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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.

The Chantecler “Made in Quebec” chicken is 100 years old

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It all started at the Oka Abbey. Brother Wilfrid Châtelain was in charge of the poultry section at the Oka Agricultural Institute, where the chickens had names like Delaware, New Hampshire, Jersey Giant and Plymouth Rock. It was obvious that these chickens were not from Canada. Brother Wilfrid found it unthinkable that of all the chickens at the abbey, there was no Canadian breed.

The Voltigeurs return to the Manège Militaire

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The Fondation Les Voltigeurs (9e Bataillon), proudly announce that on May 12, the Régiment Les Voltigeurs de Québec will return to their Manège militaire (armoury) that was destroyed by fire on the evening of April 4, 2008.

To commemorate the reopening of the historic building, the regiment invites the public to attend three activities on May 12:

Alberto Giacometti exhibit at MNBAQ open until May 12

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Don’t miss the exhibit of works by Alberto Giacometti which is open until May 12 at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). A Swiss sculptor and painter who lived in Paris, Giacometti is known for his unique sculptures of elongated subjects with specially detailed surfaces, but the exhibition also celebrates the painter.

Razing ashes: The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues

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Photo: Peter Black

The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues. Environment department workers have cut down dozens of trees on the past two weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the parasite insect. The row pictured at left is on Rue de Maisonneuve across from St. Patrick’s High School. A city official said some 150 ashes are being cut this spring while the insect is inactive.

Community Calendar

April 19 - 21, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) – Quebec Art Company presents the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec. Tickets are SOLD OUT but you can put your name on a waiting list at [email protected] indicating how many and for which dates.

Former major leaguer joins Capitales

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Photo: Joel Truchon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

With just over a month to go before the Can-Am League baseball season begins, the Capitales have gotten their hands on some major league talent. Former Chicago Cub Josh Vitters will be roaming third base at the Stade Canac. Vitters was selected third overall at the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

Fashionable floral dresses at Place Ste-Foy

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Floral dresses made from thousands of flowers were in bloom at Place Ste-Foy April 11-15 during Fleurs de Villes (Flowers of the Cities). The event saw over a dozen local florists, growers, designers and nurseries, partnered with a brand, showcase their talent by creating botanic gowns to be voted on by the public. 

Pelletier and Betts named Rouge et Or 2018 athletes of the year

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The sports excellency program of Université Laval honoured its best 2017-18 student athletes at the 67th Gala Rouge et Or on April 12. In all, over 450 students play on Rouge et Or sports teams.

Rugby player Justine Pelletier and football player Mathieu Betts were named the top female and male athletes for 2017-18.

Coaching changes ahead for the Quebec Remparts

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The Quebec Remparts, eliminated from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s first round of playoffs in seven games by the Charlottetown Islanders, now have to go hunting for a new general manager and head coach.

Morrin Centre holds a magical ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Mary McCown
Anyone can write a novel; try getting it down to 400 words,” says author Barbara Reid, explaining the challenges of writing for children. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate quote to open this article. Covering the ninth annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival at the Morrin Centre was the easy part; giving the events proper recognition in a few words is a tall order.

They come from all walks of life to tread the boards

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The Quebec government lavished spending on the arts in its budget two weeks ago. From free entry to province-run museums one Sunday per month, to money for cultural field trips for children in daycare, to major boosts to writers’ and musicians’ funding organizations, the unexpected injection of tax dollars into culture has left players in the domain more or less gobsmacked.

OBITUARY: Donna Marie McNeil Kane

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It is with deep love that we announce the passing of our mother Donna Marie McNeil Kane on March 27, 2018, near Toronto, at the age of 82.

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 8, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The remains of Mr. George Beattie were interred in this city. At the time of his death he was 81 years of age and was the founder of the first Masonic Lodge in this city.

Patient navigator to support English-speaking patients travelling to Quebec City for medical services

A group of community-based organizations, under the umbrella of the Quebec Community Health and Social Services Foundation, have created the position of patient navigator to support English-speaking patients who have to travel to Quebec City for medical services.

Quebec City resident Steve Guimond will serve as patient navigator.

Letter to the Editor - Highway signage – pictograms or bilingual?

Just over one year ago, on March 14, 2017, a petition was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly by David Birnbaum, MNA for the Montreal riding of D’Arcy-McGee.

The story behind Rue Alleyn

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Saint-Sauveur district of Quebec City is named in honour of Charles Joseph Alleyn, an Irishman born in County Cork in 1817. He studied at Clongowes Wood College and came to Lower Canada with his family around 1837.

Tasty literature at the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Léonie Gagnon
Quebec City literary enthusiasts enjoyed the ninth annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival from April 3-8. While the readings and discussions fed the soul, the Books & Wine, Cooking with the Wolfman and Books & Brunch events fed the body. 

A breath of fresh air for the OSQ’s 2018-2019 season

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Photo: courtesy of OSQ

Music director Fabien Gabel and the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) launched their 2018-2019 season on March 27. During the press conference, Gabel said, “Making this city vibrate to the sound of music is a source of extreme motivation for me… I hope to see you again for this new season, which promises to be exceptional.”

Mourning the loss of the Humboldt Broncos

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The words to Tom Cochrane’s “Big League” took on an eerie significance this past weekend as the entire country mourned the loss of several members of a Saskatchewan hockey team, killed in a crash on their way to a playoff game. Fifteen people on the team bus died, and the other 14 were injured, some critically.

QHS team takes second place in provincial Improv Championships

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Photo: Joanne Arsenault

Over the March 23-24 weekend, the Quebec High School Senior Improv Team traveled to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, to compete in the Montreal Regional Improv Championships organized by the Canadian Improv Games.

Pick your home on wheels at the Quebec City RV show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

If you dream of having your own home on wheels, a visit to the annual Quebec City Recreational Vehicle Show is an absolute must. This year’s show of mini rolling homes was held from March 22 to 25 at ExpoCité. The show was separated into three themes: vehicles, camping gear and accessories, and places to visit.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Behind the curtains of Jesus Christ Superstar

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Sparkling costumes. Incredible vocals. Tightly executed choreography. As audience members watching a theatrical performance, we appreciate the final product. We may wonder how many hours went into making the show a reality, although only by taking part in the preparations can one truly appreciate the months of hard work required.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Community Calendar

April 12 - 21, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) – Quebec Art Company presents the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec. Tickets may be ordered online at quebecartcompany.com. TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 performances are SOLD OUT! A few tickets remain for the Opening Night performance on April 12.

English and French language speakers come together to perform with the QAC

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The Quebec Art Company (QAC) and its community theatre performances are well known in the English-speaking community of Quebec City. Serving as both a creative outlet and a social gathering place for anglophones in the city, the company has put on at least one English-language play or musical each year for the last 40 years.

Compensation for cadets in 1974 Valcartier grenade accident

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Reprinted with permission of Canadian Military Family Magazine

On July 30, 1974, [at CFB Valcartier] a roomful of 137 cadets was learning about the handling of explosive devices when a live grenade (accidentally included with the dummies) exploded, killing six cadets and seriously injuring 54 others, although over 90 were seen by emergency personnel that day.

Trivia Night at Quebec High School!

It’s time to get your think on! Win cranium supremacy and great prizes! Quebec High School is holding its 10th annual Trivia Night on Friday, April 20. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with check-in, a social time and preliminary “wall” questions. The first round of questions starts at 7 p.m.

Young entrepreneurs recognized at St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Young entrepreneurs gathered at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence on April 4 to enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a panel discussion featuring four businesspeople.

The results of the 20th OSEntreprendre Challenge, a provincewide entrepreneurial skills competition which attracts over 40,000 participants yearly, were announced at the end of the evening.

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