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June 2012 Archives

Emily Sheasgreen turns 100 on Canada Day

Mme Sheasgreen 018.jpgOn July 1st, Canada celebrates its 145th birthday. Rosemont resident Emily Sheasgreen will also reach the "triple digits" on this day -- she turns 100. Sonali chats with Emily about her secrets for staying young at heart. Oh yes, they include Wii bowling.


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"Market Chronicles" beats superstar cookbooks

marketchronicles.JPGThe votes are in for Quebec in the Cross Country Cookbook Shelf challenge. Food writer Susan Semenak's Market Chronicles: Stories and recipes from Montreal's Marché Jean-Talon won by a landslide!  With 58% of the online votes, Semenak's recipes and stories from the market beat out books by superstar chefs like Martin Picard and Ricardo Larivée.

Susan spoke with Sonali Karnick about winning the title and she also shared a recipe.
It's the season for "garlic scapes" at farmer's markets in Quebec so Susan shared her recipe for pesto using this tasty green.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Makes about 2 cups (500 ml)


The long, elegant stems that grace hardneck garlic plants in spring are a treasure to cooks.

Their chlorophyll-green hue, corkscrew loops and subtle garlic flavour are fleeting pleasures. Soon the long, tender scapes will straighten out and harden up. But before then, garlic growers snip them off to redirect the plant's energy to the bulb.

Luckily, they don't go to waste. The curly scapes that appear at the market in spring are delicious chopped into omelettes, risottos or stir-fries. They are especially sublime as a vivid-green pesto brightened with lime juice - organic farmer Mylène Dupont's recipe for holding on to spring.

2 cups (500 ml) chopped garlic scapes, top flowery parts removed

½ tsp salt

juice of 1 large lime (about 3 tbsp)

1 cup (250 ml) sunflower oil, or more if needed

In the bowl of a food processor or in a blender, pulse garlic scapes, salt and lime juice until smooth but still a little chunky. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add the oil and mix just until combined.  

With a rubber spatula, transfer mixture to clean jars, leaving a ½-inch (1 cm) space at the top. Add extra oil if necessary to completely cover the pesto. Cover jars tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Dr.Mike Evans: Stress

Thumbnail image for drmike_banner.jpgOur weekend house doctor, Dr. Mike Evans, is making a splash on the Internet again.  Mike is a skilled communicator of health information via YouTube and a recent  online video about the importance of exercise,  called "23 1/2 Hours", generated more than 3 million hits.  It also just won the Gold Medal for Social Media at the Web Health Awards.

Mike's new video deals just as creatively with something that almost everyone experiences...stress. You can find it on YouTube. It gets the viewer to think and talk about stress and effective ways to deal with it.

Dr.Mike spoke with Sonali Karnick about Cognitive Behavior Therapy and what it has to do with the 90:10 video.
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Tourism Quebec: Canada Day weekend update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec gives us the skinny on the can't-miss celebrations in the province:

On Saturday...


Saturday and Sunday...


And on Sunday...

Saturday Update:

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Seahorses, sharks and rays at the Quebec aquarium

touch basin.jpgThe Aquarium park in Quebec City has a new 8-million dollar pavilion. Last week, CBC Reporter Marika Wheeler took us on a tour of the new jellyfish section and today we resumed the tour by visiting the seahorses.

Marika Wheeler spoke with the director of animal collections at the aquarium, Jill Marvin. . . don't worry, she's fine. . . .

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Italy vs. England at Euro Cup 2012 quarterfinal: fans face off

praying fan.jpgThe English and the Italians meet this afternoon in European Cup soccer. But before that, they met on "All In A Weekend."

Englishman Andrew Greenfield is a huge soccer fan. He lives in Quebec City, where he's cheering for his countrymen. Montrealer Mike Durante is English-born, of Italian parents. But as you'll hear, he has no divided loyalties.

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Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebrations around the province

Grande_tablee.pngCommunities across Quebec are celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.  From bonfires to pig roasts to lumberjack competitions, it's a party for the province.

Sonali Karnick spoke with event organisers in Blanc-Sablon, Maniwaki and Saint-Francois-Xavier-de-Bromptom about the long weekend festivities.

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Fringe Show: Nervous Doll Dancing

Mountfort.jpgFrancesca Mountfort is better known as "Nervous Doll Dancing".  She's is playing at the Fringe Festival in Montreal today. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, she's now based out of Melbourne, Australia and is traveling the world with her show, "Eidolon".

Mountford is a classically trained cellist, but her show is anything but traditional.  She uses puppets and film projection in the performance and dons a puppet-like costume herself.  Sonali Karnick spoke with Francesca before the show.



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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec speaks with Sonali Karnick about today's events in the province.

Ironman (Mont-Tremblant)

Festival de la truite mouchetée  (Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Mauricie)

Festival de cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion  (Montérégie)

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Spanish and French soccer fans on the Euro Cup quarterfinal

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The defending European Cup Champion, Spain faces off against an experienced and talented team from France in today's quarterfinal match in Donetsk, Ukraine.  Spanish and French soccer fans around the world have been following the dramatic road to the playoffs of this tournament at Euro 2012.

Sonali Karnick spoke with Guillaume Morellet, originally from Bordeaux, France and a die-hard supporter of Les Bleus. She also spoke with Benmar Franco who runs the Libreria Espagnola on St. Laurent.
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Rhubarb season with chef Derek Bocking

photo.JPGPies, jams, tarts and even a mousse.  Chef Derek Bocking talks about how to use rhubarb, now that it's in season and available everywhere from supermarkets to farmer's markets in Quebec.

Derek shared some of his favourite recipes with Sonali Karnick, including a strawberry rhubarb mousse pie made with homemade jam.  Here's the recipe:

Strawberry Rhubarb Mousse Pies

Start to finish: 1 hour. Makes 6 individual portion pies.


Shortbread crust:

1/2 butter, cubed

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 egg yolks

2 pinch salt


1 1/2 cup strawberries

1 1/2 cups rhubarb

1 cup sugar

2 tbs gelatin

1 cup 35% whipping cream

1. To make the crust, mix the butter with the sugar & salt until well combined. Stir in the egg yolks and then mix in the flour one cup at a time. Mix until the dough is crumbly. Press the dough into 6 mini aluminum pie shells. Transfer the shells to the freezer for about 20 minutes to allow the dough to harden.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 350F and then bake the shells until they just start to brown, about 20-25 minutes.

3. To make the filling, combine the strawberries, rhubarb and sugar in a pot and add a few drop of water. Simmer on medium-low heat until the fruit is very soft, about 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Mix the gelatin with 4 tablespoons water and mix well. Allow the filling to cool a bit and then puree with a blender. As the puree blends, add the gelatin. Let the puree cool down to room temperature.

5. To make the mousse, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Gently fold in half the fruit puree.

6. Once the pie shells have cooled, fill each shell halfway up with fruit puree. Top each pie with mousse and then garnish with one fresh strawberry.

You can find more recipes on his blog, Derek's Kitchen.

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Charlie Chaplin's son, Eugene, is helping people run away to join the circus

festivalcirque.pngThe son of the legendary silent-film era actor and director Charlie Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, will be in Vaudreuil-Dorion all weekend. He's a member of the jury for the Vaudreuil-Dorion Circus Festival.

Chaplin produces circus events with the Nock Circus in Switzerland. He is also a recording engineer who's recorded the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Out of the studio, he's also a documentary filmmaker.  Eugene Chaplin spoke with Sonali Karnick about why he chose the circus and why came to Quebec.
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"The Sweet Sixteen", a true Canadian story

kay_sixteen.jpgBefore women could vote in Canada, before women were even considered 'persons' under the law, there was the Canadian Women's Press Club.

The true story of how sixteen female journalists created the Canadian Women's Press Club is told in the book The Sweet Sixteen by Linda Kay.

It all started in an unusual way - on a train to the World's Fair in St. Louis back in 1904. Both Francophone and Anglophone women journalists were aboard, and they wanted to write about more than just debutante balls and etiquette.

Author Linda Kay is also Chair and Associate professor at Concordia University's Department of Journalism.  She spoke with Sonali Karnick about how she came across this story and about the women who went on that fateful trip to St.Louis.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance  of Tourism Quebec spoke with Sonali Karnick about today's events in the province:

Saint-Jean weekend activities

Festival international de jardins  (Métis, Gaspésie) 

Haute-Voltige Laurentides (Mont-Laurier )
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Lightning strikes: what you don't know...

You get sunny skies and hot days in the summer - but you also get those dramatic summer storms that suddenly darken the sky.
So this week, Environment Canada is highlighting what to do in case of lightning strikes.

Their Lightning in Canada website now offers up new safety tips and video, lightning stories, and a quiz.

There's also a section about the myths we still believe in when it comes to lightning.
And that includes Strange But True facts and stuff about elves.

Meteorologist René Héroux spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Dear Liar: the romance of G.B. Shaw and Mrs. Campbell

MrsPatrickCampbell-pre1897.jpgThe play Dear Liar tells the story of a 40-year love affair between the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and a colourful London actress.

Shaw fell in love with Mrs. Patrick Campbell, after seeing her in sevral plays.

He was married at the time, but it was Mrs Campbell that inspired a number of his female characters - including Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion.

During their long affair, they wrote many letters to each other.

And those letters later inspired the play Dear Liar.

Now the play hits the stage at Theatre Lac Brome on July 6th - in a French version, and July 7th in the English original.

George_bernard_shaw.jpgThe two actors who play Shaw and Mrs. Campbell in both languages are two of Quebec's best-known and most celebrated actors in theatre, TV and film - Albert Millaire and Louise Marleau.

Sonali Karnick spoke with the two actors in studio before they head down to Theatre Lac Brome.

(Photos of Mrs. Patrick Campbell, above left, and George Bernard Shaw, right)

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Father and daughter poets on Father's Day

Dad and daughter.pngWell, it's Father's Day today.

And this morning, we've invited in a daughter who wouldn't have any trouble writing something special in her Father's Day card.

Madison McLaughlin is a budding poet. She's 11. She gets her passion for words - at least in part - from her father, who is also a poet.

When Madison came to All in a Weekend for Poetry Month, her dad Hamish McLaughlin was standing in the studio, very enthusiastic, beaming, bragging - just a little!

So we wanted to have them both back this time to talk about that father-daughter bond on Father's Day.

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Ross Murray on the game of punch bug

yellow bug.jpgTime for our visit into the inner world of columnist Ross Murray...

Today Ross takes the time-honoured kids' game of "punch bug" and comes up with a few of his own variations.

If you don't remember the game, Ross will fill you in...

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Tourism Quebec, Sunday update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us some suggestions for what to do this weekend:

Tour du Lac Brome (Eastern Townships)

Festival des Fromages Fins de Victoriaville   (Centre-du-Québec)

Festival International du Domaine Forget ( St-Iréné, Charlevoix)

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Fun with iced coffee

iced coffee trick.jpgThe coming heat wave may have you rethinking that cup of HOT coffee. So put it on ice!

Iced coffee has been a staple at coffee houses for years with all kinds of fancy flavours and textures. Now it's our turn to learn some tricks of the trade.

Marie-Claude Dessureault is a coffee expert for the Van Houtte coffee company.  She brought some frosty iced coffee into studio and shared some tips - and sips - with Sonali Karnick.

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Comedian Jeff Rothpan: back doing stand-up

Jeff-Rothpan.jpgComedian Jeff Rothpan has been busy writing jokes for everyone from Jay Leno to Steve Martin for the last 20 years. But this week, he's making a comeback to the stage - and putting words in his own mouth.

Jeff started out as a stand-up comic in Montreal but moved to Los Angeles in 1991. He performed for awhile, but then his comedy career headed down another path.
Earlier this year he did a performance at the Winnipeg Comedy festival and was bitten again by the stand-up bug. Now he's headlining at the Comedy Nest.

Sonali Karnick spoke with him about performance jitters and what he's calling his Comeback-Farewell Tour.

(Photo courtesy of Comedy Nest)

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Arrrr ! Pirates in Montreal's old port

PirateShip.jpgPirates are coming ashore this weekend in the port of Old Montreal.

There will be 'aaarr-s' aplenty, pirate-themed music, dance, artisans, food and roaming buccaneers.

That's all at Le Grand Boucan du Marché Bonsecours - Quebec's pirate festival. There's even a pirate school for the kids!

Martin Gauthier is a co-creator of the event, which began last year.

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Tourism Quebec, Saturday update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us some suggestions for what to do this weekend:

Festival Country Saint-Antonin : rodeo (Bas-St-Laurent)
Festival Saint-Honoré dans l'Vent : kite festival (Ville Saguenay, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean)        Le Grand boucan : pirate festival (Bonsecours Market, Old Montreal )


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Peter Yarrow : Still singing and speaking out

Peter, Paul and Mary at March on Washington.jpgThe very first album by folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary spent ten months on Billboard's Top 10 at the time, and the Top 20 for two years.

Their songs were anthems for activism and band member Peter Yarrow has remained a political and social activist to this day.

Last fall, Peter, his son and his daughter performed in the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York. One of his other recent projects is Operation Respect - a program that tackles intolerance and bullying in many American schools. He's still touring too, keeping alive the musical legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. This coming week, he'll be at the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal. We called him up in New York.

Here's Part 1 and 2 of Sonali Karnick's interview with Peter Yarrow.

Saturday Part1:

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Sunday Part2:

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(*Photo above, Peter, Paul and Mary at the March on Washington,1963 ; courtesy of National Archives)


On Second Avenue, Yiddish musical theatre

OnSecondAvenue.jpgThe musical revue "On Second Avenue" returns to the Segal Centre after a successful run almost fifteen years ago.

It's a celebration of Yiddish theatre and its legacy in American culture - from its beginnings in 19th-century Romania, all the way to its golden age in 1930s New York.

Anna Fishman Gonshor will be talking about the historical background of the musical later today at Sunday@ the Segal.

She's a lecturer at the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University. 

She joins Sonali Karnick this morning, along with her husband Aron Gonshor, who performs in the show.

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Bloomsday in Montreal

bloomsday.jpgJames Joyce's Ulysses comes to life this week in Dublin, Ireland but also right here in Quebec.
Bloomsday is officially June 16th, the date was chosen by Joyce because it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle.
Ulysses centers around the protagonist Leopold Bloom, although the book has so many other memorable characters.

More than sixty cities around the world will celebrate Bloomsday, it's a week-long celebration in Dublin.

The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning is sponsoring Bloomsday events in Montreal.  Sonali Karnick spoke with Judith Schurman who is helping to arrange the activities.

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Dean Paul Kennington: non-violence vigil

candle.jpgNot everyone is a fan of late-night pot-banging and marching but some people welcome the statement.

The student protests have divided Quebecers on a number of issues, including how the protests have progressed over more than one hundred days - and how the law has dealt with them.

At Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal, the congregation is also divided on the issues. But they've come up with a way to come together.

They're holding a vigil for non-violence tomorrow evening in Montreal. Paul Kennington is the Dean of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral. He spoke about the vigil with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec, Sunday update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec is back with the following suggestions for today:

Grand Prix du Canada    (Montreal)

Festival du Cheval de Princeville (Centre-du-Québec)

Festival International de Danse Encore (Trois-Rivières, Mauricie)

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Appetite for books: CBC Books cookbook contest

The BBQ grills are hot, the summer strawberries are early, and there's lots of other fresh food on its way, ready for summer salads and meals al fresco.

It's also time for the annual Cross-country Bookshelf challenge from CBC Books.
This year the focus just happens to be books about food.

Across the country, people will be voting on the best cookbooks from their province. They'll do it for the love of food - and also, maybe, for a prize!

To help us put together a top five list for Quebec, we've invited in someone who knows what's fresh on the bookshelves,  as well as at the market.

Jonathan Cheung is a chef and the owner of the bookstore Appetite for Books.

He's one of the people who brings top chefs and cookbook writers into Montreal and into our studio. Today, he brings five cookbooks...

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Yoga Festival Montreal

yoga festival.gifThe first annual Yoga Festival Montreal is underway.

Fifty hours of workshops, classes, performances, discussions and panels are led by local teachers in the practice of yoga.

Allison Ulan is one of those teachers. A Julliard-trained dancer, she started her own yoga studio when she moved to Montreal 12 years ago.

Allison's workshop later today discusses the link between yoga and activism.

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Tourism Quebec, Saturday update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec suggests these activities for the weekend:

Tournée des ateliers d'artistes du Pontiac    (Outaouais)

Symposium de peinture de Rosemère    (Laurentides)

Mondial de la bière (Montréal)

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The Queen's Jubilee in London and Pointe-Claire

diamond jubilee invite.jpgThis weekend, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee which marks her 60th anniversary. It's only happened once before: in 1897, Queen Victoria's 60th year on the throne. To honour Queen Elizabeth's service, a flotilla of a thousand boats will sail down the River Thames in London, England.

Here in Canada, many are marking the occasion with some of the Queen's favourite things - like Jammy Dodgers and Darjeeling tea. The Bramble House in Pointe-Claire is holding two afternoon teas this weekend for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Bramble House's Diane Hodges will be watching the event from home on TV before heading to work. She spoke with Sonali Karnick before the ceremony.

Then, we call up London to speak with a royal fan waiting to watch the flotilla pass by her perch in an apartment near the Tower Bridge. She wore her own tiara to the event!

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Hudson Village Theatre celebrates 20 years

Thumbnail image for Hudson village theatre.jpgWhat began as a tent in a vacant field has certainly come a long way. Hudson Village Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. Once again,  it is under the artistic directorship of its founder, Heather Markgraf.

Heather Markgraf spoke with Sonali Karnick about the theatre and its summer season.  

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Dr.Sonia Lupien: more stress

Thumbnail image for Well Stressed by Sonia Lupien.jpgWe had a lot of response to our conversation with psychiatrist Sonia Lupien last weekend.

Dr Lupien is a psychiatry professor at the Université de Montreal and the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress.

She was talking about how you recognize and manage stress in your life, before it turns toxic.

It obviously struck a chord - who doesn't have to deal with stress!

So today we're playing Part Two of that conversation.

Dr Lupien begins by reminds us of the four telltale signs that we're stressed.


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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has today's activities, on and off a bicycle!

La Féria du vélo de Montréal   (Montreal bike fest)

Coupe des Nations - Ville de Saguenay    (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean)

Les Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Dorion     (Montérégie)

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The "Badfellas of Comedy" tour kicks off

Badfellas-191x300.jpgThe Mafia, pasta, mamma's boys - nothing is off limits on the Badfellas Comedy tour

Three Italian-Canadian comedians take the stage June 7th to the 9th at the Comedy Nest in Montreal, kicking off a cross-Canada tour.

Two of them joined Sonali Karnick this morning.

From central Italy, Guido Cocomello is a stage actor as well as a stand-up comedian.

From right off the Italian 'boot,' Sicilian Massimo is a Montrealer and a veteran of the Just for Laughs festival.

Have a listen : these BadFellas are good!


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Chuck Hughes dedicates cookbook to his staff

garde-manger.jpgChef Chuck Hughes's Food Network show is called Chuck's Day Off, but, he himself probably doesn't get a lot of free time.

He has two restaurants in Montreal: Le Bremner and Garde-Manger - and he's a popular cookbook author.  The latest is the English version of his cookbook Garde-Manger, named after the restaurant  It gives us a glimpse intro life behind the kitchen door.

Chuck Hughes spoke with Sonali Karnick about almost everything but recipes!

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Purple Chips: navigating the stock market

COVER-Purple_Chips.jpgJohn Schwinghamer is taking on a lot of new investment clients - everyone who reads his new book "Purple Chips"!

The book offers up his advice on how to pick high-quality, low-risk stocks.

Schwinghamer is a portfolio manager in Montreal who began as a floor trader at the Montreal Exchange.
And now his own stock is going up. The book is trending  #2 on Amazon in the investing section. 

Sonali Karnick spoke with the author and portfolio manager.


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Tourism Quebec: Saturday activities

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has these suggestions for your Saturday:

Festival des Guitares du Monde en Abitibi-Témiscamingue  

Festival Classica    (St-Lambert, Montérégie)

Classic Les vieilles motos du Québec  (Ste-Perpétue, Centre-du-Québec)

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