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News Digest April 22 2015



Issue April 22, 2015


QAC gives life to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) presented U.K. playwright Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to highly appreciative audiences at Holland School from April 16 to 19. 

Louis Hanrahan retires from Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Looking very relaxed and casual, recently-retired Louis Hanrahan was fêted by colleagues, residents, staff and friends not once but twice - on Wednesday, April 15, at Jeffery Hale Hospital, and on Thursday, April 16, at Saint Brigid's Home.

Volunteers are like popcorn...warm and comforting

Photo: Rachel Collet

It was all smiles at Volunteer Appreciation Night in the gymnasium of Holland School on Thursday, April 16. Some 70 volunteers had the opportunity to meet and mingle, enjoy sparkling beverages, cheese and fruit, and watch the première of I Volunteer for my Community, a short video showcasing the work of some 330 volunteers throughout the year. 

Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus draws blood

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Blood donors gathered at Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus on April 14 for the fifth annual Héma-Québec Blood Drive, organized by students Philippe Langlois and Yasmine Jit. 

Quebec High School has The Q Factor

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

They're used to getting grades from their teachers - but not like this. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Henry-Howison

Photo: Bill Cox

Henry Howison, of Scottish ancestry on his father's side and French-Canadian on his mother's, was born in about 1833 in Quebec City and studied at the Quebec Seminary. He married Charlotte-Adélaïde Pageot in 1854. 

Letter to the Editor: Bravo to the QAC!

Bravo to the QAC! 

“My” Canada geese are back!

Photo: Lise Lafond

Every spring when I hear the honking of Canada geese overhead, following their migration path from warm winter lands to their summer nesting grounds, I can't help but wonder whether "my" Canada geese have survived.

Three-legged puppy with baby-blue eyes needs help

Photo: Danielle Burns

Blue, a puppy named for his baby-blue eyes and the bluish-grey patch on his face, was born with an atrophied front leg. 

A delicious weekend at FoodCamp

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

About a thousand people attended the third annual FoodCamp at the Château Frontenac last weekend. The event was so popular that the first 200 tickets pre-sold less than two minutes after they went on sale in February. 

My first robin: a sign that spring has arrived at last

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I went to the back of the house to put away the shovel I had been using to move the remnants of winter's snow-bank from my front lawn onto the street. And there it was, hopping on the newly-exposed grass between the cedar hedge and my snow-covered backyard. 

Hope and crocuses spring eternal

Photo: Danielle Burns

Bare soil and decomposing leaves emerge as the blanket of snow melts away with warmer temperatures. And with the sun, signs of spring like these cheerful crocuses are popping up and instilling hope in the hearts of gardeners and sun worshippers alike. 

Are you up to the Défi-Évasion challenge?

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Readers interested in cracking enigmas and decrypting codes will enjoy participating in Défi-Évasion, a new and intriguing escape and race-against-the-clock activity in Quebec City. 

Top 10 travel tips revealed to Lifelong Learning group

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Photo: Bill Cox

Valuable travel information was shared by Mario Paquet, sales manager of Club Voyages Place Laurier, with members of the Lifelong Learning group. Paquet's Top 10 Travel Tips on topics such as safety, health, insurance and lost luggage were much appreciated by those who gathered last Thursday at the Valcartier Family Centre. Paquet is fourth from right, back row.

Ceremony at St. Michael’s Anglican Church honours WW II servicemen

Photo: Sgt (Retired) Mike Reshitnyk, CD

The plaque bearing the names of five servicemen who lost their lives during World War II was relocated to the sanctuary of St. Michael's Anglican Church at a ceremony on Sunday, April 19. A trumpeter of Les Voltigeurs de Québec, the regiment now responsible for maintaining the memory of the Royal Rifles, played "The Last Post." Bishop Dennis Drainville officiated at the service.

Charles H. COVENEY

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Charles H. COVENEY

1928 - 2015

Charles H. Coveney, husband of the late Jacqueline LeBel, died at Hôpital Enfant Jésus on April 20, 2015, at the age of 86. He was the son of the late Alphonsus Coveney and the late Helena Kack. He lived in Quebec City. 

Anniversary Mass


Roger Lamont             

As time unfolds another year

Memories keep you ever near

Silent thoughts of time together

Hold memories that will last forever.

Sadly missed by his wife Susan, his family and friends.


QCT’s newest journalist – Philippa Jabouin

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Philippa Jabouin has been living in Quebec City for the past eight years. Two years ago she made a career change to return to her first love: journalism.

Future Canadian Navy ship to be named after WW II heroine

Photo: Department of National Defence

There was much pride at the Quebec City Naval Reserve Headquarters on April 13, as personnel learned that one of the future ships of the Royal Canadian Navy will, for the first time, be named after a naval reservist. 

Champlain–St. Lawrence’s WTH bid farewell to Kim Patenaude

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain-St. Lawrence students rocked the cafeteria last week with What the Heck's Forsaken Island concert, where musicians morphed into cursed pirates. The audience even saw a papier-mâché octopus take over their on-stage "ship."

New Quebec City arena now Centre Vidéotron

Photo: Équipe intégrée SAGP

Benoît Robert, president and CEO of Quebecor's Sports and Entertainment Group, recently announced that Quebec City's new arena will be called Centre Vidéotron. 

Metallica to perform twice in Quebec City in September...

the last show in the Pepsi Colisée and the first in the Centre Vidéotron




News Digest April 15 2015



Issue April 15, 2015


Words flow at the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

Quebec City book lovers got more than enough literary knowledge to digest as the Morrin Centre hosted the sixth annual ImagiNation Writers' Festival last week. 

Featuring 14 writers from Quebec, elsewhere in North America and Europe, the authors read selected excerpts from their work, shared insights about their inspirations and answered questions from the audience. 

Société historique de Québec honours David Mendel

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Photo: Gérald Gobeil: Société historique de Québec

Historian and author David Mendel was awarded the Médaille de Reconnaissance (medal of recognition) by Jean Dorval, the president of the Société historique de Québec, at a brunch held at the Quebec Garrison Club on Saturday, April 11. 

An evening of Irish Gaelic culture

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Daithí Mac Fhlaithimh gave a talk about Gaelic culture in Ireland that has been passed down since the mists of time, at the April 7 meeting of Irish Heritage Québec. 

Festival celtique de Québec shows its colours for Tartan Day

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Festival celtique de Québec will be showing a little more colour this year. Organizers unveiled the Festival's official tartan at a ceremony at the Pub St-Alexandre on April 6, World Tartan Day. 

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