Name: Carlo Tarini Age: 44 Occupation: Consumer advocate/activist/publicist Bio: This South Shore heartbreaker had been working as a marketing specialist for the Montreal Alouettes, when, approximately 10 years ago, he was approached by a local publisher to work his media magic on a book about the Dionne quintuplets. Meeting the surviving Dionne sisters and having […]
THE PEOPLE COLUMN
For close to 14 years [1998-2012] People was a wildly popular, fun and often outrageous column published every week in the now defunct Montreal Mirror. Over the course of its run People was dedicated to profiling Montrealers from all walks of life, from politicians and prostitutes to plastic surgeons, Satanists, priests, and dog catchers. Always as informative as it was humorous, People is proof positive that everybody, no matter how dull or pedestrian they and/or their occupations may appear on the surface, has a good story to tell if you’re prepared to dig deep enough to find it. Fortunately, while the Montreal Mirror website [along with its 30-plus years of archives] was taken down when the newspaper folded in 2012, I arranged to hang on to several years worth of People columns, many of which that will be re-published here on a weekly basis.
Name: Lesley Everest Age: 40-ish Occupation: Doula Bio: This delicious mother of three and Plateau resident has been doing da doula for close to 20 years now. A one-time aspiring midwife, Lesley opted to become a doula instead, discouraged by the politics of midwifery at the time of her training and because, “All I really […]
Name: Peter Hudgin Age: 48 Occupation: Air traffic controller Salary: Very good. “But it goes hand in hand with the training and responsibilities that the job entails.” Bio: This sassy Beaconsfield stud has been directing air traffic at Dorval airport since the tender age of 19. A first-rate handyman, he says his favourite way to […]
Name: Nicolas Lehoux Age: 34 Occupation: Artist/musician/writer Bio: This über-garrulous Plateau stud had been many years into a relationship with the same gal when he realized it was high time he started romancing other ladies. Given he was reading Sartre at the time and Simone de Beauvoir, a couple whose “open relationship” Nicolas found terribly […]
Name: Natasha Arora Age: “Ageless – like my sense of style.” Occupation: Interior decorator Bio: This boisterous yet refreshingly erudite former public relations worker had been redecorating homes as a hobby for just under a decade before deciding to go whole hawg and turn pro. An energetic lass, Natasha says the first time she was […]