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Elizabeth Dallaire honoured at Valcartier Family Centre

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

At a touching ceremony held on October 7, Elizabeth Dallaire was honoured for her steadfast commitment to military families. Dallaire was surrounded by some 100 people, including her colleagues, friends and family, and her husband, Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire.

Members of the community express their concerns about Bill 10

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Hélène Pouliot

Members of the English-speaking community continued to voice their concerns this week about Bill 10, a bill intended to streamline Quebec's health care system.

English-speaking community excluded from hearings on Bill 10

QCGN press release - On October 8, 2014, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) learned that it is the only English-language community group included at the hearings on Bill 10, which proposes a massive reorganization of Quebec's health-care system.

Visits to Dr. Frankenstein’s mansion a haunting experience

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

Three years ago, Dr. Victor Frankenstein abandoned his house and his research, having finally achieved his greatest ambition - to create life. Unfortunately, his early experiments resulted in monsters that still haunt the house's corridors.

QCGN launches portrait of Quebec's English-speaking seniors

On October 6, 2014, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) released its most up-to-date portrait of English-speaking seniors in the province.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
It almost seems as if the rainy season were going to last forever.

A voyage to India at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On October 6, the Musée nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) opened its latest exhibit: Into India: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art. Visitors can admire over 100 works of art representing seven centuries of India's vast history, as well as some of the the tools and materials used to create them.

The exhibit features many works known as miniatures.

Community gardening at Lauberivière

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Something is growing out of the darkened corners of the roof of the Maison de Lauberivière on Rue Saint-Paul. But the green intruders don't faze gardener Marie-Hélène Jacques. The splash of colour is not something from the Little Shop of Horrors; rather, it's a big source of vegetables.

Collaboration Santé International sends supplies across the world

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Inside a warehouse in Limoilou, Sister Stella and her friends have been packing suitcases for over three decades.

They are part of a squad of 40 regular volunteers working to send shipping containers filled with used and refurbished medical supplies to hospitals, schools and children's homes across Africa and Latin America.

Apple season, by the numbers

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Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

A chill hangs in the air, and the breezes are no longer languid. As much as some of us resist, this writer included, autumn is definitely here. And yet, there are so many reasons to welcome the season. Apples are at their peak and the harvest is in full swing.

Newcomers’ Meet and Greet, with a taste of Quebec

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) welcomed Quebec City newcomers to the Valcartier Family Centre in Sainte-Foy last Wednesday.

Collaboration Santé International sends supplies across the world

Inside a warehouse in Limoilou, Sister Stella and her friends have been packing suitcases for over three decades.

They are part of a squad of 40 regular volunteers working to send shipping containers filled with used and refurbished medical supplies to hospitals, schools and children's homes across Africa and Latin America.

Relive the belle époque with La Veuve joyeuse

The stage of the Grand Théâtre is being transformed into a Parisian salon for the La Veuve joyeuse (The Merry Widow) this week. The Opéra de Québec is presenting one of the world's best-loved and most-performed operettas, by Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Léhar. With catchy airs, rhythms and elaborate orchestration, costumes and sets, everything is in place to relive the belle époque.

Slavic choir presents benefit concert for Lac-Mégantic

On Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the exceptional acoustics of historic Chalmers-Wesley United Church, Quebec City music lovers will have the rare opportunity of hearing orthodox chants and Slavic folk songs.

Port of Quebec Open House

The Quebec Port Authority is holding an Open House on Sunday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will find lots of activities for the whole family, including a show by singer Kevin Parent at 3:00 p.m. All activities are free.

There will be guided tours of the Naval Museum at Pointe-à-Carcy, and children's activities and strolling musicians along the waterfront.

Festival shows the city’s richly diverse folk scene

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

The four musicians start slowly, building a mellow, string-heavy West African blues sound. The tempo picks up, and then Malian-born Doussou Coulibaly and her three bandmates break out into (surprise!) a traditional Québécois call-and-response song.

VEQ concerned over impact of health system's reorganization on Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's

VEQ Press release


Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) has joined a growing number of voices, among them the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), expressing strong reservations about Health Minister Gaétan Barrette's Bill 10, tabled on September 25, which aims to modify the organization and governance of Quebec's health and social-services network.

News Digest October 8, 2014


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Canadian Honours presented at the Quebec Citadel

Photo: Photo by MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall

As Canadian civilian and military heroes entered the beautiful sunlit hall of the Governor General's residence at the Quebec Citadel on September 18, they were greeted by warm applause. All those present were filled with pride and respect for the men and women who would receive Canadian Honours from Governor General David Johnston, in the name of all Canadians.

CQSB 2014 Cross-Country Run

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Weather conditions were cool and cloudy for the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) 2014 Cross-Country Run at the Base de Plein Air in Sainte-Foy - perfect weather to keep young athletes cool and perhaps allow personal records to be broken.

CEGEP Champlain – St. Lawrence to host Canada’s best college golfers

Photo: Image provided by Champlain – St. Lawrence

For the second consecutive year, St. Lawrence will be hosting the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf Nationals from October 14 to 17 at the Lorette Golf Club in Loretteville. Fourteen men's teams and seven women's teams will be competing for the team banners. The University of Fraser Valley Cascades will be back to defend both titles won last year in Quebec City.

A memorable day at Mount Hermon Cemetery


On a beautiful October Sunday afternoon, some 25 people congregated in Mount Hermon Cemetery to honour the memory of the 51 people who were interred there in the past year. Also commemorated were the 81 passengers and crew members of the Empress of Ireland who were buried in Mount Hermon 100 years ago.

QAC’s Witness for the Prosecution rehearsals underway

Photo: Photo by Sharon MacLeod

A sure sign of fall is the twice-weekly gathering of the Quebec Art Company (QAC). Yes, it's rehearsal time and this season the QAC is in preparation for Agatha Christie's well-known courtroom drama, Witness for the Prosecution - a classic of community and repertory theatre.

Blessing of the animals at the Cathedral

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

A flock of folks and their furry or feathered friends gathered in the close of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, October 4. The affair for those favoured by fortune? The third annual Blessing of the Animals, in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, officiated by Rev.

Festival international de Jazz de Québec jam-packed with music

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

The eighth Festival international de Jazz de Québec, set to take place from October 13 to November 2, will be jam-packed with music - 110 concerts, 300 musicians, and lectures and workshops.

A whale of an estuary

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It is not down on any map; true places never are."

The thrill of wildlife-watching in the grandeur of the Parc marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent puts one in mind of this timeless quote from Melville's Moby Dick. And not least because both the book and the park involve whales. (This unique site is also called the Saguenay-St.

FINA World Cup synchronized swimming

Photo: Photo: André-Olivier Lyra/ Gestev

Linda South Simoneau has spent much of the last 10 years of her life at swimming pools around the country. But even she had to admit this one was special.

Bill Vincent retrospective at the Maison Hamel-Bruneau

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Ontario-born artist Bill Vincent has lived and worked in Quebec City since 1975.

Missing women . . . “Spirit Sisters”

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Native women's advocate Michèle Audette was on live television when she received a call that nearly changed her life forever. "In the middle of an interview with RDI about missing women, in 2012, my cell phone rang," Audette recalls. "Marie-Thérèse, my cousin, who was only 12, was missing. She'd been kidnapped."

Marie-Thérèse's story ended relatively happily.

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