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News Digest March 25 2015




Issue March 25, 2015


Media, language and Quebec discussed at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Discussions about Quebec's past, present, future, and the media that have reported on all of them, took place at the Morrin Centre last Saturday. 

Journalists from Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick came together to talk about the media, how language affects reporting and public life, and how Canada comes to know Quebec through the media.  

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On March 17, St. Patrick's Parish invited members of the community to the annual St. Patrick's Day dinner held in McMahon Hall following the mass at the church on Avenue de Salaberry. 

QAC takes a crack at theatre of the absurd

Photo: QAC

A mysterious troupe of travelling thespians interrupts the reverie of two hapless travellers endlessly spinning coins as if chance could influence their fate. So begins the twisted, multi-layered journey of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the spring offering of the Quebec Art Company (QAC).

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Gregg

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Gregg is a pretty, residential street lined with trees on the edge of Sillery in Sainte-Foy, just south of Boulevard Laurier. It is named after the Honourable Brigadier Milton Fowler Gregg, VC, PC, OC, CBE, MC, ED, CD, a distinguished decorated military officer and politician who was born in Kings County, New Brunswick, in 1892.

TRIVIA NIGHT at Quebec High School

Quebec High School will be holding its seventh annual TRIVIA NIGHT, a "don't-miss-it!" event in the English-speaking community. Join us at the school on Friday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. for the social and preliminary challenges. Round 1 questions start at 7:00 p.m. 

Journey to Quebec in 1950 showcases Québécois composers

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

In 1950, up-and-coming New York photojournalist Lida Moser was commissioned by Vogue magazine to produce a report on Quebec. In the summer of that year, she traversed the province from Montreal to Quebec City, Charlevoix and the Gaspé, the Côte-du-Sud to Montérégie, visiting Île aux Coudres, Île d'Orléans, and the Bas-Saint-Laurent along the way.

Sillery heritage fighters take on ministry of culture

Photo: Sarah Barclay

Sweeping green space, quaint old homes and churches, cemeteries steeped in history, and towering condominiums: the swath of land along Chemin Saint-Louis overlooking the St. Lawrence River has stakeholders divided in Sillery, and is now at the centre of a fresh controversy. 

OSQ unveils 2015-2016 program

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Place Laurier echoed with the sound of music by the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) on Thursday, March 12. President and general manager Thérèse Boutin and artistic director Fabien Gabel announced the 2015-2016 program to guests, media and the public in the centre court of the mall. Passing shoppers gathered around and some enjoyed the event from the mezzanine.

Saving the environment one mangrove at a time St. Pat’s and DDO give back

Photo: Photo by S. Trudel

This past March break, a group of 27 students from St. Patrick's and Dollard-des-Ormeaux high schools went on a service learning trip with EF Tours to Costa Rica. The aim of this journey was for students to see biodiversity and appreciate the important role played by mangroves, a type of tree growing in brackish waters, in Costa Rica's intricate ecosystem.

Cardinal faces questions following Mass at St. Patrick's Church

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Parishioners filled the pews of St. Patrick's Church to hear Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix celebrate Mass on Saturday, March 21, marking the beginning of the fifth week of Lent. Following the service, Lacroix participated in an open meeting with parishioners to answer questions, address concerns and discuss issues pertaining to the administration of the diocese and life in the parish.

CQSB students show off their talents at Performing Arts Festival

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

In the halls and classrooms of St. Patricks High School last Friday, over 400 secondary school students came together for the 12th annual Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) Performing Arts Festival. 

Ski challenge at Stoneham raises $160,500 for Leucan

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On March 14, hundreds of skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes at Stoneham Mountain Resort for the seventh annual 12-H Ski Challenge for Leucan. Each participating team of four skiers or snowboarders raised a minimum of $500. Every team member had to complete at least one run per hour over twelve hours. Young children and seniors could choose to stop after six hours.

Language development in multilingual children

Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Language acquisition is arguably the most important of childhood's many milestones. A uniquely human phenomenon, language allows us to express ideas and communicate with each other. Generally, children start vocalizing syllables such as "ma-ma" and "ba-ba" at around eight months and by age five have a sound grasp of their native language. 

An appreciation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Photograph © Luc-Antoine Couturier

Although it has been three decades since I lived in Quebec City, and seven since my mother left her home here, I am and will always be a Quebecer. I have family and friends whom I love to visit, and my parents and ancestors all found their final resting place at Mount Hermon Cemetery.

Good Friday Procession of the Cross in Old Quebec

An ecumenical and bilingual Good Friday Procession of the Cross will take place on April 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule. Worshippers will proceed from there on foot behind the Cross, which will be carried by members of the participating churches, through the streets of Old Quebec to St.

Social Work Week 2015

During Social Work Week, from March 23 to 29, the social work team at Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's (JHSB) invites you to discover more about this exciting helping profession. Social workers provide physical, social and emotional assistance and counselling in many different spheres.

What do social workers do?

Low prices at the pump continue for Quebec City drivers

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

The price of gas in Quebec City so far in 2015 has been much lower than the average in the past several years. In late January and early February, the average gas price in Quebec City reached a six-year low of 94 cents per litre, according to

David Johnston to continue as Governor General to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pleased to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has welcomed the continuance in office of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston as Governor General until September 2017.

Drawn to Quebec


Although the Northwest Territories are more likely to be lumped with "the North" than "the West" technically, Tulit'a - a small Dene First Nations community of some 500 inhabitants I visited in March - is farther west than most of the United States and Canada.

A tribute to Molly Richard

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Photo: Photo courtesy of the Richard family

Molly Richard, a former Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph correspondent, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on March 4, 2015.

Seniors Action Quebec conference on Bill 52: End-of-Life Choices in Montreal


Seniors Action Quebec conference on Bill 52: End-of-Life Choices in Montreal  

CEDEC Youth Startup Business Workshop - March 25


Wednesday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. - CEDEC Youth Startup Business Workshop - Do you have an idea for a project or business? Are you between 18 and 35? Put your entrepreneurial qualities to the test, explore your idea and learn how to take it further! Learn from William Hush of BellePoubelle how you can turn your passion into a business.

Irish flag at City Hall welcomes St. Patrick’s Day and parade

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume, deputy-mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle and Stephen Burke, president of the 2015 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick, cheerfully raised the Irish flag beside City Hall on Friday, March 13. Despite the ominous date, the ceremony bodes well for the wearers of green.

St. Patrick’s Day kitchen party rocks La Korrigane

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The St. Patrick's Day season started off with a bang at La Korrigane on Rue Dorchester in Lower Town on March 14 with a dinner, a kitchen party and a concert by the One Night Band. The bar was packed with over 150 Central Quebec School Board teachers, staff, alumni, family and friends, all duly decked out in green.

Shannon celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with pride, music and dance

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The spirit of St. Patrick's Day filled Shannon's community centre for the 49th annual Shannon Irish Show last Saturday. Every face was aglow with Irish pride. The show was dedicated to Maureen Maher, the former mayor of Shannon, who played a major role in the show for many years. 

International Wine and Spirits Fair a treat for the palate

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Centre des Congrès was a very popular spot last weekend, with 75 exhibitors offering samples of some 1,500 different products, and 50 free presentations about matching wines with food.

PAF! Performing Arts Festival

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St. Patrick's High School is hosting the 12th annual Performing Arts Festival (PAF!) organized by the Central Québec School Board to showcase student talent. This Friday, March 20, over 400 students from as far away as La Tuque, Jonquière and Thetford Mines will assemble to take workshops from professional artists. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

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