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The British (music) Invasion at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds sang, danced and cheered in the AI Financial Group Auditorium as CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus rock band What the Heck (WTH), put on an impressive show filled with songs from across the pond. “The British Invasion” attracted 165 people.

OBITUARY: Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” (née Turcot) KERWIN 1926 – 2018

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Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” (née Turcot) Kerwin died on April 27, 2018. She was the beloved daughter of the late André Turcot and the late Guillermina Flores de la Vega, and beloved wife of the late John Larkin Kerwin.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 2 at 12:10 p.m. – Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Blogging 101 for Beginners at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. (For details, see article below)

Patrick Roy returns as Remparts GM and head coach

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Photo: courtesy of the Québec Remparts

It was probably the worst-kept secret in junior hockey… but it was the news the Quebec Remparts organization, players and fans wanted to hear.

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy signed a two-year contract to return as general manager and head coach of the Remparts. He had been coach of the Remparts from 2005-2012 and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2016.

What’s new at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre?

So, what’s new, you may ask? Community Learning in Action, also known as CLIA, is a Lunch ‘n’ Learn information session series where participants are invited to drop in over the lunch hour period to learn something new.

The Rouge et Or now have their tennis teams

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

Three years after the birth of the tennis clubs at Université Laval, they reached another milestone, becoming the 14th varsity sport in the Rouge et Or family.

Pierre Langlois, president of the Laval teams, announced that the Rouge et Or will play in the Tennis Québec University League from January to April 2019.

The 2018 Capitales season is just around the corner

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Fans of baseball in Quebec City are no doubt looking forward to the opening game of the season on May 17. I know I am. I’m no superfan, but the Québec Capitales are growing on me.

Jeffery Hale Volunteers are BERRY much appreciated!

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Photo: courtesy of the Wellness Centre
Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a berry special evening to show their appreciation for their volunteers on April 19. 

Long may they reign, but whither the monarchy in Canada?

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How many Canadians have been in the same air space as our monarchical masters?

Letter to the Editor - School board elections a​n​ ​opportunity for community engagement ​

With the recent [government] announcements in the healthcare sector, it is now more important than ever that we, the members of the English-speaking community, get involved. It is up to us to act and not just to complain. That was a major part of a recent announcement by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 24, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The Quebec Fire Society advertised for the supplying of four new cases for fire engines to be made of seasoned sound white oak timber, 1¼ inches thick, and also for the lining with sheet lead or tinned sheet copper of six fire engine cases and fifty strong leather buckets.

The story behind Rue de l’Aigle-d’Or

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Photo: Source: Library and Archives Canada/Lawrence R. Batchelor collection/c011924k
This street in the Duberger-Les Saules district of Quebec City was named after the Aigle d’Or (golden eagle), a French ship that arrived in this city on Aug. 18, 1665, with the Carignan-Salières regiment, consisting of four companies of more than 200 men. They were under the command of the Marquis de Salières.

Now is the time to consent to organ and tissue donation

Héma-Québec is teaming up with Transplant Québec and the Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, April 22 to 28, to invite everyone who supports the cause to indicate his or her donor consent.

Visit the Voltigeurs’ newly restored and renovated Manège Militaire

In last week’s edition, the QCT informed you of the official opening ceremony and return of the Voltigeurs to their Manège Militaire on May 12.

QHS’s 10th Trivia Night celebrates 10 years of tough questions

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team members put on their thinking caps for the 10th edition of Quebec High School’s fundraising event Trivia Night! On April 20, more than 20 teams filled the gym with positive vibes. The moment the doors opened, they found their tables or went straight to the mystery photos posted on the walls to get a head start.

Operation Work Now launches through community collaboration

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Photo: provided by FORT program

The Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT (Future Occupation Reinvention Team) program, is a comprehensive entry point into the local marketplace for English-speaking job seekers. It is a hidden treasure for the English-speaking community of the Quebec City region, both civilians and members of the military.

Parents and Kids Fair now five years old

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Photo: Danielle Burns

New moms and dads are special. A worried parent will do better research than the FBI. Some of those discriminating parents came out to ExpoCité from April 20 to 22 for Quebec City’s fifth Annual Parents and Kids Fair, targeted at families with children six and under. Grandparents with a penchant for spoiling grandchildren also made up some of the target clientele.

William Stuart Pharmacy Lab now open at EQLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) inaugurated its pharmacy training lab on April 18. This lab is the only one of its kind at an English-language institution in the region.

Susie Faguy, director of the EQLC, says the new classroom was named the William Stuart Pharmacy Lab, in honour of the man after whom the street the school is located on was named.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind an impressive performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Director Emile Beauchemin produced a spectacular theatre version of the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ESSM). He and the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence theatre group brought this science fiction romantic comedy to the stage at the AI Financial Auditorium on April 19, 20 and 21. 

I’m not vegan, but...

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

What is being vegan? Veganism is the practice of abstaining completely from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and adopting an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

Community Calendar

Monday, April 30 at 12 noon – Killarney Secondary School string orchestra at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins, Vieux-Québec. Free admission, voluntary donations.

Do you believe in magic? Come to the Festival de Magie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 8th annual Festival de Magie de Québec (Quebec City Magic Festival) will take place from May 3 to 6. Lovers of magic of all ages will have the opportunity to see more than 50 shows, 35 of which are free, presented by internationally acclaimed magicians from Canada, the United States, Spain, France and England. A new competition for young magicians will reveal some surprises.

St. Patrick’s High School Public Speaking Competition

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Photo: Mary-Anne Fairbairn

Public speaking is a tradition that has been part of St. Patrick’s High School for decades. Every student who has studied at St. Pat’s remembers public speaking and knows someone who has participated in public speaking. Every English teacher who has taught at St. Pat’s has trained and encouraged scores of students to participate in public speaking.

Local Sports briefs

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Photo: Steve Codovius - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are still searching for their next general manager and head coach. Team president Jacques Tanguay met last week with former Remparts GM and head coach Patrick Roy. However, the former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie does not seem to be ready to make a decision yet.

Free skating for a good cause at the Vidéotron Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Opération Enfant Soleil

Residents of the greater Quebec City area will have the chance to skate for the first time on the ice of the Vidéotron Centre on April 29.

The day of skating sessions will be held to support Jérémy Plourde, a courageous 15-year-old who suffers from an immune deficiency and neuromuscular disease. His goal is to raise $100,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil.

Coaching and hard work behind basketball excellence

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Photo: Shirley Picknell

Like many parents, my weeknights and weekends have been consumed with driving kids to sporting events and watching them either win or lose (both can be very emotional), and April 7 was no exception.

Hosanna Hey, "Jesus Christ Superstar" can’t be missed!

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Photo: Normand Brassard
   Jesus is my drug of choice!” a protest sign reads at yet another fantastic Quebec Art Company (QAC) production. Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see production featuring a very talented and very large cast. 

A Tower for a Trumpet: The great Canadian art switcheroo

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One suspects that few humble souls of modest means can grasp the staggering amounts of money spent on works of art. It’s a phenomenon easily as mystifying as the creative ability that compels the human being holding the brush, chisel or charcoal. How do you put a value on an image captured on a piece of stretched canvas?

St. Patrick’s 175th Anniversary Reunion is just around the corner!

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In a few short weeks, more than 1,150 alumni will reunite in Quebec City for a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories. With attendees coming from all over Canada, Europe and the United States, the Fighting Irish will be ready to paint the city green with celebrations.

Connect with your City Guide: Rediscover Wendake

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Photo: Juanita Craig

On March 28, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) launched the Connect With Your City Guide, a new book which showcases 153 places of significance, past and present, for members of the English-speaking community in Quebec City.

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