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There are still some old installations left behind by the now gone Restaurant Angelina t was one of the most hockey fan. The AMC iconic buildings in all of Cinema, purchased by Montreal, home to the Cineplex in 2012 is the Montreal Canadiens only venue—apart from from 1926 to 1996 when repertory theatres like the team moved to the Cinèma du Parc and Bell Centre. In 1998 the Beaubien—that shows Montreal Forum under- movies from places other went a conversion from a sports arena into a mixed compound containing various shops, the largest cinema complex in the city, and some other facilities.The renovated building opened at the beginning of this century. However, things don't seem to go well for the venerable site these days, at least not on the main floor which is usually an indicator of the vitality of a place. And the truth is By Sergio Martinez that the Forum doesn't look very much alive, which is unfortunate since it is a landmark in than Hollywood. Then, the west end of down- there were the stores: town that deserves bet- Future Shop was there, ter. The renovations paid Restaurant Angelina too, tribute to the old arena in some other small stores, the form of a replica of a and Pekarna, that charmfield's section, and the ing café selling exquisite preservation of a small pastry that used to be part of the grandstand near the Sainte Catherine featuring the statue of a entrance. All of them are

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The SAQ liquor store is the set to leave in April

gone now, and soon a major commercial tenant is leaving: the SAQ outlet that occupies a large space between Lambert Closse and the central lobby of the Forum has announced it is moving to the non-descript condo tower recently built across the street at the south-east corner of Sainte-Catherine and Lambert Closse. With many commercial places now empty one starts to wonder whether there is a future for the Forum. It could well suffer the same fate of the Faubourg Ste. Catherine, just a few blocks east whose interior is now completely disfigured having become a depressing place to visit. Worse yet: some even fear that the Forum may just close down. Some year ago when it ceased to be an arena, there were indeed suggestions to demolish it (real estate developers were drooling at the prospect of making big money with another massive condo project) al-

though some more "green" (and naïve) proponents wanted to convert it into a park. Both were rather idiotic ideas soon dismissed. Besides, the old Forum was de-

The lovely Pekarna is now just a sweet memory

clared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997 because "it was arguably the country's most famous sporting venue... it also serves as an icon for the role of hockey in

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he 1950s and 60s have always been regarded as “the Golden Age of Television”, where some of the most beloved TV shows from that formative period when television started to become a mass medium sprouted from, such as “I Love Lucy”, “The Honeymooners”, “The Twilight Zone See online for more:

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Earth to Body Skin so sensitive By Martha Shannon

“I have to be careful what touches my skin. I am so sensitive.” I hear this lament fairly often. If this is a song you sing, you may actually be the lucky one. Yes, it may be frustrating that every cream or lotion you try is irritating. Every time you apply a sunscreen your skin screams. Every time you try the soaps in commercial places your hands rebel. Perhaps you have inherited this tendency from poor Aunt Nona who forever complained. Perhaps your father always suffered with eczema, like you do now, and you figure it is in your DNA and there is little you can do. It is true, our ancestors do dictate so much of whom we are. True. But so does our environment. Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, sometimes so fast we cannot keep up. The food revolution is real. What we are eating today was not what grandma ate. What cosmetics we

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ontreal's literary festival Blue Metropolis / Metropolis Bleu announced its lineup this Monday which features a large variety of events and guest authors from different nationalities and backgrounds. This year's festival will be the 19th edition of Blue Metropolis which—like many other events set for this year— will also include a substantial portion to celebrate Montreal on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. Every year Blue Metropolis distinguishes an author with its prestigious Grand Prix, in recognition of a lifetime of literary achievement, the prize this year will be for the Indian author Anita Desai. The award ceremony will take place at the Grande Bibliothèque when the author will be interviewed by the CBC's Eleanor Wachtel. Francisco Goldman will receive the 2017 Premio Metropolis Azul for work that explores Spanish-language culture; Ojibwe writer David Treuer will be awarded the 2017 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize and will join CBC Radio's Duncan McCue in an interview; Cameroonian-American author Imbolo Mbue will accept the


2017 Blue Met Words to Change Prize; and Chinese-Canadian writer Xue Yiwei will receive the Blue Met's Literary Diversity Prize for a First Publication, for Shenzheners, his first work published in English. Being also the 150th anniversary of Canada, a focus on the literary production in this country couldn't be absent either. Barbara Gowdy, will be launching her new novel, "Little Sister," in conversation with Heather O'Neill; Charlotte Gray delivers the Hugh MacLennan lecture with her personal take on Canada at 150; Alexandre Trudeau ("Barbarian Lost") will speak about China and Cuba; Rosemary Sullivan ("Stalin's Daughter") and Marc Raboy ("Marconi:The Man Who Networked the

you'll find Gaming & Literature which "explores video games and how they influence narrative, in collaboration with Concordia University's TAG (Technoculture, Art and Games)." In another section,Terry Mosher (Aislin) will be discussing a halfcentury of cartooning with Matt Zimbel. In total, Blue Met will present 250 events (119 for adults, 129 for children). For the entire Festival (including the TD Children's Festival), 56% of events are in French; 34% in English; 10% bilingual or in other languages. For the adult festival, 52% of the programming is in English; 26% is in French; 22% is bilingual or in other languages (Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Slovenian). Blue Met will host 301 writers


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iven the blast of a Nor'easter that hit us with blizzard like conditions on March 14/15th, it's a good time to ask yourself this question if you haven't already should the date when it is legally allowed for drivers to remove winter tires from our vehicles be changed to a later one? Barring any other potential storms, including freezing rain and ice pellets, which has a high enough potential to occur between the writing of this article and when it is published, it is enough to make one wonder about how many more accidents and injuries might have transpired should that storm have arrived just a day or two later after March 15th, when Quebec drivers can legally switch their tires back to summer treads. The Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) states that winter tires are mandatory from December 15th to March 15th (inclusive) for all passenger vehicles registered in Québec, as well as taxis.

It also applies to rental passenger vehicles as well as mopeds, motorized scooters and motorcycles. If your vehicle is not equipped with winter tires during that time you could face fines from $200 to $300 - plus costs. The law which came into effect in 2008 makes common sense because without it, humans often don't use their own.Winter tires are not only mandatory for drivers in order to have better control of their cars on snow, the tires also provide better traction when temperatures start dropping. The rubber compound of winter tires is designed to have the flexibility needed for a better grip on the road surface in temperatures as low as -40C. Since the implementation of the law, winter collisions have fallen by at least 17%. According to the SAAQ website, 'as soon as the temperature drops below 7°C, or when there is ice or snow on the road, the rubber compound of summer and all-season tires hardens and loses its grip.

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Forum, besides, for some been the country's leading reason when the renovasite for major indoor cul- tions were done nobody tural, political and reli- thought of connecting it gious events." This to the metro which could distinction should give it have made stores located some protection, one in the Forum more accessible. The place is now hopes. In the meantime, the owned by the New YorkForum is kept alive by the based real estate investor 22 movie theatres, a gym, Ben Ashkenazy through some rooms that are his company Investisserented to Dawson Col- ments Forum Canadien lege, the ubiquitous Tim Inc, and we don't know Horton's and just a few whether there would be a other tenants that don't real commitment to keep seem to bring many peo- the place open if it happle to the place. Of pens not to be a profcourse, having the Alexis itable venture anymore. In Nihon Shopping Centre any case, if worse come to just across Atwater Ave. worse and the Forum is makes things harder for no more in its present stores located in the form, it would be another big loss for Montreal. continued from Page 3

or chains are required by law during the period between November 1st to March 31st for those who venture into the Rocky Mountain parks, but many still switch to winter tires on their own accord, otherwise most drivers use four-season tires all year round. All the other provinces in Canada only recommend installing winter tires when the temperature dips below 7C. In Manitoba, the RCMP has the jurisdiction to close highways and roads during dangerous winter driving conditions - and if a driver gets caught on a closed road, they can exa hefty fine. By Bonnie Wurst pectClosing highways under extreme stances like the March laws and that is British 14th storm or the one Columbia - although it too many ice storms we does not include all areas, experience might be a like the city of Vancouver good idea. It's not just a which usually has a very lack of common sense mild, rainy winter and lit- when drivers take to the tle need for winter tires. roads in adverse condiBut as of 2014 a law stip- tions, as many people ulates that between Oc- can't afford to lose a day tober 1st and March 31st of work and are forced to 'winter tires must be slip, slide and dig their used on passenger vehi- way into their workcles and commercial places. The system our trucks must carry tire society built has no prochains - on select moun- visions for the clear and tainous regions'. And potential dangers this there are plenty of moun- causes, never mind the tain regions in BC. Mon- angst. Montreal drivers have treal's Mont-Royal is but a large snowball com- their own unique techpared to our west coast niques, with many who friend's mountains - but think they can control the steep, winding road their cars the way Rocket up and over it could be Richard controlled a puck challenging in any adverse on ice. March 20th is the day when the spring seaweather conditions. In Alberta, snow tires son officially arrives - but Since we can generally expect such weather conditions before December 15, it is highly recommended that you equip your vehicle with winter tires before then'. There is only one other province in Canada having mandatory tire

winter often has its last laugh. A few spring-like days in early March has lulled us into a false sense of security many times. The storm on March 14th this year hit us with a snow fall of close to 40cm, creating havoc all over the island and beyond - and let's not forget last April when close to 10cm fell on the city overnight, catching many people off guard. The Sûreté du Québec reported a number of cars skidding off the highways in and around Montreal before it soon melted. Late season snowstorms are far from rare, including: March 14th 1961 with close to 25cm, March 4th 1971 when 47cm fell in blizzard-like conditions, April 2nd 1985 there was 14cm and on March 22nd 2001 over 50cm fell. Our mandatory winter tire law is a great initiative, and some provinces are carefully watching the results. Perhaps we should continue to lead the way by having it make more sense - by extending the date for the tire switch to at least to the end of March. It won’t really cost us anything if we do, but it might costs us lives if we don't. Do you feel Quebec's mandatory winter tire law should be extended beyond the March 15th date to March 31st - or in light of the above, even later? And what about the December 15th deadline to install them - should that be earlier?

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aisin, an orange tabby around 5 to 6 years old, lives with Peter Saulnier in the north end of Montreal and is the queen of his life. "I like to spoil her silly," Peter said. "She really deserves it." A few years ago, Peter's wife of 40 years passed away suddenly and he was devastated. They had just moved to Montreal from Drummondville, QC in order to be closer to some services they needed - and it had always been his wife's dream to live here because of her interest in the arts. "We lived most of our lives in small towns and we didn't have any children or any family nearby, so it made sense. Raisin, came into our lives the day we moved into our new place… she was a stray but seemed to have adopted a spot under the balcony in the back… it was Lise who began talking to her and giving her food, I wasn't too crazy about cats." When his wife

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and really just likes to laze around. But she seems to sense when I'm feeling down and sorry for myself… she sits in front of me and stares and if I say one word to her, up she jumps on to my lap to cuddle up! That makes me smile." It's clear why Raisin is so special - in fact, she might even be an angel. To submit your pet for 'Pet of the Week', email Bonnie at or


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Take the fight out of food: Celebrating Nutrition Month


here is one thing that every person on the planet has in common: we need to eat. Every day, multiple times a day, we are faced with the age-old question “What’s for dinner?” and for some, answering this question is simple. For many, it leaves us consistently fighting with our food. Struggling to find meals that will be accepted by the whole family? Find yourself in constant digestive discomfort after eating? Are you confused by all the nutrition messages you read and hear online? Looks like you are having a food feud. March is Nutrition Month, and this year’s campaign from Dietitians of Canada aims to help you improve your relationship with food, no matter what the struggle. How do we resolve these fights with food, you might ask? First, we must spot the problem, or the specific nutrition issue that needs to be addressed. Second, we get the facts, using reliable and credible sources to decide what needs to be done about the problem. Finally, seek support when

putting your plan into action.This could be friends, family, a registered dietitian and other member of your health care team. Let’s walk through an example using these three steps. Meet Shelley, who experiences bloating and abdominal pain every

cially after breakfast. She’s been told to take probiotics but is not sure if this is the right approach. Get the facts. After doing some research online, Shelley discovered there could be a number of causes for her discomfort. It could be caused by medications she is taking, or it could also be a sign of a new condition like lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease. Because she is unsure of the reason for her symptoms, Shelley needs to seek supports to get to the root cause. Seek support. Shelley speaks to her family doctor, and given her sympGenevieve Ledoux toms she is referred to a registered dietitian. Her day, especially after break- diet and symptoms are fast. A good friend sug- then reviewed, and it’s gested she start taking discovered that Shelley is probiotics to help restore lactose intolerant. Now her gut health, but her Shelley knows not to selffriend is not a doctor or diagnose or rely solely on dietitian, so Shelley wasn’t advice from websites or sure if this was how she well-meaning friends to should resolve her issue. solve her digestive woes. She decides to use our If you apply these three three-step approach to simple steps to your food explore her food feud: fight, you might just find Spot the problem. Shelley finds that she is con- yourself a little more exsistently bloated and in cited for that next meal pain after she eats, espe- or snack. In Shelley’s case, she now knows she

needs to swap her cereal with milk in the morning for a lactose-free breakfast option. She might

enjoy these Spanish Mini Tortilla Quiches using a lactose-free cheese, or she might continue to

enjoy her cereal using a lactose-free milk or alternative like soy or almond milk.

Serves: 6 Ready In: 40 minutes Mini tortillas make deliciously crispy crusts for these handheld quiches. Be careful when pouring the eggs into the tortilla cups, as spillover can make the cups difficult to remove from the pan once it bakes on. Serve with salad for an easy, elegant brunch, or enjoy as a quick grab-and-go breakfast. Ingredients: • 1 tsp (5 ml) PC 100% Pure First Pressed Canola Oil • Pinch (0.5 ml) each cumin and smoked paprika • 6 PC Original Mini Tortillas • 2 slices PC Free From Smoked Black Forest Ham, chopped • 2 Tbsp PC Black Label Piquillo Peppers, drained and chopped • 2 Tbsp PC Kalamata Olives, pitted and thinly sliced • 1/3 cup PC Black Label Manchego Sheep’s Milk Hard Ripened Cheese Aged 6 Months, grated • 3 large eggs 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Mist 6 wells of 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside. 2. Stir together oil, cumin and

paprika in small bowl; brush over 1 side of each tortilla. Press tortillas, oil side down, into wells of prepared muffin tin, pressing firmly on folds to shape into cups. Bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. 3. Divide ham, piquillo peppers, olives and cheese among tortilla cups. Whisk eggs in liquid measuring cup or small bowl until well combined; divide among tortilla cups, filling to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of rim and being careful not to spill onto muffin tin. 4. Bake until filling is puffed and set in centre, about 15 minutes.

Let cool slightly. Remove from pan. Serve warm or let cool completely on rack. Chef’s Tip: Cheese is firmer and easier to grate when it’s well-chilled, so keep it in the fridge just until you’re ready to use. Per serving: 120 calories, fat 7 g (2 g of which is saturated), sodium 230 mg, carbohydrate 9 g, fibre 1 g, sugars 1 g, protein 7 g Recipe from: Genevieve Ledoux is a Registered Dietitian with Provigo Le Marché in Kirkland. Contact Genevieve by phone at (514) 826-4280 or by email at

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Five warning signs that your loved one should be considering a move to a retirement mome / senior community Sponsored


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t’s not easy to admit that one is getting older, especially when your body and your mind are not what they used to be. Moving a family member into a senior care residence is never a simple decision. It may not be easy to broach the subject with your loved ones. In fact, they may be resistant to moving and they may fear losing their independence. However, here are 5 warning signs that your loved one should be con-

sidering a move to a retirement / senior residence: 1. Physical When there are physical and anatomical signs of deterioration that will affect their well-being and their safety. A person who is having trouble getting out to shop or remembering how to cook or when to eat can result in significant nutritional issues. This could range from unhealthy weight loss or conversely, excessive weight gain. Check the fridge and watch meal-prep skills. Other examples include loss of sight or hearing, loss of balance, stroke, disease. or physical

conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. 2. Mental Behaviour – Cognitive, Language, and Decision Making Cognitive decline can have serious ramifications, especially if your loved one can't take medications correctly, is not able to fix a meal or doesn't remember to eat. If a loved one exhibits confusion, poor judgment, or other signs of cognitive impairment, assisted living is often a good next step. 3. Caregiver Stress There are the psychological costs of caregiving and of making difficult care de-

cisions, which can be compared to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Caregivers may experience symptoms like disabling anxiety, hyper-vigilance and more. The emotional, mental and physical toll of caregiving can be particularly pronounced for adult children or spouses of those who need care. In cases like this, when the demands of care become too great, it might be clear immediately. In other cases, it might not be so obvious. 4. Safety and Security This is a common reason why families consider a

move. They noticed that their loved ones are not as sure on their feet as they used to be or their eyesight is less clear, causing them to be a fall risk. According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, falls remain the leading cause of injuryrelated hospitalizations among Canadian seniors. 5. Loneliness It’s normal for activity to decrease with age. But if your loved one once enjoyed spending time in the yard gardening, or simply being with friends, and then chooses to no longer engage in these activities, or rarely leaves the house, it

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was visiting my family in northern Ontario last week. I had prepared a “Cocktail Dinatoire” for supper. A Cocktail Dinatoire is simply an offering of hot and cold hors d’oeuvre served instead of a sit down meal. We started off with a selection of cheeses and a variety of crackers. The purchase of cheese comprised 5 types. My favourite is Roquefort – a blue cheese from France. Not everyone is fond of the smell – some refer to the smell in the same sentence as dirty sweat socks! The texture is creamy and smooth and the taste, in my opinion, is divine. Another favourite is smoked cheddar. There was no dispute about this one. It is a firm cheese, pale yellow with a golden edible rind. The aroma and taste of the smokiness is irresistible. The third cheese we served was St Andre. This is a soft white cheese with a creamy buttery texture with a light flavour. What is so good

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