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Montreal's Santa Claus Parade 2019 By Bonnie Wurst

anta Claus will soon be coming to town! Montreal's 69th edition of the parade will take place this year on Saturday November 23rd on René-Lévesque Boulevard West (not on SteCatherine St.) starting at 11:00am at the corner of Guy St. and finishing at around 1:30pm at the corner of SaintUrbain. Santa Claus and the Christmas Fairy will of course be the star of the day, with 17 other creative and magical floats joining in the festivities over a more the one kilometre route. There will be street artists and marching bands from across the province adding to the fun - and some new floats, with one that will


and her sparkling float will be back again, as well as Arthur L’aventurier. And for the very first time this year, the Cirque du Soleil will be there on a float with a creation from their new on ice show AXEL. Magic, music and plenty of laughter will take place across the route and sure to please children and adults alike. Ho-ho-ho!


feature sports mascots Montreal Canadiens 'Youppi', the Impact’s 'Junior', the Alouettes’ 'Touché' and 'Martly the Martlet' from McGill University. Christmas classics and excerpts from the show 'Noël une tradition en chanson' will be performed by well-known artists Brigitte Boisjoli, Christian Marc Gendron and Yoan. Beloved children’s character Ari Cui Cui

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Nap businesses are poping up all over north America with Montreal next ontrealers live keep their eyes open on $30. They have 13 indihard, play hard public transit, drivers vidual beds, all sepaand even com- will grow impatient rated by blackout mute hard - but dealing with traffic con- curtains for privacy and most of all, we work gestion and many will lavender-scented huhard. It is a city alive be falling asleep in front with a 'joie de vivre' like of their computer midifiers. They make no other city in Canada. screens. There is not sure your sleep is not On Sunday November enough caffeine in our interrupted and all the 3rd, we turned the coffee to remedy the bed sheets are changed exhaustion from work- after each visit. There ing hard. By the end of are even 'upgrades' like the day, the commute larger beds, warm blanhome will be in dark- kets, anti-snoring nose ness, draining that last strips and vents and eye bit of vigor we have left. masks - all for a minimal However, there just may be a remedy for it - tak- fee. Would Montrealers ing a good nap at work. benefit from a napping There are not many service like this? The companies in Montreal science is there. who have 'nap rooms' in Studies by brain reBy Bonnie Wurst their offices, offering searchers show the matheir employees a jority of Canadians chance to catch a few don’t get enough sleep. clocks back one hour winks. Some businesses Not getting enough to standard time, effec- see it as a positive way sleep has been linked to tively giving us an extra to increase productivity, high blood pressure, hour for the day. Wak- whereas others see it weight issues, stress and ing up on Monday as a loss of productivity compromised mental morning with the sun or just plain laziness. A health - with work rising earlier, some people might have felt a lit- Toronto based com- stress and job demands tle less groggy and pany called 'Nap It Up' topping the list as the more focused. But by recently opened their main cause of fatigue, Friday, it will feel the first napping studio in- compromising a good same as the week be- side the Yonge-Eglinton night's sleep. So what fore, as our bodies ad- Centre. For as little as do you say Montreal? just to the time change $10 one can get 25 Would a napping studio and regular routines minutes of naptime and or a nap room in your drain our energy. Com- up to 85 minutes for a workplace be a good muters will struggle to good snooze at only idea?


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Montreal to prohibit unsold clothes and food from being trashed

he City of Montreal wants to do something about the enormous amount of unsold clothing and food being thrown out as waste. Although many Montrealers do their part by


By Bonnie Wurst donating their used clothing to places like Village des Valeurs or the Salvation Army for example, it is but a small fraction compared to what actually ends up in the garbage. Over 12 million tons of clothing and fabrics are thrown out as waste and dumped into our landfills every year. It not only comes from our closets, but also from manufacturers and retail stores. As for food waste, some people have their own backyard compost bins and others fill up organic waste bins supplied by their municipality. However, places like most grocery stores, • November 9, 2019

hospitals, cafeterias and educational institutions throw away food they consider no longer fresh - right in with the trash. Moisson Montréal's 'Food Recovery in Supermarkets Program' is a good example of what can be done allowing them to redistribute food, still fresh enough to consume, to participating organizations. But it is just the 'tip of the iceberg' when one considers the tonnes of food actually wasted. According to a report 'The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste' released last January 2019 by Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue charity - close to 58% (or 35.5 million tonnes) of all food that is produced in this

country is lost or wasted. Approximately one third of it could be recuperated and distributed across the country to organizations and groups in need. On Thursday October 17th, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, in charge of Environmental Transition and Resilience for the city, announced measures that will be taken to address the issue - part of their fiveyear master plan for waste management between 2020 and 2025. The measures, aimed at cutting waste at its source and reducing the amount ending up in landfills, include: - Banning the dumping of food and unsold clothes. - Grocery chains, edu-

cational institutions and hospitals will be encouraged to donate food they consider to not be fresh enough and form partnerships with food banks. - Food waste producers will be encouraged to compost. - Clothing stores and textile companies will be forbidden from throwing out unsold clothing. - Merchants will soon have to recycle clothing or work with different social groups to give clothes to people in need. According to Lalonde, the city will first work

with the biggest producers of food waste, like grocery store chains - with the goal of developing partnerships

between them and food banks or other organizations providing food to people in need. Although some stores have already entered into partnerships, they want to make sure it is done on a much larger scale.There are no fines in place yet if merchants and stores do not follow the action plan, but the city wants to change people’s mentality when it comes to waste reduction. A public consultation will take place in the near future.

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Bar-B Barn mouth watering Ribs & Chicken 2 great locations to watch the game

f you are craving a nononsense, generouslyportioned and wholesome dining experience, in an iconic setting that is a Montreal establishment, you’ll want to settle down to a meal at Bar-B Barn. We have all noticed the impossible-to-miss yellow and brown restaurants


Bar-B Barn delicious spare ribs and chicken!

By Anne McDougall at either of the two locations: Guy street downtown or Sources boulevard on the West-Island. The decor has not changed since the restaurants opened, and this will give you the impression that you are going back in time. Vintage barn-style wooden accents decorate the walls and ceilings, and comfortable table or booth seating awaits you. Calming Western-style chandelier lighting

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illuminate the space, and the most special tiered bottle display at the West-Island location will certainly amuse you. Both restaurants offer the choice between a dining zone with big screen tvs and a sports game playing, or the quieter, more family-friendly area which is where we asked to be seated. The downtown location has five dining rooms and 225 seats, and the west-island location has 515 seats, so bring your friends and family without hesitation, you will be accommodated no matter how big your group is. The downtown location was opened in 1967 and the West-Island restaurant opened thirteen years later, in 1980. Bar-B Barn is fa-

mous for its ribs and chicken. Our host for the evening, co-owner Tom McQueen, explained to us that he and his partners Manny and Dalton Barnoff ship their products as far as Western Canada, to longterm faithful customers in Calgary and even the Yukon! My dining partner Wes and I decided that we wanted to try as many of the items on the menu as possible and our friendly waiter Nelson gladly brought us many dishes. We started with a Caesar salad ($7, or $10 with added chicken). It was quite good, served with plenty of bacon bits, big crunchy croutons and good

Bar-B Barn cozy atmosphere inside their downtown location 1201 Guy St. homemade dressing. The garden salad ($7), also a generous portion, is made with fresh crunchy vegetables, and offered with a choice of three dressings, one of which was a house dressing, and my favourite. Our next dish was a starter serving of chicken wings ($12 a pound), which came with three sauces ranging from mild to call 911 hot. The wings were plump and the meat was tender, and we left nothing on our plates but carefullypicked bones. We were then served our main dishes, a Whole Hawg ($31, 9 maxi ribs), served with a choice of onion rings, crinkle fries or homemade mashed potatoes.

This was an enormous portion, and since we asked to taste a bit of all the sides, so as to be able to write about it, I was able to say that the mashed potatoes were my favourite, and Wes preferred the fries, although we finished all of the tasty onion rings. The ribs, coated four times and cooked slowly for three hours, were quite tender and lip-smacking good. The second main dish was the quarter chicken ($10), also served with a choice of sides. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours in a dryrub, then also cooked slowly for two and half hours. The meat was buttery-tender and delicious. Even though the food was

very good, the portions were so generous that we ended up taking some home. Our desserts were just awesome. A rich plain cheesecake served with blueberry sauce ($6) and a slice of homemade apple pie ($4), which we chose not to have ice-cream with, but we could have, for an extra $2. Nelson asked us if either of us was celebrating our birthday, since, if that had been the case, and upon us showing our id. He would have given the birthday celebrator an up to $25 discount on our meal. The menu offers many different sized portions to please all appetites, and a kids’ menu to boot. If you want to take a step back to relax, and have yourselves a wholesome, no-nonsense plentiful meal, head over to either of the two Bar-B Barn locations. Bar-B Barn - West Island 3300 Sources Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC H9B 1Z7 (514) 683-0225 Bar-B Barn - Downtown 1201 Guy St, Montreal, QC H3H 2K5 (514) 931-3811


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stated: "You have covered us in asphalt, concrete, and colonial-themed parks. You have desecrated our memories with monuments to the architects of genocide, like the racist John A. Macdonald, who attacked the culture and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island." (According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, "Turtle Island is the name many Algonquian –and Iroquoian-speaking peoples mainly in the northeastern part of North Like many historical characters immortalized in bronze, America use to refer to Sir John A. Macdonald also had a dark side the continent. In various dian Affairs. Edward Wade featuring torical view that the Indigenous origin stoHowever, the problem Macdonald under a monument itself repreries, the turtle is said to now, more than 150 canopy, which is a beau- sents is fine. That, as support the world, and years later is how to tiful piece of public art. long as it goes together By Sergio Martinez is an icon of life itself.") balance his action as Do we advance a just with a contemporary, Basically, Sir John A. one of the founders of political cause by van- revised assessment of a Macdonald is accused of this nation with the dalizing the site? Would- past with other values, their children sent to instituting the residen- tragic results of one of n't it be better to add certainly less enlightresidential schools tial school system his most significant poli- on a separate plaque ened. This would unwhere their culture was whose aim was to as- cies. Should his statue some more balanced doubtedly help erased --these are some similate the indigenous be subjected to regular historical description? everybody to make up of the historical injus- people and destroy attacks? Elsewhere, his His achievements, in- their own minds on the tices to which they their cultures and lan- statue in Victoria B.C. cluding his contribution issue. And especially unguages. He is also ac- was simply removed, to the creation of derstand that most peowere subjected. Successive govern- cused of other acts that, and teachers in Ontario Canada, but also the ple, even those ments have apologized for many, would reveal a have demanded that all dreadful policies he im- immortalized in bronze, for those past actions – racist mindset. schools named after plemented regarding have their dark sides as However, there are him in that province un- the indigenous people, well. Still, I would save the current prime minister already did, and some contradictions dergo a name change. In would be described. the orange paint for just a few weeks ago the too. According to an ar- the case of Montreal, Presenting the old his- other uses. Quebec premier also ticle by Tristin Hopper however, there is an asked for forgiveness published on August 28, added element: many for the province's treat- 2018, in the National Quebec separatists may ment of the aboriginals Post, while severe accu- join in attacking the in its territory. However, sations could be made monument not for what most people would against Macdonald, the Macdonald did to the agree that those words author also cites a text aboriginals, which they and intentions are not in which he acknowl- most likely don't care, yet met with concrete edges the aboriginals' but because it allows title to this land: "We them to attack Canada action. In response to official must remember that too. inaction, some people they are the original And last, but not least, have taken the initiative owners of the soil, of as Montrealers, we to respond. Social mobi- which they have been shouldn't forget the aeslization and protest are dispossessed by the thetic value of the place: usual ways by which cit- covetousness or ambi- Place du Canada, reizens may respond. tion of our ancestors," cently renovated. The However, while meeting he wrote in a letter pro- monument was unveiled an unjust situation with posing the creation of in 1895, the work of an act of rebellion is jus- the Department of In- British sculptor George tified, the question is what form this social reaction will take, and whether such form is the most adequate. THE STATUE, AN EASY TARGET On October 31, a Answer is online Saturday, November 9thpage 25 group that calls itself the "Anti-colonial zombies of the Old Saint-Antoine Cemetery, buried under Dorchester Antiquités Ste-Genevieve • Eye examination ( by appointment) Square and Place du Canada" issued a state• Eyeglasses & Contact lenses Flea Market ment in which it claimed Rooms “Kiosks” for RENT responsibility for a new David Sebag Optician attack on the statue of Sell everything at the best BUY ONE PAIR OF GLASSES Sir John A. Macdonald, and get, free of charge, one of the following choices Flea Market in the West Island located on the northern side of Place du Canada, 1) A second pair of glasses* such as: Every Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM facing René Levesque a) A spare pair of glasses ALL YEAR ROUND Boulevard. The monub) Prescription sunglasses ment was attacked with c) Sports glasses 15,674 Gouin Blvd. West orange paint. D) Computer glasses, etc. Ste-Genevieve (Pierrefonds) H9H 1C4 In its press release, the 1) Or 60% discount on the frames Anti-colonial Zombies *Coatings not included guess not many people today would have doubts about the shameful treatment given to the aboriginal peoples of Canada. Forcefully displaced from their traditional lands, settled in reservations that often couldn't satisfy their basic needs,

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All cakes are sold by volunteers, and all money raised goes to local charities, among them: Light a Dream, Lucky Harvest, Citizen Advocacy, West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH), Quebec Special Olympics, Generations Foundation, AVATIL (Training for Independent Living), as well as our annual distribution of Easter Food Baskets to the underprivileged in the West Island. Please help Lakeshore Civitan lend a hand to people in need!

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This ad has been financed by the following merchants and we thank them for their support. Cakes can be purchased at Calzone and Turner Chauffage-Heating. Cakes will also be available at the following locations as of November 4th. •Bank of Montreal, Fairview Shopping Centre •Bank of Montreal, 3190 blvd. St. Charles, Kirkland •Bank of Montreal, 3761 blvd. des Sources, D.D.O. •CalZone, 3717 blvd, St-Charles, Kirkland •CIBC, 2959 St. Charles, Kirkland •Concordia Arts Program – 7079 Terrebonne, N.D.G. •Familiprix, 308 Bord-du-Lac, Pointe Claire •Fleuriste Westmount, 343 bord du Lac, Pointe Claire •Microvin, Plaza Pointe-Claire •Pharmacie Jean Coutu, 485 Beaconsfield Blvd. •Pharmacie Jean Coutu, 900 Chemin Herron, Dorval •Pharmaprix @ Southwest One, Pointe Claire •St. Viateur Bagels, 821 Tecumseh, D.D.O. •TD Canada Trust Branch, 3131 Cote-Vertu, St. Laurent •Turner Heating, 6 de Lourdes, Pointe Claire •Uniprix, 3708 St. Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux •Westmount Stationery, 4887 Sherbrooke W.

We are also sitting at the following locations: •Residence Wellesley, 230 Hymus, Pointe Claire – November 5th •Reno Depot, 400 Brunswick, Pointe Claire – November 9th •Plaza Pointe Claire – November 14th to 16th •Lakeshore General Hospital – November 18th to 22nd •Residence Belvedere, 3000 Notre Dame, Lachine – November 28th & 29th •Le Cambridge - 340 Hymus Blvd, Pointe-Claire – December 6th • November 9, 2019


Publisac debates begin - to ban or not to ban? close to 3.5 million flyers each week, according to TP Transcontinental, owners of Publisac. They say close to 87% of peohe City of Mon- ple read the promotional treal is holding flyers, supported by a redebates that will cent survey done by the help decide the city and that everything future of Publisac flyers, in the the bag is recycladelivered weekly in plas- ble - including the 'sac'. tic bags to Montrealer's The city will be deciding doorsteps and mail- whether or not to ban boxes. It adds up to over them. 700,000 bags, filled with By Bonnie Wurst


Back in October of 2017, Charles Montpetit, a children’s author and illustrator who resides in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie received a Publisac in his mailbox, despite having a 'no flyers' sticker on it. After filing a complaint with TP Transcontinental, the deliveries stopped for just one week and then began again - so he decided to take action.

Monpetit managed to gather over 15,000 signatures on a petition that would see Publisacs allowed to be delivered only to people who want them and not to those who have the 'no-flyer' stickers on their doors or mailboxes (available from your borough).The City of Montreal accepted the petition and it was published it on

their website - and they are now going to take the issue a step further. To fully ban the bags is debatable, as many local businesses and newspapers rely on the door-todoor delivery - and they could be significantly impacted. Many people, especially the elderly, depend on the flyers as a way to save money and to find out what is hap-

pening in their area. Going online might not be an easy option for them. Even with a bylaw limiting delivery to only those without the 'no flyer' stickers could still have an affect.To 'ban the bag or not to ban' is the question at stake. What is your opinion? Do you like to receive the bags or would you have them banned entirely?

English Montreal School placed under trusteeship by CAQ By Bonnie Wurst

he Quebec government is placing the English Montreal School Board under trusteeship. Jean-Francois Roberge, CAQ's Educa-



tion Minister, has not yet released the full report, but the EMSB has been under the threat for some time. The school board has been experiencing issues over management and other issues, but the CAQ has also accused the EMSB of mishandling expenses from their $350 million budget by using part of

it to purchase items like jewelry and alcohol, as well as breaking rules when rewarding contracts. The school board in turn has accused Premier Francois Legault and Roberge of running a campaign to discredit the EMSB for political reasons - by leaking parts of the report to

the public and media. They claimed the 'attacks' on the school board were 'motivated by the CAQ government’s effort to justify abolishing school boards in favour of service centres and in retaliation for court challenges related to Bill 21 and the transfer of our schools to the French sector'

and that they 'never had the opportunity to review the allegations, nor to provide feedback and context.' The council of commissioners will be suspended once the trusteeship is official announced. Former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings is expected to be appointed to oversee the board for now - as

the trusteeship can be renewed after six months if it is believed necessary. The EMSB will be holding an emergency executive committee meeting this Wednesday night November 6th and another one is also planned for Thursday evening.

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Mesmerizing Imagine Van Gogh exhibition coming to Montreal irst presented in Europe to rave reviews, the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been called a 'mesmerizing emotional amplifier'.Walking among Van Gogh’s paintings is extraordinary - and you can soon experience it for yourself


By Bonnie Wurst here in Montreal at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Griffintown. This 'first in North America' exhibition will take you on a unique journey inside the artist’s paintings, highlighting over 200 of his pieces from the Arles period in 1888-89 to his death in 1890.They were exceptional

years for Van Gogh, bringing out his 'talent and his torments' with iconic works such as Sunflowers, Irises, Wheatfield with Crows and The Starry Night - as well as his Japanese influences with Almond Blossoms or The Church at Auvers. The exhibit also includes many of the portraits he painted during the same period, including his Self-Portraits, the Portrait of Dr. Gachet and La Mousmé. The experience is accompanied by a musical soundtrack, accentuating the works on display.The Arsenal is the perfect location in order to fully appreciate all Van Gogh's artist details, brushstrokes and colours bringing your senses to life. The exhibition, presented by Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem, will be on display at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, located at 2020 Rue William St. in Griffintown starting December 5th. For pre-sale tickets or more information go to: The exhibition, presented by Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem, will be on display at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, located at 2020 Rue William St. in Griffintown starting December 5th

Amazing Angus beef hamburgers (Picture is totally an exaggeration, but freshness isn’t)

All You Can Eat Fries!

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LaSalle Drive-In

aSalle Drive In (LDI) is a fixture along the riverfront in LaSalle. It is popular with middle class families looking for value when they want to order subs, pizza, hot dogs, and pasta (and a view thrown in for free). LDI is also a business that can boast keeping some employees for two decades or more and that gives generously to local charities. The restaurant could also be seen as an immigrant’s success story. We met up with co-


to four young men drove in with surfboards on top of their car. They explained that they were surfing on the rapids about one kilometre downstream. “This is the only place that I’ve ever worked,” revealed Tzouvelakos, who started at his father’s restaurant at age 13 (standing on a bench to reach things down from high shelves). “I started studying political science at Bishop’s University, but my father fell ill and I came back to run the restaurant.” His father, who at 85 still comes by the restaurant sometimes, arrived in Montreal from Greece in 1959 to begin working as a dish-

washer. By 1967, he opened LDI and the business he founded today supports 35 families. Tzouvelakos spoke very highly of his business partner and brother-in-law, George Tsimiklis. Tsimiklis’ kids now work at LDI, representing the third generation of the family to be there. In high class restaurants you often pay for the view, but the owners of LDI include an exquisite river view for free. You can see across the river to La Prairie. From the terrace, I watched three boatloads of rafters paddling down the river to catch the Lachine Rapids.

There were ducks and motorboats, too. Tzouvelakos plans to open a second floor of the restaurant in 2011with seating for 40 inside, promising an even better view of the river. “You wouldn’t believe how the ice flows look coming down the river on moonlit nights!” he exclaimed.

LaSalle Drive Inn (LDI) Fast food: pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, subs. Open: 11 am to 1 am, seven days a week 8760 LaSalle Blvd, LaSalle, Quebec (at the foot of Champlain Blvd) 514-365-6700

roll with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and mustard that you probably can’t find anywhere else.Tzouvelakos’ father invented the roll one evening in 1972 and was eating it when some police officers came in. They spied the roll and insisted on having the same thing. “Now we serve a lot of these every day,” said Tzouvelakos. From the comings and goings in the parking lot, it was evident that LDI also does a thriving take-out business. The

LaSalle Drive-in Submarine owner Johnny Tzouvelakos on the terrace on a recent Saturday afternoon. The choice of the terrace was an easy one; apart from the beautiful weather and vistas looking across to the south shore of the St. Lawrence, the tables were all taken inside. “When my father, Peter, and Uncle Nick founded LDI in 1967, there was no indoor seating at all,” explained Tzouvelakos who was three years old then. “People would order inside a little shack and then carry the food away, often to eat it in their cars. Now our seating capacity is 45 inside with 40 on the terrace. A lot has changed… Back then, LaSalle Blvd served as the TransCanada Highway until Highway 20 was built.” Today some 60 items are feature on the menu and there is also a full dairy bar. “Yes our cuisine is Italian, Greek, and Canadian,” joked Tzouvelakos. “The only thing missing here is Chinese food!” The specialty of the house is “Peter’s Special,” a sort of pizza 10

area served includes LaSalle, part of Lachine (west to 32nd Ave.),Verdun, and Ville Emard.The former Ville St. Pierre (now part of Lachine) is also covered. Tzouvelakos explains that delivery is free on orders of $5 or more. Prices marked on the menu are modest and as Tzouvelakos puts it. “For $5 to $15, you can eat well here.” And the general rule is that the more credit card signs are on the door, the more expensive a restaurant is. But at LDI, a sign is taped to the cash register saying, “cash only, please.” There is an ATM machine in the back if you run short on cash. The customers walking into LDI tend to come from the same geographic area that deliveries are made to. “But we also get American tourists from the rafting place (Excursions Rapides de Lachine) just upriver and we get cyclists stopping from the bike path.” And it doesn’t hurt business that the LaSalle police station is across the street. The West End Times spoke

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Orange wines to try for beginners Talha wine is Portuguese winemaking in clay am-

ou know already the traditional colours of winewhite, rose and red-. But, have you heard about the other particular shade: Orange?


phora. Talha is the portuguese word for By Marco Giovanetti Amphora and the technique is native to the Alentejo region.The technique has been handed Walk into any trendy down from generation to restaurant in Montreal generation since the and they will have at least roman times. However, it one Orange wine in their years, since Decio Fongoli was formally defined by Grame 2016- Malvasia wine list. For instance, amphora; buried deep in have discovered some Calvani bought the estate the agronomist António Istriana grape variety. Nora gray offers more the ground, the wine ma- wonderful orange wines of San Marco and gave life Augusto de Aguiar in $35.17/ Six pack casethan 20 choices while tures in the cool, stable from Spain, Slovenia, Chile to what would soon be- 1876. Once fermented Agent: Elena offers more than 10 temperatures provided by and France. Here are come a recognized family and drained off the skins three recommended prothe soil. Today, orange and Le diplomate,one of An orange wine with a legacy. The wine business and stems (which handily Montreal natural wine wines are not necessarily ducers that I rediscovered temple has 19 . When I amphora-aged, but some during the RASPIPAV and very original nose that re- activity is completed by act as a filter), the wines think about that’s substan- modern winemakers are RAW Wine Montreal. call diverse nuances of cit- the presence of the farm are sealed with olive oil fruits, apple Il Grappolo and La Rosa and decanted for drinking tial space consecrated to revisiting this method as These will make an amaz- rus a wine list. From time to part of the orange wine ing introduction to your complemented by orien- which, located in a beauti- from the base of the talha. journey in the exploration tal spices and pastry ful panorama, allows These wines are not tratime, the SAQ brings ideology. cream. On the palate, it is guests to enjoy a pleasant ditionally bottled. the Orange wines are not of orange wines. some as a specialty under moment in contact with longer they spend in talha, the same as natural wines, the Cellier arrivals or nature and with agricul- the more oxidised the available online only although they overlap in ture. wine becomes. through Most of areas of viticulture and Anibal Coutinho has an the orange wines available viniculture. Natural wine amazing background: in the Quebec market can is made with no chemical born in 1968, he gradube found via private im- additives, from the soil to ated in Civil Engineering ports. In order to taste the bottle. An orange (IST) and did post gradusome you have to order wine is not necessarily ate studies in Business them in a restaurant or natural, a winemaker can (MBA, ISCTE), Quality find them in wine fairs still decide to use addi(ISQ) and Viticulture and such as Raspipav or RAW tives in the cellar, most Oenology (ISA). He is the Montreal that just fin- likely sulfite. founder of IDOM EngiGeorgia, with winemakished. neer in Portugal. He has dating The easiest way to de- ing techniques been a collaborator at the fine orange wine is that back to 6000 BC, holds Ferreira Lapa Laboratory, it's a white wine made in the strongest claim to inthe Instituto Superior de Photo credit: the style of a red wine. venting orange wine. Next Umbria Trebbiano Spoletino Agronomia and is an assoFor white wine, the skins in line is both Italy and IGT Maceratum 2017Cantina Ferlat, Friuli juicy and ample with an ciate member of the Porof white or red grapes are Slovenia where orange Venezia Giulia, Italy elusive minerality and Trebbiano Spoletino grape tuguese Association of separated from the juice wines have been praised variety. $48.86/ Six pack bright acidity that reEnology - Associação Porright away. When red in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Ferlat is a small artisanal freshes your mouth with case-Agent: tuguesa de Enologia. As an wines are made, the juice DOC and neighbouring oenologist, he develops and the skins are left to- Goriška Brda region for estate crafting terroir every sip. Challenging, An elegant orange with his own wine brands: Esgether for a time, giving hundreds of years. Cult driven wines in the in the thoughtful, definitely an such as eastern part of Friuli unique, with which you elusive nuances of pineap- condido, Astronaut and he the wine its color and the producers tannins from the skins, Radikon, Gravner and Venezia Giulia, in the will need to have fun with ple peel, white peach and also developed the Consmoked honey. Smooth, temporal brand, as part of seeds and stems respec- Princic have been produc- renowned D.O.C. Friuli almost silky in the mouth a large multinational coning hugely popular impres- Isonzo. Ferlat is an organic tively with complex herbal aro- sultancy venture in PortuIn a nutshell, Orange sions of Pinot Grigio, winery and uses state of mas and a long balanced gal, Sonae wine is made from the Ribolla Gialla and Friulano the art technology to profinale.To be enjoyed on its Modelo-Continente. duce personal and artimust of white grapes that in more recent times. own or with tapas. Orange wine does not sanal wines always with diverse food matches. This Vinho de Talha is rehave contact with their the utmost respect for Azienda Agricola Fongoli, taste like a white or a red skins for a time before ally an artist wine. A fasciAníbal Coutinho, Umbria, Italy fermentation, imparting an wine. It has its own unique the terroir nating nose revealing Portugal In the heart of Umbria, orange or amber tint to taste. Like other wines, layers of peach, nectarines in a splendid environmenthe wine. However, for or- the flavors in an orange tal setting, the estate cov- Vinho de Talha Astronaut and honey complemented ange wine, this can take wine will depend on the by nougat and and a deep Alentejo DOC 2016 ers a magnificent fertile place over weeks or even grape varietal used, the saline smell. Structure, White- $100/Six pack wine area. The Fongoli years in an oxygen-rich soil and a winemaker's racy and very complex case-Agent: Benedictus, family has been dedicated environment, and as such, methods. However, you with an everlasting finale. 514913-5405 to viticulture for over 70 are likely to find aromas the brilliant hue is simply a by-product of the of honeysuckle, dry fruits, Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, twitter, Instagram process. Maceration can sourdough with a slight take place in many differ- tannic grip in the palate. 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Bridging the two solitudes through film

Guilhem Caillard, Director General of Cinemania at the press conference announcing the lineup for this year or twenty-five French, they see them tender story of fatheryears Cinemania with subtitles. Thus this son bonding." has undertaken a is not something unThose who might significant job: usual for them, al- have seen that beautiful helping to bring to- though, again, the by Claude gether the two linguis- number of those who movie Lelouch, "A Man and a tic communities of do this kind of cultural Woman," winner of the excursions is probably Oscar for Best Foreign not very high. Cinemania is trying to Language film in 1966 help in this cultural im- might be pleasantly surmersion by showing prised. The celebrated during eleven days, from French director has November 7 to 17, a cast the same stars, total of 51 feature films Jean-Louis Trintignant produced by francoph- and Anouk Aimée, 53 one countries, all of years later, "tenderly them with English sub- reminiscing about what titles and covering a could have been," in a broad spectrum of gen- sequel to that story tiBy Sergio Martinez res and topics. The tled "The Best Years of opening movie is the a Life." Animation enthusiasts, French drama "Portrait Montreal by showing of a Lady on Fire" di- for their part, may enjoy F r e n c h - l a n g u a g e s rected by Céline Sci- "The Swallows of movies subtitled in Eng- amma, an intense love Kabul" a French-Luxlish. A job that is not easy, I should say. Fran- narrative set in the 19th embourg-Switzerland cophones, of course, century. This film won co-production directed see movies mostly orig- the Best Screenplay by Zabou Breitman and inated in Hollywood Award at the 2019 Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec. but most of them are Cannes Festival. For the The film is set in the seen –especially by closing night, the film late 1990s when the those who are unilingual– dubbed in French. chosen is "Spread Your Afghan capital lied in Anglophones on the Wings" based on a real ruins, occupied by the other hand, when they story with "crucial envi- Taliban. A love story see movies in different ronmental issues" at its with an optimistic outlanguages, not only in core (…) "as well as a look despite the dire


"Spread Your Wings" a film with an environmental message will close the festival conditions in which the Along comes a brainy opportunity to enjoy protagonists live. young Oxford-educated good French-language Love and philosophy philosopher who would mix in "Alice and the change things in unex- movies, subtitled in EngMayor" by Nicolas pected ways. "The dia- lish. For a detailed dePariser and featuring logue and scription of all the films the story of a French brainstorming sessions and other activities promayor who, after 30 are laced with humour years in politics, enters and suffused with an all- grammed for this festival, as well as venues, a period of existential crisis, which affects his consuming passion." These are just a small schedules, and ticket performance at the prices, visit: helm of the city of Lyon. sample of what to expect from this exciting





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The art of now: Six steps to living in the moment hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. By Jay Dixit, published on November 01, 2008 last reviewed on September 20, 2013 A friend was walking in the desert when he found the telephone to God. The setting was Burning Man, an electronic arts and music festival for which 50,000 people descend on Black Rock City, Nevada, for eight days of "radical self-expression"—dancing, socializing, meditating, and debauchery. A phone booth in the By Donna Byrne middle of the desert with a sign that said "Talk to God" was a surreal sight stressful. Just being out of even at Burning Man. The our normal routine, not idea was that you picked sleeping in our own bed up the phone, and God— and being around excited or someone claiming to and often tired children be God—would be at the can add to tension felt at other end to ease your this time of year. Happy pain. When God came on New Year! Now is the the line asking how he time for all of those reso- could help, my friend was lutions. I hope you add re- ready. "How can I live laxation and taking care of more in the moment?" he yourself to the list. With asked. Too often, he felt, more people doing our the beautiful moments of micronutrient blood test his life were drowned out and more people using by a cacophony of selfthe Magnesphere Therapy consciousness and anxiI am enjoying watching ety. What could he do to the effects of relaxation hush the buzzing of his and nutrient replenish- mind? "Breathe," replied a ment when we know soothing male voice. My what we need. Getting to friend flinched at the tired know what we need is new-age mantra, then recrucial. Often we just feel minded himself to keep an down, tired and restless open mind. “When God but don’t really under- talks, you listen.” "Whenever you feel anxious stand why. I am hearing and learn- about your future or your ing more about Mindful- past, just breathe," continness. Mindfulness is a ued God. "Try it with me state of active, open at- a few times right now. tention on the present. Breathe in... Breathe out." When you're mindful, you And despite himself, my observe your thoughts friend began to relax. I found this interesting and feelings from a distance, without judging and so true. It could be them good or bad. Instead anyone or no one on that of letting your life pass phone but the advice is you by, mindfulness means good. Just breathe…… living in the moment and Take the time to breathe. awakening to experience. Life unfolds in the present Most of us are probably but so often, we let the not very good at this but present slip away, allowing I think it is worth looking time to rush past unobat. Being aware of the served and lost and present should help us squandering the precious recognize and deal with seconds of our lives as we some of the stress and worry about the future tension that so affects our and ruminate about what's past. "We're living lives. In Psychology Today I in a world that confound this article “The Art tributes in a major way to of Now: Six Steps to Liv- mental fragmentation, dising in the Moment” We integration and distracsays Buddhist live in the age of distrac- tion" tion. Yet one of life's scholar B. Alan Wallace. sharpest paradoxes is that We're always doing someyour brightest future thing, and we allow little time to practice stillness any of us have been busy running around, travelling and sharing time with family and friends. Sounds like fun but it can also be very

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On an annual basis, 600 children take part in Sun Youth’s Sports & Recreation programs. The organization offers competitive basketball and football with its Hornets teams but also a hockey development program and a day camp in the summer. Sun Youth also offers a

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Draw Me A Bath By Tara Palov Montreal Times

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Book Reviews

Mobituaries by Mo Rocca

n the days when print newspapers reigned, it was not uncommon for an aspiring reporter’s first assignment at the newspaper that they hoped to build a journalistic career was to write the


By Stuart Nulman obituaries. It was either that or cover dog shows and amateur sports events. Although it was a good training ground to polish your writing skills for when you move up in the world of journalism, putting together those obituaries could be – and usually was – a mundane task. Basically, it was the same format; the name of the deceased, the date of death, the cause of death, the list of grieving family members and relatives, where and when the funeral is taking place, and where any donations could be made in lieu of flowers. All in all, there was little or no room for creativity. However, the New York Times managed to break free from the cookie cutter newspaper obituaries, and turned them into an art form that made people want to read them. Reporters who were 18

charged with writing obituaries didn’t settle for the standard format; instead, they expanded upon it.They got details from that person’s life and wrote an obituary that show the deceased in question lived a life that mattered, whether they be a Nobel Prize winner, a renowned scientist, or an everyday Joe who somehow made a difference in the life of others in their own unique way. Mo Rocca, the writer/broadcaster (and regular contributor for the CBS “Sunday Morning” program) took that New York Times obituary model to a new level. Earlier this year, he debuted a new podcast called “Mobituaries”, in which for 60 minutes, he would offer his own take on the obituary, in which he would recount through research, archives and interviews, the life and times of a number of personalities from the legendary (Sammy Davis, Jr. and Audrey Hepburn), to the obscure (John F. Kennedy impersonator Vaughn Meader and original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker), to the unusual (Chuck Cunningham and other TV characters who were “killed off” in the middle of a successful TV series’ run). The podcast’s first season was a hit (with the second season debuting this week), and for fans of “Mobituaries” (myself included), they will be delighted to know that Rocca has just released a companion book.

The book contains Mo Rocca’s style of obituaries that were featured on the first season of his podcast, which landed in the #1 spot of Apple’s podcast chart, such as the Bunker Siamese Twins, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Jennings (who did Rosa Parks’ heroic act of resistance to racial segregation on a New York trolley over 100 years before Ms. Parks did it on a Montgomery, Alabama bus), and Moses Fleetwood Walker, who became the first Black player in major league baseball 60 years before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier. As well, there are essays that will be featured on the second season of “Mobituaries”, including the one about Jimmy Carter’s beer-swilling, headline-making brother Billy, which kicked off season two. Besides examining the life and death of wellknown and not-so-wellknown personalities, the book also looks into the “deaths” of certain countries (Prussia), brands of science (medieval science), sports teams (the Dominican Republic-based Los Dragons de Ciudad Trujillo baseball team, which folded after one season), types of vehicles (the station wagon), and three types of “reputation assassinations” (which dealt with a forgotten opera composer, an obscure British novelist and even Disco music). And each “mobituary” is followed with its own sidebar

piece that deals with the similar theme that is the focus of the person or subject matter in question (for example, the “mobituary” about comedian Fanny Brice - who was immortal-

ized in Barbra Streisand’s Oscar-winning performance in “Funny Girl” -- is followed by a sidebar about historical figures who were eclipsed by the actors who portrayed them in the movies, such as James Cagney as George M. Cohan, Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, and Doris Day as Calamity Jane). What I enjoyed about both the podcast and the book is Rocca’s penchant for in-depth research, which results in the reader and/or listener discovering more about certain personalities that they thought they knew about. And that adds a whole new, revealing perspective to them, which builds upon their mystique. For example, the chapter dealing with Audrey Hepburn explains how

the Nazi occupation of her native Holland during the Second World War affected her so emotionally, that she decided to dedicate her remaining years towards helping underprivileged children around the world as a UNICEF ambassador. So whether you’re into entertainment, pop culture or history, let Mo Rocca and Mobituaries be your ultimate guide into the life and times of people who you have heard about, or have rarely heard about, and gain a new appreciation of their respective contributions to the world. At least you can be satisfied that they have never died in vain. (Simon & Schuster, $39.95)

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33. "___ Not There," 2007 film 35. Sea monster of myth 36. Dangerous bacteria 37. Greek promenade 38. Knocked off, in a way 39. If not 44. All excited 45. ___ Doubt, rock band 46. It has a certain ring to it 47. Excuse 51. Glazier's items 52. Scrub 53. Cheek cosmetic 55. Bar offering 58. Skin products maker 59. Swift fly 60. Oenologist's interest 62. Municipality in France 63. Organic compound 64. Buck 66. Word 67. Nod, maybe 68. Adaptable truck, for short Please see answers on-line Saturday edition Page 25 ,November 9th, 2019 edition:

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FÊTE DES NEIGES DE MONTRÉAL his year, whether you’re a regular attendee or a first-timer you’re sure to be treated to something new at the 2019 edition of the popular winter festival. That’s because, for the first time, Parc JeanDrapeau’s new event site, Espace 67, will be playing host to the event which runs over four weekends and is designed to allow people to discover and embrace the joys of winter. This family-gathering event, which is organized by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, is a Montréal-winter favourite, with a program geared toward getting outdoors, offering a wide variety of activities to entertain people of all ages. On the program*: • 16 tube slides in the heart of the site for some great sliding; • Spectacular outdoor performances by artists and acrobats from the famed Cirque Éloize; • Artist Nicolas Godon will be creating some outstanding ice sculptures while the public looks on; • A refrigerated skaters’ path that runs along the woods;

great visibility, on television as well as on the web. He’s been the cohost on the daily show, Cochon Dingue, on the Télé-Québec network, along with making many appearances on Montréal’s cultural scene.


The reinvention of the Fête des neiges

Dates of the event January: 18-19 / 25-26 February: 1-2 / 8-9 • On-site animation that includes the Penguins’ Village and the Ninja Huskies route; • Giant foosball and boot hockey interactive facilities; • A giant pirate ice ship to see and conquer; • The Faim de Loup area with its tasty and comforting food offering; • And much more! Advance sale of admissions to a special rate, providing access to the site for all four weekends of the event, will be running from

November 25 to January 17. A new spokesperson for the 2020 Fête des neiges The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is proud to announce that Pascal Morrissette has agreed to be the spokesperson for the 2020 Fête des neiges. An energetic and colourful performer, Pascal has quickly settled in as a fine young host in various media and he enjoys some

A breath of crisp polar air is being ushered into the next edition of the event as the design agency TM has worked on a whole new visual identity for the Fête des neiges. See the sketch of the new logo in the attached press kit. About the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is a paramunicipal organization of the City of Montréal whose mission is to manage, administrate, develop, protect and animate Parc Jean-Drapeau. Back at Parc JeanDrapeau for the 37th edition of the event, the Fête des neiges brings together thousands of visitors every year in search of a unique winter experience.


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ave you made a list of all expenses related to the sale of your home? I am talking about expenses that are unforeseen and not planned for. If you are aware of them in the first place that is, you can plan accordingly. Some of these costs are optional, and will make the difference between selling and not selling, as well as selling at a much higher price. Would you be ready to spend about $2000 even before


By Eleni (Helen) Akrivos listing your home, if you knew for certain that you would get at least $10 000 or more for your home? Since these surprise costs can come up before listing your home for sale, during the process as well as after the sale is concluded, it is important to work with a broker with experience who can make you aware of your options and how to deal with unexpected issues when they come along. The main cost people associate with selling is the commission paid to the real estate brokers. Sellers often forget that charging taxes on the commission is the norm, since selling your home is a service and this is clearly stated in your brokerage contract. Before even listing your home, there are some expenses to consider, some mandatory and others optional. When calculating

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What are the real costs of selling your home? your net result of the sale, it is imperative to know the exact amount of your PREPAYMENT MORTGAGE PENALTY, whether it be $1000 or $15 000, you need to know this number! Make sure you call the lender of your mortgage, who will calculate the penalty based on your agreement and type of mortgage. All your legal paper work pertaining to your home need to be up to date. If the Certificate of Location for example is over 10 years old, a new one is needed at about a cost of $800 - $900. As a seller you may consider paying for a PRE-SALE Building Inspection to avoid any major unforeseen repairs later on in the process, this is of course optional. The cost is between $500 to $700.

Another optional and very important cost to consider before listing, is related to preparing your home for sale. I recommend that a minimal home staging be done by the sellers, and yes this does require some effort and expense but is totally worth it! This includes time and money spent on a big house clean up, de-cluttering, possible storage rental, light landscaping, painting and decorating. The other aspect of selling you may forget about is making those small repairs you have been putting off. Repairing the cracked walkway, the air conditioner or appliance that is not working may seem insignificant, but to the potential buyers, the more “move-in-ready” your home is the more ready

they will be to make you an offer! Spending about $2500 properly will give you a return of $5000 or more. Once your property is on the market expenses may come up. While most brokers pay for the cost of marketing your property, some may charge separately for certain items. Keep in mind if something breaks or an issue comes up in your home such as a leak or a furnace no longer working, it is up to the seller to keep up the maintenance and repairs of the home up until the new buyer takes over. With an accepted offer, a buyer has the right to have a Building Inspection, which more often than not will reveal some minor repairs and hopefully nothing major. If a major building

issue needs addressing and causes a major expense to the buyers, they may negotiate that you take care of the issue. In cases where there is mold in the attic, major foundation cracks or vermiculite insulation, the seller is most likely the one who will incur this expense by either reducing their price or fixing the issue. This is a grey zone and working with an experienced broker to consult with is crucial in the negotiation of major issues following a building inspection. With everything finalized, you will be signing the deed of sale at the notary, where there may be additional expenses to note. In order to remove the mortgage legally from your property, the notary will charge a “Radiation” fee for each

loan on the property, costing from $650 - $800 per loan. As the seller, you may need to purchase Title Insurance if there is any defect or problems with the title of ownership, the notary will normally require this if necessary and the cost is about $250. At the notary, there will also be calculations made for specific adjusted amounts that were previously agreed upon with the buyer. There will be the usual adjustments for municipal taxes, school taxes, oil reserves, in which case you may end up receiving money from the buyer for taxes you have already paid as the seller. Other adjustments can be for a “rental” compensation to the buyers if you are not vacating the property right away and need to stay there for a month or more. Other amounts can be adjusted last minute, if any surprises are found by the notary concerning the property, but hopefully by now, everything has been accounted for and you have officially sold! After the buyers take possession of the property, if they bought the home with the regular Legal Warranty, then as the seller you may still be responsible for certain defects or break downs depending on the individual situation. It is best to consult the real estate brokers involved and possibly your lawyer if it gets to that. Helen Akrivos is a Montreal real estate expert who is passionate about educating and inspiring everyone to succeed in real estate! She holds a Chartered real estate broker license and is President of North East Realties agency in Montreal. As a lecturer in the Residential Real Estate Program at College Lasalle, Co-Host of “The Real Estate Show” on CJAD AM800 radio and contributor to the MTL Times newspaper, Helen shares her stories of real estate success to help as many people as possible! E-mail your comments to



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