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The finer points of whisky and whiskey

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Photo: Scott French

"It's not bad, a little light," said Fredéric Dubois after sampling the evening's second whisky of the night, Qunita Ruban, a single-malt by Scottish distiller Glen Morangie. Dubois was one of the 100 whisky fans who attended the Celtic Festival's third annual Whisky Tasting held at Morrin Centre last Friday night.

Shannon Dancers draw a crowd - Dancers are friends

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Jigs, travel reels, and horn pipes are apparently just part of growing up with Celtic roots in Shannon. Following their show on Saturday morning at Morrin Centre, several members of the Shannon Irish Dancers explained that the tradition of Irish dancing is one which is passed on from generation to generation.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

The Morning Chronicle

Access to volumes elsewhere

The recent debate over the proposed auction
of volumes from the Literary and Historical Society's collection has
left me somewhat perplexed.

Auction: both views have merit

In the recent exchange of letters to the editor regarding the silent book auction, there has been much metaphor and hyperbole. Entertainment to match the politics-as-spectacle from down South.

Update from the Publisher First-year round-up

Amazingly, it has been a year since I took the helm of North America's oldest newspaper. Over this year, I have learned a great deal about and have become integrated into this city; it has been a profound learning experience for me.

My French is certainly better, and I feel, now more than ever, a part of Quebec City's close-knit anglophone community.

Learn about the benefits of planned giving

A new Planned Giving Program, initiated by the Jeffery Hale Community Partners, will benefit partner organizations in the English-speaking community this fall.

Tattered old books expected to fetch $15,000 for LHSQ

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Photo: Scott French

Stacked in the small, common space adjacent to the jail cells that once held the city's criminals, 106 boxes of books, worn with use, age, and neglect, await their fate: sale by silent auction. The proposed sale of certain 18th and 19th century volumes from the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec's private collection has led many to believe the society's heritage has been condemned.

Society's old books await the auction block

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Photo:  Scott French

Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
president David Blair inspects one of the books slated for sale by silent
auction.

EQLC to help train much-needed bilingual nursing assistants

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Photo: Mike Reshitnyk

The Eastern Québec Learning Centre is ready and waiting to help meet the demand for bilingual registered nursing assistants (RNAs), nursing assistants and medical assistants. All it needs are students to warm the seats.

Students will be able to work toward a diploma in Health, Assistance and Nursing (RNA) beginning September 29.

Simons apologizes: "We should have done better"

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Photo: Mike Reshitnyk

The Quebec City based clothing retailer La Maison Simons has recalled 450,000 of its youth-focused fall/winter catalogue after numerous customer complaints cited the young female models pictured in the catalogue as too thin.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2008 St-Andrew’s Presbyter

Tinity Church Flea Market September 13th

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Trinity Church is holding flea market on Saturday, September 13th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in Collie Hall, everything from furniture, clothing, tools, household items will be on sale.  Coffee and tea and muffins for sale as well.

Proceeds will go to Anglican Church Women

The fireworks

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Photo: David Cannon 

The fireworks finale of the last movement of the OSQ’s rendition of Carmina Burana. Photo courtesy Société du 400e.

OSQ gets warm reception in chilly open air

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Photo: David Cannon

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec’s Pleins Feux concert on the Plains of Abraham received a very warm reception from concert-goers on what was otherwise a cold and autumn-like night.

An army of 50,000 descended onto the plains last Monday night, with folding chairs and dressed in winter clothing, to hear Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Golf returns to the Plains

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The Morning Chronicle noted the unusual sight of a Scottish mariner teeing up a couple of “gutties” on the Plains of Abraham in 1854. The now familiar Scottish tradition, the sport of golf, will be returning to the Plains this week after nearly a century-long absence as part of the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

Slow progress on St. Matthew’s Cemetery clean-up, Most of graffiti removed

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The City of Québec is slowly but surely progressing in its revitalization of St. Matthew’s Cemetery-turned-city-park in the St-Jean-Baptiste neighborhood. Most of the anti-Anglo graffiti has been removed from the Protestant cemetery’s headstones. Security personnel are now monitoring the park 16 hours a day to discourage any further vandalism.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Remembering Boucher

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Photo: Mike Reshitnyk

Days after the first anniversary of the death of former Quebec City mayor Andrée Boucher, her elected successor, Régis Labeaume, confirmed the city’s plans for commemorating her contribution to public service.

Tour guide deplores book purge

As a Québec City tour guide, I make a point of taking visitors to the chaussée des Écossais and talking about the contribution of the anglophone community to the history of our city.

I tell them about the City Gaol, Morrin College and the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, insisting proudly on the fact that the latter was the first learned society in Canada.

LHSQ is “selling our heritage”

Dr. Peter Sabor, FRSC Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies McGill University

Thomas Feininger’s eloquent letter in the August 6 Chronicle-Telegraph, “LHSQ’s Patrimony for Sale,” has now been answered in the August 20 QCT by David F. Blair, President of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Society’s silent auction provokes outrage

Thomas A. Reisner, Professor of English Literature (retired) Université Laval

I am sure I speak for many readers of the Chronicle when I express outrage and revulsion at what can only be characterized as the rank hypocrisy of David F. Blair’s apologia for the silent auction currently under way at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Quebec City blown away by the Sands of Time exhibit

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Photo: Scott French

Sculptor Michel Lepine built his vision for the Sands of Time exhibit at Expo-Québec one grain at a time over the last three years. Lepine’s hard work was rewarded last the weekend as hundreds of people stood patiently in line to see the exhibit, some waiting upwards of 45 minutes.

Fans fulfilled after performance by Céline and friends

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Céline Dion’s worldwide popularity is undeniable. Her string of Las Vegas shows sold out year after year. On the web, devotees obsess about everything from her eating habits to interpretations of Céline-inspired dreams.

Announcing Community breakfast for the GRADUATION CLASS OF 2009 of DDO High School

The Caring Gardener

“Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; Suffer them now and they’ll o’ergrow the garden.”
-William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Thomson and the QHS founders plaque

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Photo: Scott French 

Thomson and the QHS founders plaque: “History tells of a community, not just a school.”

New QHS principal looks forward to “successes, big and small”

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Photo: Scott French

While most kids probably aren’t awaiting the start of the school year with great enthusiasm, one man certainly is.

400th events mean better business for hotels

The summer months are always kind to Quebec City’s hotels, and this year has been no exception.

The 400th anniversary celebrations have meant a significant spike in occupancies and an extended high season. In addition an influx in the number of conferences being held in the city has meant a regular stream of guests at Quebec city’s hotels.

Getting young people to open books means being open-minded: librarians

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Photo: Scott French

Librarians are trying to beat old stereotypes and use new technology in order to attract younger audiences to peruse the stacks, or at least open up a book.

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