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Blue Met project empowers women

photo.JPGA new project by Montreal's Blue Metropolis Foundation is helping empower women in several shelters across the city. It's called the Before and After project. The goal is to boost the confidence of vulnerable women, by helping them RE-WRITE the stories of their lives.

The women are asked to write about the challenging moments... or moments of change that they've experienced. And the strategies they've used to overcome those times.

Monique Polak is an author and teacher based in Montreal. She's helping the women find their voice and put the words to paper. Nathalie Robinson is a single mom and one of the project's participants. Both joined All in a Weekend guest host Elizabeth Robertson in studio.

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The Story of Spanish by Nadeau and Barlow

story of spanish cover.jpgThe Spanish language is the world's second most spoken language. It's the official language of 21 countries, and the unofficial second language of the U.S.  But it's neither of the offical languages of Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow.

They're the co-authors of a new book - a "biography" of the language - called The Story of Spanish.

Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow are partners in life, as well as in languages.

Julie is originally from Ontario, and Jean-Benoit is from Sherbrooke. Together, they've written the best-selling book Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong,
followed by The Story of French. Now they turn their attention to the language of Cervantes.

Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow join Sonalie Karnick to tell us a bit of that story.


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