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At press time it seems certain that

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14, following Thanksgiving weekend.

Two Westmount—Ville-Marie

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prior to the call, when it was still the

only race in town, to talk in depth

about policy differences and their

shot at victory.

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the departing Lucienne Robillard.

But after the Liberals’ 2006 slide to

under 50% in the riding, and the

stunning NDP upset in Outremont,

massive resources are pouring into

previously moribund campaigns,

betting on the possibility of a protest

vote — against the Opposition.

Much-hailed CROP and Léger

numbers showing the Liberals and

NDP neck and neck on the Island —

at a dilute 18 and 19 percent

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Noon. “I think they have this feeling

that all this time voting Liberal hasn’t

served them necessarily as well as

they were hoping, especially with this

last minority government — they

voted Liberal and they’ve gotten a de

facto Conservative majority.”

If the sound is newly partisan, it’s

because that voice, Westmount’s

Anne Lagacé Dowson, has been freed

from the bonds of journalism and

thrown into the race on behalf of the

New Democrats, aimed squarely at

the Liberals’ opposition record and

the once-assured seat of former

space chief Marc Garneau. On leave

from the CBC as rotating guest hosts

take her place, Lagacé Dowson puts

forth a soaring critique of the Dion

era: “The Liberals are not the party

they once were. On 43 confidence

motions they’ve absented themselves.

People feel taken for granted

by the Liberals — they didn’t send

them to Ottawa to pass Conservative

legislation. The NDP is a party that’s

been steadfast in its resistance to the

Harper agenda.”

She discounts any concerns over

splitting the federalist vote in the riding,

citing Bloc candidate Charles

Larivée’s low-profile, barely existent

campaign. She sees the meager Bloquiste

vote (13% in 2006) as up for

grabs and uses the phrase une perte de

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No “shackles and handcuffs to

special interests” — Genest

vitesse as an apt summation of their

woes. The same lack of returns felt by

longtime Liberal voters, she says, is felt

among Bloc support, with a “sharing

of progressive values” making her

party the likely beneficiary.

On the environment, Lagacé

Dowson argues that the NDP’s Five-

Point Green Agenda is “more

all-encompassing” than the Liberals’

Green Shift plan, but eschews the

infamous Carbon Tax, which has

been “a mixed success elsewhere” in

reducing emissions. “Rather than

going after people with less latitude

to fix the problem,” she says, the

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where it belongs — on polluters. The plan also

calls for a transfer of one cent per dollar of the gas

tax to municipalities, and the development of socalled

“green-collar jobs” through funding and tax

incentives.

Clearly more self-assured than the average neophyte,

Lagacé Dowson makes the case that “journalists

have made good MPs” and know how to

listen. Their presentation skills are often above

average as well. But what about actors? The

spoiler to the spoiler is former Sirens star, current

host of the cable series Regeneration: the Art

of Sustainable Living, and Green Party deputy

leader Claude William Genest, a veritable

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time candidate, the veteran of the race.

No longer a contender for first Green MP, with

Saturday’s announcement of ex-Liberal Blair

Wilson’s jump to the party, Genest could

nonetheless see such “momentum” — a term

that comes up frequently — raise his chances

even further in an especially Green-friendly area.

“This is the greenest riding in Canada,” he says.

“Our highest numbers. Second place Green finish

provincially. It’s our biggest campaign in the

history of Quebec, by orders of magnitude.

We’re the second choice of 50% of Canadians.

We’re the only party that’s growing, nearly doubling

every election. People respond to us,” he

professes, “because they see we’re citizens looking

to take responsibility, not politicians trying

to take power.”

With the Liberal Green Shift and the NDP

Green Agenda on the table, have the Greens not

been marginalized on their own issue?

“Everybody’s green now. It’s more of a green

veneer on things.” The Liberal plan, he maintains,

is insufficient. “You can shift taxes till the

cows come home. Without ending subsidies to

Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, you’re still

rewarding polluters and rewarding excess consumption.

Scandinavians use one-third to onehalf

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disappointed with the NDP,” he says. “They take

Thomas Mulcair, this supposedly great passionate

advocate for the environment, and what do

they do with him? They make him Finance

Critic just to shut him up.”

NDP policy neglects innovation in his opinion.

Countering the notion of giant green bureaucracy,

Genest overflows with market-oriented

ideas that he urges those on fixed incomes in

particular to consider simply for economy’s sake.

Green windows, lightbulbs and appliances are

just a start. The slow adoption of hybrid technology

is curious to him. “My Prius gets me 45

miles to the gallon. That’s money in my wallet.

People talk about investment when they really

mean speculation — like the stock market. This

is a real investment, with returns that are guaranteed,

starting right away, aside from the ecological

benefits.” Genest also cites leadership in

“net metering” initiatives elsewhere — Germany,

California, and now Ontario and BC — which

require electricity providers to purchase back

power generated by customers who use solar and

wind installations, which feed surplus electricity

back into the grid, typically at night. “It’s your

meter literally spinning backwards. That’s

money in your wallet too. Why aren’t we doing

this everywhere?” he posits rhetorically. “In Germany,

they have to buy it back at eight times the

billing rate. And guess who has the highest rate

of solar-generated power in the world now?”

Reducing consumption and replacing fossil

fuels with renewable energy isn’t just an environmental

imperative but a “tremendous economic

opportunity,” says Genest — and an

alternative to mounting ecological costs, mounting

waste, and further resource extraction that

won’t pay off for years. “It’s more of the same,”

he insists with evangelical fervour, “versus pots

of gold under our nose tomorrow! It takes policy

choices. The Green Party doesn’t have the

shackles and handcuffs to special interests that

keep it from happening.”

Election day in Montreal will hinge on the recovery

of the Liberal machine and its ability to

get out the vote. For the Garneau campaign to

match NDP and Green efforts in this respect is a

tall order. Whatever the result, Westmount—

Ville-Marie constituents can count on sending a

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Editorial: Barack Obama shines light for Canada

Anyone who watched Barack

Obama’s magnificent acceptance

speech at last month’s Democratic

Party convention could only have

been impressed by the man’s

rhetorical skill and the magnitude

of this historic moment.

This man is gifted, not just by his

use of words – simple words that pack

a mighty punch – but also by his ability

to touch on the concerns of average

Americans at a critical time in

their history. His nomination speaks

volumes about how the political culture

in that country is evolving. His

Yes We Can promise of change in such

THE SENIOR TIMES

Publisher & Managing Editor Barbara Moser

Assistant Editor Kristine Berey

Office Manager Thelma Gearey

Journalists Kristine Berey, Adam Desaulniers,

Rachel Lau, Nancy Snipper

Sales Manager Jacquie Soloway-Cons

Advertising Jodie Alter, Gloria Beigleman,

Shirley Cohen, Sandra Schachter

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key areas as Iraq, healthcare, and the

growing wealth-poverty gap mobilized

millions – of people and dollars

– from across the spectrum. As power

beckons, however, there are signs that

Obama is retreating from some of his

potentially controversial stands. One

example is his reversal on denying

retroactive federal immunity to

phone companies involved in the

Bush domestic wiretap program.

As The Nation magazine reported

last month under the heading

Change We Can Believe In, progressive

Americans who are supporting

Obama delivered an open letter to

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him during the convention, demanding

that he not cave on a series of crucial

commitments. These include:

• Withdrawal from Iraq on a fixed

timetable

• Universal healthcare

• A more progressive financial and

welfare system

• Public investment to repair

infrastructure

• Fair trade policies

• Shifting billions from fossil-fuel

consumption to alternative

energy sources.

• Restoration of the freedom to

organize unions by passing the

Employee Free Choice Act.

This last point is key to allowing

American unions to turn around their

erosion in membership, which has

hurt the middle class. The Act would

allow arbitration on first contracts

after 120 days without an agreement,

and would stop employers from ordering

secret ballots where the majority

of workers sign union cards

without evidence of coercion.

This is what real change means and

these areas clearly distinguish Obama

from McCain, whose inherent promise

of “more of the same” stands in

stark contrast to Yes We Can.

***

The intensity and passion seen in

Denver and the hope inspired by

Obama can only spill over into the

upcoming Canadian election. Why

Stephen Harper wants one is something

of a mystery. The polls show

him picking up support in Quebec at

the expense of the Bloc, but losing

some in vote-rich Ontario.

One hypothesis is that he wants to

bleed dry the Liberals’ war chest at a

time when it can’t match Tory

fundraising, which is short-term

thinking at best – if another Harper

minority results, all he’ll have done is

weaken the Liberals’ finances for the

inevitable follow-up vote.

Another possibility is that he wants

to get the election behind him by

mid-October to limit the progressive

spillover from the Obama campaign,

which can only help the opposition.

Whatever his reasons, Harper has yet

to make a convincing case that the current

arrangement is holding him back.

Liberal leader Dion, stopping briefly

in Westmount to support Marc Garneau,

assured The Senior Times that

when an election comes, seniors’ issues

will top his agenda, including his Green

Shift plan, which he said is of special

concern to grandparents.


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Congratulations to our beloved

Shirley Cohen, who celebrates her

80 th birthday September 13.

Shirley has been a devoted member

of The Senior Times team for 15

years, coming out of retirement to

learn and master the art of selling for

a market she knows formidably well,

along the way endearing herself in

particular to our Members of Parliament

and Members of the National

Assembly.

Shirley is always positive, hardworking,

and insistent on ensuring

that our paper grows and prospers

with every issue. We miss her dearly

when she vacations in Florida for

three months each year, but even

from Florida she manages to stay in

touch with her clients and make sure

they don’t miss an issue of The Senior

Times.

Shirley never fails to call and check

up on those in trouble and in need

of a kind word of support. She has

been a great and loving care giver to

her husband Marvin as he has undergone

serious health problems.

Her eyes sparkle with love and pride

as she shows us pictures of the latest

brilliant moment of her youngest

grandson or recounts the achieve-

ments of her older grandchildren.

Marlene Jennings, MP for Notre-

Dame-de-Grace–Lachine, has these

words to say about Shirley in a special

message for the occasion:

“Those who know you well and are

fortunate to be close to you day in

and day out speak of you with great

admiration and respect. Your love

and commitment to family and

friends never fails to impress them.

“For my part, I can vouch for the

fact that you are a salesperson extraordinaire!

We hear from you, in my

office, as regularly as the seasons

change. From what my staff tell me,

you master the art of friendly persuasion.

Yes, you know how to

shower them initially with warmth

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that when Shirley Cohen beckons,

she has a mission, and the earth

trembles! It is very difficult to turn

you down!

Happy Birthday to a great and

wonderful lady. We love you, Shirley.

Many happy returns!”

And from each of us at The Senior

Times, past and present, our warmest

wishes and deepest appreciation for

all the Herculean efforts, exemplary

patience, and kindhearted wisdom.


Health Canada, seniors, and listeria

Adam Desaulniers

Health Canada’s now-infamous 2005 advisory to

seniors, pregnant women, and immunocompromised

individuals, warning against consumption

of non-dried deli meats, has come under

predictable criticism as insufficient in the wake

of the listeriosis outbreak.

The warning remains posted on the agency's

website at health.gc.ca, a few clicks away from the

main page, but consumer advocates are asking if

that’s enough publicity for a potentially fatal risk.

“Maybe we need warning labels (on the food), because

the message isn't getting out there,” Dr. Doug

Powell, associate professor of food safety at Kansas

State University, told Canwest News last week. “And

the consequences are bad. The kill rate is about 20-

30%. That’s really high for a food-borne pathogen.”

According to Powell, the listeria bacterium can

grow on food even when refrigerated.

Health Canada defends its communication efforts,

maintaining that “there are a number of

food safety tips and fact sheets and a lot of consumer

education on (listeria).”

Its inspection standards are also currently under

fire, but experts warn against a more draconian

approach. Keith Warriner, University of Guelph

professor of food microbiology, defends those

standards as judicious and safe. “Once (listeria) becomes

established in a processing environment,

it’s very difficult to remove,” he told the Toronto

Star. “You can reduce numbers to low levels by

sanitation and good practices, but it’s hard to

eradicate. What we do in Canada is say, ‘We know

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plant inspections enforce a zero-tolerance policy

on listeria. One single cell of it triggers a shutdown.

Since it lives everywhere, meat recalls are a

spectacularly regular occurrence stateside, climbing

to 118 per year in 2006. As a result, companies

minimize self-reporting whenever possible, and

consumer confidence turns to consumer fatalism,

tuning out the risk more and more with each new

announcement.

While defence of a more nuanced approach may

be unpopular in the wake of the recent tragedy, it’s

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mostly running its course without treatment

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every risk to their condition are no more reasonable

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Linguistic chauvinism reigns supreme

The French hate the Germans,

The Germans hate the Poles.

Italians hate Yugoslavs,

South Africans hate the Dutch,

And I don’t like anybody very much!

The Merry Minuet, Kingston Trio, circa 1960

One of the less attractive qualities of ethnic and

linguistic identity is its association with intolerance

towards outsiders. Many languages designate

those who are mutually intelligible as

“speakers” or “people” — Those who speak a

language deemed incomprehensible are labeled

as the “others,” or “babblers.”

A few examples are in order. The Ancient Greeks

used the onomatopoeic term barbaroi (“babblers”)

to mock anyone whom they deemed incomprehensible,

i.e. anyone who used a language other than

Greek. This word came into Latin as barbarus, with

the same meaning, and bequeathed to us the words

“barbarous”and“barbarian.”The Chinese bestowed

on the Miao and Moso tribes of South China the

name “southern barbarians” and “miserable ones”

10 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

The Word Nerd

Howard Richler

because they did not understand their speech. The

Slavs conferred the name Nemet (“mute” or

“dumb”) on their German neighbours.

The view that one’s own language is superior to

others is widespread, and many reasons are supplied

in defense of this chauvinistic hypothesis. A

language might be viewed the oldest, the most logical,

the most phonetic, or the language of the gods.

Some of the claims have been particularly preposterous.

Sixteenth-century German writer J.G. Becanus

argued that German was superior because it

was the language Adam spoke in Eden. Luckily,

he claimed, it was not affected by the later Babel

debacle because the early Germans (the Cimbrians)

did not participate in the tower construction.

Becanus informs us that the Almighty later caused

the Old Testament to be translated from an original

but now defunct German into Hebrew.

Languages are prone to attribute negative qualities

to foreign influences. In the English language

we refer to an unauthorized absence as taking

“French leave.”The French retaliate by taking“English

leave,” (filer à l’anglais). Norwegians and Italians

join the French in also taking “English leave.”

Foreign idioms referencing English provide a

snapshot of attitudes towards those in the Englishspeaking

world and it would appear that the honesty

of anglophones is questionable. In French to

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expression praviti se Englez translates as “to act like

an Englishman,” i.e. to act as if nothing is wrong in

the hope that a situation will sort itself out. One

humourous French idiom that references the English

is les Anglais ont debarqué which is used as a

euphemism for “I have my period.”

Outsiders are liable to be blamed for vice and

immorality in our midst. No example better exemplifies

this than the disease syphilis. The Italians attributed

it to the French and called it Mal francesse.

The French turned the tables and called it Mal de

Naples. The Germans also targeted the French and

labeled it Franzosen böse Blattern (“French bad blisters”).

The English called it ”French pox,” or the

“French disease” and referred to the baldness that

syphilis produced as a “French crown.” To be

“Frenchified”meant to have a venereal infection and

a “French pig” was a venereal sore. The Russians

blamed it on the Poles, who in turn called it the

“German Disease.” To the Dutch, it was Spaensche

Pokken (“Spanish pox”). Once the disease was transmitted

eastward to India, Japan and China, it

emerged as the “Portuguese disease” and not surprisingly,

Turks held Christians responsible. Finally,

in the 16 th century it received the designation

“syphilis” which seemed to have universal appeal.

The name derives from the name of a fabled

syphilitic shepherd in the poem Syphilis, sive Morbus

Gallicus by Italian poet Girolamo Fracastoro. This

fable relates the story of the shepherd Syphilis whose

blasphemy so angered the Sun God that he saddled

poor Syphilis with an eponymous new disease.

Linguistic chauvinism dictates that not only is

one’s mother tongue “infected” by foreign influences,

but that the alien languages are even responsible

for the infections.

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Word With You? He can be reached at

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Biden or Palin: who’s really pro-life?

When Republican nominee John McCain chose

the little-known Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, 44,

to be his running mate, he obviously saw three

things she would bring to the ticket: she’s a

woman, she’s young and she’s pro-life.

Questions about Palin’s experience, or lack of it,

become more acute when you compare her to

Barack Obama’s choice of running mate.

There is no question that Joe Biden adds heft to

the Democratic ticket. He’s a Roman Catholic from

a blue collar background, two constituencies in

which Obama is weak. He has a solid background

in foreign affairs and military policy, after six terms

in the Senate, where he chairs the foreign relations

committee. He recently returned from Georgia

where he was consulted by the Georgian government.

As the conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan

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leaders – they call him.”

The scrappy Biden will also do for Obama what

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dog. The Globe and Mail calls his selection a sign of

“a welcome determination to take the fight to the Republicans

on their home turf of national security.”

One element of the Obama-Biden ticket will

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credentials are so high-profile. Both Democrats

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After a few nights of poor sleep, the

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There were no marks on my first

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a record 1503 participants competing in 20

categories, from track and field, swimming,

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Athletes of note included Florence Storch of

Alberta, javelin gold medalist in the women’s

90+ competition, and Doreen Erskine of

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“I’m on a high right now. Many good

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“My son just got married and so

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14 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

a-kind ballerina prints, displayed beside

the work of established artists

Myrna Brooks Berkovitch and Joyce

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“Myrna’s mixed media art is magnificent.

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Called Blue Hawaii, it was a hit.

Her fun personality pops out in each

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The NDG Senior Citizens’Council will holdits 15 th

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felt a mixed bag of emotions – relief, and guilt at

feeling relief. At the funeral, he told me that her

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The emcee this year is Shirleen Hayes, a singer and

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Wine and food

Starting Saturday, September 13, the Flynn Center

for the Performing Arts has a gourmet dinner

prepared by top Vermont chefs including tasting

premium. Shelburne Farms Coast Barn features

Vermont’s food products, wines from local and international

wineries, live music, an auction and

wine lottery. Info: 802-652-4500

Classic car show

Thursday, September 18 to Sunday, September

21, the annual British Invasion Classic Car Show

takes place in Stowe, Vermont. This three day festival

features more than 800 classic cars.

Info: 802-253-5320

Fairbanks festival weekend

Saturday, September 20, celebrate rural creativity

with artisans and craftspeople who demonstrate

knowledge and skills that shaped the landscape of

the rural northeast St Johnsbury.

Info: 802-748-2372

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communities. Parade, live entertainment, flea

market, Vermont artisans. Info: 802-899-1722

Demonstrations, displays, decorating

Starting Saturday, September 27, celebrate the

annual Vermont fine furniture and woodworking

festival in Woodstock. With live music and food.

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Human relationships in all their

intensity, laughter and sometimes

tragedy take centre stage this season

at the Segal.

Christopher Hampton’s adaptation

of Dangerous Liaisons, based on an

18 th century French novel about

“lust, greed, deception and romance”

launches the season this month.

A pair of former lovers attempt

to seduce and manipulate others

around them. But when virtuous

Mme de Tourvel becomes the focus of

theVicompte de Valmont’s attentions,

predator falls in love with prey, with

fatal consequences.

October’s offering will be the Tennessee

Williams classic Cat on a Hot

Tin Roof, directed by Greg Kramer.

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Segal. “One of the key aspects of our

theatre’s mandate is to produce classics

that remain socially relevant today,”says

Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director.

The season continues with the February

production of the Pulitzer

Prize winning drama Buried Child,

by Sam Shepherd. A long-lost son,

Vincent, and his girlfriend return to

meet his Norman Rockwell-esque

relatives. But bliss is only on the surface

in this painful portrait of a disintegrating

and dysfunctional family.

March will bring director Diana

Leblanc to The Segal in the production

of Tryst, a psychological thriller

by Karoline Leach about a homely

seamstress consigned to the backroom

of a London hat shop in Victorian

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entertaining a story as you’ll encounter,”

Wasserman says.

As a change of pace, in April, Manitoba

Theatre Centre’s Artistic Director

Stephen Schipper will return for

Joe Dipietro’s endearing and warmhearted

comedy Over the River and

Through the Woods.

“Dipietro wants to know why each

generation makes sacrifices for the next,

why no future generation can ever fully

appreciate those sacrifices, and how

both generations can find a balance between

holding on and letting go.”

In June the Yiddish Theatre will

host the first ever International Festival

of Yiddish Theatre.

“My mother founded a Yiddish

Theatre in Montreal 50 years ago this

year and the festival is an opportunity

to celebrate this historic milestone,”

Wasserman says.

The Segal’s Yiddish Theatre contribution

will be a unique Yiddish version

of The Pirates of Penzance by

Gilbert and Sullivan.

Info: 514-739-2301 or segalcentre.org

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Sun Youth day campers enjoying a ride on the Garden Train at Exporail

Every day a blast at summer camp

Here at Sun Youth

Nicolas Carpentier

What a summer it’s been at Sun Youth, especially

for the children at our day camp.

Despite the poor weather conditions, every day

was a blast for the 80 kids. Throughout the summer,

our friendly counselors organized many activities to

put smiles on the faces of the young campers.

This year, day camp started June 23. As usual, parents

registered their children months in advance to

be sure to get a spot. Parents appreciate that for a

very reasonable cost, their children are busy all

summer long and fed breakfast and a hot lunch,

plus a snack in the afternoon, enough for plenty of

energy. Children are grouped by ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10,

and 11-12, with 18 counselors supervising.

Day camp is a great place to make new friends. Kids

come from very different backgrounds, both socially

and culturally. Special financial arrangements are

made with parents living on limited incomes. The

maximum fee for the full 8 weeks is $500.

Outings included a day at the waterslides,fun in the

sun at Sablon Beach and Parc Jean-Drapeau beach,a

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younger groups, and bowling trips every other week.

At Sun Youth, they took part in photo club activities

and arts & crafts on alternating weeks. Big thanks go

to Wayne Oliver (photo club) and Carlos Anglarill

(arts & crafts) for organizing these activities.

One of the most popular activities this summer

was the visit to Exporail at the Canadian Railway

Museum in Saint-Constant. On July 25, eleven enthusiastic

nine-to-ten-year-olds enjoyed a day of

fun and activities, riding the streetcar and the Garden

Train, driving miniature trains and climbing

aboard locomotives. The visit was organized by

Exporail and CIT Roussillon, the South Shore

transit company that recently inaugurated regular

daily service to the museum, to celebrate Exporail’s

new door-to-door accessibility from downtown

Montreal, providing lunch and transportation and

a conductor’s hat for every camper.

Camp ended August 15 with the traditional talent

show for parents. After a day at the waterslides, the

children returned to Sun Youth for a dinner with

their parents. There were prizes for campers, such

as Best Smile and Most Helpful. For every group

there was also a“Super Camper”chosen. These four

lucky kids won brand new bicycles.

Campers displayed their skills on stage,ending with

a video montage showcasing the summer’s highlights.

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Potluck Pizza – how to astound your friends and keep it simple

Flavour Guy

Barry Lazar

The request was cottage country

basic. “We’re doing potluck. Bring

over what you have.” A simple request

but we were at the cottage and

the store was half an hour away. The

cupboard was almost bare: a package

of whole wheat flour – now why had

I bought that? – lots of tomatoes, and

some cheese from the farmer’s market.

Some salad stuff, but someone

else was bringing a salad.

A-ha! Pizza. Everyone loves pizza,

but few make it. Frankly, after you’ve

baked it a couple of times, you won’t

want to buy it. I had to make the

dough from scratch at the cottage,

but the Flavour Guy isn’t averse to

last-minute inspiration, and will buy

raw pizza dough at the supermarket

or even beg it from a pizza parlour.

For cottage country pizza, I was

going to prep everything and then

bring it to the neighbour’s for baking.

The neighbour had pans and,

most importantly, an oven – something

lacking chez nous.

For the toppings, the simpler the

better. Take fresh tomatoes, 1/3 of a

pound or 150 g per person, cut them

into small chunks, salt them and let

them drain in a strainer or colander

for an hour or so. Add fresh herbs –

basil and oregano are nice – and

ground black pepper.

For the cheese, grate a

half cup per person of

soft cheese such as Mozzarella,

mild cheddar,

Gouda, Bel Paese,

Fontina – these all work

well – and mix in a little freshly

grated Romano or Parmesan. Mild

goat cheese (not feta) is good instead

of the others but break it into small

pieces and dot it over the pizza. Remember,

this is potluck – work with

what you have. If you don’t have

tomatoes try canned or fresh asparagus,

thin slices of sweet pepper,

cooked broccoli, sliced mushrooms,

etc. But don’t overload the pie or the

crust will be soggy.

The flavour punch comes from the

oil: heat a cup of olive oil in a small

pot and add a tablespoon or more of

finely chopped garlic and a teaspoon

or less – depending upon your personal

heat quota – of chili pepper

flakes. Cook this slowly until the garlic

just starts to sizzle and remove the

pot from the stove. This spicy oil is

fantastic brushed on any flat bread,

like stale pita, and cooked on a baking

sheet in the oven at a moderate

heat – 375˚F or 190˚C – until the

bread is golden.

When everything is ready, turn the

oven to as high a temperature as it

will take without broiling, around

500˚F or 260˚C. For baking, a pizza

stone is nice but the Flavour Guy is

adept with cast iron frying pans or a

thick cookie sheet or whatever is

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handy. Use two oven racks, one at the

oven’s highest level and the other at

the lowest. After the oven is at the

right temperature, put the pans in for

about 10 minutes and be careful. Use

thick oven mitts to bring them out

just before you put in the dough. The

hot pans give the pizzas a great crust.

Once the pans are in the oven, go

into action. Lightly flour your hands

and the counter surface. Take a wad

of dough about the size of a small

grapefruit. Flatten it between your

hands and stretch it to a 6-inch circle.

Then roll the dough using a rolling

pin. No pin? Try a wine bottle! If the

dough sticks, shake a little flour over

it. Turn the pizza 90 degrees after

each pass to keep from overstretching

one side. You’re aiming for a

shape no larger than the pan you’re

putting it in.

Timing is everything. Take the pan

from the oven and put something

under it – a wire rack, a trivet, a towel

– to not burn the counter. Put the

dough in the pan, and slip the pan

back to the top rack in the oven. Wait

a couple of minutes until the dough

comes easily off the pan and the bottom

starts to brown. Remove the

pan, flip the dough, brush it all over

with the spicy garlic oil, then cover it

with a handful of tomatoes and another

of cheese. Put the pan back on

the top rack for about 5 minutes or

until the top of the dough starts to

brown. Work on the next pizza.

When that’s ready, take the one from

the top rack and put it on the lower

rack. Keep doing this until you have

them all done. Serve at once with a

salad, a bottle of wine and a towel to

wipe the sweat from your brow. This

is pizza that you’ve worked for, and

it’s worth it.

Barry Lazar is the Flavour Guy.

You can reach him at

flavourguy@theseniortimes.com.

September 2008 THE SENIOR TIMES 19


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Chalet BBQ a beacon of stability in an ocean of change

Adam Desaulniers

Over 62 years into its hot streak,

NDG’s landmark Chalet BBQ on

Sherbrooke has made an enduring

business out of sticking to one

specialty — slow-cooked charcoalgrilled

chicken with a unique,

smoky trade-secret sauce handed

down through the ages and

shrouded in mystique. The flavour,

unlike any standard chicken joint

fare, prompts enough fan testimonials

— spanning multiple generations

— to give the most jaded

aficionado reason to try.

“It’s still the same family that runs

it,” says Daniel, head of the establishment

for the past 20 years. “We

haven’t changed a thing, that’s the

beauty of it. Staying with what you

know best, that’s the secret. When I

started, the boss said, ‘Danny, just

make sure you serve good food, and

lots of it, at good prices, and don’t

worry about the rest.’“

Apart from the sage advice and

distinct barbeque recipe, he attributes

his lasting success to a few

other key ingredients: “Other

places use natural gas. We use

charcoal. Most of our customers

like it well cooked, a bit crispy.

Others like it a bit different. Our

policy is we do it the way you like

it. Everybody’s got a favourite. My

staff know by heart what our regulars

like. And we never charge for

extras.”

Sampling the half chicken dinner,

accompanied by fries and coleslaw,

the singular taste raises an eyebrow

at first bite. Special enough to stir

talk and idle speculation on its

constituent parts, it raises one

burning question: how has such

craft stayed confined to NDG all

these years and not propagated

worldwide?

“People ask us about opening another

location,” says Daniel with a

laugh, “but you think you can find

people like Carmie every day?” A

celebrity waitress by any measure

after 15 years at Chalet BBQ,

Carmie and her contribution to the

ambiance are cited by fans as often

as the recipe among reasons to

visit. Another top draw is queen of

seniority Lucia, serving customers

for over 50 years. “I have great

staff,” he attests. “It’s not me. I’ve

got great kitchen people and fantastic

waitresses. That’s why people

are loyal. We get to know them.”

Such accolades were borne out

during a Thursday lunch visit, with

zealous service and speedy refills in

a relaxed, low key environment

suited to quiet conversation. It’s

unbeatable for business lunches, as

long as you keep your fingers off

the paperwork once the food arrives,

and even a first date, wherever

a vintage oldschool vibe is

called for.

Daniel guesses about three quarters

of the clientele are over 40. He

notes that the flipside of loyalty is a

strong preference for continuity.

“We moved one thing,” he says of a

minor redecorating effort, “and

everyone’s asking me, ‘Why did you

move that? I liked it there.’ So we

learned if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Patrons of all ages will thus find the

atmosphere comfortingly retro.

As a specialty outfit, their menu

doesn’t take long to read, but

there’s a deeper logic to doing one

thing well, learned from prior

restaurateur experience: “Sometimes

they ask, ‘Why don’t you put

ribs on the menu, or this or that on

the menu?’ When the place gets

busy like this, you know how much

that slows things down? Our

chicken takes an hour and a quarter

to cook. This way it’s ready

right away when you order.” And

the food does indeed arrive at

breakneck speed, making any big

discussion a better idea to leave

until afterwards.

This find, already familiar to

many readers of The Senior Times,

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Magician Pat Gueller will be on

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Wizard’s Book of Spells. The concert

on Sunday, September 14

will be followed by other concerts

especially conceived for children

throughout the year. Storyteller

Suzanne De Serres will welcome

artists from various backgrounds,

including circus, dance,

magic, theatre, mime and art. Before

each show a musician in the

orchestra will talk about his or

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Nascent academy entertains possibilities

Kristine Berey

When 16-year-old Ryan Cons took a Media Workshop

course at the brand new Academy for the Performing

Arts at the Segal Centre, he discovered it takes a lot more

than a state-of-the art camera to create a video worth

watching.

“We learned to handle the camera to add ambiance to a

scene, and how to do interviews, how to zoom in and create

special effects, and how to be in front of the camera.”

Cons says he learned to see with a critical eye.“My teacher,

Paul Shore, used to say, ‘You don’t want to go to a movie

with me because I’ll criticize everything.’”

As well, the novice filmmaker had to confront the agony

of editing, which he says he found the most challenging.“A

movie’s made with many takes. Editing is basically taking out

stuff that’s not important.”

It’s too early to say whether Cons will become a filmmaker.

But one thing is certain: his appreciation of film will

have grown immensely.

“Research has shown that performing arts education has

significant impact on children,” says Gisele Rucker, director

of the Academy, as she describes the new lineup. “It allows

them to achieve greater academic success and develops self-confidence and

resilience.” She says another goal of the Academy is to make the arts accessible

to the community by keeping the fees affordable and not requiring previous

knowledge. Besides the Media Workshop program, there are courses

offered in Circus Arts for children (2-13), Theatre Performance (9-17), Theatre

Production (high school students) and Music (2+).

There is a practical music session offered to preschoolers, featuring elements

from the Kodaly and Orff methods. There are courses in drums, saxophone

and guitar, and jazz and rock combos, as well as two music history

courses for adults. All courses are taught by professionals experienced in

working with kids.

She doesn’t have to stretch her imagination too far to see the Centre becoming

a foundation for the future. In her thirties she joined the Yiddish

Theatre, met her future husband there and years later brought her son to

join the cast.

Everything is possible. Rucker speaks of bringing the arts outdoors, perhaps

involving the neighbourhood with performances in the park.“We want

to provide a safe place to explore and take risks artistically, where students are

allowed to dream and play.”

“We’ve just begun, this is a new voyage,” says George Doxas, director of the

Music Program, who has four decades of instrumental, choral and Big Band

Jazz teaching under his belt. He speaks of kids “getting in through the ground

floor” and evolving with the Centre through the years.“Once we have a group

of kids who know something, we’ll streamline the courses.”

The future, vast and limitless, still lies ahead. “The exciting thing about

working here is that there’s a long-term vision,” Doxas says. “This kind of

commitment makes everybody want to do that much better.”

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Kristine Berey

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24 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

Savana riding

them free tutoring and horseback

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come surprisingly articulate, even

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“You brush the horse with a curry

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lift his hoof to clean it. “You use four

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how to comb a horse’s mane so it

doesn’t get caught in the bridle. Their

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blue ribbons, won in a competition

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living room. Their mom, Gloria Julian,

says the boys’ marks have gone

up and believes the confidence

gained at Epona has transferred to

their studies. Kenry agrees.“My work

is getting better. My teacher says I’m

a good student to teach.”

The bottom line at Epona is academic

success, says Peter Desmier, a

youth worker at Batshaw Youth and

Family Centres for over 30 years and

founder of the four-year-old Epona

Integrated Riding Foundation. “One

thing I’ve noticed about kids living

with a great deal of stress is that their

education suffers,”Desmier says.“The

whole concept of Epona is working

with kids over a long time to develop

a relationship so they graduate.”

Front to back: Tanae, Savana, Kiki

To help “at-risk” children, Desmier

drew upon an experience from his

own childhood. “I spent a summer

feeding, cleaning, putting out to pasture,

doing everything involved with

horses, except riding. We would

spend hours brushing and taking

care of the horses. It was magical.”

When Desmier finally decided to return

to riding, he met Jackie Poirier of

Free Spirit stables – a like-minded

person who had been contemplating

starting a riding facility “for kids who

would never have an opportunity to

ride” – and Epona was born.

“I knew the first kids’ parents

through social services and other programs

in the community,” Desmier

said.“Now they’re being referred from

school boards and our website.”

The other Epona programs partner

with community organizations to help

kids 5-18, including Stay-In-School

(tutoring), Literacy, and Mentoring

programs, where Epona graduates return

to tutor younger kids and earn

riding time in the process.Epona works

with parents and within the schools.

Dawson student and Epona mentor

Atiba Howell, 18, doesn’t yet

know whether he’ll go into law or

police work – but he knows he’ll devote

over four hours a week as a volunteer

tutor with Epona in the long

term. As one of the first Epona rid-


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ers, he describes himself as having

felt shy and isolated. He recalls his

encounter with the first live horse

he’d ever seen. “When I saw the

horse’s size I said to myself, ‘Okay,

buddy, you’re not going on one of

those!’” As he learned to send the

right signals to the 1000-pound animal,

he realized his mare “Griffin”

wouldn’t “just warm up to anybody”

but liked him especially. So did

everybody at the stable.“Eventually I

thought it was really cool. Everybody’s

really nice and you never feel

left out when you’re there.” Howell

believes his schoolwork would have

been fine with just tutoring. “Without

riding I would’ve had the grades.

But with Epona I actually got the

Sandra Permanad wants the very best for her children

courage to speak.”

Desmier instructs his staff and volunteers

to ensure the kids feel “it’s

about them” and asks that they wait

for and greet the kids warmly as the

bus rolls up to the stables.“This is such

a simple yet powerful gesture. It would

be a missed opportunity if neglected,”

he writes in a memo to his staff.

When Sandra Permanad’s children

Jamal, 9, and Gariba, 7, joined

Epona’s tutoring program, her young

family was going through turbulent

times. To make matters worse, her

French was not strong enough to

help her older son with his schoolwork.

She says she had been too

stressed to play with them, and

Epona in their lives was a godsend,

Justin has learned a lot about horsemanship

In trouble: Jason with Jackie Poirier equestrian coach

since the kids came home from the

sessions smiling. “It really made the

load lighter,” she said. She fiercely believes

in the value of learning.

“Without education you’re nothing.

Whatever you want to do you’re

held back.”

She wants for her kids nothing

more and nothing less than all loving

moms want. “I want them to have a

good education and a good job.”

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Dawson student and volunteer

Epona tutor Atiba Howell

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Picking the right trip for a single senior

My Way

Ursula Feist

Ever since I lost my husband I’ve traveled alone

and thoroughly enjoyed my trips. Sadly, my recent

riverboat cruise on the Danube did not

match my expectations.

At the Captain’s “Welcome Cocktail Party” I

knew I had chosen the wrong cruise. I was the only

elderly female and nobody came to the rescue as I

stood in a corner with a glass in my hand. This

would never have happened to a man! I felt like an

immigrant: sink or swim! The Danube isn’t exactly

swimmer-friendly! Nor is it blue. This most

serenaded and venerated river, considered by some

as a metaphor for life, is smelly, has a sickly greenish

colour, and drags pounds of algae. Pollution

has caught up with it.

The dining room tables were elegantly set for 2,

4, 6 or 8 but the maitre d’ was nowhere to be seen.

I fled to my cabin and opened the windows wide

the splashing sounds of the river lolled me to sleep.

The riverboat was brand new but its architect

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fuse box on my deck. It was housed in my closet. I

was disturbed several times by a hunk of an electrician

trying to fix somebody else’s blown fuse

just as I’d emerged from the bathtub wrapped in

my towel. He told me arrogantly that he had not

designed the ship. It occurred to me later that he

could have been Jack the Ripper and nobody

would have missed me!

The 20-day trip started in my favorite place,

Prague. It was so crowded that I could barely maneuver

my way across the famous Charles Bridge.

Massive crowds blocked the view to the Moldova

River and the hurdy-gurdy blaring “New York,

New York” was irritating. I spent hours in Prague’s

famous Jewish quarter. The ancient Jewish cemetery

with about 12,000 tombstones, clustered into

a small space, is so unique, moving and peaceful.

In Salzburg “The Sound of Music” had taken over

from Mozart!


This would never have happened

to a man!


The second half of the cruise took us through the

Balkans and the Iron Gate to the Black Sea, which

was blue! This is rough territory of awe-inspiring

beauty. Its complicated history is soaked in blood

and full of rage, superstition, corruption and war.

Some actually believe that Dracula, cruelest ruler

of the 15 th century, is still haunting the area. At his

tomb on the Romanian island Monastery at

Snagov I wondered whether it was empty. Did

Dracula ever exist or is he just a frightening figment

of the imagination, good for Hollywood?

By that time two couples had invited me to dine

with them. We didn’t share a lot in common but

had some good laughs and this, together with a

visit to a trendy beauty parlour in Vienna, helped

my state of mind.

I blame myself for not doing enough research

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Barbara Moser

Our first stop on this summer’s adventure was

Trieste, Italy at the Northeast top of the Adriatic

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cities — accessible on foot, terrific tomatoes,

marvelous mozzarella, and fabulous fish that

tastes like it just came out of the sea. Then there’s

the gelate — multi-flavored Italian ice-cream in

its various forms — yogurt, sorbet and rich

cream — at every corner, which became a serious

threat to my diet.

Our hotel, the 2-star Alabarda, was friendly but

offered only 30 minutes of free wifi in the room.

This seemed rather stingy when we later compared

them to other hotels in Albania, Macedonia, and

Greece, places we would visit later in the month.

This is the first time we took a laptop to Europe.

It fit nicely into our knapsack on wheels and we

rarely took it out of the hotel rooms. It was nice

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adaptor at Trudeau airport, which simply attaches

to the plug and then goes into the wall. A helpful

rep at Bureau en Gros told me that more expensive

converters are unnecessary for laptops, which already

have the ability to run on 110 or 220 volts.

We arrived on a Saturday and spent most of the

day catching up on sleep and walking the streets

that run around the Grand Canal. The first afternoon,

I walked across the street to the Supermercado

and purchased some succulent peaches,

nectarines, tomatoes, and cheese, as well as a perfect

size orange melon resembling a cantaloup.

The next morning we enjoyed a wonderful café

latte at one of the spots along the canal. Fancy coffees

are the only thing cheaper than Montreal,

apart from the wine and gelate.

The music in the bars and restaurants is awful —

loud and aggressive. We asked one waitress to

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We had three restaurant meals in Trieste (eating

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always friendly and accommodating.

The hotel gives out a special menu for a restaurant

that is two streets away: Risorante Pizzeria O-

Scugnizzo. For 20 euro you can have Primi (First

Course) pasta, Secondi (Second Course) fish or

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veggies), and Bevanda (Beverage) — either mineral

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if we could share. We could and did! Irwin had the

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were later to discover, is well prepared

and fresh but beyond our budget.

On the second day, we visited the

port and decided not to take the cruise

going to the Greek Islands for one

week. We weren’t ready to be packed

in like the grilled sardines I had for

lunch, listening to loudspeakers and

unable to stay in a place longer than a

few hours. At least that’s the impression

we had of cruises before we took

one two weeks later in Greece.

Instead we boarded a chug-a-lug to

Muggia, a half an hour away (6 euro

28 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

Magnificent Muggia

return) and toured a lovely little port

town, sampled more gelate and more

delicious coffees. You get the picture!

What a beautiful little town. We

would have inquired about the

apartments for sale at 140,000 Euro

if it hadn’t been a lazy Sunday.

On the third day in the evening, we

boarded a ferry headed for Durres,

Albania for a return visit to this

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Howard Richler

This past July, Bobby Ackles, the President and

CEO of the BC Lions football team, died suddenly

of a heart attack at the age of 69.

By all accounts, Ackles was greatly liked and respected.

He had started out his employment with

the Lions as a water boy in 1953 and enjoyed successful

careers as a football executive both in the

Canadian Football League and the American National

Football League. Unfortunately, many of the

comments lauding him seemed to stress his having

overcome his height of less than 5 foot 4:

“To be a man so small in stature and accomplish

what he did in our league and in the National

Football League is incredible” – Saskatchewan

Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman

“While Ackles wasn’t very tall, the shoes he left

under the desk are awfully big.” – Kent Gilchrist,

The Province

“Small in stature, but a giant in life.” – Winnipeg

Free Press

The president and CEO of the BC Lions was a

great little football man who had been around the

game all his life.” – Mike Beamish, Vancouver Sun

Similarly, sportscaster Brian Williams and an

executive with the Lions drew attention to the fact

that Ackles reached great heights notwithstanding

his diminutive nature. Without meaning to, these

commentators are saying that being short is a

shortcoming that must be transcended.

Have these people never heard of the likes of

Woody Allen, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mel Brooks,

Truman Capote, Charlie Chaplin, Eddie Fisher,

Michael J. Fox, Francis of Assisi, Buckminster

Fuller, Yuri Gagarin, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry

Houdini, Immanuel Kant, John Keats, René

Lévesque, Aristotle Onassis, Pablo Picasso, Alexander

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Toulouse-Lautrec, Voltaire and Paul Williams –

none who exceeded 5 foot 5?

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and Josef Stalin from the above list.

It is not the stature of a person that presents the

problem, rather it is the prejudice directed to the

“vertically-challenged” that must be addressed.

We might say that good things come in small

packages, but as a society we’re obsessed with

height and perhaps even hard-wired to prefer people

who are tall. Economists have long been aware

that short men earn less than taller men. The average

height of a Fortune 500 CEO is around 6 feet

(roughly 3 inches taller than the male average).

Taller people earn approximately $1000 per inch

more a year than short ones. This is comparable

to the earning discrepancies that exist on the basis

of gender and race.

Discrimination expert Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, a

psychology research leader at Harvard, uses his

Implicit Association Test (ITA) to demonstrate

that “the vast majority of us harbour deeply rooted

negative feelings about shorter men.” The IAT is a

highly respected tool designed to quantify subconscious

prejudices. In a comprehensive study, Dr.

Banaji discovered that “height bias is in your face…

It’s as strong as other very important biases such

as race bias or gender bias.” His results were consistent

regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity.

In a 1995 article in The Economist, author

Jonathan Rauch stated that “height hierarchies are

established early, and persist for a long time. Tall

boys are deferred to and seen as mature, short

ones ridiculed and seen as childlike. Tall men are

seen as natural ‘leaders’ – short ones are called

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noticeably short: say, 5’5” and below. In a man’s

world, they do not impress. Indeed, the connection

between height and status is embedded in the

very language. Respected men have ‘stature’ and

are ‘looked up to,’ quite literally, as it turns out.”

That Bob Ackles could start off as a lowly water

boy and climb to the top executive position in a

large organization is truly impressive, inspiring and

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ART FOR ART’S SAKE

Starting Thursday September 11, 11 am – 6 pm,

the Thomas More Associates present the 44 th Exhibition

and Sale of Art by Contemporary Professional

Quebec Artists and a special retrospective of

the works of the late Sarah Gersovitz. Vernissage:

Tuesday, September 10 from 5 – 8 pm at 3405

Atwater. Info: 514-935-9585

Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September

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House of the Montreal Botanical Garden.

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Until Wednesday, September 24, view the oil

paintings of Ann Kruzelecky and meet the artist

Sunday, September 7 from 2 – 4 pm in the media

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Starting Thursday, September 25, the Montreal

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music in the works of Andy Warhol, featuring

photos of Elvis, Marilyn, Liz, and Mick Jagger.

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BAZAARS AND SALES

Saturday September 6, 10 am – 2 pm, St

Clement’s Church holds a rummage sale, Saturday

September 20, 10 am – 2 pm, a flea market

and Saturday, October 4, 10 am – 2 pm, a book

fair at 4322 Wellington, Verdun. Lunch will be

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Saturday, September 27 at 9 am, All Saints Anglican

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CLUBS

Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 pm Shaare

Zedek Sisterhood hosts an evening of kosher wine

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Saturday, September 13 at 9:30 am, Montreal

Urban Hikers Walking Club meets at Victoria

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Saturday, September 20 at 8 pm, Montreal’s

Single Person’s Association hosts a Mix & Mingle

dance party at St Catherine Labour Church,

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Sunday, September 7 at 7 pm, CANGRANDS

celebrates Grandparent’s Day and discusses the

importance of grand-parenting at 6350 Terrebonne.

Info: 514-733-4046

Sunday, September 7 at 9 am, the Winners

Walk of Hope benefits ovarian cancer research at

Mount Royal Park Smith House, 1260 Remembrance.

$25. Age 15 and under walk for free.

Info and pre-registration: 1-877 413-7970 x 232

Thursday, September 11, the National Council

of Jewish Women of Canada organizes a day trip

to Quebec City. Call for reservations. $73.

Info: 514-733-7589

Thursday, September 18 from 1 – 4 pm, the

Atwater Library holds a beading workshop. $15.

Info and registration: 514-935-7421

30 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September

28, The Montreal Public Poetry Festival hosts the

world’s first fringe-like festival devoted to poetry

with a line up of 100 poets at Café Culturelle,

5124 Sherbrooke W. Info: 514-484-9958

Sunday, September 28, join the Montreal Zoological

Society on a trip to the cranberry interpretation

center at St-Louis-de-Blandford.

Members $50/ non members $55. Reserve by

September 16. Info: 514-845-8317

Wednesday, October 1 at 7 pm, West Island

Palliative Care Residence hosts Fashion Show for

Funds at the Chateau Vaudreuil Pavilion, 21700

Route Transcanadienne, Vaudreuil-Dorion. $50 /

VIP $100. Info: 514-693-1718

Wednesday, October 1 at 12:30 pm, Atwater

Library marks the 80 th anniversary of Dr. Norman

Bethune’s arrival in Montreal. Info: 514-935-7344

LECTURES

Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm, Wendy

Edwards gives a workshop on ovarian cancer at

Beaconsfield Library. Info: 514-428-4460

Wednesday, September 17 at 12:30 pm, historian

Aaron Krishtalka, Dawson teacher, speaks on

Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica at Atwater

Library. Info: 514-935-7344

Wednesday, September 17 at 1 pm, Dinu

Bumbaru speaks on preserving Montreal’s architectural

heritage, at the Montreal Council of

Women at 2700 Rufus Rockhead, opposite the Atwater

Market. $6. Info: 514-768-1245

Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm at Temple

Emanu-El Beth Sholom, Jerusalemite Eliezer

Yaari discusses Israel’s strategies for coping with

internal challenges, 4100 Sherbrooke W.

Info: 514-937-3575

Thursday, September 18, 1:30 – 3 pm at Pointe

Claire Library, Dino Riccio presents a photographic

journey of China’s silk road.

Info: 514-630-1218

LITERARY FARE

Saturday, September 6 from 10 am – 4 pm,

Thomas More Institute holds a book sale and open

house at 3405 Atwater. Info: 514-935-9585

Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm, Howard Shrier

discusses his mystery thriller, Buffalo Jump at the

Leisure Institute, 425 Metcalfe. $5. Reservations

required: 514-937-9471

Wednesday, September 10 at 12:30 pm, Julie

Barlow speaks on recent developments in France

and her latest book The Story of French at Atwater

Library. Info: 514-935-7344

Wednesday, September 10, Centre Greene

holds a fundraiser and reading of Scapegoat Carnivale

Theatre’s upcoming production of Life is a

Dream at 1090 Greene. Info: 514-287-8912

Wednesday, September 10 at 10 am, Michael

Tritt reviews Away by Amy Bloom at Temple

Emanu-El, 395 Elm. $8. Info: 514-937-3575

Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 pm, Atwater

book club, led by author Mary Soderstrom, discusses

De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage, at the library.

Info: 514-935-7344

Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 pm, Renata

Witelson Hornstein will launch her Holocaust

memoir A Tumultuous Journey: Horror, Hope and

Happiness at the Jewish Public Library.

Info: 514-345-2627 x 3010

Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm, Atwater Poetry

Project features readings by poets Maxianne

Berger and Peter Dale Scott at the library.

Info: 514-935-7344

Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 pm, Temple

Emanu-El Beth Sholom presents film screening

and discussion of My Dear Clara at 395 Elm.

Info: 514-937-3575

Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm, Monique

Polak discusses What World is Left (my mother’s

untold story) at McGill Faculty Club, 3450 Mc-

Tavish. $10 / $3 students. Info: 514-484-0146

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm, the Jewish

Public Library holds a book launch of

Women in Power, a novel by Blema Steinberg.

$10 / $5 students and JPL members.

Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm, Concordia

hosts a lecture by former senator Michael Kirby

on the launch of the Mental Health Commission

of Canada at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141

Sherbrooke W. Info: 514-486-1448

Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm, Penn Kemp,

Paul Serralheiro and Barry Webster read poetry

and prose at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer. $5.

Info: 514-398-6243

Thursday, September 25 at 12:30 pm, Atwater

Library hosts a reading and talk by poet Dennis

Lee. Info: 514-935-7344

Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 am, The Kite

Runner by Khaled Hosseini will be reviewed at

Beaconsfield Library. Info: 514-428-4460

Saturday October 4 from 10 am - 2 pm, St

Clements Church holds a book fair at 4322

Wellington, Verdun. Info: 514-769-5373

MUSIC

Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September

12, Ogilvy series at Ogilvy Tudor Hall features Johann

Sebastian Bach.

Info: 514-982-6038

Friday, October 3, POP Montreal presents Burt

Bacharach live in concert at Église St-Jean-

Baptiste, 309 Rachel E. $55. Info: 514-842-1919

THEATRE

Until Saturday, September 13, Montreal Theatre

Ensemble and John Abbott College Department

of Theatre and Music, presents Of Mice and

Men at the Casgrain Theatre, 21275 Lakeshore,

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Info: 514-287-8912

Until Sunday, September 28, Leanor and Alvin

Segal Theatre presents Dangerous Liaisons at

5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine. Info: 514-739-2301

À vendre Piano for sale

COMPANION

514 488-9003

light housekeeping, cooking

$15/hr. part time weekdays

Excellent references (Senior Times)

514-570-8373


L I M I T L E S S

L E A R N I N G

Computers Increase your computer

skills in an

intimate setting at

Atwater Library

and Computer

Centre. Private lessons

are available.

Introduction to Windows

and email: Understand the basic

functioning of Windows and email.

The course runs for 8 hours at $115,

10 am - 12 pm Mondays to Thursdays

in October, and 6 pm - 8 pm

Mondays and Wednesdays in October

and November.

Introduction to Excel: Format worksheets,

use numerical functions, create

graphs, charts, spread sheets,

analyze data, plot trends and sort information.

The course runs for 8

hours at $115, 6 pm to 8 pm, Mondays,

November 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Searching the Internet: Search for

news and information, learn web

pages, saving and printing. The

course runs for 4 hours at $55, 10 am

- 12 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays

in October and November.

Introduction to Word: Create, edit,

print, save, use formatting tools to

adjust headers and footers, grammar

and spelling. The course runs for 8

hours at $115, 10 am - 12 pm Mondays

and Wednesdays in October.

Facebook: Connect with friends and

family using today’s hottest social

networking tool. $15. Friday, September

26, 10 am - 12 pm.

Get organized: Learn how to create,

label and organize your files and

folders. $15. Wednesday, October 15,

10 am - 12 pm.

Christmas cards: Create cards with

Word. $15. Friday, November 14,

10 am - 12 pm.

Info: 514-935-7344 or

atwaterlibrary.ca

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors

Computer Learning Center offers

basic and advanced computer

classes five days a week. Be comfortable

and familiar with operating

Windows applications including

Word, spreadsheets, graphics, games

and the Internet. Courses are $90.

Info: 514-342-1234 x 7348

Computer courses at Pointe Claire

Library run Monday, September 15

until December. $35 for 6 hours.

the art of posture

Get a fresh new look!

Learn to acquire a good balanced posture!

Improve your breathing, boost your energy, focus

your attention, not just sitting up straight!

Register now!

New classes from Sept. 11 to Dec. 20

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The Montreal School for the Alexander Technique 514-259-5665

Learn introduction to computers, Internet,

Internet plus, Excel, Excel plus

and Word. Register by September 9

for residents and September 10 for

non-residents. Info: 514-630-1218

Fitness and wellness

The Creative Social

Center invites everyone

to join

their folk dancing

group Wednesdays

from

10:45 am to 11:45

am. Folk dancing engages body and

mind through movement, music, social

interaction and learning new

steps.

Practice yoga postures with Ruth

Dranov and learn to stretch the

muscles for a better range of motion.

Classes take place Tuesdays and

Thursdays, 11 am - 12 pm.

Aerobics has been named the fountain

of youth as it benefits all the body’s

organs, including the brain. This

course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays,

10 am - 11 am with Ruth Dranov.

5237 Clanranald.

Info: 514-488-0907

Teapot 50+ Center at 2901 St-

Joseph in Lachine offers a variety of

ways to stay fit. Starting Thursday,

September 25 at 1 pm, their 10 week

course of chair exercises is designed

for those with limited mobility. $3

per class.

Starting Tuesday, September 9 at

9:30 am, Rona Donald teaches aerobics.

$3 per class.

Starting Tuesday, September 9 at

1:30 pm, Marie Schaffhauser teaches

line dancing. $35 for 10 weeks.

Yoga classes with Shalini start Thursday,

September 11 at 1 pm. $100 for

10 weeks.

Info: 514-637-5627 or theteapot.org

Vanier College offers aquatic courses

Saturday, September 13 to Sunday,

December 7.

Call 514-744-7000 to register.

This Fall at the library

5851 Cavendish Blvd. Côte Saint-Luc, QC 514-485-6900 elcslpl.org

Computers 101

Introduction to computers and how to use

them. (for library members)

Courses begin on September 8,

September 9 and October 20

$60 for 6 sessions

Your Smile: Healthy for Life

with Dentist Dr. Michael Wiseman

Thursday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $3

Lecture: Fashions of the 1940s

Tuesday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $3

Currency Trading (FOREX)

Get some tips on foreign exchange currency

trading from expert Marcel Stein.

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $3

Aviva Ravel Reads

Côte Saint-Luc’s favourite playwright will

read from a number of her well-known plays.

Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $3

Les Boréades in Concert

Presented by The Conseil des arts de Montréal

en tournée and the library.

Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $3

Lecture: The President

McGill professor Gil Troy will discuss US

politics and the upcoming American

presidential elections.

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $3

All Night Read-a-thon

Help raise money for the Comfy Cozy Fund

by reading all night in the library.

Saturday, October 25

7:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m.

Concert: Ensemble Caprice

performs Vivaldi and the Gypsies

Innovative interpretations of Baroque

music presented by the Conseil des arts de

Montréal en tournée and the library.

Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $5

Salon des écrivains / Author’s Salon

Local authors perform short readings from

their works.

Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $2

Ami Sands Brodo� &

Gina Roitman

Author Talk for Jewish book Month

Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $2

This is only a taste of what’s

happening at the library, for more

information come in and pick up a

program brochure or check us out

online at www.elcslpl.org.

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L I M I T L E S S

Humanities

The McGill Institute for Learning

in Retirement offers study groups

to people 55 and over. Participants

choose from literature,

music, history,

religion,

travel, and creative

writing.

Learning from

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name of the game. The new term

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Join us

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latest in over 200 day

and evening courses in

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new this fall

• What World is Left:

Monique Polak book

launch and signing

• Clay Sculpture

• Sex, Lies and

Corruption in Politics

• Kaballah: The Search

for Inner Joy, Happiness

and Fulfillment

• Zumba … and more!

register now for fall courses

Call 514.342.1234 or visit www.cummingscentre.org

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CUMMINGS

JEWISH CENTRE

FOR SENIORS

ten weeks. Orientation is Thursday,

September 11 at 688 Sherbrooke W,

Suite 229.

Info: 514-398-8234 or mcgill.ca/milr

Analyze current affairs at Cummings

Jewish Centre for Seniors. Examine

political corruption in national and

international politics. Courses run

Tuesdays from September to November.

$15 to $36.

Info & registration: 514-342-1234

The Pointe Claire Library offers Genealogy

courses beginning Wednesday,

October 1 from 1:30 pm – 4:30

pm and 6 pm – 9 pm, at the Pointe

Claire Library. $30 for 6 hours.

Info: 514-630-1218

Revisit the myth of Helen of Troy at

Thomas More Institute. Trace the

changing visions of her and discover

why this is a classic of Euripides,

Stresichorus, Theocritus and Ovid.

Course begins Wednesday, September

24 at 3:45 pm and runs for 12

weeks. Other humanities courses offered

by Thomas More include Across

Asia on the silk road, Berlin: expelling

the ghosts of history, and Freedom and

equality and the spirit of inquiry.

Info: 514-935-9585

Vanier College offers courses in

world views, knowledge, ethical issues

and industrial electronics Mondays,

Wednesdays, Thursdays and

Saturdays, 6 pm - 9 pm, 9 am - 1:20

pm and 6 pm - 10:20 pm.

Info: 514-744-7000

Languages

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors

offers basic and intermediate

English, French, Spanish and Hebrew.

Develop and improve

conversation

and reading skills.

For times and fees,

call 514-342-1234.

SIVANANDA

YOGA

Postures

Breathing

Relaxation

Meditation

5178

St-Laurent

Teapot 50+ Center holds intermediate

Spanish courses with Irma de la

Luz Pérez starting Tuesday, September

9 at 10:30 am.

Info: 514-637-5627 or

theteapot.org

Vanier College offers introductory

and literature courses in English and

French. A placement test is required

for all English courses.

Literary Themes, Literary Genres

and Introduction to College English,

run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

from 6 pm - 10 pm.

Elementary French with intensive

runs Saturdays, September 6 to

October 25 from 9 am - 3:30 pm.

Info: 514-744-7000

Learn Yiddish at the Jewish Public

Library starting Monday, September

8 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. $86 students,

$96 library members, $106 nonmembers.

Info: 514-345-2627 x 3006

Performance

The recorder group turns music

into a fun activity at the Creative

Social Center. Classes are Wednesdays

9:30 am - 10:30

am with Edna

Janco.

The Creative Social

Center choir

sings a repertoire

of popular,

traditional and

classic songs. The

choir class is Thursdays

from 1 pm - 3 pm with Brian Brice.

To register: 514-488-0907

All would-be thespians are welcome

to join the Teapot 50+ Center drama

group with Kevin O’Halloran. Rehearsals

start Friday, September 12 at

1 pm.

Info: 514-637-5627 or

theteapot.org

Tuesdays at 10:30 am


L E A R N I N G

Visual arts Cummings Centre for

Seniors offers photography

classes

this fall.

Learn how to transfer

images from your

digital camera onto a

computer and do basic photo editing.

Bring your camera with attachments

and manual. The course starts

Wednesday, September 24 from 9:30

am - 12:30 pm. $21.

Improve photo-taking skills and

master the technical and artistic aspects

of digital photography. Learn

how to control shutter speed, ISO,

white balance and flash. Get acquainted

with digital retouching and

printing software. View and discuss

contemporary artistic photography

as a means of acquiring helpful

photo-taking tips. Wednesday, October

29 to November 19 from 2:30 pm

- 4:30 pm. $65.

Learn to paint and work with

acrylics, prepare a support, mix

colour, and create textures. Enjoy

this versatile medium through stimulating

projects with personal guidance.

Materials not included.

Mondays, September 8 to December

1 from 9 am - 12 pm. $150.

Discover the facets of creating with

glass and create small projects using

techniques in glass mosaic, stained

glass and glass fusing. Materials not

included. The course runs Wednesdays,

October 29 to December 3

from 9 am - 12 pm. $70.

Info: 514-342-1234

Learn to draw and discover your creativity

at the Creative Social Center

with Miriam Cohen, Wednesdays

from 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm.

Eugene Jankowski teaches sculpture

Wednesdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am.

Starting Monday, September 8, Gordon

Hincks invites everyone to come

by and paint up a storm. $70 for the

10 week course.

Info: 514-488-0907

Writing and music

Starting Wednesday, September 24

from 3pm – 5 pm, Beaconsfield Library

holds creative writing workshops

with Timothy Fain. $40

members, $45 nonmembers.Registration

until Friday,

September 19.

Info: 514-428-4460

The Creative Social Center creative

writing group provides a space for

aspiring writers. Classes are given by

Judith Castle.

Call 514-488-0907 to register.

Creative writing starts at the Pointe

Claire Library Thursday, September

18 from 3 pm - 5 pm. $40 for 10

hours.

Info: 514-630-1218 x 1632

It’s “all about music” at Thomas

More Institute. Discover the basics

— timbre, rhythm, harmony and

acoustics, get to know the orchestra

and its instruments, study the sociology

of music-making and philosophize

about music. The course starts

Monday, October 20 at 1:30 pm for

24 weeks.

Info: 514-935-9585

Continuing education

E.N.C.O.R.E begins registration

Tuesday, September 2 for Fall

courses including acrylic painting,

drawing, bridge, music-jazz, philosophy,

Tai Chi, yoga, quilting,

world crisis, creative writing, and

hand-writing analysis at 1857 de

Maisonneuve W.

Info: 514-484-1846.

Dawson College Continuing Education

offers credit and non-credit

courses. Classes include business administration,

computer science, economics,

English, French, history,

humanities, mathematics, mechanical

engineering technology, psychology,

sciences, social sciences and

sociology.

Info: 514-933-3771

John Abbott College offers credit

and non-credit courses. Most

credit courses are in three hour

sessions over 15 weeks. These include

business administration,

computer science, economics,

English, history, humanities,

mathematics, physical education,

psychology and publication & web

design.

Non-credit courses are offered

evenings and Saturdays. Classes

include business, computer, computers

& digital photography,

dance, entrepreneurship, event

planning & fundraising, finance &

investment, fine arts, professional

development, languages, pharmaceutical

technology and retirement.

Info: 514-457-6610 x 5355 or 5361

Vanier College provides introductory

courses in social science, science,

business, accounting,

geography, management, mathematics,

physics, and marketing

evenings Monday to Friday, starting

at 6 pm.

Info: 514-744-7000

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Animation

Computer-Aided Design

Computer Basics & Office

Applications

Graphic Applications & Web Design

• Languages

English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian

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and conferences. Pointe Claire

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non-residents register Wednesday,

September 10 at 10 am.

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Larry’s Shoes closes after 68 years

Byron Toben

Larry’s Shoes, a fixture on Queen Mary since

1940, closed its doors on August 31.

Back in the 1920s, Alan Levy’s grandfather, a recent

immigrant to Montreal, founded M. Levy Shoes

on St-Laurent near Napoleon, not far from Moishe’s

Steakhouse. His son Larry followed Horace Greeley’s

famous advice to“go West, young man”and opened

the Queen Mary location in 1940. Alan joined in

1961 and assisted until 1986, when Larry retired at

the age of 86. Alan then ran the shop on his own for

22 years. Until now – truly the end of an era.

The store was always family oriented. In 1997, the

focus shifted to seniors, reflecting the changing de-

Kids having kids

Natacha Tremblay

Claire (not her real name) is 16. In two months, she

will graduate from high school at the top of her class.

This summer, she will travel abroad on an internship

with Doctors without Borders. In September,

she will begin studying Pure and Applied Science at

Dawson.In October,she will give birth to a baby boy.

“I’ve always been more mature than most people my

age so I don’t see a problem with having a baby,”Claire

says.“The way I see it, if I start having kids early, I finish

having kids early too and I’m not too old and ugly

to have fun by the time my kids go away to college.”

Claire says she is going to work as the manager of

a Shell gas station and move out of her house to

marry her boyfriend, who is 26, as soon as possible.

According to Angela Freeman, a pediatric psychologist,

the phenomenon of teens wanting to become

parents is neither a new trend nor a rare one.

34 THE SENIOR TIMES September 2008

mographic of the neighbourhood.In this age of Asian

imports, Al Levy reminds us that Quebec was once a

center of quality shoe manufacturing with brands like

Slater,Tetrault,McFarland-Lefevbre and White Cross.

In the 1970s, the U.S. invaded with names like Florsheim

and Brown. More than shoe offerings are disappearing

with this closing. Al Levy is known in the

district for his humourous schmoozing and recollections

of history.Larry’s was always good for shoes and

sympathy, and will be sadly missed.

“Summing it up, my clients were my extended

family, and many are upset. When you build up a

lot of trust, it goes a long way — the handshakes

and the hugs hurt. This is the end of one chapter,

and the beginning of another.”

“I’ve dealt with cases where 12-year-olds came to

me, telling me they felt they were ready to become

parents,” Freeman said. “Most of them don’t go

through with it, but sometimes it happens.” Freeman

explained that this usually appears when a

child did not have a real family life, or had a bad one.

Having an older significant other is also a reason

teens may resort to having children. She says that

being involved with an older person and trying to

keep the relationship interesting is a lot of pressure.

“Teens often agree to do things per the demand of

their older significant other, but the drastic decision of

having a child at 15 or 16 usually indicates that the person

has extremely advanced emotional dependency,”

Freeman said. “The most likely scenario is that these

teenshaveneverfeltlovedbyanyoneuntiltheymetthis

manorwomanandtheyarenotwillingtogivethatup.”

Claire, who is already four months pregnant, says

she decided to have a baby because she felt it was

the right time in her life. Her parents say the

young girl never showed any signs of emotional

instability and claim they were not aware she had

been dating an older man for over a year.

“I knew they wouldn’t approve of my boyfriend

and that they wouldn’t approve of me having a baby,

that’s why I didn’t tell them,” Claire said. “It has

nothing to do with me being ashamed. I am so

proud of being pregnant. It’s the only good thing

that’s ever happened to me.” After meeting Claire,

Freeman says she is not surprised by her decision.

She was an overachiever being run into the ground.

“Often,overachieving teens feel like the love of their

parents depends on their achievements and they seek

the unconditional love a child will give them,” Freeman

said.“They feel the need to start a family so that

they can avoid making the same mistakes with their

children that they feel their parents made with them.”

Freeman says teens will continue having children

younger and younger as family values disintegrate in

North America due to the lack of family bonding or

parental presence in a child’s life. “I was never very

close to my parents and I really want to be very close

to this baby,” Claire said. “I want to be like the

Gilmore Girls with my son.Yeah, that would be nice.”

UPCOMING

The Senior Times

Semiannual

Housing

Supplement

October ’08

Honouring

our veterans

November ’08

Répertoire des

ressources

pour 50+ December ’08

Grandparents

raising

grandkids January ’09

ONLINE

theseniortimes.com


The unusual suspects

Kristine Berey

Almost daily there is a new report

linking chemicals in our everyday

environment to cancer, from our

shower curtains to the canned

food we eat. This illness has been

steadily on the rise since the

1950s.

Consider these facts, published

by Health Canada and Canadian

cancer agencies in 2004:

• In the 1930s, 1 in 10 Canadians

could expect to develop cancer

over their lifetime.

• By the 1970s, that number was

1 in 5.

• By 2004, 1 in 2.4 Canadian men

and 1 in 2.7 Canadian women may

be diagnosed with cancer.

Over 23,000 chemicals are present

in Canadian industrial and

consumer goods such as pesticides,

cleaning products, food, personal

care products and plastics. Not all

chemicals in all products have been

tested adequately, as even when

safe levels are established for a substance,

time or length of exposure

and interaction with other chemi-

cals is not always taken into account.

The good news is that as public

awareness grows, the rules change.

Health Canada is in the process of

compiling a “hotlist” of suspected

toxins. And cosmetics companies

must now declare the ingredients

that make up their products.

For now a consumer’s best defense

is to read the label. Here are a

few substances to avoid, from the

Cancer Smart Guide published by

Vancouver’s Labour Environmental

Alliance Society and available

locally from from Breast Cancer

Action Montreal:

• Bisphenol-A, an endocrine-disrupting

chemical present in plastic

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Cotton Castle gives rise to Spa-City in Southeast Turkey

Times and Places

Molly Newborn

There is a certain ease and carelessness that I feel

when traveling with a tour group as opposed to

traveling solo. When traveling solo I do the research.

I know exactly where I’m going and why.

I memorize a map of my destination along with

all the attractions. Surprises are minimal. As

part of a tour group my survival instincts take a

back seat and I coast along knowing my tour

guide will be taking us to all the hot spots. We

were on our way to a place called Pamukkale –

Cotton Castle in Turkish. Located in the Denizli

Province in southeast Turkey, it is a major tourist

attraction not to be missed.

Our little tour bus rolled into town late at night.

Mustafa, the hotel owner and chef, welcomed us

joyously into his hotel and did not waste any time

putting food on the table. He insisted we fuel up

on food and sleep for our big hike in the morning.

A hike? Hmmm… I wondered what could

possibly be so grueling that I was stuffing my face

to do it.

The next morning I dressed for the hike, careful

to respect the unofficial Muslim modesty rule that

we were politely asked to obey throughout our

Walking along Pamukkale’s cliffs

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Turkish trek. I wore jeans, a tank top and a little

sweater to cover my shoulders. Mustafa, our tour

guide, informed us that most of the way up the

travertines we must be barefoot. This was starting

to sound a little strange. But from what I had experienced

so far, strange was no stranger in Turkey.

We started out from our hotel, walked a couple

of streets, turned the corner and were suddenly in

what looked like a winter wonderland, in the middle

of the southwest Turkish landscape, in October.

It seemed as though the entire side of the hill

was covered in glistening white snow.

As we approached the foot of the hill, Mustafa explained

that this anomaly was white limestone

from calcium deposits. We were standing in an area

that was struck several times by earthquakes, which

gave rise to hot springs. The water flows down the

mountain and deposits its calcium while cooling,

creating this very unique-looking blinding white

frozen waterfall. We slowly made our way up the

250-metre hillside to the plateau, barefoot and in

disbelief. The water flowed between my toes as I

carefully wandered up the hill. I stopped occasionally

to bask in the scene. The prayer call of the

mosque echoed while I watched the many tourists

march up the hill in their speedos and string bikinis.

I suspected the unofficial modesty rule did not

apply in Pamukkale. The bottoms of my jeans were

getting wet. It was hot. I suddenly wished I had

worn my bikini so that I could jump into one of

the pools of hot spring water on the way up. The

youngest of the group, and always the slowest, I was

last to make it to the top.

The ancient city of Hierapolis awaited us atop

the cotton castle we had climbed. Founded in the

2nd Travertine pools

century BCE by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum

(an ancient Greek city in modern-day

Turkey) the spa-city prospered with the help of

the healing powers of the water. Tourists can still

swim in the 36˚C ancient sacred pool – the Antique

Pool. Sounds impressive but the Antique

Pool is saturated with tourists, kiosks and overpriced

cafes. Much more impressive was walking

through the white-stoned, pillar-lined streets of

the ancient city, imagining its beauty and glory

centuries ago. There is a brilliant Roman theatre

located behind the Antique Pool, which seats

12,000 spectators. It occurred to me that the cities

Climbing the Cotton Castle


of today are not much different than the ancient

cities. Nonetheless, the ancient cities had a certain

magnificence and grandeur that our modern-day

ones are much lacking. From one perspective

we’ve come so far as a civilization, but from another

we haven’t even budged.

The sunset from the summit was like nothing I

had ever seen. Beautiful reds and yellows glow

from the white limestone spring-water pools.

Looking past the pools and the cotton castle into

the vast deserted land ahead is breathtaking.

I slowly made my way back down through the

warm waterfall, enjoying every moment of this

natural phenomenon while at the same time trying

my very best not to slip. One wrong step and I

could have slid all the way down the castle. It was

Hierapolis ruins Hot spring waterfall

dark when I reached the bottom, and the rough

limestone made my feet as smooth as butter.

The next morning we all piled back into out

little tour bus and chugged up the twisty cliff-hugging

side roads along the shores of southwest

Turkey to rendezvous with our next dazzling and

bizarre surprise of a destination.

September 2008 THE SENIOR TIMES 37


“China” town belongs to everyone

Rachel Lau

Chinatown, the place to discover Asia in Montreal.

At least, that’s what I thought until I found

out that the small streets near metro Place

d’Armes no longer accommodate only Chinese,

but are filled with Montrealers of all backgrounds

itching for an oriental experience.

“On some days there’s a half and half mix,” says

Kico, an employee at Commerce Chung Fung.

“But I have mostly Caucasian customers.”

They are attracted to Chinatown by the current

craze in Japanese fashion and cartoons. There’s no

better place to buy jewellery, clothing, books and

more, directly from Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

There are so many white Harajukus, Bishies and

Otakus,” he says – Harajuku and Bishie are two

styles of Japanese dress, while Otaku is a derogatory

term for someone obsessed with Japanese cartoons.

Outside the Japanese community people seem to

be proud to call themselves Otaku. “It’s odd to see

French kids wearing J-Rock outfits. Mainly they

buy plushies, stickers, Japanese dramas and posters

with Naruto or Final Fantasy on them.”

The first time I went to Chinatown, two of my

friends took me to a small café called L2. For

someone who was brought up in a traditional

Chinese family, I have to say that for once in my

life, I had no idea what I was eating. This is because

some restaurants have had to westernize

their menus to accommodate Western diners.

They always want to eat General Tao Chicken,”

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times they bring their Asian friends and even they

ask for General Tao. It’s funny, because we’ve westernized

Asian children.”

The original dish is General Tso’s Chicken, dating

back to the 1600’s Qing dynasty. The modified

version is a popular dish introduced to

North America in the early 70s as an example of

Hunan and Szechuan-style cooking. Unlike our

beloved sweet, honey-covered General Tao

Chicken, traditional Hunan meals are quite spicy

and not very sweet.

Xiu-Lan says that the influx of Westerners into

Chinatown is good for business. “Every day I get

more and more Caucasians coming in. They come

here to try something different. Like bubble tea,

they don’t know what it is and they come here to

find out.”

One amusing result of the intermingling is the

sight of non-Asians fluent in Chinese or Japanese

addressing us in our “mother” tongue and getting

nowhere, since some of our families haven’t spoken

it in generations. Montrealers, thinks Xiu-Lan,

are exceptionally open to other cultures and quick

to adopt some of their features.“People who come

from Asia dress like Caucasians and try to fit into

the society. But people from here are trying to find

something different so they can stand out. I think

it’s definitely a good change.”

Today’s Chinatown, like much of the city, has become

less an ethnic enclave than a multicultural

marketplace. For those who haven’t been lately, it’s

worth a trip to see the change firsthand.

Photos: Rachel Lau


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