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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.

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.

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.

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.

A tribute to a great Canadian soldier

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Photo: Sgt Ronald Duchesne

As the cannons fired a jolting 21-gun salute, the long line of soldiers stood at perfect attention on the parade square in front of the Governor General's residence at the Quebec Citadel.

Right on cue, as the last salvo was fired, Governor General David Johnston, accompanied by Major-General Alain Forand (Ret.), the Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment, marched to the front.

CCAA Golf National Championship cut short by rain

Photo: Photo by Douae El-Laîa

The final round of the 2014 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Golf Championships was washed out on Friday, October 17, at the Lorette Golf Club. Heavy rain throughout the week in Quebec City finally forced the cancellation of Round 3. The event was shortened from 54 holes to 36.

As a result, the St.

The Merry Widow ends merrily

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Merry Widow / La Veuve Joyeuse (played by Leslie-Ann Bradley) is radiantly happy after she wins back the heart of her Prince Charming (Armando Noguera) in the final act. The Franz Lehar operetta is being performed this week at the Grand Théâtre, and most of the cast are Quebec-based members of the Opéra de Québec.

Justin Trudeau visits Régis Labeaume

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Justin Trudeau, leader of the federal Liberal Party, dropped in on Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume at City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Trudeau said the two leaders discussed the importance of investing in urban infrastructure projects, but refrained from making any concrete commitments should the Liberals win the 2015 federal election.

Quebec City Reading Council Annual General Meeting

The Quebec City Reading Council, invites you to join the Board of Directors, volunteers, members and staff of the organization at the 2014 Annual

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.

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