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VEQ Finding Your Niche sponsors walking tour

The Voice of English-speaking Quebec will sponsor a walking tour of Old Quebec on September 11 as part of its Finding Your Niche newcomers program.

VEQ held its first Finding Your Niche Event June 17. This event allowed newcomers with home-based businesses to showcase their products and services while allowing others to socialize and see what resources are available to them.

QCGN supports new effort to reverse census decision

The Quebec Community Groups Network has expressed its full support for the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada in its effort to get the federal government to reverse its decision to scrap the mandatory long form census.

The FCFA has filed an application with the Federal Court for judicial review of the government's decision.

New Shannon water study irks residents

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Photo: QCT Archives

Even as Shannon residents are enjoying the benefits of a new water system, the results of a new study issued by l'Institut National de sante publique du Québec have stirred new unrest.

"They should help us," said Shannon resident Marie Paule Spieser Monday. "It started 30 years ago. We've known about it since 2000. We've had to fight.

Summer heat is tough on calèche horses

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This summer's long heat wave combined with abnormal levels of smog and humidity has affected affected everybody from human beings to . . . horses.

Canada: A shattered dream or a dream yet to Come true?

Canada is a country with no jobs for new immigrants, regardless of however suitably qualified they are, old or young. Even simple blue-collar jobs are hard to find, but most immigrants are highly-educated in their respective fields. They have migrated to Canada with the hope of being able to land at least something close to their white-collar professions left behind.

Monumental Graffiti

In response to Thomas Eden's article in the July 7, 2010, edition regarding the graffiti spray-painted on the Cross of Sacrifice or cenotaph on Grande-Allée at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham and on the Boer War monument on rue Saint-Louis, I am happy to report that the cenotaph has been cleaned up by the National Battlefield Parks Commission which maintains this monument, and the Boer War

"ROBO" riot cop at G20 in Toronto

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The G20 is over, but it is not over until many of these questions are answered by those in command.

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Government of Quebec announces government funding for Jeffery Hale Hospital and two other community health centres

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Dr. Yves Bolduc, the MNA representing the Jean Talon riding, has announced $415,000 in government for renovations to Jeffery Hale Hospital, St. Brigid's home and the Residence Paul Triquet.

Jeffery Hale will receive $190,000, St. Brigid's, $50,000, and Paul Triquet, $175,000.

Feds awards $1.8 million to POLE Chaudière-Appalaches

The federal government has allocated $1,800,000 in funding to POLE Quebec Chaudière-Appalaches.

QCGN seeks Community Service Award candidates

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

CEDEC develops new project to help senior workers

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Photo: Pauline Moisy

The Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) has started a new project to help workers over 55 to get back into the job market. The organization, which aims at "strengthening local economies and employability of the English-speaking community," works as an intermediary between individuals and service providers.

Plaque dispute needs resolution

In last week's QCT issue (June 16), CQSB Chairperson Stephen Burke makes the point that it never occurred to the CQSB that the installation of the 78th Fraser Highlanders plaque on St. Patrick' High School would be an affront to anyone.

Combat engineer 148th soldier to die in Afghanistan

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The number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2002 now stands at 148, with the death Monday morning of a soldier based in Petawawa, Ontario.

The future of the Métis lighthouse could be decided this summer

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Photo: Pauline Moisy

Historian Alexander Reford was the featured speaker at a talk held at the Morrin Centre last Thursday on the Métis lighthouse. He presented different issues related to the lighthouse's future, after giving some historical facts about the building which is located 360 kilometres from Quebec City.

Long wait for water nearly over for Shannon

The long wait for a new water system is nearly over in Shannon.

"We expect to have it between the 15th and 30th (of July)," said Shannon Mayor Clive Kiley Tuesday morning.
The water will come from three new wells drilled on the north side of the Jacques-Cartier River, away from the source of the contaminated groundwater.

Liberal platform “coming along nicely’’

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The Liberal Party platform is ‘'coming along nicely,'' according to Navdeep Bains, Official Opposition Critic for Small Business and Tourism and Chair of Platform Development for the Liberal Party.

Official languages reports draw commissioner’s concern

Two new reports, issued within the last two weeks, highlight the concerns of Federal Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser over the impact of what he calls the government's laissez-faire approach to official languages in the federal public service and the Canadian military.

Three new members join VEQ Board

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Photo: Pauline Moisy

Three new members will join the Board of the Voice of English-speaking Quebec next year. Kathleen Poulin, Diana Stavert and Warren Thomson will replace Edward Sweeney, Stephen Burke, and Ann Martell, whose terms have come to an end. The three new members were elected at Friday's annual VEQ meeting at Jeffery Hale Hospital.

Board chairman statement out of line

The Quebec government is expected to make a decision quite soon concerning the access to English schools matter - the Bill 104 issue.

Rahim Jaffer’s corporate welfare habit

Regardless of what one thinks about Rahim Jaffer's post-Parliament activities, or his recent testimony about assertions he improperly lobbied former colleagues, few people have noted an obvious point: someone first elected as a fiscally conservative Reform MP in 1997 was eagerly going after millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

Valcartier playground equipment needs upgrade

"In a nutshell, this school is about 55 years old and the (playground) equipment is limited," said Valcartier Elementary School teach Paul Barker.

Barker is spearheading a fundraising effort to upgrade and modernize the equipment. Barker said the goal is $75,000, with the effort looking toward a variety of sources.

Irish Heritage Québec continues effort to move St-Pat’s plaque

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Photo: Ken Schankler

Efforts by Irish Heritage Quebec to have a commemorative plaque moved from St-Patrick's High School will continue in earnest, said Joseph Lonergan.

Morrin Centre nears fundraising goal for renovations

It's down to the short strokes for the Literary and Historical Society in its search for funds to complete renovations to the Morrin Centre.

Centre Director Simon Jacobs said last week that he has received word that the City has approved a grant that will leave Historical Society "offhand about $110,000" short of its goal.

Tories hold lead in fundraising, polls

Polls showing the Progressive Conservative party with a large lead match the Tories edge in fundraising. One survey last week, conducted by Leger Marketing, had the Tories with an 11 point lead over the federal Liberals.

Government recognizes significance of maple products

The historic significance of maple syrup and other maple delicacies, which are widely considered one of Canada's flagship products, has received official recognition by the Government of Canada.

“Vivre le Québec Libre”: General de Gaulle has precious little to teach us

When people in Québec and the rest of Canada think of the separatist movement in Québec, they often think of that historic moment that was immortalized on the balcony of Montréal City Hall back in 1967.

Townshippers’ Association seeks exhibitors for 2010 Townshippers’ Day.

The Townshippers' Association is calling local artisans, businesses, community groups and other exhibitors who would like to participate in Townshippers' Day in Danville on September 17-18.

Alexander Milliner, one of the original Québec City Anglophones

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Photo: www.AMERICANREVOLUTION.ORG

A few miles from Mr. Cook, at Adam's Basin, on the Rochester and Niagara Falls division of the Central Railroad, lives Alexander Milliner, fourth of the survivors visited.

Even the feminists are not in support of bill 94

On March 25, the government of Jean Charest announced Bill 94, an act that would prevent women wearing the niqab from accessing hospitals, daycares, schools, universities, and other public services, and would bar women in niqab from working in the public sector.

Jean Charest rapidly approaching “Best Before” date

Let's face it. Politicians are like so many cans of baked beans on the grocery store shelf. They've all got a certain shelf life, with a more or less pre-ordained ‘best before' date stamped on them somewhere, after which time no John or Jane Q. Public will buy them any more on election day.

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