News From Home – Nouvelles de chez nous [February]

To all our Canadian Mountain Lake PBS friends, supporters and viewers,




for over 40 years of viewing and supporting Mountain Lake PBS. 2017 is our 40th anniversary and we plan to celebrate in style with special events, programs and activities to mark this amazing milestone which we are celebrating thanks to YOUR support.

À tous nos amis, supporters et téléspectateurs,

MERCI pour au-dessus de 40 ans d’écoute et d’appui à Mountain Lake PBS. 2017 est notre 40e anniversaire et nous planifions le célébrer en élégance avec des évènements, activités et programmes spéciaux afin de commémorer cette importante étape que nous pouvons fêter grâce à votre soutien.

I am pleased to share this monthly newsletter just for our Canadian donors, viewers and friends. It’s a great opportunity for us to stay connected with you, to keep you up to date on what is new and exciting at the station and on the air, and to let you know about our many great upcoming events happening in Montreal and beyond.

Take a moment to think about why you support Mountain Lake PBS. We’ll long remember 2016 as an historic year. As we look towards 2017 and beyond with big questions and many unknowns, public television is more important than ever for delivering honest reporting and insightful analysis— real, fact-based journalism that matters so much. Your support as a monthly sustainer is now vital to Mountain Lake PBS – YOUR station – to ensure our financial health and editorial independence. Please do your part now with an ongoing donation of $10, $15 or $20 a month (or any amount) to make sure that public television will always be here, bringing real impact to your life and your community, with real journalism when we need it most.

Prenez un moment afin de réfléchir aux raisons de votre appuie à Mountain Lake PBS. Nous nous souviendrons tous de 2016 comme une année historique. Alors que nous regardons vers 2017 et le futur avec de grandes questions et peu de réponses la télévision publique est plus importante que jamais afin de vous offrir un journalisme honnête et une analyse médiatique instructive- du vrai journalisme basé sur les faits qui est si important. Votre soutien comme donateur mensuel est maintenant vital à Mountain Lake PBS.

Donate online or call 800-836-5700.


There is a lot to choose from out there – and we are delighted that you choose Mountain Lake PBS as your PBS station! We have many exciting events coming up in the Montreal area – keep on reading to discover what is going on chez nous!


(Ms.) Ronit Yarosky

Director of Donor Engagement and Partnership Development / Directrice, Relations avec les donateurs et développement de partenariats

Because you give, PBS happens. Make a donation today!


Coming Up Next On-Air! Bientôt sur nos ondes!


A small sample of February’s line-up


February is Black History Month and Mountain Lake PBS brings you a wide range of programs to inform and provoke your thinking.

Le mois de février est le mois de l’histoire des Noirs et Mountain Lake PBS vous amène une grande variété de programmes qui informerons et provoquerons votre réflexion.

Independent Lens brings us Accidental Courtesy, a look at musician Daryl Davis who meetings and befriends members of KKK, looking for answers to the question, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” (February 19, 11:00 pm); The Talk brings to light the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities between parents of colour and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police February 20, 9:00 pm); Maya Angelou is featured on American Masters (February 21 at 8:00 pm); Finding Your Roots brings us an unexpected twist about two hip hop legends, Sean Combs and LL Cool J (February 28, 8:00 pm).


Royal Watchers – You will not be disappointed. Vous ne serez pas déçus!

Queen Victoria continues to work her way into our hearts every Sunday on Masterpiece (9:00 pm).

Tales From the Royal Wardrobe

(February 12 at 10:00 pm) looks at why most kings and queens carefully choreographed their apparel and some calamitous results for those who did not;

Tales From the Royal Bedchamber

(February 19 at 10:00 pm) will delve into the once very public sphere of the royal bedchamber: not only was it the site for royal marriage ceremonies, but royal births were also traditionally observed there by a crowd in order to verify the baby’s gender. Since everyone felt that they had a stake in it, the process of creating royal babies also often took place in a semi-public context….


Coming Up Next in YOUR Community! Bientôt dans VOTRE communauté!


Screening Diversity and Inclusion: A Documentary Film Series

La diversité et l’inclusion sous les projecteurs : Une série de films documentaires

Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS and The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation invite you to the first of our “Screening Diversity and Inclusion: A Documentary Film Series” taking place at Jeanne Sauvé House from February to May 2017. This unique series will showcase four powerful documentaries on diversity and inclusion as well as Q&A sessions with special guests. Join us as we explore complex challenges – such as social inequality, cultural resilience, racial discrimination and post-conflict reconciliation – in a mindful and respectful environment.


Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America

February 21, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm


Jeanne Sauvé House, 1514 Doctor Penfield, Montreal, QC

On International Mother Language Day, join us for a screening of Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America (2016), a film that explores the ability of arts and culture to unify communities across the world – from Tibet to a small town in upstate New York. The film uses the story of Tenzin and Yangchen Dorjee as a lens to explore the way Tibetans use the arts to keep their culture alive. The film will be followed by Q&A session with guest speakers Yangchen Dorjee, Founder, Tibetan Arts Festival, and Thubten Samdup, former Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


The Central Park Five

March 21, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Jeanne Sauvé House, 1514 Doctor Penfield, Montreal, QC

On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, join us for the screening of The Central Park Five (2012), a film that relates the story of the five teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in New York City’s Central Park. From award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, this documentary chronicles The Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice. The film will be followed by Q&A session with guest speaker Fo Niemi, Executive Director, Center for Research-Action on Race Relations.

Entry is free but registration is mandatory


A Woman’s Place: Faith-Based Changemakers

La Place d’une femme: Créatrices de changements basés sur la foi

April 2, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Congregation Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Road, Hampsted QC

We, as Canadians, continue to model exactly what it means to be a just, democratic, egalitarian and open society. Join Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS and Congregation Dorshei Emet us for a fascinating look at how five extraordinary, renowned Canadian women use their faith and spirituality to promote participation and equality in political, educational and religious spheres, in their own communities and beyond. This is a celebration of our very Canadian values of diversity, respect and equality that continue to make Montreal and Canada the envy of the world.

With Dr. Alaa Murabit; Dr. Norma Baumel Joseph; Rabbi Dr. Lisa Grushcow; Reverand Diane Rollert; Dr. Catherine Richardson / Kinewesquao. Moderated by Emmy nominated and award-winning PBS journalist Thom Hallock.

Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.



And….Elsewhere in YOUR Community… / Ailleurs dans VOTRE communauté…


Screening of Victoria – Exclusive Gathering in Hudson at Gite 72 / Projection de Victoria – Regroupement exclusif à Hudson au Gite 72

On January 15, a small crowd of lucky guests gathered at Gite 72 in Hudson to watch the premiere of the new series Victoria. Hosted by the incredible Miriam (Min) Dunne, owner of Gite 72, the gathering gave the guests an opportunity to show their support for Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS, while eating delicious food by Le Baron Bites with many in their finest Victorian Sunday best. The challenging game of Downton Abbey Trivia was won by Team Doreen Croll, who were the lucky recipients of a beautiful basket courtesy of Clarence and Cripps.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible!


Supporting Children’s Literacy in Partnership with the Fraser Hickson Library / Soutenant l’alphabétisation des jeunes en partenariat avec les Minibiblios de la bibliothèque Fraser Hickson

Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS donates over 100 books to the Fraser Hickson Library’s Minibiblios program.

The Fraser Hickson Library is an independent library that has been serving Quebec since 1885, working with the community to improve the lives of our citizens by providing access to books.

The library’s Minibiblios program provides an efficient and cost-effective way to build community via access to books and materials where they are needed the most. The library works in partnership with the community at multiple locations throughout the city, providing training, materials and promotion.




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