist acts. They became terrorists because there was a breakdown at Percé and they found themselves outside the law when the relationship between them and the townspeople degenerated. They were refused a permit to operate, were attacked physically and told to leave.” Only the romantic elements in the story were fictionalized, Chartrand said. The film, told through Lortie’s eyes, ends with the four abandoning their plans for social animation and Lortie deciding to follow the Roses and Simard. “He does not know what he is getting into,” Chartrand said. Except for the beginning, the film is shot in black and white to convey what Chartrand calls the “black misery” of poverty that existed among the villagers, with a reminder that among the 13 ethnic groups in Quebec at the time, only aboriginals were poorer than the French Canadians. The film has received mixed reviews: “When you touch upon important moments in history, you have to expect criticism.” He sees a parallel between the angry youth of the time and protesters wearing red squares today. “Most of those who placed bombs during the crisis were uneducated, angry, they were unemployed and poor with families to support. The Carré Rouges did not place bombs, they don’t have the same behaviour, or use the same tools. But many among them are like Paul Rose: they want to communicate and express their values. Their protest was not just about tuition hikes, it was about taking their place in society, and not having universities beholden to corporations. Like his father, he sees the PQ as capitalist; he leans toward socialism. “Before it was the English who wanted money in their pockets, now it is the French. It reflects a certain mentality.” October 2013 The Senior Times 37

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Barbara Moser I was looking for a chance to relax after a hard day teaching at Dawson when I walked into Le Caveau de Szechuan with Irwin and my daughter Molly. It was about 6:30 on a quiet Wednesday evening and the scene at Le Caveau de Szechuan on Monkland at Hampton was perfect. I usually don’t like music playing in restaurants because it can be too aggressive and jarring. The classical music greeting us was lovely and soothing. So was the décor, done in mauve with flowers, Buddhas and a mural along one wall. We sat by the windows overlooking the street and immediately decided we liked the feeling of the place. Since Molly and I are vegetarians, we decided to try the General Tao tofu and broccoli ($9.50). Irwin chose the Singapore noodles ($10.95) with giant shrimp and chicken. We all had a bowl of delicious hot and sour soup ($3 each) and shared a starter of steamed dumplings with A complete quarter chicken meal... now that’s an extraordinary deal!

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For 10 days beginning November 7, film buffs will have a unique chance at a sneak preview of French films that have not yet or may never be widely released, subtitled in English. Founded in 1995 by Maidy Teitelbaum, the 19th edition of Cinemania film festival will open with Le Passé (The Past) by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, a film that has just been shown at the Cannes competition. Starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), it tells the story of a dark family secret within a fractured family. The closing film is Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski. In this powerful, realist suspense drama, Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Tahar Rahim portray lovers engaged in an illicit passion within the context of the risks of radiation exposure among itinerant blue-collar

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people of all faiths marched against the proposed values charter September 29
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he last two weeks in July marked our fourth trip to the islands. “What’s so great about these islands?” our friends ask. “Aren’t they all the same?” Each island is an adventure. Each island, depending on size, has its own vibe, main town or two and beaches, most of them a bus ride away. Sometimes the port is right next to the beach. We’ve been to about 25 Greek islands and we know exactly what works for us: lots of accommodations to choose from, not too touristy or popular, an Old City to explore, calm water (waveless if possible, which usually means a bay), sand instead of rocks, both in the water and out, and feeling on our third day that we’re welcomed as friends, not tourists. What are the lines from the song? “Where everybody knows your name …” We like to discover a favourite restaurant that we will want to return to at least twice, an inexpensive to mid-range hotel (30-50 euro) on or near the beach, and a café or bakery where we can play chess, read, get shade from the midday heat, chat with a fellow traveller, or just soak up the moments. Some islands, like Syros, beg you to return because there is no island like it, with its narrow streets parallel to the bay, gaggle of locals sipping coffee and watching the boats come in, and

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My daughter Molly says Santorini is a dream island in October, but we can’t travel in October, though it’s definitely cheaper in the off-season. However, the water may not be as warm, the weather less than perfect, and some of the hotels and restaurants are already closed for winter. Then there is Mykonos. Beautiful, yes, but you are charged $5 for a coffee, simply because, as one vendor put it, “This is Mykonos.” Kos is a party island and very touristy but it has the advantage of being very close to Turkey and being a hub for the ferries. We try to avoid it. Being big is not necessarily bad. Naxos, Lesvos and Crete are big but they are warm and friendly and once you find your town or village, you are set and then it’s just like being on a small island. By the way, we never make reservations … anymore. We’ve been disappointed too often when we’ve reserved online or with an agent. We love to explore the area we think we’d like to be. We do consult the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide to jot down suggestions and get the lay of the land. We need a hotel without many steps and definitely not on a hill. We can’t do the mountain-goat thing anymore. This way, we can test the mattress, see if the balcony suits us, or possibly discover a hotel with a

daily scenes of moderately paced life. Are there any islands we would not recommend? Definitely. They are the most popular: the party islands, the islands best left to the myriads of 18- to 20-somethings who are there to let loose far from Mom and Dad. It’s true that some of these islands should be seen once if only for their natural beauty. Santorini is in this category. While the views are splendid and the sunset magnificent, simply walking around dodging all manner of terrain vehicles is a chore and a major source of noise pollution, if not downright dangerous.

pool if we’re lucky. Hoteliers and those who run studios always come to the dock carrying signs to meet the folk like us getting off the ferry without reservations. Sometimes we go with them and it’s fine. No obligation. Sometimes it’s very far from where we want to be and we thank them and set out on our own. Finding a place to stay is an adventure in itself. We make sure we don’t have a lot of luggage: two backpacks on wheels and small ones to carry. It’s easy to wash clothes every day as they dry in a couple of hours. We’ve learned to take only sandals— no sweaters or jackets, because the weather is always perfect. It never rains and always shines. Sometimes it can be windy, but what’s a little wind when it’s not followed by a storm? Our trips always start in Piraeus at the Savoy Hotel. We avoid Athens because it’s hot and crowded, and we’ve seen the Parthenon. The Savoy is comfy and we’re at home there. We always take the same room with a small balcony, which sets the stage for the next weeks. Every room we find must have a balcony at least big enough to hang clothes and have breakfast, a fridge, air conditioning and, if possible, a sea view. This summer we began in Patmos, an eight-hour ferry ride from Piraeus.
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It was here, in the port city of Skala, that St. John wrote the Book of Revelations, but we came because it seemed the right fit. Not too big or small. Friendly folk. The usual gorgeous Hora (the town at the top of the mountain) and the village below where we stayed. We found what we were looking for almost immediately at the Delfini Hotel, right across the bay, and the only one we had prebooked on the trip. Our second day in Patmos was divine. We took a city bus up and down winding narrow paved roads through hills. When two vehicles pass each other they have to stop: one passes and the other waits. We headed for Kambos beach on a gorgeous bay, recommended by a young waiter/university student at a café.  The beach itself is stony, but as soon as you enter the water, it’s sandy. The water is unusually cold on this island because of the wind. It is a continual bracing wind, lovely because it’s not at all hot on Patmos. We rented beach beds at 10 euro for two and enjoyed relaxing and swimming.  The café at Kambos, George’s Place, was voted the best beachside café in Europe by Elle magazine a few years back and here’s why: The vibe, the Beatles songs, the lovely good-looking older waiter, everyone playing chess or backgammon, the scrumptious spinach pie. Apparently the inventor of these pies was given his immigrant papers to settle in Patmos based on his culinary creations. They are huge and cheesy, with crispy crusts, a hint of olive oil and as flaky as one from the kitchen of Jehane Benoit.  We were told by a fellow lodger that George built the restaurant on his

Left: Patmos seen from Hora. Above: Patmos port. Below: Hora and the bus and taxi station.

grandmother’s farm. The next morning we were craving another pie as we sat outside the Delfini, our “marigold” hotel complete with Indian “manager” and lots of “seniors” telling stories. We took a bus to Hora and in the afternoon headed back to Kambos, where we were told by fellow lodgers that Claudia Cardinale with her uplifted face was seen there, as were Richard Gere and David Bowie. Everything was close to our hotel, including a lovely old town with lots of boutiques. Seriously, the Delfini was a slice of the Marigold Hotel movie. After three days in Patmos, we took a ferry to nearby Lipsi, a small treasure of an island. I’ll tell you about it in November. October 2013 The Senior Times 43

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