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'2016 the Negative and the Positively Wonderful' Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Debbie Reynolds - and one that hit home hard here in Montreal, Leonard Cohen. Seems like one horrible nightmare, and perhaps it was - but if we can wake up to the more positive events which transpired in 2016, events overshadowed by all the media attention to the negative, we can find some positively wonderful things awaiting us. On the global side:


et me start by saying this… although the human race presently appears to be falling into a black hole, darkness will not prevail - for the light within the many is far brighter in spectrum. The year 2016 will probably be remembered as one of the most turbulent times in recent history. There have been increased acts of radical terrorism, civilian and mass gun shootings, rioting, racism, violent revolutions, spying, hacking and divisions between people at a time in our evolution when we should be at peace with one another. Fear, deeply imbedded in people's psyches rose to the surface under the guise of conviction. Social media was filled with quasi-experts on everything, citing sources from fake, satirical or one-sided news sites, often making expert conclusions from just a headline. Few bothered to go beyond the stories they read or

heard to find the actual facts behind the trending posts of the day - bypassing anything they did not want to see. A magnitude of unhappiness and anger exploded to the surface unhappiness and anger that was always there. Recent events simply gave rise to it. Many people began blaming everyone

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but themselves for their problems. They couldn't see the truth nor did they want to. But it is society at large that is at fault for all this unease.

The good news is last year also gave rise to a rapidly growing movement of people who have thrown away their rose colored glasses and are taking action. We have seen Muslims, Jews and Christians stand together as one. We have seen women of all backgrounds rise together against abuse in unprecedented numbers - with men beside them. We have seen our Aboriginal people lead the way to change, which will benefit all of humanity. As there were those who seemed to fall into the abyss, there were those who awakened and took action standing up for the truth. On a more somber note, last year we experienced the loss of beloved artists and cultural icons in unprecedented numbers; David Bowie, Glen Frey, Prince, Merle Haggard, Greg Lake and Bob Walsh.There was also Elie Wiesel, René Angélil, Carrie Fisher and her mother

- CURE FOR HIV IS GETTING CLOSER A British man with HIV was the first patient to receive a treatment that combined antiretroviral drugs with a drug that reactivates dormant HIV and a vaccine that stimu-

lates the immune system in an attempt to destroy the cells carrying the virus. After the first treatment he showed no signs of the virus.

- ZIKA VIRUS WAS DOWNGRADED by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is no longer considered a global health emergency and was downgraded to a 'chronic threat level' this year. The risks are still there but they are working on a new long-term strategy to tackle the virus. - THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE that went viral on social media in 2015 was suc-

cessful enough to help fund a breakthrough in the disease this year. NEK1, a newly identified gene contributing to the disease, has given scientists a possible target for developing therapies. - VOLUNTEERS IN INDIA PLANTED 50 MILLION TREES IN 24 HOURS During the Paris Climate Change Conference, India pledged to increase forest coverage to 95 million hectares by 2030. Their government is investing $6.2 billion towards the effort to raise awareness of the government's nation-wide plan to 'make India green again'.

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THE DEPARTURE OF AN ICON Leonard Cohen was born in Westmount but chose to live in the Plateau near Saint Laurent Boulevard. An area marked by successive waves of immigrants, including, of course, many of the members of his Jewish community at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.That was also the neighbourhood where Mordecai Richler grew up and where he concocted most of his stories. See online for more:

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r. Stock, who is born and raised in Montreal and now lives in St. Lazare, Quebec, is a man often lauded for his successes on the ice where he spent seven years as a professional hockey player, playing for the likes of the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. PJ's professional hockey career was brought to a halt when a eye injury led to an early retirement, but his successes continued to grow off the ice. See online for more: January 14, 2017 •

Sun Youth starting off 2017 on the right foot


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he year 2017 began with an outpouring of generosity toward the volunteers of Sun Youth. Indeed, there are over 1,500 volunteers who lend a hand to Sun Youth’s staff in order to help people in need throughout the year and this time, it was their turn to be spoiled. In recognition for this devotion, the well-known restaurant L'Avenue, which established in 1994, opened its doors on January 1st for the 250 volunteers, families and members of Sun Youth. Indeed, the employees of the establishment, located on the Plateau MontRoyal, non-remunerated during this special event, cooked and served delightful dishes as a way of reward and as a sign of thankfulness towards

those heroes in the shadow during the Holidays. "Sun Youth is very pleased to be able to thank its volunteers for their good work during the holiday season and to enable families in need to start the year on the right foot," explains Lisa Perreault, Volunteer Coordinator at Sun Youth. For the past three years, L'Avenue has been getting involved in the community. Indeed, on December 24th 2014, the customers didn’t have to pay for their meals. The following year, $6000 were given to a disadvantaged school in the neighborhood. This year, the owner of the Avenue, Milton Safos, explains that he wanted to grant a particular thought to our team of volunteers: "We are very happy to be able to warm the hearts of volunteers and

families in need for the beginning of the year. It's important for us to give back to the community". In addition to the excellent meals, the employees of the restaurant gave new toys to children in need as part of the Sun Youth Holidays campaign. We would like to thank L’Avenue’s team for their kind attention towards us as well as for their work in the community in the past and in the near future, given that Mr Safos intends to show generosity through various ways during the time of Holidays, and to make a tradition of it for his restaurant. We are always proud of our Plateau neighbors' show of generosity and solidarity. Thanks to you, we start the year on the right foot!

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Where to go sledding around Montreal A listing of local hills


to regroup and warm-up after a few runs. Some of the sledding hills below also By John Symon offer sled rentals: 1) Beaver Lake (Mount ledding (tobogganing) Royal Park) 1260 Rememis a great family outing, brance Rd, Montreal, (514) especially with 872-8240 www.lemonyounger children. It is (This hill also healthy, affordable and gen- features snow tubing and arerally found close by. A vari- tificial snowmaking) ety of fine sleds can be 2) Bois-de-Liesse Nature purchased at many Mon- Park; 3555 Douglas B. Floretreal-area stores, but you ani, Ville-St-Laurent, (514) can also just use big card- 280-6678 • www.ville.monboard boxes. To properly enjoy the activity, dress 3) Laval Nature Centre, yourself and kids warmly 901 Park Ave., Laval (450) under a windproof layer; the 662-4942 snow tends to infiltrate into 4) Longueuil Regional the tiniest gaps under cloth- Park, 1895 Adoncour St., ing. And while there are Longueuil, (450) 468-7617 • many sledding hills around Montreal, the ones below 5) Mont St. Hilaire Cengenerally have a heated tre, for Nature Conservabuilding, telephone, wash- tion, 422 des Moulins Rd., rooms, and a snack bar St-Hilaire, (450) 467-1755 • nearby. Such amenities are appreciated by families search/msh with young kids who need 6) Murray Hill Park, (officontinued on Page 7

- WILD TIGER POPULATION HAS INCREASED According to the World Wildlife Fund, Canada's largest international conservation organization and the Global Tiger Forum (an inter-governmental organization for the conservation of tigers in the wild) there were only an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the wild, but since 2010 it has gone up to 3,890 - due to more protective measures and studies. - GIANT PANDAS UPGRADED FROM AN ENDANGERED SPECIES TO 'VULNERABLE' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Due to an increase in the number of giant pandas born in China, there are now over 2,000 in the wild. • January 14, 2017

- NASA'S JUNO SPACECRAFT IS NOW IN JUPITER'S ORBIT after a five year, 1.8 million mile journey through space. The probe's mission; to explore the origins of the largest planet in our solar system for 20 months. Named after a Roman goddess who could see through clouds, it is scheduled to plunge into Jupiter in 2018, ending its mission. - PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT WAS FINALLY SIGNED signaling in a new era where climate change is taken seriously. It's a big step forward as 117 UNFCCC members, from countries who contribute close to 55 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the agreement - enough for it to enter into force. And finally and most importantly, advanced technology was the

cially known as King George Park), Westmount Ave. and Murray Hill Ave., Westmount, (514) 989-5353 7) P. E.Trudeau Park, (formerly known as Centennial Park), Mackle Rd. and Stephen Leacock Ave., Côte St. Luc, (514) 485-6806 8) Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park, 12980 Gouin Blvd. E., Montreal, (514) 2806691 • rcs 9) Oka Park, 2200 PaulSauvé, Oka, (450) 479-8337 10) Park Avenue (Mt. Royal Park) near the corner of Mt Royal.There is no large public building nearby, however, and you may need to go into restaurants or depanneurs to warm up afterward. On weekends through February 6, there is sledding in Parc Jean Drapeau as part of the Fete des Neiges celebrations.

medium which brought millions of people around the world together in harmony and in fun, as well as in injuries and restraining orders:

- POKÉMON GO REALITY/UNREALITY GAME where people around the globe travelled between the virtual and real world trying to capture as many 'Pokémon' as they could. Phones vibrated in excitement when you neared one, Poké Balls were thrown to catch them and Poké Stops, located at places such as public art installations, historical sites and monuments, brought the potato couch outside - even if they were looking at nothing but their screens. The truth in all this… we are one on this planet, in this universe - whether yet realized to its full potential or not. In that way, 2016 was positively wonderful!



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Montreal St. Patrick’s selection evening for the Queen and her Court

ontreal St Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and her court selection evening will be held Saturday February 4th, 2017 at Plaza Centreville, 777 rue Robert-Bourassa, (this is a new location for this year). The United Irish Societies of Montreal have organized this wonderful event since 1956. The Queen and her Court selection was originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal. The event today is

held in front of 400 – 500 people and the tickets sell out fast so please purchase them now.The tickets cost $25 for the ages older than 13 and $12 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at Round tables of ten are available for your family and friends to share and participate in the excitement of this special evening. The evening is enhanced with the inclusion of Irish entertainment (dance and song). It begins at 7:00 P.M. and ends at approximately

Bird Protection Quebec celebrates 100 years


ird Protection Quebec celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Noted ornithologist Steven Price of Bird Studies Canada was a keynote speaker at a January 9 conference given in NDG. About 100 turned out to hear Price give a slide show about the surprising history of migratory bird conservation. He also showed how new technology is helping us to track the precise migration paths of birds, bats and other creatures. Only one person in the room guessed who the two gentlemen were in an old black-and-white photo just prior to the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The guy in the top hat was US president Woodrow Wilson standing together with King George V (representing Canada).That treaty ushered in a new era of multinational wildlife conservation efforts. “This was in the middle of the First World War,” Price reminded listeners. “It was a messy time, but these world leaders found it important to sign this treaty.” Passenger pigeons—once so numerous they darkened the skies during migration—had just gone extinct, Carolina parakeets and Labrador ducks were on the way out, and Snowy egrets were being decimated by commercial hunting. Canada and the USA had to cooperate to preserve their wild bird populations. Perhaps surprisingly, sports hunters were invaluable allies in ending commercial hunts and protecting vital bird habitat. Changes in bird populations over the past forty years have seen an overall decline of about 10 percent, but while birds of prey and waterfowl have increased in numbers, migratory birds and insect eaters have seen precipitous declines. Some 40 percent of bird species in North America are now on the “watch” list, especially those that overwinter in the tropics. New technology has microchips replacing the banding of birds.The Motus coordinated hemispheric tracking system for all migratory bird species uses tracking chips so lightweight that even butterfly and dragonfly migrations can be tracked. Much of what we know about migratory birds also comes from what Price calls “citizen science” with ordinary birdwatchers contributing their observations to those of scientists. As we learn more about migratory birds, they continue to astound experts. Price noted that migratory birds can move very fast: “We used to think that their migrations took weeks, but it often only takes a few days,” alluding to Red Knots (a sandpiper) flying from northern Quebec to Delaware at speeds averaging 32km/hr.This knowledge also helps identify areas crucial to bird nesting and migrations; commercial development projects can then be pushed into less sensitive areas. Bird Protection Quebec has activities running throughout 2017 including a Great Backyard Bird Count in February, Sugaring off in April, a field trip to the bird sanctuary in Philipsburg (on Vermont border) in May with another field trip in June to Piedmont (an hour north of Montreal), September sees a picnic at Parc des Rapides in LaSalle while there is an anniversary dinner in November. Bird watching is among the most popular outdoor activities in Canada. Bird Protection Quebec

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Top eight books of 2016

son, to the latest entry into the Harry Potter saga Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which was actually the script of the stage production that went by that title), to the latest installment of controversial Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series (this time he tackled the defeat of the Japanese empire durBy Stuart Nulman ing World War II, which was called Killing the ing Sun). This year was ince 2008, the first the year of the memoir Book Banter col- for me. There were umn of the new plenty of choice titles year always meant that arrived at my door taking one last look at from publishers aching the year before and see to be read and reviewed; which books stood out however, 2016 was a vinfor me over the previous tage year for the mem12 months. This past oir, because there were a year, like ever other year, lot of interesting people I read an average of 50 who had a lot of interbooks, so that it can be esting stories to tell reviewed in the pages of about their respective The Montreal Times lives and experiences they were a legevery week. Choosing a whether endary rock music subook to review is always perstar, a Secret Service done through a personal agent, or a popular acprocess of elimination, tress with an anxiety-ridand that same process is den upbringing. And they done as I decided which were books that quickly were my favorite books caught my interest, read of 2016. with great enthusiasm, I have to admit, the and regularly recombooks that have reached mended to people who the best seller lists this asked me about which of year has been a crazy the latest releases they salad of choices, from should be reading. books by stalwarts like So, without further Stephen King, John Gr- ado, here are my favorite isham and James Patter- books of 2016.


Paul McCartney: The Life By Philip Norma. This is my choice for book of the year. Veteran British rock journalist and author Philip Norman has delivered a thorough, unflinching portrait of the soufflé-talking “cute Beatle” from the streets of Liverpool, to Beatlemania, to Mull of Kintyre, to Liverpool Oratorio. There are plenty of surprises about McCartney’s personal and artistic life that are brought to light for the first time in this book (especially his rocky postBeatles road before he really hit it big as a solo artist with his group Wings). A definite mustread for all Beatles fans. Born To Run By Bruce Springsteen Probably the best rock star memoir since Keith Richards’ Life. Springsteen leaves no stone unturned in this brutally honest look at his long, arduous journey to rock ‘n’ roll super• January 14, 2017

bionese Liberation Army, which dominated the headlines throughout 1974 and 75.Toobin writes with the flair of an investigative journalist, and gives the reader a captivating behind the headlines story of the kidnapping, from how dysfunctional the Hearst family really was, to the rag tag motivation of the SLA, to what really happened to Hearst in the months leading up to her capture in September of 1975.

Making Waves By Shirley Babashoff and Chris Epting During the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Shirley Babashoff was the darling of the U.S. swim team, and was expected to take home a mother lode of gold medals in the pool. But that gold rush was dashed by the members of the East German women’s swim team, which made Babashoff quite suspicious, especially due to their out of the ordinary muscular appearance. Babashoff’s memoir is a fascinating chronicle about how she became the first whistleblower to an Olympic doping scandal that would become a pandemic many years later, but sadly, she became a pariah in the world of amateur athletics because of her rare act of bravery.

memoir tells Tennille’s story with a great deal of honesty and bravado, and could have been a perfect candidate for an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music” series.

Five Presidents By Clint Hill The life a Secret Service agent is a very high-pressured one, where agents sacrifice many long hours – and even their own lives – in order to protect the life of the President of the United States. Hill put together a fascinating memoir of his more than 15 years as a Secret Service agent, and what it was like to be the protector of presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. Hill gives a firsthand look at each administration he served, and the joys, quirks and idiosyncrasies that went with them (the chapters about

Lyndon Johnson are filled with plenty of the latter two).

Distilled By Charles Bronfman The 85-year-old Bronfman, the youngest child of Seagram distillery magnate and Canadian Jewish community leader Sam Bronfman, gives an engrossing account of what it was like to grow up as part of one of Canada’s most prominent business dynasties. There’s plenty of great details about how he helped put the Montreal Expos franchise together, his monumental personal clashes with his older brother Edgar on the many decisions they had to deal with that affected the family empire, and how he coped with the tragic death of his beloved wife Andrea in 2006 (which is probably one of the most heartbreaking parts of the book).

Seinfeldia By Jennifer Keishan Armstrong Ever wondered how “Seinfeld” evolved from a show about nothing to one of the greatest sitcoms in television history? The answers are satisfyingly provided in Seinfeldia, which tells that story with a lot of fascinating behindthe-scenes details.You find out about the show’s bumpy road to its legendary status, and the origins of the show’s many popular episodes and characters, from the Soup Nazi, to “Festivus”, to “The Contest”. With books about The Mickey Mouse Club and the Mary Tyler Moore Show under her belt, Seinfeldia has cemented Jennifer Keishan Armstrong’s reputation as a top notch TV historian, and I look forward to the next classic TV show that she plans to commit between two covers.

stardom. What I really liked about the book is how the narrative style almost reads like song lyrics; basically, if Springsteen decides to put this book to music, it would end up being one hell of an epic album.

American Heiress By Jeffrey Toobin The CNN legal analyst and best selling author can certainly write an intelligent, probing true crime book. This time, he gives a thorough retelling of heiress Patty Hearst’s kidnapping by the Sym-

Toni Tennille: A Memoir By Toni Tennille Back in the mid and late 70s, the Captain and Tennille ruled the pop charts with such hit records as “Love Will Keep Us Together”, “Muskrat Love” and “Do That To Me One More Time”. However, Toni Tennille’s life behind the music with her musical partner and husband Daryl “The Captain” Dragon was a life of dealing with his obsessive, compulsive tendencies, which took off a lot of the sheen from their glamorous public life as popular recording artists. This



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'Montreal Despite It All - We're In Love'


ontrealers are a special kind. We love our city, despite all the challenges we have been facing - and there have been many. The most apparent would be the nightmare of construction and infrastructure work, heaved upon us like one humongous scoop of wet cement that won't dry which clearly could have been dished out at a far more organized and intelligent pace. Warning cries from professionals in the field of mental health about the anxiety and stress levels plaguing Montrealers went unheeded by City Hall. So we do what Montrealers do, we simply embrace construction cones with creativity; from t-shirts, key chains and even orange and white striped popsicles. We walk the talk and rock it. Our spirit will not be broken by our taxpayer dollars being spent on things so many of us loudly and clearly said we do not want or need, and bordered on the ridiculous. And when our suggestions for how to better spend our money, such as making sure no child in Montreal ever has to ever go to sleep hun-

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city. To put it simply, the heart of Montreal does not lie within the walls of City Hall, not by a longshot. It lies within the collective heart of Montrealers. For one, Montreal is amazingly multicultural. Besides our Francophone and Anglophone communities, one third of the city's population is enriched by Italians, Greeks, Haitians, Moroccans, Arab and Lebanese, Armenians, Japanese, Irish, Chinese, Latin Americans, Koreans, Chinese, Jewish and Aboriginal people - and more. At festivals and special events or by taking a stroll in a different neighborhood, you will find it all, especially the culinary delights - from Schwartz's smoked meat to St.Viateur bagels, as well as By Bonnie Wurst poutine, souvlaki, Thai noodles, escargot, falafels, shawarma, sushi, gefilte spirit. Although some- fish, vegan delights and times it feels like being a everything in between. Pit-Bull (Type) trying to And much of it relatively stop a downhill Mayor- inexpensive. Bulldozer (Type) on an The arts and entertainice-coated, unsalted ment scene here is also Beaver-Hall (Type) road, amazing. Place des Arts in but our resolve only gets the area of the Quartier stronger. des Spectacles is at the As Montreal celebrates heart of it all, with classithe 375th anniversary of cal and contemporary its founding, there are just dance, broadway plays, opas many reasons why we eras, the MSO and all are still in love with our types of musical performgry, fall upon deaf ears we simply dig into our own pockets and fill the food banks. With winter comes the slipperiest of slopes, literally - sidewalks and roads the Habs could play a few games on, and win. But hey, we're Montrealers and we forge ahead. It takes a lot more than a few cracked ribs or a broken leg to break our

ances from Montreal and around the world. The Quartier des Spectacles is hotter than summer with the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Festival International Nuits D'Afrique, FrancoFolies and Just for Laughs, to name a few. We are a city that likes to party. Festivals abound all over the island, all year round - from Old Montreal and the Old Port to Mount Royal (where many like to jam on da' Tam Tams on a sunny day when da' grass is green and often smokin') to St. Denis and St. Laurent streets, the Plateau area

and the Quartier Latin. And our gay community contributes so much to what makes Montreal special. In the Gay Village, we party in all colors of the rainbow with Pride Festivals and Parades. From the streets to the rooftop terraces, we love as one. As for fashion, Montreal is a shopping mecca, not just for us but for tourists from all over the world who flock to Sainte-Catherine St. department stores and trendy retail chains as well as unique boutiques and vintage shops in the Mile End area.

Our music scene beats to the rhythm of Montreal's heart with local and internationally successful artists; Francophone, Anglophone and culturally diverse.We have an abundance of amazing talent here and it just keeps coming. Our nightlife is alive with countless bars and nightclubs - from Latin, African and Jazz clubs to Boîte à Chansons and Burlesque shows that light up the night like the International Fireworks Competition that lights up our summer sky. continued on Page 17


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dog chases him in the wrong direction. It's all in a day's work," said Penny. He also has some strange quirks which add to his purr-sonality. Where most cats like to curl up on a soft pillow or under a warm blanket, Charlie likes the ceramic feel of the bathroom sink. "He just loves everything there is about the sink. I don't know what it is.... he also stares at us when we brush our teeth." His three favorite words happen to all start with the letter 'S': Snack, Sink and Schluf (a Yiddish

word for 'sleep') which for him means a good nap, snuggled up next to them. But his favorite word out of all three, the one he immediately responds to without hesitation, is 'snack'. Charlie is one lucky cat, and the feeling is mutual. It just wouldn't be the same without him perhaps with the exception of having more access to their bathroom sink. To submit your pet for 'Pet of the Week', email Bonnie at or

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Winter in Montreal could sometimes freeze the bagels right out of the oven, but that doesn't even give us pause. Wrapped in parkas, blankets (and perhaps a wee pint inside a pocket to warm the blood), thousands march forth in the night, in sub-zero temperatures, towards the sound of electronic music and dance at Igloo Fest. For those who prefer a less frightening experience there is the 'Fête des Neiges' to put a chill into the winter blues, topped off with a night in the Ice Hotel. Bring it on! When the warmer weather returns we like it fast, maybe because the season is too short. The Grand Prix of Montreal brings Crescent Street to a whole new level during the summer. We are also one of the best cities for cyclists, who 'zip-line' through 700 kilometers of bike lanes. But we also like it slow. Trails, walking paths and beautiful parks abound from riverside to forested mountain and there's our lake named after a Beaver who has never been seen. Our city is home to the Cirque du Soleil and innovative leaders like Ubisoft and the Moment

Factory, not to mention internationally renowned Universities and world class Museums. Our Literature scene is filled with amazing, talented writers who teach us or bring us to other places in time, holding us spellbound with their words. We are also home to the Salon du Livre and the multilingual Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. And without further delay… let's not forget The HABS. Period. Need I say more? Our 375 year history is rich with amazing accomplishments. There is so much we have to celebrate, not just this year, but every day. When the going gets tough, Montrealers come together, no matter what their differences are. We are the

collective heartbeat that keeps Montreal alive and well. We welcome refugees from horrible situations, helping them to adjust to new lives. Why? Because in turn, they bring with them many wondrous things which can only add to the wonder of our city.Are we not all from immigrant ancestry as well? So it's okay if this year 2.75 kms of our city roads will be torn up so they can be 'improved' in order to accommodate a Formula E high speed race, at a cost $4.5 million (and counting) for a one weekend event - instead of being put towards 'improving' our own urgent roadwork. We will still find a way to be there. Despite it all we are still in love with Montreal! SO LET'S CELEBRATE!


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services or social. 4. Make random visits to the retirement home at f the almost 5 various times of the day million seniors before the move to meet age 65 and residents and staff as well older in as try the food and some Canada, 7.1% live in care of the activities offered. facilities. Of this amount, 5. Walk the building to 4.5% live in nursing get a feel for where homes, chronic care, or everything is before you long-term care hospitals move and review activity and 2.6% live in resi- schedules to plan ahead dences for seniors.Wher- so you have an idea what ever you’re loved one your daily schedule can be decides to go, moving into like. a retirement home or 6. Allow as much time as senior community can be possible before the move to prepare. If required; stressful. Here are the top 10 tips hire a Senior Move Manager or downsizing comto help with the transition: 1. Involve your loved one pany to help with the in the selection process if coordination. possible. Listen to their 7. Meet with the move-in concerns and fears and coordinator. They have then address them. Let done this many times and them know they are NOT may have additional advice or help. They can help delosing control. 2. Try to make sure cide what will come from everyone in the family is home and where it can be doing what is best for the placed in the new apartment. loved one. 3. Choose a senior com- 8. Do not schedule the munity that is a good move-in for the weekend; match based on the se- try to move during the nior’s needs and location. week when the commuTry to pick a place that nity is fully staffed. nurtures what is impor- 9. Inquire about a “Be tant to them; be it hobby, Our Guest” program.


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Some communities provide furnished rooms for a few days at no charge to help the future resident get acclimated. 10. Be sure to complete the resident history questionnaires before moving in as it helps the staff in the building become even more involved with the new resident if they already know their history, likes and dislikes. When there is a move into a retirement home, the lack of familiarity with both the environment and the other residents can be quite intimidating.Very often, family members can feel guilty about placing loved ones into a senior residence. The reality is that a move will most likely be for the best. About the author. Matt Del Vecchio is the founder and president of Lianas Services. He is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA). Matt and the Lianas Senior Advisors assist families with retirement residence searches and transition support: 514-622-8074


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