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Influenza vaccination campaign at Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's


Every year,

"We will remember them"

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Photo: PMO photo by Jason Ransom

People were shocked and horrified this past week by the news that two members of the Canadian Armed Forces had been slain in separate incidents.

On Monday, October 20, 53-year old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and another soldier were targeted by a hit-and-run driver in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Vincent later died of his injuries.

Jeffery Hale Community Services provide a much-needed break

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratk

Sometimes, parents just need a break. This can be especially true for parents of very young children, or children or young adults with special needs. That's where the Take-a-Break and Special Needs Activities (SNACS) programs organized by Jeffery Hale Community Services come in.

Halloween in Quebec City


Halloween is coming this weekend, and kids are planning their trick-or-treating on Friday evening, October 31. Around Quebec City, there are all kinds of spooky events happening.

Many free activities are taking place around town - parades, haunted houses, presentations of movies and plays, dance and lots of other family activities. All that, plus the traditional distribution of candy.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
A spirited pugilistic encounter, after the most approved rules of the ring, took place yesterday afternoon in Mountain street between two men, apparently sailors, to the intense edification of a host of admirers of the manly art of self-defense, attracted thither by

Citizens’ concerns – Bill 10: Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s board member speaks out

For Roger Lemire, the Liberal government's planned reforms to health care won't change his ability to receive service in his language. Lemire, like more than 90 per cent of Quebec City residents, is a native French speaker.

However, he is a longtime Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid's board member and a self-described Anglophile. "Two of my children went to St.

Bill 10: Parliamentary committee hears from local Anglophone groups

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Groups representing the Quebec Anglophone community outside Montreal were able to state their concerns about the proposed health-care legislation at hearings in the National Assembly on Thursday, October 23.

Book lovers stock up at Quebec City Women's Club Book Fair

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

On a bright Saturday morning, hundreds of people stopped by the Eastern Québec Learning Centre to take advantage of the annual book fair organized by the Quebec City Women's Club (QCWC).

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the QCWC and the book fair itself has become an autumn institution for Quebec City's Anglophone community, with the first fair occurring in 1963.

Ville de Québec honours James Carrel and nine others

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

The reception hall at Quebec City Hall was crowded on Thursday, October 23, with relatives, friends and associates anxious to see the blue ceramic plaques or epigraphs that would soon be unveiled to honour the memory of ten famous residents of the City.

Among those being honoured was James Carrel (1843-1891), founder of the Quebec Daily Telegraph in 1825.

Luc Langevin’s magical dreams come true

Photo: Photo credit Sébastien Raymond

Luc Langevin doesn't believe in magic.

This might be an odd admission from someone who has spent much of his young life wowing audiences by accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

Meet the QCT’s newest journalist: Mitch Vandenborn


Mitch Vandenborn was born and raised in a town called Chatham in rural southern Ontario. In 2008, he moved to the other end of the province to study journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Drawn to Quebec

Sketching the world around you


Humans think in images. Indeed, studies show that our brains actually understand images faster than words, and remember images longer. The act of drawing helps you clarify what you know and can assist instructors in assessing student knowledge.

Today, many people avoid sketching because drawing has become art. Art (like science) has become specialized and professionalized.

The story behind Rue du Duc-de-Kent

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue du Duc-de-Kent is a short street in the Beauport district of Quebec City near Montmorency Falls. The name was proposed by people in the area at the time of the municipal mergers in 2002, to honour the memory of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767-1820), who was the father of Queen Victoria (1819-1901).

PAYNE, Loretta

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Born in 1929 in Stoneham, Quebec, Loretta became a registered nurse in 1955 and spent most of her working career in Montreal. Loretta passed away in Montreal on October 19, 2014, at age 85, after a long battle with Alzheimer disease.

Pauline (Fackney) Griffin

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Pauline (Fackney) Griffin
1924 - 2014

Pauline Griffin, 90, wife of the late Thomas Griffin, died at the Maison Legault on October 25, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Paul Fackney and the late Willa Gale. She lived in Quebec City.


Celebrating the saxophone at the MNBAQ

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Renowned Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman and Quebec City's Michel Côté Trio performed in the Adolphe Sax dans Tous Ses États concert at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec on October 25.

Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions play hard against Norwich Cadets

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions hockey team faced off against Vermont's Norwich University Cadets at the Complexe sportif in Ancienne-Lorette, the Lions' home ice, last Friday, October 24. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey teams rarely cross the border to play in Canada. This exhibition game was a first in the Lions' history.

After the national anthems, former St.

News Digest October 22 2014

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The Morrin Centre’s Literary Feast a delicious evening

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

The sixth annual Literary Feast, a fundraising dinner, was held at the Morrin Centre last Thursday, October 16. Over 100 people gathered in the library for champagne cocktails before making their way into College Hall for a delicious meal that harkened back to the days of the Quebec Conference 150 years ago.

If our voice is heard, will it be listened to?

Concerns about Bill 10

Photo: Marie White

We should be evolving," said Gertie Grogan, "not dissolving." She was surprised by Quebec health minister Gaétan Barrette's recently tabled Bill 10. The bill would reform the health system by merging 182 institutions into 28 integrated health and social services centres (CISSS), one per region, and by reducing the number of administrative boards from 200 to 28.

Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's cares for its community

Photo: Marie White

My first experience with the health-care system came when I was acting president of the Ladies' Protestant Home in 1989," says Barbara Bignell. "I was there when we had to close the Home at the corner of Cartier and Grande Allée, beside the Krieghoff house," Bignell remembers.

A word from the Chairman of the CQSB

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As you may have read in last week's edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, all of the 12 elected members of the Council of Commissioners of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), including its Chairman, were elected to their respective positions by acclamation. As Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, I want to thank all of our electorate for their trust and confidence.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Large forces of men are already at work removing the earthworks between the walls at St.

The story behind the name of Rue Dublin

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Dublin is named after the capital city of the Republic of Ireland in homage to the Irish families, such as Carmichael, who, in the 19th century, settled in Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides, which is now a part of the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City.

Situated at the mouth of the Liffey River in a bay on the Irish Sea, Dublin is believed to have been settled by Vikings in the first century A.D.

The Merkles are moving

Photo: Jerod Merkle

The QCT prides itself on being, for the most part, a "good news newspaper." Yet we also strive to keep our readers up to date with the comings and goings in our community, which sometimes means we're the bearers of not-so-good news.

The first weekend of November, we will bid au revoir to Bethann and Jerod Merkle, who will be moving back to the western United States.

Shannon echoes with the sounds of Erin

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On October 15, I went to the Shannon Community Centre to see the wonderful Comhaltas Tour of Canada - Echoes of Erin show, which tours North America every two years, sponsored by Tourism Ireland. To the joy of connaisseurs of Irish music and dance, the group, which first came to Shannon in 2009, was back.

The pipes, the pipes are calling

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The sound of bagpipes echoed through McMahon Hall on Saturday evening at a concert to mark a worldwide celebration of piping. The kilts and sporrans we see with Scottish piping were absent though. Saturday's concert was organized by Irish Heritage Quebec and was all about Irish piping, which uses a smaller, softer instrument.

A visit to the Atoka cranberry farm

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Ever wonder about what goes into that cranberry sauce you enjoy at Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Marc Bieler, recognized as Canada's Cranberry King, recently invited the QCT to visit his flagship farm. Located about 90 kilometres south-west of Quebec City, the property features some 960 acres of five-acre rectangular ponds filled with cranberries.

Wynton Marsalis opens Quebec City’s jazz festival

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

With his firmly established reputation as the greatest living trumpet player, Wynton Marsalis took the back seat - literally - at the inaugural concert of the Festival international de Jazz de Québec on Tuesday, October 14, and let other musicians bask in the spotlight.

Online prenatal classes offered by Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s

Starting on September 8, the Early Childhood Team at Jeffery Hale Community Services launched an online prenatal course called A New Life.

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