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The Blanche report: Kaboooooom!

First the breaking news: Mirabel is history. Over and out.  It will be demolished within the year. Kaboom! Of course they first have to get rid of the asbestos in the building. Did you know there was asbestos in the building? Oy vey. Next up: the Big O. Can we please have  seats for that one? The first three pages of Continue Reading...
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Community celebrates 28 years of Torah commitment at Kollel Kesser Torah

Over 450 men and women attended Kollel Kesser Torah’s twenty eighth anniversary testimonial dinner Wednesday night to show their support for one of the most prominent Kollelim in Canada and hear words of inspiration from Rav Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Mir. The Kollel was founded in 1986 by a group of Rabbi Pinchus Hirschprung Zt”l’s followers who took Continue Reading...
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Fraudulent Vaad Hatzedaka certificates

It has come to the attention of the Vaad Hatzedaka of Toronto that two individuals (twins) and others with them have forged certificates and reappeared in Toronto on a regular basis using different names. Other violations have been reported and the Vaad Hatzedaka is investigating them. Some of their pictures can be found in the poster below. This group abuses Continue Reading...
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Canadian Jews report their sense of security has changed since 9/11, according to new poll

A new poll by the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration and released to the Sun News network suggest that most Canadians have changed their sense of security since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. What makes the poll particularly fascinating is the response from Jews and Muslims. When asked whether the jetliner attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon which killed almost Continue Reading...
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Premier brand spice products recalled due to Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall on Premier brand spice products due to possible Salmonella poisoning, which are certified Kosher by the MK and Kehal Machzikei Hadas. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from Continue Reading...
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Video of the day: MADA featured on Ynet

MADA Community Centre was recently filmed for a Ynet article that covered the amazing organization that provides a food bank, kosher cafeteria, clothing, furniture, Shabbat to share, support and social programs to the lesser fortunate in the Jewish community of Montreal and surrounding areas. The video is in Hebrew, and is a must see as it demonstrates MADA’s efforts to better Continue Reading...
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Over a thousand women at Mega Challah bake

It was the hottest event in town with tickets completely sold out and community members trying to frantically secure a place last minute, and what an event it was! Mega Challah Bake 2014 was a tremendous, inspiring, life changing experience. One thousand women from all walks of Jewish life, from every community in Montreal packed into one room, all there Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 14 September, 2014

Here’s a list of activities for Jewish families to do in and around Montreal, courtesy of bill613.com. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. Ecomuseum’s free kids day: Once again this year, the Ecomuseum Zoo wishes to spoil families of the Greater Montreal Area by offering a free admission day for kids on Sunday, September 14th! Admission will Continue Reading...
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Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder recalled due to Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The product is certified kosher under the OU. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Continue Reading...
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Provincial police suspected Lev Tahor of human trafficking and forgery of documents

A 14 page affidavit filed by Quebec provincial police to obtain a search warrant (called an Information to Obtain document), which contains written testimony by two former members of Lev Tahor, was unsealed and obtained by News Agencies on Wednesday and the allegations in the document reveal that Quebec provincial police suspected Lev Tahor of human trafficking and forging documents. Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: It’s Not A Toomah

As per Arnold Schwarzenegger it’s not a toomah. What? It is a toomah! Oy vey. Could be Rob Ford’s days are numbered as mayor of Toronto and his run at the mayor’s chair derailed. No Blanche, he didn’t say anything ridiculous again. Seems he was not feeling well (for a few months no less) and after being admitted to the emergency in Toronto Continue Reading...
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Isaac Miracles launches Uman contest

A Jewish singer from Cote St Luc is offering to help pay the expenses of anyone traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana this year through a new contest. Isaac Miracles has been to Uman, the small town in Ukraine where Breslov Chassidim and Jews of all affiliations gather for a holiday of inspiration. This year, he wants to take a Continue Reading...
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Justin Trudeau under fire for another controversial mosque visit

Just weeks after getting blasted for a 2011 visit to a Montreal mosque that had been linked to Al Qaeda, Justin Trudeau is under fire for another controversial mosque visit, this time in the South Shore of Montreal. Sun News is reporting that last Friday, the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party visited the Islamic Community Centre of South Shore Continue Reading...
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Parking signs in Westbury area changed after citizen outcry

Four months after an initial complaint, residents in the Westbury area are finally eased from the burden of looking for parking on their streets after the city of Cote-des-Neiges-NDG put up new parking signs Tuesday afternoon. The problem began last summer when the city decided to implement a new schedule for the street sweepers. Instead of two one hour slots Continue Reading...
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Montreal Jew rescues over 1200 Muslims and Christians from war-torn Middle East

They call him the “Jewish Schindler,” according to the an article in the Jerusalem Post, and Yank Barry, born Gerald Barry Falovitch in Montreal, is ecstatic at surpassing his goal of the number of people saved from war-torn countries in the Middle East, according to a recent press release by the PR News Channel. Barry is a musician and CEO Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Maxwell Smart, Agent 99 Where are You?

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook ain’t Steve Jobs. Tim was the one announcing Apple’s new iPhone 6 today, amid quivering worldwide fanfare. Alas, alas. People watching the live stream were first hit with a test card instead of the live feed. After that, users reported the audio for the live stream included the Mandarin translation over the audio of Tim Cook, Continue Reading...
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Suspicious fire in Tosh Friday night

Boisbriand Fire Department are investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that broke out in one of the new buildings on Moshe Avenue in Tosh Friday night. Two apartments suffered minor fire and smoke damage and massive water damage. Thank G-d no one was inside the building, which was almost completed. This is the latest in a string of hate Continue Reading...
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Beware of new “Canada Revenue Agency” scam

A member of the Lubavitch community was nearly the victim of a phone scam intended to steal money from unwitting victims. On Friday afternoon, the Lubavitcher received a phone call from the “CRA – Canada Revenue Agency” issuing a threat that he will be imprisoned within the next half hour. The supposed CRA agent gave him the option of learning Continue Reading...
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