History Through Our Eyes: Dec. 1, 1978, Warren Allmand

To say that Warren Allmand had a long career in public life is an understatement. He represented Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in the House of Commons for 32 years, beginning in 1965, and then spent another four years as a municipal councillor for N.D.G.’s Loyola district. In between and afterward, he advocated for social justice in other ways, including as head of the International Centre for Human...

History Through Our Eyes: Nov. 29, 1973, Gordon and Son closes

These days Montreal is known as a “foodie” destination, regularly ranking among the top gastronomic cities in the world. But things were different back in 1973, when the Montreal Gazette mourned the loss of one of the city’s “few exotic food emporiums:” the Gordon and Son grocery store at the corner of Greene Ave. and Ste-Catherine St. in Westmount.“City’s gourmets poorer as...

History Through Our Eyes: Nov. 22, 1982, the return of debutantes

Seventeen-year-old Betsy Wells, right, on the arm of her uncle Dr. John MacDonald, stands with the other debutantes and fathers at St. Mary's Ball in Montreal on Nov. 19, 1982. This photo was published on Nov. 22, 1982. James Seeley / Montreal Gazette The 1982 edition of the annual St. Mary’s Ball attracted an unusually large number of debutantes, we reported on Nov. 22, 1982. There were 40,...