Community News

A perfect season ends in heartbreak for the Lady Lions

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

The CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions women’s basketball dream season came to an end recently with two straight playoff losses.

After a perfect 14-0 regular season, the double blue had high hopes for the upcoming regional championship of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

High school basketball season is over: it’s championship time

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish junior girls team is closing the 2017-18 basketball season on a winning note.

After finishing eighth in their division, St. Pat’s qualified for the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional consolation championship on March 25.

Community Calendar

April 3-8 – ImagiNation Writers’ Festival at the Morrin Centre. Twenty-four Canadian authors will participate in a variety of literary events such as readings, discussions and book signings. Meet your favourite writers and discover emerging artists. For more details, visit Festival Passes: General Public: $34, Morrin Centre Member: $25.50, Student: $20.

OBITUARY: Cameron James MacMillan

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Born on August 7, 1924, and after over 93 years of living a charmed life, Cameron James MacMillan died on the first day of spring, March 20, 2018.

St. Pat’s musicians win gold and silver

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Photo: David Parker

The St. Pat’s senior and junior jazz bands and vocal ensembles won three gold and one silver plaque at the 2018 Quebec Jazz/Pop Music Festival held at the Polyvalente Neufchatel on March 24.

A special “Prix du Jury” was given to Secondary 1 bassist Loïc Johl for outstanding musicianship.

Ste-Foy Elementary goes “Faster, Higher, Stronger”

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Photo: Melissa Goulet

Every four years winter Olympic games are held at Ste-Foy Elementary (SFE) School. This year there was a big difference. The cycle three students took ownership and organized the Olympics themselves. This project was part of the cycle three ABAM (Active Body Active Mind) sports program.

On the road with Phelipe Soldevila

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For the first time in three years, local artist Phelipe Soldevila held a solo art show in a recently renovated space on Côte d’Abraham that was available only for the weekend of March 23-25. The temporary show, Peinture au volant (Paintings on the road), displayed his latest works.

It was a great day for the Irish in Quebec City

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Thousands of Irish eyes were smiling as the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick made its way through the Montcalm district and into the heart of Old Quebec on March 25, a week after St. Patrick’s Day. The parade is always held a week later in Quebec City, as many of the bands participate in the Montreal parade the previous weekend.

Kicking the tires on a Ford for Quebec

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Some snide pundit quipped recently that the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has such a breathtaking lead over the reigning Liberals, “even a Ford cannot screw this one up.”

Just a “little” butter at the 2018 FoodCamp

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Ever consider using an ingredient other than pine nuts in pesto? Pesto purists may be surprised to hear some chefs recommend trying toasted pecans, or, for an even more budget-friendly option, oven-roasted pumpkin seeds!

Robert Grace speaks about the Irish Experience

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Among the many events and festivities celebrating Irish culture over the past week, the organizers of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick believed in the importance of honouring those who risked everything to leave Ireland for North America.

Three Bach cantatas presented by Les Violons du Roy and guest soloists

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, presented Cantates de Bach, l’Étoile du Matin – three glorious cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Palais Montcalm on March 22.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 28, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle
Destruction of Property – A large gang of night marauders from St. Sauveur, carried off a quantity of wooden fencing for firewood, from several farms on St. Foy’s Road, on Tuesday night.

The story behind Rue Adrien-Pouliot

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This street is named after Adrien Pouliot, a mathematician and professor who was born on Île d’Orleans on Jan. 4, 1896. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from the École polytechnique de Montréal, he married Laure Clark and moved to Quebec City in 1919. 

Irish flags raised to kick off the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As organizers prepared for the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick parade celebrations, both CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence and Quebec City raised Irish flags in front of their buildings.

Irish eyes were smiling at the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Tea time at La Maison des 100 Thés

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Photo: La Maison des 100 Thés

Chances are, we each have an early family memory about tea. Perhaps a favourite teapot, snug in its woolen cosy, or delicate china tea cups set aside for important occasions.

Welcome home, Alex Harvey! Champion skier returns to Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Alex Harvey is home after five months of intense international competition. Harvey, the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier to date, arrived at Jean Lesage International Airport​ on March 19.

Laurie Blouin “on a cloud” after Olympic and Big Air success

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Photo: Jason Ransom/Canadian Olympic Committee

As the Snowboard & Ski Jamboree street festival wrapped up at the Îlot Fleurie on Sunday afternoon, local snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle snowboard Laurie Blouin had a scheduled autograph session. Only one problem – no one seemed to know where it was. “Wherever the people are,” shrugged a member of the event’s communication team.

Fighting Irish move on to the LHPS quarterfinals

Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team season continues. On March 23 and 24, the Irish played a round robin tournament in Baie-Saint-Paul with three other schools to open the 2018 playoffs in the Major Under 17 (U17) conference in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

More music at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity recently announced part of its musical programming for the coming months. From April to the end of July, over 18 concerts will be presented, featuring everything from touring youth choirs to renowned established musicians.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. – Courtepointe Creative Workshop at the Morrin Centre. This workshop combines textile arts, playwriting and music. Participants will create a patchwork art installation that will be presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in March 2019, during the show Courtepointe by the Théâtre du Gros Mécano.

Toys & More Baby & Family Bazaar to take place at CEGEP St. Lawrence

Photo: Jill Gagnon

The annual community Toys & More Baby & Family Bazaar turns 13 this year! Jeffery Hale Community Partners has been the supporting element behind the Moms’ Nite-out volunteer committee that organizes this annual sale, but it would never have happened without the vision and dedication of Jill Gagnon, parent-volunteer extraordinaire.

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

CBC’s Canada Reads brings a friendly “battle of the books” to Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

I’m going to let the audience in on a little secret. Daniel, did you like your book?” asks host Saroja Coelho. “I loved hating it,” sarcastically replies the panellist – one of five, each presenting a novel by a Canadian author and defending its relevance (or not) to readers today.

Morrin Centre displays 30 years of QAC memorabilia

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
An exhibit of fascinating memorabilia from over 30 years of English-language theatre in Quebec City was opened at the Morrin Centre on March 17. 

One Nite Band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a kitchen party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a long and festive day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, more than 150 people kept the party going at Everest Elementary School on March 17. The One Nite Band, led by Ed Sweeney, gave an impressive Irish-style kitchen party concert.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 23, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
At Goudie’s shipyard in St. Roch’s, a very fine sailing vessel was launched so successfully that the company was the recipient of many congratulatory messages. The vessel launched was not christened at the time but afterwards was known as the steamer Quebec.

Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

The story behind Route de l’Aéroport

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Photo: Google maps
Route de l’Aéroport, which leads to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, has been known by this name since the 1940s. 
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