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News Digest September 17, 2014

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Online Prenatal Courses

Offered by Jeffery Hale - Saint Brigid's


Starting this September 8, the Early Childhood Team at Jeffery Hale
Community Services is launching an online prenatal course called A New Life. A first in Quebec City, it
is currently offered by other community health organizations in Quebec, Ontario
and New Brunswick.

Notre-Dame-de-Québec’s 350th anniversary celebrated with a Pontifical Mass

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On Sunday, September 14, the parish of Notre-Dame de Québec marked its 350th anniversary with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Pope's special envoy, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, accompanied by Quebec City's own Cardinal Gérald Lacroix and bishops from across Canada. Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, the Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, has represented the Pope on many special occasions.

The story behind the Domaine Cataraqui

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Although the Domaine Cataraqui is not a street, it deserves attention because of its ownership in the past by a number of important English-speaking people. Located on Chemin Saint-Louis in Sillery, the property first belonged to James Bell Forsyth, a prosperous lumber merchant, who built his residence there around 1836.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle

Grand Prix Cyclists race through the city

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

The fifth edition of the Grand Prix Cyclists took place in Quebec City on September 12 and in Montreal on September 14. The event consists of two international races, with attendant smaller events.

Professionals first met in Quebec City on Thursday afternoon for the Sprint Pro. This adrenaline-driven race is relatively new to cycling, giving spectators the thrill of close finishes.

Le Monastère des Augustines announces concept and products and services to come

Photo: Photo by Louise Leblanc

La Fiducie du Patrimoine culturel des Augustines recently announced the overall concept of Le Monastère des Augustines and the various products and services it will be offering, an important step in the project's development and long-term viability. The success of Le Monastère's commercial operations is crucial:

Drawn to Quebec

A colourful season ahead


We're not quite there yet.

Most of the leaves, on most of the trees, are still vibrant, verdant, green. And yet, each time the wind blows, a handful of crimson, copper, and yellow drifts earthward.

What is it that drags those emblems of autumn to the soil, and how is it that they turn such glowing colours while the summer sun fades?

Cold not the only factor

Vieux-Québec Feis to highlight Irish music and dance

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It seems that Quebec City is filled with all kinds of Celtic activities these days, not the least of which will be the next great event, Vieux-Québec Feis 2014, to take place on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the PEPS of Université Laval.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph: “Never dreamed I’d be on staff”


I grew up in Gros Pin (Charlesbourg) just west of First Avenue, below the train tracks. My first memory of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph was walking to the train station to pick up the mail and the Chronicle after the train conductor dropped off copies with the postmaster.

The Drainville Plan

Bernard Drainville may be the next leader of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) With this in mind, he has a Plan.

But let's go back to the beginning... We first knew Bernard Drainville as sponsor of the Parti Québécois' Charter of Quebec Values. The PQ was defeated, the Charter died on the Order Paper, Drainville disappeared.

Gloria pour le nouveau monde at the Palais Montcalm

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

A gala performance of the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival took place at the Palais Montcalm on Friday evening, featuring the scintillating soprano voice of Karina Gauvin and Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra.

Dom André Laberge, organist and abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, also performed two pieces from the main console of the great organ.

WWI Exhibit at Cégep Garneau: Life in the trenches from 1914 to 1918

You are invited to visit an exhibit to commemorate the Great War at Cégep Garneau, at 1660, boul. de l'Entente (local A-2090). The free exhibit is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Jennifer Grout solidifies her status as a star of Arabic song

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Considerable hype preceded Jennifer Grout's appearance at the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival - the American famously placed third in the Lebanese talent competition Arabs Got Talent in 2013, singing in flawless Arabic despite not knowing the language - so she had a lot to live up to.

Jireh Gospel Choir rocks Église Saint-Roch

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

Gospel music enthusiasts welcomed Montreal's Jireh Gospel Choir to Église Saint-Roch last Saturday evening for the last of the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival performances.

Spinning down the Silk Road

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

From September 6 to 14, the 18th Quebec International Sacred Music Festival captivated music lovers with performances by musicians, singers and dancers in several venues around the city.

Connecting through culture at the Morrin Centre

From Quebec City to the Great War, September 1914

Historians generally agree that the first time Canada regarded itself as a country rather than a colony was after the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Drawn to natural history and science through art

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Last Thursday evening, artist and photojournalist Bethann G. Merkle gave a "sketchy" art lesson in the old chemistry lab of the Morrin Centre, as part of its Connecting through Culture series.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni wins the Coupe Banque Nationale

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

This year's Coupe Banque Nationale tennis tournament (formerly known as the Challenge Bell) was intended to be the Venus Williams show. On paper, Williams, a seven-time major champion and 20-year veteran of elite women's tennis, was an easy bet to win her 46th career title on the Women's Tennis Association tour.

Shine on, harvest moon

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Every full moon has a name, and on September 8, 2014, a bright harvest moon lit up the sky.

Old City of Quebec and its UNESCO title

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

During a recent talk at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, historian David Mendel described the attributes and history of the Old City of Quebec that qualified it to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Mendel first explained how Samuel de Champlain's settlement of the area in 1608 became a historic milestone in the history of North America.

St. Patrick’s parish celebrates annual Memorial Mass

Photo: Photo by Marie White

Members of the parish gathered in St. Patrick's Cemetery on Chemin Saint-Louis on Sunday afternoon, September 14, to celebrate the annual Memorial Mass for all who had passed away in the past year.

Willkommen to Octoberfest!

Dust off your Lederhosen or your Dirndl and kommt to the first Octoberfest organized by the congregation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. This typical Bavarian family-friendly festival will be held in Carter Hall, 31 Rue Des Jardins, in the Old City, on Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Midori to play with OSQ on September 24 and 25

Photo: Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The fall season of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec began this week with a special program of music to honour the Royal 22e Régiment and to commemorate the Great War of 1914-1918.

On September 24 and 25, renowned Japanese-American violinist, Midori Gotö, will perform the Sibelius' Concerto for violin with the OSQ, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest.

Barrett, Helen

Barrett, Helen (nee Blackadder), born in 1924 in Quebec City, passed away peacefully in Vancouver, August 15, 2014, at the age of 90. Helen was predeceased by her husband Alex in February 2008.

CFB Valcartier Family Day

Photo: Photo by Juanita Craig

The Cinquième Régiment d'Artillerie légère du Canada (5 RALC) of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery held a family day at CFB Valcartier last Saturday, September 13, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. It was a brisk early autumn day, yet some 100 family members and friends turned out for the event.

2,000 runners expected at the XMAN Race at Le Relais

The Arthritis Society and the XMAN Race recently announced that their third and final race of the year will Quebec City, where winners from the Montreal and Sherbrooke races will vie for the championship title. At least 2,000 runners - including 250 young runners in the Xkids event - are expected to compete in the race on September 27 at the Le Relais ski centre.

Jeffery Hale Friends' Foundation Golf Tournament a Great Success

Photo: Diane Kameen

The Jeffery Hale Friends' Foundation Foundation Annual golf tournament, held on September 11, 2014, was a great success, raising $20,000.  Including our fantastic volunteers of course, the Foundation would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the event either by playing in the tournament, attending the dinner, being a sponsor, or making a donation.  In the photo, from left t

Barrett, Helen

Barrett, Helen (nee Blackadder), born in 1924 in Quebec City, passed away peacefully in Vancouver, August 15, 2014, at the age of 90. Helen was predeceased by her husband Alex in February 2008.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
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