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Celebrating Jeffery Hale Hospital's 150th Anniversary

Photo: Laura-Lee Bolger


News Digest May 20 2015




Issue May 20, 2015


Book about Jewish heritage in Quebec aims to turn heads

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

The notion that Quebec City's history is mainly the story of French settlers and their offspring is prevalent, even among those who are not descended from coureurs de bois and filles du roy. While the Montcalm-Wolfe narrative is fixed in our collective memory, the many and significant contributions of the city's Jewish population have until now been very poorly documented.

Amphibious airplane fishing trip

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Photo: Tailwheels Etc. Flight School

I have accumulated over 500 hours flying time as a passenger in over 20 different aircraft: the Tiger Moth, Cessna, Norseman, Beaver, Bellanca, DC-3, Canso, F-27, Constellation, DC-4, over a half dozen commercial aircraft, props and jets, right up to the Boeing 747, and three helicopters.  

A trip down an Irish memory lane

At a recent meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ), Ann Power led members down memory lane, or was it down Champlain Street? Illustrating her talk with photos, Power described day-to-day life a century ago in what was then a very Irish neighbourhood in Quebec City's Lower Town. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Street Views: The story behind Rue Baldwin

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Baldwin is named for Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), born in York, now Toronto. He was a lawyer and politician who, with his partner in politics, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, led the first responsible ministry in Canada. The concept of "responsible government" is attributed to Robert Baldwin and his father, Dr. William W. Baldwin.

2nd Language Professionals Conference

Inspired by the overwhelming success of the 1st Language Professionals Conference in 2013, we are delighted to repeat the experience this spring from May 29 to 31 at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Drawn to Quebec: Wild birds: attracting without feeding

Photo: Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence," said Robert Lynd. An oft-practised way of doing so is feeding birds.

Opéra de Québec stages audience favourite, Puccini’s Tosca

Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Giacomo Puccini saw Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play La Tosca in 1889 when it was first performed in Rome. He immediately recognized the play's melodramatic ingredients - love, intrigue, murder and suicide - as ideal material for an opera.

Bringing history to life … and death at the Citadelle

Photo: Danielle Burns

What does one do on the weekend at an active garrison in Quebec City? Fight, of course! 

Little people make BIG noise!!

Photo: Danielle Burns

A cacophony of drums and various instruments, strollers and noisy people clowned along 3e Avenue in Old Limoilou a little after 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 17. The majority of the paraders were well under the age of majority. However, they let their parents come along to push the strollers, encouraging them to be silly and make as much racket as possible.

Pierre Karl Péladeau new head of the Parti Québécois

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Photo: Parti Québécois website

Well, no surprises here. On the first ballot, Pierre Karl Péladeau was elected head of the Parti Québécois last Friday evening with almost 58 percent of the votes. Alexandre Cloutier was second with 29 percent and Martine Ouellet finished third with just over 13 percent. Voting by some 71,000 PQ members took place online or by telephone over two days, until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15. 

A chic picnic at the Musée des Beaux Arts

Put on your best "casually chic" outfit - hats for the ladies and ascot ties for the gentlemen are de rigeur. This elegant picnic to be held on the grounds of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is a fundraiser for the museum. On your arrival you'll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres.

A dust-up at St. Matthew’s Church

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

'Tis the season, and members of the Quebec City Guild of Change Ringers did some spring cleaning in the bell tower at the former St. Matthew's Church, now the Bibliothéque du Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, on Rue Saint-Jean. It happened last Saturday afternoon and their good intentions created quite a stir.


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Paul Lamonde, age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 16, 2015, in London, Ontario. He was the son of the late Elzear Lamonde and Ann Shea of Sillery, Quebec. He was predeceased by his brother Fred, his sister Pauline and his common-law wife Rita Demers.  

LGBT community come together to thank allies

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Jean-François Perrier joined hundreds of people at Place d'Youville on Sunday afternoon, wearing their brightest clothes to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. But Perrier isn't gay, bisexual or transgender. 

Urbainculteurs want to paint the town green

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Spring has sprung, and Quebec City's urban gardeners are wasting no time. The urban gardening collective Les Urbainculteurs have been teaching Quebecers how to garden in the city since 2009.

Invitation to VEQ's Annual General Meeting


Portneuf Elementary School: the little school that grew

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The students, principal and staff of Portneuf Elementary School (PES) in Cap-Santé, about 60 kms from Quebec City, were bursting with pride at the official inauguration of the new extension to their school on May 5. 

Scenes from the 2015 Parents and Kids Fair

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Photo: Photos by Kasia Borkowska



Don Darby: L’homme et la Matière

Photo: Rachel Collet

For the past 30 years, most of Don Darby's efforts have been leading up to this moment. "It's been a dream of mine," says Darby of his exhibit L'homme et La Matière, which is on display for the month of May at Maison Hamel-Bruneau. 

Everest students become national recording artists

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

The Flag of Canada - Hometown Proud tour stopped at Everest Elementary School on May 5, for their 41st "O Canada" recording session. The stop marked the halfway point for the national program, which aims to record approximately 25,000 children's voices singing our national anthem at a total of 82 elementary schools in 40 cities across the country.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
     The Emigration Department has caused some very useful information for immigrants to be published in the brief and comprehensive form of a hand-bill, which we presume will be given to each emigrant

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Charles

Photo: Bill Cox

Avenue Charles in Sillery is named in honour of Charles Sheppard, one of the sons of William Sheppard (1784-1867). William was a businessman who settled in Quebec City and amassed a fortune as a timber merchant. 

William Sheppard took an interest in shipbuilding and launched a brig and another vessel in 1826. He was also a member of the Executive Council of Lower Canada.

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s looks to the future

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As a result of the provincial government's adoption of Bill 10 last February, there have been many, many changes in Quebec's health and social services system.  April 1, 2015, marked the creation of the new CISSSs (Centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux) and CIUSSSs (Centres intégrés universitaire de santé et de services sociaux) across the province, including the CIUSSS de la

CQSB letter to Minister of Education re abolishing school board elections

Mr. Minister,

Get ready for ARTS ALIVE! festival at the Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre, Quebec City's English-language cultural centre, is pleased to announce its plans for the English Language Arts Network's Arts Alive! festival on Saturday, June 13, featuring singers Gabrielle Shonk and Valérie Clio of La Voix

Batter up! New-look Capitales look forward to 2015 season

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Spring is finally here, bringing with it the Stanley Cup playoffs, terrasse season, flowers in community gardens, and of course, the crack of the bat. 

The Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am league open their 2015 season on June 2 at the Stade municipale in Limoilou, and the team has a new international flavour.

The Machine de Cirque is in town

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Machine de Cirque recently held a press conference at the Théâtre de la Bordée to promote their new show. Four circus artists and the company's percussionist joined founder and artistic director Vincent Dubé.

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