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News Digest January 21 2015

 

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Issue January 21, 2015

 

Giant lampshades brighten Avenue Cartier

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

In the heart of the Quartier des arts, Avenue Cartier is aglow every evening with the light from 17 pairs of giant lamps. Thirty-four works of art now illuminate the full length of Avenue Cartier from Grande Allée to Chemin Sainte-Foy. Switched on for the first time last Friday evening, the lights will remain on until mid-March or later.

Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus welcomes Edward Berryman

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain Regional College (CRC) recently welcomed its new campus director, Edward Berryman, to head Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus in Quebec City.

Will Bill 10 amendments save our institutions? Perhaps not

While leaders in Quebec's English-speaking community were cautiously optimistic in early December that amendments to Quebec's health reform would allow the community to maintain an acceptable level of input and control over their institutions, that hope is fading as the Commission on Health and Social Services reconvened on January 16 to continue the clause-by-clause review of Bill 10.

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Quebec City to help rebuild Haitian firehouse

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

In less than a minute, a city of over four million people was almost completely razed to the ground.

It was January 12, 2010, just before five o'clock in the afternoon, when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 occurred just outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As many as 300,000 people were killed by falling debris, and 1.5 million lost their homes.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The ice-cone at Montmorency Falls has already formed and a decided rush of visitors, when the weather becomes somewhat milder, cannot fail to be the result.

The story behind Rue Emerson

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Rue Emerson is named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American intellectual, lecturer, and poet. He was a sought-after speaker and author of many notable essays, the first of which was "Nature," in 1836.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity takes a bold musical direction

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Photo: Luc-Antoine Couturier

All mélomanes aboard! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its designation in 1989 as a National Historic Site by the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity has unveiled an exciting series of concerts featuring local musicians.

Last one to leave the party: the lyrical world of Jane Ehrhardt

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

When Jane Ehrhardt took to the stage at the atmospheric Café Babylone last Saturday night, she might have been in your living room, sharing a story and a song. Unassuming and affable, she introduced herself in her unmistakably Anglophone sing-song accent and, just like that, she had the audience engaged.

New jazz series kicks off at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

Claude Lavergne says jazz can be a bit like hockey: there are established rules that all the players know, but the action doesn't always play out according to the rules.

Last Thursday, at the first event in the Jazz Series, a new monthly series at the Morrin Centre, Lavergne and two other local musicians treated the audience to a spirited performance.

Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs celebrates 100th anniversary in 2015

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Photo: Lise Breton

The Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs de Québec, the oldest institution of its kind in North America, has enabled generations of children to learn choral singing and take part in the cultural life of the Quebec City region.

Isabelle (Paradis) MacTaggart

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Isabelle MacTaggart, born November 6, 1920, left this earth on January 14, 2015, to join her beloved husband, who died on July 10, 2010.

Fighting the flu may be harder this year

If you've already suffered through the flu this winter, you're not alone. Health-care providers in the area have been working overtime to deal with the flu since December, when the number of flu cases peaked earlier than expected.

Bernice L. (O’Neill) Simons

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother. Bernice passed away peacefully with family by her side on January 13, 2015. She has now joined her late husband, Reggie, as well her brother Lionel and sister Patricia.

Bugs and bunnies, goats and pigs and horses … Oh, my!

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Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

The 40th fair for the Semaine de l'agriculture, de l'alimentation et de la consommation (agriculture, food sciences and consumer science week) was held last weekend at Expo-Cité in Quebec City. This very interesting fair is the largest event put on by university students in Canada.

A risky climb in Quebec City

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Photo: Philip Paquet

It seemed that Quebec City was deserted that warm July afternoon in 1942. It was Sunday and with the heat of the day you wouldn't be wrong to call it a dog day afternoon. I was nine years old and looking for something to do.

Peter and Helen Marshall celebrate 64th wedding anniversary

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Photo: Photo provided by Marilyn Marshall

On Saturday, January 3, 2015, Peter and Helen Marshall celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Quebec Garrison Club.

Peter spent most of his childhood in Quebec City. He accompanied his father, Lester Lent Marshall, to the Saguenay region to work on the construction of the dams.

News Digest January 14 2015

 

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Issue January 14, 2015

 

CHARLIE supporters march for freedom of expression

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When the staff of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo arrived for their editorial meeting on January 7, it seemed like any other day. It rapidly became the most infamous day in recent French history.

The magazine, famous for lampooning religion in its provocative caricatures, was ambushed by two gunmen claiming affiliation with Al-Qaeda.

Bonhomme Carnaval welcomes you to his winter wonderland

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Quebec City's 61st annual Winter Carnival kicks off on January 30. In a brief ceremony at the nightclub Chez Dagobert last Tuesday morning, Bonhomme Carnaval was given the Key to the City to mark the start of Carnival season.

We must all stand with Charlie

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Photo: Jean-Sébastien Morin

The massacre that began last week at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and ended in a suburban kosher market brought to light an issue that few of us acknowledge privately, and even fewer express publicly.

Islam is in dire need of reform.

Keeping it all in the air at the École de Cirque

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Photo: Bill Cox

Turbo 418, the biggest juggling festival in North America, was held at the École de Cirque de Québec from January 8 to 11.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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A story runs that a young girl of some fourteen or fifteen years has been abducted from the dwelling of her parents and a search discovered that she was shut up in the back room of a house of infamy, kept by a notorious Jezebel in St. John's suburbs.

The story behind Rue Cook

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rue Cook is a short street in Old Quebec that runs between Rue Sainte-Anne and Rue Saint-Stanislas, directly in front of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church near the Morrin Centre. It was named after the Reverend John Cook, who served as the minister of the church from 1836 to 1892.

Cook was born in Scotland in 1805.

Happy 100th birthday, Marjorie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Born on January 8, 1915, Marjorie (Robertson) Murray celebrated her 100th birthday in style on January 8, 2015. She was tickled pink by all the attention as family and friends fêted her at Le St-Patrick, the private seniors' residence where she now lives on Grande Allée.

In fact, Marjorie had planned to mark the day with others who have birthdays in January at St.

Hockey is Team Canada’s game!

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Photo: Screenshot from TSN

Hockey fans were treated to two high-calibre games at the recent 2015 World Junior Championship. Montreal was the perfect venue for the Canada vs. USA game on New Year's Eve, and Toronto hosted the gold medal final between Canada and Russia on January 5.

On December 31, Montreal's Bell Centre was packed with a sea of red-and-white clad Team Canada fans.

Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotia

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Photo: CD cover image provided by David Parker

The Morrin Centre proudly presents a concert in its Connecting Through Culture series on Saturday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m., when singer, songwriter and saxophonist Dave Parker will give a musical tribute to hockey and the magic of winter.

Hug a tree in St. Matthew’s Cemetery

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Photo: James A. Cameron

This winter the Société de développement commercial of the Rue Saint-Jean district of Quebec City is brightening up the neighbourhood with Enlace un arbre (hug a tree), an interactive illumination in St. Matthew's Cemetery.

Fred Pichard leaves Quebec City with skis and golf clubs in hand

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Photo: Helen Pichard

After living in Quebec City for nearly a century, Alfred (Fred) Pichard will begin a new chapter of his life in Ottawa at the end of January 2015.

Fred was born in Quebec City in 1919 and married his true love, Charlotte Jones, in St. Patrick's Church in 1944.

La Rotonde dances away the winter blues

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Photo: Photo by John MacLean and Katrine Patry

When winter malaise sets in, as it does every January in Quebec, we look for something - anything - to rouse us from the mundane and the ordinary. Snowshoe excursions and Siberian spa dates might be pleasant and restorative, but if you want an experience that is exhilarating, provocative and challenging, head for La Rotonde.

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