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

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Photo: msss.gouv.qc.ca

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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Photo: DOD

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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Photo: Liberal Party

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.

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.

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.

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.

Linguistic Rights Support Program replaces Court Challenges Program

A new support program has taken root to help promote and develop Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities.

With two official language groups sprinkled across the country, the newly-launched Language Rights Support Program aims to help those groups participate in every aspect of life in Canada - in their mother tongue.

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.

Xenophobia and secularist ideas are wiser

I've read a lot of drivel in my time, much of it undoubtedly from my own pen, but Dr. Lugosi's meandering 07 April QC-T commentary entitled Missing the "Mark" (on the question of the burqa and niqua) is right up there with the worst of it. It's not the point of view he supports that is of concern here.

City weighs Morrin Centre contribution

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Photo: Chronicle-Telegraph's photo file

The city is still weighing what kind of contribution it will make towards completing renovations at the Morrin Centre.

City Councilwoman Michele Morin Doyle said the Morrin Centre file is still under analysis.

Canada's Prisoner of Conscience

Canada has reached a new milestone in jailing David Little, whose crime is to keep inviolate his conscience. Little is now Canada's famous prisoner of conscience, joining the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Canada has now opened itself to investigation by Amnesty International.

Same hospital, different treatment

A few years ago on April 14, I arrived at the Bowen's hospital in Sherbrooke for a cat-scan. When I asked the employee at the reception how to get to my destination, I was directed rather abruptly to a room on the second floor. There, a nurse, or someone dressed like a nurse, told me to change to a blue thing-a-ma-jig that ties in the back and leaves your knees showing.

Listen up

The tumult and the shouting have died; Clothilde Rapaille has left for parts unknown, licking his wounds and updating his CV, our Mayor has made his peace with the members of the Press and muzzled his Councillors with respect to you-know-who.

While the rest of us brush our wounds, and move on.
But before you move too far...

Missing the “Mark” on the question of the burqa and the niqab

The tempest over Bill 94 in the Quebec Legislature may be far more sinister than a simple question of discrimination or gender emancipation, for the proposed law is at its root a violation of section seven of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The fundamental principle of privacy finds its home in the idea of "life, liberty and security of the person."

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