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Getting to know Businessman, Philanthropist and Community Leader Charles Bronfman

Charles Bronfman is a remarkable man. With a net worth of $2.3 billion (U.S.), according to Forbes, he is greatly admired for his philanthropy, community leadership and of course, his past ownership of the Montreal Expos. Now I am not one to read many books as I spend virtually all of my free time on the […]

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Lisée’s Victory as New PQ Leader could be Bad News for Liberals

The next Quebec provincial election is fewer than two years away and the current Liberal government, led by flip-flopping Premier Philippe Couillard, must be feeling somewhat uneasy after the Parti Québécois elected the very smooth Jean-François Lisée as its new leader. There is only one reason why the Liberals still lead in the polls and

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Did Jacques Parizeau Really Deserve to have a Park Named After Him?

As a city councillor in the mostly-Jewish Montreal municipality of Côte Saint-Luc, one of my portfolios is naming rights. When we attach a name to a park, building, street or event, a tremendous amount of thought and consideration goes into the process. Most recently we renamed a street after the legendary Rabbi Sidney Shoham, who passed away

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Changing of the Guard: Three Montreal-area Synagogues Welcome New Rabbis

Montreal’s Jewish community is about to mark its first Rosh Hashanah in many years minus the presence of three extraordinary spiritual leaders: Rabbis Sidney Shoham, Ron Aigen and Chaim Steinmetz. Rabbi Shoham served Beth Zion Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc for 50 years. Although officially retired when he passed away suddenly on Sept. 20, 2015, he

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Despite Couillard’s Suspect Leadership Federalist Liberals Still on Top

It is great to be back writing for B’nai Brith Canada, our country’s pre-eminent human rights organization. During the 17 years I served as the former Jewish Tribune Newspaper’s Quebec bureau chief, a common topic was the Jewish community and its degree of comfort with the provincial government of the day. We have gone back and forth

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