MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 27, 2015 --  A young student holds flowers for her teacher in the schoolyard of Nun's Island's brand new elementary school on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Classes at most Montreal area public schools began on Thursday. (Leslie Schachter/ Le Magazine Île-des-Soeurs, Transcontinental)

MONTREAL, QC. APRIL 3, 2014 -- A student demontration against the Parti Québécois government's proposed austerity budget wound its way through downtown Montreal on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The protest was organized by the ASSÉ student association. (Leslie Schachter/Journal Métro) 


MONTREAL, QC. APRIL 3, 2014 -- A student demontration against the Parti Québécois government's proposed austerity budget wound its way through downtown Montreal on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The protest was organized by the ASSÉ student association. (Leslie Schachter/Journal Métro) 

MONTREAL, QC. SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 -- La Presse columnist, critique gastronomique and author of Restos Montréal 2015, Marie-Claude Lortie (Leslie Schachter/Westmount Examiner) 


MONTREAL, QC. SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 -- La Presse columnist, critique gastronomique and author of Restos Montréal 2015, Marie-Claude Lortie (Leslie Schachter/Westmount Examiner) 

MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 28, 2015 -- Poverty and major league sports franchises were among the topics fielded by NDP leader Tom Mulcair during a federal campign rally at the NDG-Westmount riding office on Friday, August 28, 2015.  (Leslie Schachter/Westmount Examiner, Transcontinental)

MONTREAL, QC. SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 -- Montreal poet and author Norm Sibum talks about his latest novel, The Traymore Rooms: A Novel in Five Parts, at NDG restaurant Nikos, Friday, September 13, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/The Link)


MONTREAL, QC. SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 -- Montreal poet and author Norm Sibum talks about his latest novel, The Traymore Rooms: A Novel in Five Parts, at NDG restaurant Nikos, Friday, September 13, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/The Link)

OTTAWA, ON. MAY 22, 2013 -- High-profile investor Kevin O'Leary, known for his appearances on Dragon's Den and Shark Tank, was at Divino Wine Studio on Preston St in Little Italy to give a lunch seminar on dividend investing on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)


OTTAWA, ON. MAY 22, 2013 -- High-profile investor Kevin O'Leary, known for his appearances on Dragon's Den and Shark Tank, was at Divino Wine Studio on Preston St in Little Italy to give a lunch seminar on dividend investing on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)

MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 18, 2015 --"I get dirty looks from everbody, but then you get people who smile and you know that they know that it's not a crime, you're just doing something you love," said Justin Darrow, Skateboards for Hope's First Nations ambassador. A charity that seeks to foster safe, united communities through sports, Skateboards for Humanity has donated more than 400 skateboards to youth in the First Nations Reserve of Kanesatake, Cuba, Uganda and, soon the Dominic Republic. (Leslie Schachter/Westmount Examiner, Transcontinental)


MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 18, 2015 --"I get dirty looks from everbody, but then you get people who smile and you know that they know that it's not a crime, you're just doing something you love," said Justin Darrow, Skateboards for Hope's First Nations ambassador. A charity that seeks to foster safe, united communities through sports, Skateboards for Humanity has donated more than 400 skateboards to youth in the First Nations Reserve of Kanesatake, Cuba, Uganda and, soon the Dominic Republic. (Leslie Schachter/Westmount Examiner, Transcontinental)

OTTAWA, ON. MAY 19, 2013 -- Professional shearer Ross Creighton clips Pearl the sheep's fleece during a demonstration at Canada's Agriculture Museum during the annual Sheep Shearing Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)


OTTAWA, ON. MAY 19, 2013 -- Professional shearer Ross Creighton clips Pearl the sheep's fleece during a demonstration at Canada's Agriculture Museum during the annual Sheep Shearing Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)

MONTREAL, QC. October 1, 2013 -- Nicolas Jolicoeur entertains passers-by at one of Montreal's public pianos, part of the borough of Ville-Marie's Piano-Cité program, on Ste-Catherine St on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/unpublished)


MONTREAL, QC. October 1, 2013 -- Nicolas Jolicoeur entertains passers-by at one of Montreal's public pianos, part of the borough of Ville-Marie's Piano-Cité program, on Ste-Catherine St on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  (Leslie Schachter/unpublished)

MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 30, 2013 -- The Sonia Balazovjech Dance Company ironed out last-minute kinks at their final dress rehearsal of Mid-Winter Night's Dream, at Canvas loft space in Lachine on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/THE LINK)


MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 30, 2013 -- The Sonia Balazovjech Dance Company ironed out last-minute kinks at their final dress rehearsal of Mid-Winter Night's Dream, at Canvas loft space in Lachine on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/THE LINK)

VANKLEEK HILL, ON. APRIL 1, 2013 -- Retiree and hobby farmer Cameron Rodger brings a few logs into his sugar shack at his farm in Vankleek Hill, ON, on Monday, April 1, 2013. The image is part of a photo essay about Rodger, who recently lost his wife to cancer, as he goes about his annual maple syrup production for the first time since her death in late 2012. (Leslie Schachter / Personal project)


VANKLEEK HILL, ON. APRIL 1, 2013 -- Retiree and hobby farmer Cameron Rodger brings a few logs into his sugar shack at his farm in Vankleek Hill, ON, on Monday, April 1, 2013. The image is part of a photo essay about Rodger, who recently lost his wife to cancer, as he goes about his annual maple syrup production for the first time since her death in late 2012. (Leslie Schachter / Personal project)

MONTREAL, QC. FEBRUARY 11, 2014 -- A father pulls his two daughters on a sled over the frozen surface of Lac Saint-Louis on a frigid Sunday afternoon in Lachine. (Leslie Schachter/Unpublished)


MONTREAL, QC. FEBRUARY 11, 2014 -- A father pulls his two daughters on a sled over the frozen surface of Lac Saint-Louis on a frigid Sunday afternoon in Lachine. (Leslie Schachter/Unpublished)

MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 25, 2014 -- A participant chops through a log at the 54th Annual Macdonald Woodsmen Competition at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte Anne de Bellevue on the West Island of Montreal on January 25, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/McGill Reporter)


MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 25, 2014 -- A participant chops through a log at the 54th Annual Macdonald Woodsmen Competition at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte Anne de Bellevue on the West Island of Montreal on January 25, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/McGill Reporter)

MONTREAL, QC. FEBRUARY 11, 2014 -- Participants in the fourth annual Montreal Pond Hockey Festival clean the snow off one of the dozen rinks set up on Lac Saint-Louis in Lachine on Sunday, February 11, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Unpublished)


MONTREAL, QC. FEBRUARY 11, 2014 -- Participants in the fourth annual Montreal Pond Hockey Festival clean the snow off one of the dozen rinks set up on Lac Saint-Louis in Lachine on Sunday, February 11, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Unpublished)

MONTREAL, QC. NOVEMBER 15, 2012 -- Laval Rouge et Or players are caught off guard as Concordia Stingers forward Evens Laroche soars towards the net in a home game at Loyola in Montreal on Thursday, November 15, 2013. The Stingers dominated the game, beating the Rouge et Or 90-62. (Leslie Schachter/THE LINK)


MONTREAL, QC. NOVEMBER 15, 2012 -- Laval Rouge et Or players are caught off guard as Concordia Stingers forward Evens Laroche soars towards the net in a home game at Loyola in Montreal on Thursday, November 15, 2013. The Stingers dominated the game, beating the Rouge et Or 90-62. (Leslie Schachter/THE LINK)

OTTAWA, ON. JUNE 8, 2013 -- Participants in the Barrhaven Run for Roger's House 10k spring into action. The event, which included a 2.5k, 5k and 10k run, attracted over 1,500 runners of all ages and raised $27,000 for Roger's House on Saturday, July 8, 2013 at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Nepean. (Leslie Schachter/Barrhaven Independent)


OTTAWA, ON. JUNE 8, 2013 -- Participants in the Barrhaven Run for Roger's House 10k spring into action. The event, which included a 2.5k, 5k and 10k run, attracted over 1,500 runners of all ages and raised $27,000 for Roger's House on Saturday, July 8, 2013 at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Nepean. (Leslie Schachter/Barrhaven Independent)

POINTE-CLAIRE, QC. AUGUST 20, 2014 -- Skipper René Dallaire, a quadriplegic and Executive Director of Association québécoise de voile adaptée, is secured into a sailboat at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in the West Island of Montreal, along with Senneville mayor Jane Guest on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/West Island Chronicle, Transcontinental)


POINTE-CLAIRE, QC. AUGUST 20, 2014 -- Skipper René Dallaire, a quadriplegic and Executive Director of Association québécoise de voile adaptée, is secured into a sailboat at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in the West Island of Montreal, along with Senneville mayor Jane Guest on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/West Island Chronicle, Transcontinental)

MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 16 2013 -- A man rides the running wave in Lasalle, just off the island of Montreal in the St. Lawrence river on Friday, August 16, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/unpublished)


MONTREAL, QC. AUGUST 16 2013 -- A man rides the running wave in Lasalle, just off the island of Montreal in the St. Lawrence river on Friday, August 16, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/unpublished)

OTTAWA, ON. MAY 8, 2013 -- Singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson performs at the National Art Centre's NAC Presents Fall lineup announcement on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)


OTTAWA, ON. MAY 8, 2013 -- Singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson performs at the National Art Centre's NAC Presents Fall lineup announcement on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Leslie Schachter/Ottawa Citizen)

MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 12, 2014 -- Young fans admire 19-year-old British rock sensation Jake Bugg at Metropolis on Tuesday, January 12, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Nightlife.ca)


MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 12, 2014 -- Young fans admire 19-year-old British rock sensation Jake Bugg at Metropolis on Tuesday, January 12, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Nightlife.ca)

MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 14, 2014 --A couple of the many colourful characters in Piques, the first part of Robert Lepage's latest four-part opus Jeux des cartes at the TOHU on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Nightlife.ca)


MONTREAL, QC. JANUARY 14, 2014 --A couple of the many colourful characters in Piques, the first part of Robert Lepage's latest four-part opus Jeux des cartes at the TOHU on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Leslie Schachter/Nightlife.ca)


Excerpt from short doc on barefoot runners and enthusiasts in Montreal, March 2013 (Canal Savoir)

A photo essay about Vankleek Hill retiree and hobby farmer Cameron Rodger and his little maple syrup operation. Vankleek Hill is a small town in Ontario, right near the Quebec border (Spring, 2013)