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Do Girls Have a Future in Hockey?

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Montreal is a hockey town, but asking most locals about Kim St. Pierre will only draw a blank look. Yet this 32-year-old hometown girl from Chateauguay is enjoying an illustrious career in hockey. Now a goalie with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) team, the Montreal Stars, she has three Olympic gold medals to her credit (won in 2002, 2006 & 2010). Her team also won many International Ice Hockey Federation women’s tournaments between 1999 and 2010. St. Pierre holds many career goalkeeping records in women’s hockey including: the most shutouts (15); most wins (24); and lowest goals

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 December 2011 12:21 Read more...
 

Fort Angrignon to Close?

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Uncertainty is in the air at Fort Angrignon (FA), which may soon close. This popular venue for families, school groups, and teens operates out of the former zoo at Angrignon Park under the auspices of a non-profit group. What once served as animal pens has been turned into 19 ‘challenges’ or obstacle courses that might take a child six hours to complete.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 18:19 Read more...
 

Mirror Reading at Chapters and Oink Oink This Weekend;

Following on the success of the September 24 Mirror Reading event at Babar Books in Pointe-Claire Village, there will be two repeat events this Saturday (Oct. 15) in Montreal and in Westmount. Designed for children aged 4—8 years, together with accompanying adults, these sessions foster face-to-face reading.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2011 14:35 Read more...
 

The Stars Stop Shining at the Old Montréal Planetarium;

The Montreal Planetarium, formerly known as the Dow Planetarium, has closed. A note on the planetarium website states that, “After 45 years, 60,000 screenings and 6 million visitors, the Montréal Planetarium closed on October 10, 2011. A brand new planetarium, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, is under construction next to the Biodôme. This new building, which aims to get a LEED Platinum certification, is expected to open in the spring of 2013.”

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The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

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The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site on Lachine’s lakeshore is dedicated to the voyageurs who paddled freight canoes during the golden age of Canada’s Fur Trade. When you enter this tiny, stone-walled former fur warehouse (circa 1803), look up; nestled in the rafters is a freight canoe. Built by César Newashish, a Cree Indian from the Manawan reserve northeast of Montreal, this traditional 12m (27 foot) birchbark canoe was made without any nails, instead using cedar splints, spruce roots and pine gum.

Parks Canada employee Christiane Campagna demonstrates to children how voyageurs kept time by singing songs while paddling

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 16:10 Read more...
 

New School Initiative Launched By Green Coalition;

A new school initiative has been launched by the Green Coalition, a grassroots organization whose individuals and member groups are dedicated to conservation, protection and restoration of the environment. In the 2011-2012 school year, Leehi Yona is launching the Green School Coalition (GSC)/ Coalition des Écoles vertes, an alliance of all environmental clubs at elementary and high school levels, both public and private, in the Montreal area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:25 Read more...
 

Paintball Anyone?

 

Paintball is a big adrenalin rush and especially popular with teenage boys. While outdoor centres typically have a season from April through December, indoor paintball centres now extend the season to 12 months. Arnold Paintball operates an indoor site in LaSalle and on a recent Saturday afternoon, it was crawling with teenage boys decked out in camouflage gear, eager to do battle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:28 Read more...
 

Games we Used to Play

As noted in my book review about A Nation of Wimps, the current generation of parents (hey, that includes me!) are probably the most over-protective in the history of mankind. Author Hara Marano argues that both children and parents are suffering from hyper-active concern for our children’s well-being and undue interference in their lives. Now, Montreal author Marijke Vroomen Durning is adding her voice to this movement, having created her “Games we Used to Play” blog.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 21:18 Read more...
 

All Aboard at the Exporail Train Museum

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Places to Visit Around Montreal;

All Aboard at the Exporail Train Museum

Where do great Canadian trains go when they reach the end of the line? For over 160 locomotives, interurban railway cars and streetcars the answer is Exporail; this train museum in Delson, just south of Montreal has the largest collection of railway material in Canada and one of the most important in the world.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 12:32 Read more...
 

Ecomuseum Zoo on West Island Great for Kids;

Ecomuseum Zoo on West Island Great for Kids;

Day of Special Activities on Sept. 18

 

The Ecomuseum, a small zoo on Montreal’s West Island, is offering free admission to children 15 years of age and under (accompanied by an adult) on Sunday, September 18. Visitors there will be greeted by some 115 species of animals native to the St. Lawrence River Valley from wild turkeys to snapping turtles to flying squirrels.

Photo of porcupine by Claude Lafond

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:26 Read more...
 

Why buy a guidebook when you can use the Internet for free?

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Why buy a guidebook when you can use the Internet for free?

In this age of electronic information, is the act of buying a guidebook now an antiquated act? Many people question the idea of spending $20 to $30 on a book when much of the information seems freely available on the Internet. But there are some important differences between the information found on the Internet versus that of a guidebook:

The Internet is a wonderful tool for finding certain information, but usually only if you know roughly what you are looking for. A Google search is unlikely tell you to about an indoor parachute jumping site, for example, if you are didn’t know that such a site exists. Nor will it likely tell you about a place where kids can make their own pottery if you’re looking for a zoo. But a guidebook can do just that. You will probably find many surprises and serendipity as you flip through the pages.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 22:54 Read more...
 


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