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News Digest November 26 2014


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Talking turkey at Carter Hall

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Four 25-pound turkeys. That's how many it took to feed the 110 people who came to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity's Carter Hall last Saturday evening - for an early American Thanksgiving Dinner or a really early Christmas Dinner, call it what you will, friends and families got down to business.

Twelve tables of eight.

St. Andrew’s Day celebration fit for a “chieftain of the pudding race!”

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Members and friends of Quebec City's Scottish community gathered at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Old Quebec on Saturday evening to celebrate St.

An Irish connection with the Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

While the Royal 22e Régiment is one of Canada's best-known Francophone units, it does have an interesting connection with Irish heritage.

Miriam Schurman, a museum technician at the Royal 22e Régiment Museum, spoke about the history of the regiment last Monday at Irish Heritage Quebec's November meeting and shared some details about the Irish heritage of one of the regiment's well-known founde

Innovative private medical clinic ÉquiLibre opens its doors

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Clinique médicale ÉquiLibre

When your car breaks down, you call a mechanic and an hour later, you are back on the road. Leaky roof? Call a construction company and tomorrow your roof is repaired. Life's little emergencies are handled with promptness and care in Quebec City. Yet real emergencies, like health problems, are all too often left unattended.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
A correspondent complains that one of his children obtained from a circulation library in this city, a novel of a highly immoral tendency.

A great year for the Lifelong Learning program

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Photo: Photo by Laine LePage

When I was hired by the Quebec City Reading Council, I was so happy to be coordinating the Lifelong Learning program. Throughout the last year, Lifelong Learning presenters have educated and captivated us in equal measure with their knowledgeable presentations.

Drawn to Quebec

From Nouvelle-France to La Rochelle

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It might seem strange for a couple from one of the western-most states in the U.S. to make a pilgrimage to the harbour from which the founders of Nouvelle-France set sail. And yet, La Rochelle was this writer's first stop during a recent tour of places in France with Quebec connections.


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John McCormick, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 23, 2014, at Laval Hospital in Quebec City. He is survived by wife Françoise, his children Lynn (Roger), Nancy (Denis), and John (Chantal); and his grandchildren Aidan-John, Peter, Edgar, Kyle Françoise and Bernard.

OSQ concert ends the 350th anniversary celebrations of Notre-Dame de Québec

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica was filled to capacity on Friday, November 21, for the final event commemorating the 350th anniversary of this historic parish. Sixty-three musicians and 101 choristers of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ), and soloist Kimy McLaren, led by Maestro Fabien Gabel, gathered to perform two of Francis Poulenc's masterpieces, Stabat Mater and Gloria.

“Let yourself shine”

Learn French and Teach English Fair – a pathway to community involvement

Voice of English-Speaking Quebec Newcomers' Co-ordinator Jessica Price wants you to know that you have a marketable skill. "Quebec City is not Montreal or Ottawa," she says. "If you are an English-speaker here, you are a hot commodity."

Price made the remarks at VEQ's annual Learn French and Teach English Fair, held last week at the Valcartier Family Centre in Sainte-Foy.

Quebec Art Company puts finishing touches on fall production

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Photo: Photo by Sharon MacLeod

As the early winter wind whooshed outside the gymnasium of Holland School, there was a whirring energy inside: the players of the Quebec Art Company (QAC) were putting the finishing details on their fall production, Witness for the Prosecution.

Townships family seeks “best Christmas gift ever”

Photo: Photo from Marc-André Skelling’s Facebook page

Time may be running short for a young man in East Angus, and he and his family are reaching out to Quebec City's Anglophone community to perhaps help save his life.

Marc-André Skelling, 23, has lived the last three years of his life with Hodgkin's disease. His mother, Muguette Veilleux-Skelling, says doctors say a bone-marrow transplant is her son's only hope for a cure.


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Passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014, at Granite Ridge, Stittsville, Ontario, at the age of 90. Betty Hammond (nee Hobden), wife of the late Christopher Hammond and by her first marriage, the late Ken Cochrane. Loving mother of Ann Cochrane (formerly Dubé), the late Joan Cochrane (formerly Irving) and Jean Cochrane (Peter Basham).

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A day to remember, “lest we forget”

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Some 250 members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Quebec City Police and RCMP took part in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, at the Cross of Sacrifice cenotaph near the Citadel in Quebec City.

Many senior veterans and active-duty members of the military stood proudly at attention. Members of the public applauded them warmly as they arrived.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign is “all about giving”

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Photo: Annabelle Cloutier

As the wind brings us memories of its winter bite and the goblins and ghosts are put to rest for another year, we anticipate the joy of the holiday season and the generosity of those who give time, energy, food and money to the annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

QCGN want Health Minister Barrette to slow down on Bill 10

Regional Anglophone groups have called for Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to slow down the implementation of his controversial health reform proposal, known as Bill 10.

The Quebec Community Groups Network says Barrette must take time to examine the bill's repercussions for Quebec's English-speaking community.

Montreal’s Carabins defeat Laval’s Rouge et Or 12-9

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The mighty Rouge et Or were defeated on their home turf last Saturday, in an overtime game that put an end to Laval's hopes for the Dunsmore Trophy and its 11-year winning streak in the Quebec football conference. This also means the Rouge et Or will not go on to compete for the Uteck Bowl and the Vanier Cup.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
It is said that the work of building the new St. John's Gate will not be commenced until next spring.

The story behind the name of Rue du Général-Allard

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue du Général-Allard honours the memory of Jean-Victor Allard (1913-1996). Allard joined the military in 1939 and participated in the Second World War with the Royal 22e Régiment. At the end of the war he was promoted to brigadier and commanded the infantry before being transferred to north-western Europe.

Food allergy information fair at Place Laurier

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Association québécoise des Allergies alimentaires held its first Quebec City food allergy information fair at Place Laurier recently. Specialists, nurses, nutritionists, and businesses were on hand to answer questions and offer advice about various treatments.


Onward, Dear Boys shows war through a personal lens

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Photo: Mitch Vandenborn

In a letter from the front lines of the First World War, 19-year-old Philippe Beiler thanked his parents for their messages from home. "We live from one letter to the next," he wrote.

First World War exhibit at Cégep Garneau

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Photo: Marie White

1914-1918: Se souvenir, highlighting the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, was created by a team of Cégep Garneau's history teachers, led by Denis Leclerc. The exhibit includes over 70 artifacts and historic documents from the Royal 22e Régiment, the Musée de la Civilisation du Québec, the Air Force Museum in Bagotville, and the Stewart Museum in Montreal.

OSQ performs with Casavant organ at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) gave its first concert with the mighty Casavant organ at the Palais Montcalm on Wednesday, November 5. The program was unique and obviously popular as the evening performance was sold out.

Letter to Bill Gates from the mayors of Quebec City and Lévis about Quebec Bridge

On November 13, Régis Labeaume and Gilles Lehouillier, the mayors of Quebec City and the City of Lévis, sent a letter to Bill Gates to appeal to the him about the company's moral and corporate social responsibility to repaint the remaining 60% of the bridge's surface. Gates is one of CN's major shareholders.

Église Saint-Dominique recognized for rich decor and religious heritage


Hélène David, Minister of Culture and Communications, was very happy to announced on November 13 that Quebec City's Église Saint-Dominique and its religious treasures and furnishings have been classified under the province's Cultural Heritage Act.

This classification ensures protection of the church for the future.

CWL Raffle Winner

Photo: John Niederreiter

Raffle winner Rachel Vogue (left) is presented with a $250 Place Sainte-Foy gift certificate by Carol Mazurat, president of the Catholic Women's League (CWL) of St. Patrick's Parish. The raffle was a fundraiser for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. Thank you to all who supported this fun event for a fine cause. Would you like to join the CWL? We would love to welcome you.

Palais Montcalm kicks off its ambitious 2015 season

Seeing the names of Wayne Shorter, Angélique Kidjo, Diego El Cigala and Charlie Musselwhite on the concert pamphlet, we might be forgiven for thinking we're in New York, not self-effacing, modest Quebec City. And yet, on Thursday, November 6, the city's Palais Montcalm unveiled one of its most urbane and ambitious seasons to date.

KILEY, Rita (Neville) 1919 - 2014

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Rita Kiley (née Neville). She passed away peacefully at St. Brigid's Home in Quebec City on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at the age of 95.

She was the beloved wife of the late Timothy John Kiley and is predeceased by their two children, Joseph and Geraldine.

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