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Jeffery Hale Volunteers are BERRY much appreciated!

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Photo: courtesy of the Wellness Centre
Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a berry special evening to show their appreciation for their volunteers on April 19. 

Long may they reign, but whither the monarchy in Canada?

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How many Canadians have been in the same air space as our monarchical masters?

Letter to the Editor - School board elections a​n​ ​opportunity for community engagement ​

With the recent [government] announcements in the healthcare sector, it is now more important than ever that we, the members of the English-speaking community, get involved. It is up to us to act and not just to complain. That was a major part of a recent announcement by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 24, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The Quebec Fire Society advertised for the supplying of four new cases for fire engines to be made of seasoned sound white oak timber, 1¼ inches thick, and also for the lining with sheet lead or tinned sheet copper of six fire engine cases and fifty strong leather buckets.

The story behind Rue de l’Aigle-d’Or

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Photo: Source: Library and Archives Canada/Lawrence R. Batchelor collection/c011924k
This street in the Duberger-Les Saules district of Quebec City was named after the Aigle d’Or (golden eagle), a French ship that arrived in this city on Aug. 18, 1665, with the Carignan-Salières regiment, consisting of four companies of more than 200 men. They were under the command of the Marquis de Salières.

Now is the time to consent to organ and tissue donation

Héma-Québec is teaming up with Transplant Québec and the Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, April 22 to 28, to invite everyone who supports the cause to indicate his or her donor consent.

Visit the Voltigeurs’ newly restored and renovated Manège Militaire

In last week’s edition, the QCT informed you of the official opening ceremony and return of the Voltigeurs to their Manège Militaire on May 12.

QHS’s 10th Trivia Night celebrates 10 years of tough questions

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team members put on their thinking caps for the 10th edition of Quebec High School’s fundraising event Trivia Night! On April 20, more than 20 teams filled the gym with positive vibes. The moment the doors opened, they found their tables or went straight to the mystery photos posted on the walls to get a head start.

Parents and Kids Fair now five years old

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Photo: Danielle Burns

New moms and dads are special. A worried parent will do better research than the FBI. Some of those discriminating parents came out to ExpoCité from April 20 to 22 for Quebec City’s fifth Annual Parents and Kids Fair, targeted at families with children six and under. Grandparents with a penchant for spoiling grandchildren also made up some of the target clientele.

Operation Work Now launches through community collaboration

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Photo: provided by FORT program

The Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT (Future Occupation Reinvention Team) program, is a comprehensive entry point into the local marketplace for English-speaking job seekers. It is a hidden treasure for the English-speaking community of the Quebec City region, both civilians and members of the military.

William Stuart Pharmacy Lab now open at EQLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) inaugurated its pharmacy training lab on April 18. This lab is the only one of its kind at an English-language institution in the region.

Susie Faguy, director of the EQLC, says the new classroom was named the William Stuart Pharmacy Lab, in honour of the man after whom the street the school is located on was named.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind an impressive performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Director Emile Beauchemin produced a spectacular theatre version of the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ESSM). He and the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence theatre group brought this science fiction romantic comedy to the stage at the AI Financial Auditorium on April 19, 20 and 21. 

I’m not vegan, but...

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

What is being vegan? Veganism is the practice of abstaining completely from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and adopting an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

Do you believe in magic? Come to the Festival de Magie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 8th annual Festival de Magie de Québec (Quebec City Magic Festival) will take place from May 3 to 6. Lovers of magic of all ages will have the opportunity to see more than 50 shows, 35 of which are free, presented by internationally acclaimed magicians from Canada, the United States, Spain, France and England. A new competition for young magicians will reveal some surprises.

Community Calendar

Monday, April 30 at 12 noon – Killarney Secondary School string orchestra at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins, Vieux-Québec. Free admission, voluntary donations.

St. Patrick’s High School Public Speaking Competition

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Photo: Mary-Anne Fairbairn

Public speaking is a tradition that has been part of St. Patrick’s High School for decades. Every student who has studied at St. Pat’s remembers public speaking and knows someone who has participated in public speaking. Every English teacher who has taught at St. Pat’s has trained and encouraged scores of students to participate in public speaking.

Local Sports briefs

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Photo: Steve Codovius - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are still searching for their next general manager and head coach. Team president Jacques Tanguay met last week with former Remparts GM and head coach Patrick Roy. However, the former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie does not seem to be ready to make a decision yet.

Free skating for a good cause at the Vidéotron Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Opération Enfant Soleil

Residents of the greater Quebec City area will have the chance to skate for the first time on the ice of the Vidéotron Centre on April 29.

The day of skating sessions will be held to support Jérémy Plourde, a courageous 15-year-old who suffers from an immune deficiency and neuromuscular disease. His goal is to raise $100,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil.

Coaching and hard work behind basketball excellence

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Photo: Shirley Picknell

Like many parents, my weeknights and weekends have been consumed with driving kids to sporting events and watching them either win or lose (both can be very emotional), and April 7 was no exception.

Hosanna Hey, "Jesus Christ Superstar" can’t be missed!

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Photo: Normand Brassard
   Jesus is my drug of choice!” a protest sign reads at yet another fantastic Quebec Art Company (QAC) production. Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see production featuring a very talented and very large cast. 

A Tower for a Trumpet: The great Canadian art switcheroo

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One suspects that few humble souls of modest means can grasp the staggering amounts of money spent on works of art. It’s a phenomenon easily as mystifying as the creative ability that compels the human being holding the brush, chisel or charcoal. How do you put a value on an image captured on a piece of stretched canvas?

St. Patrick’s 175th Anniversary Reunion is just around the corner!

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In a few short weeks, more than 1,150 alumni will reunite in Quebec City for a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories. With attendees coming from all over Canada, Europe and the United States, the Fighting Irish will be ready to paint the city green with celebrations.

Connect with your City Guide: Rediscover Wendake

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Photo: Juanita Craig

On March 28, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) launched the Connect With Your City Guide, a new book which showcases 153 places of significance, past and present, for members of the English-speaking community in Quebec City.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: James Inglis from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, Courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-89689
April 19, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette
A serious fire broke out in a boarding house on Champlain Street, through the upsetting of a wax candle in the room of a boarder named McHugh.

The story behind Rue Alfred-Rouleau

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City was named in honour of Alfred Rouleau (1915-1985), a businessman and president of the Fédération du Québec des Caisses Populaires Desjardins, Quebec’s largest credit union. Born in Sherbrooke, he was elected president of the federation in 1972 and served until 1981. 

Letter to the Editor - Re: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

What a leap the Quebec Art Company [QAC] has taken with this show! The large cast of many new faces and performers … reflects what it is to be a member of the English-speaking community. It represents an ethnically diverse community with a wide age range and many skills.

Elisa-Maude McConnell helps bring smiles to young faces

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Photo: Global Smile Foundation

Elisa-Maude McConnell is a speech-language pathologist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) in Quebec City. In mid-January, she volunteered to go on a mission with Global Smile Foundation (GSF) in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, a small Central American country.

Quebec City offers a warm welcome to new citizens

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Vidéotron Centre was filled with the sound of hundreds of voices speaking many languages on April 14, as the Ville de Québec held its annual event to welcome new arrivals to the Capitale-Nationale region. It was party time inside the lobby of the huge sports arena.

Valcartier Sugar Shack Brunch a sweet delight

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

A fundraising Sugar Shack Brunch for cancer research, organized by the Valcartier Roadrunners and Valcartier Elementary School’s Community Learning Centre (CLC), was held at the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier community hall on April 15.

Families work together to promote road safety for everyone

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Photo: Jan Anderson

Nancy Gilbert, a graduate of St Patrick’s High School, is the co-founder of Solidarité familles et Sécurité routière / Family Solidarity and Road Safety (SFSR). On April 6, she spoke at the Take-a-Break Drop In at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, where parents with babies and preschoolers get together twice a month.

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