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The above is the kitschy slogan of Montreal's most unusual new radio station, CJRS -- Radio Shalom, at 1650 on the a.m. dial. What is more unusual is that CJRS is North America's only full-time Jewish station. For 24 hours a day, 6 days a week (we're off the air for the Sabbath) a multiplicity of Jewish sounds cascades from our studios near Montreal's landmark Orange Julep.
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To get an appreciation of Greenfield Park today, it is necessary to look back nearly one hundred years to 1911, the year the municipality was founded. At that time all the land was either used for agriculture, abandoned or overgrown with bush. Montreal, only five miles away across the St. Lawrence River, was booming. Immigrants were hoping for better than the when they arrived in Canada, often from crowded British cities, but they frequently ended up settling in poor, polluted and cramped industrial neighbourhoods like Pointe St. Charles and Griffintown.
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I am born and raised in Ontario, at a time and in a place where we identified ourselves not only by our ancestry, but by the specific region within the British Empire from which our ancestors came. Back then I was Green Irish, from the town of Mullingar, county Westmeath (even though both my parents were born in Ontario). The collision of various social and personal factors required that I have some identity, and for many Canadians identity is a quest in itself.
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As with any culture I’ve experienced, perspectives in Montreal vary.
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When I started my career as an English language arts teacher, I had been a speaker of the language for barely a decade myself, and still had trouble with idioms or the use of correct prepositions in a sentence. I was, nevertheless, the bright-eyed, opinionated, naive young woman ready to teach English literature and composition to secondary four and five students, most of whom were barely half a decade younger than myself.
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Most Montrealers believe that all of the Irish immigrants to our city arrived at the time of the Irish Famine in 1847, when in reality the ancestors of many of our present day Quebec citizens of Irish descent likely arrived decades before this terrible event.
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Around 2005, Peggie Hopkins, a real estate agent in Point St. Charles, was offered an opportunity to act in a play at Westmount’s community theatre. She had no previous acting experience, but thought that the chance to act might be a new and interesting adventure. Before long, she was infected with the “theatre bug” and was thinking about starting a local English-language community theatre in Point St. Charles. Of course, the big question was, “how do you start a community theatre?”
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Do you remember what you were doing at 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 1959? I do. I was standing in the arrival area at Windsor Station in Montreal -- head high, eyes wide open, senses tingling, and feet on Canadian soil (well ok, so it was really concrete). The other boat-train passengers had all gone their various ways, and now I was alone. For one brief moment of panic, I wondered what on earth I had done.
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Carte postale par la Montreal Import Co., Montréal, v. 1905. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by the Montreal Import Co., Montreal, c.1905. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Carte postale par la European Post Card Co., Montréal, v. 1910. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by the European Post Card Co., Montreal, c.1910. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Carte postale par la Montreal Import Co., Montréal, vers 1905. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by the Montreal Import Co., Montreal, c.1905. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Carte postale, teintée à la main. v.1908. Collection Matthew Farfan. / Postcard, hand-tinted, published c.1908. Matthew Farfan Collection.
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Carte postale par la Montreal Import Co., Montréal, v. 1905. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by the Montreal Import Co., Montreal, c.1905. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Carte postale par ND Photo, v. 1906. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by ND Photo, c.1906. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Carte postale par la Montreal Import Co., Montréal, vers 1905. Collection Matthew Farfan Postcard published by the Montreal Import Co., Montreal, c.1905. Matthew Farfan Collection
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Désignant les chemins publics, les paroisses, les fiefs et les villages qui s'y trouvent, le Canal Lachine, les différentes parties de l'île qui ne sont pas encore en état de culture, etc., etc. Faite en 1834 par A. Jobin