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English-speaking immigrants invited to participate in a study on access to employment


Moms’ Nite Out team raises $3,116 for CIBC Run for the Cure

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Photo: provided by Rebecca Boucher

One in nine Canadian women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why on Sunday, October 1, the Moms’ Nite Out team participated in the 2017 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure held on the Plains of Abraham. The money their team raised will help fund vital research, education and community support initiatives.

Runners show school pride at CQSB Cross Country Run

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) held its 21st Cross Country Run on September 30 at the Base de Plein Air de Sainte-Foy. It was a gorgeous day with great temperatures for the 400 runners from 12 schools. 

SupPortIng seNiors And Caregivers to stay mobile at Home

The SPINACH project is intended for seniors, caregivers and health professionals looking to learn how they, their loved ones or their clients can remain independent at home.

Thanksgiving, Halloween and the mask of state neutrality

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Thanksgiving – Canadian Thanksgiving – is upon us, getting a head start on our American cousins by a month. Americans celebrate an apocryphal pot luck dinner shared by fresh-off-the-boat religious fanatics and the wary original inhabitants.

Avenue de Varsovie

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Photo: Adrian Grycuk from Wikimedia Commons
This street is named in honour of  Warsaw (Varsovie in French, Warszawa in Polish), the capital of Poland. The city was founded around 1280 by the dukes of Mazovia, who built a castle on the Vistula River. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

1867 – The Morning Chronicle
On Saturday night, a blacksmith of the city got into a drunken brawl with the mate of a merchant vessel with whom he had been boozing. Police proceeded to the scene and proceeded to arrest both men.


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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The sanctuary of the Basilica-cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec resounded with the celestial voices of the choir of the Sistine Chapel on September 21. The church was practically bursting at the seams with a sold-out audience. It was standing room only at the back of the sanctuary. 

The Club Musical de Québec opens 2017-2018 season

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Photo: Nissor Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov, a masterful young pianist, originally from Uzbekistan, strode boldly onto the bare stage of the Grand Theâtre last Wednesday evening. It was just him and a grand piano. After a quick nod to the audience, he sat at the Steinway and wasted no time getting on with the concert.

Hallelujah! The IMSQ is back for a 20th season

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guillaume Boulay, president of the International des Musiques Sacrées de Québec (IMSQ) recently announced the program for the 20th series of sacred music concerts, which will run from November 2 to 5.

Gourmands gather at FoodCamp 2017

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Six hundred foodies congregated in the main ballroom of the Château Frontenac last Saturday to savour the recipes and techniques of 14 of Quebec’s most talented chefs. Freshly-made coffee, made to order on Jura espresso machines, and pastries and cheese awaited the early birds. Mixologist Monsieur Cocktail offered refreshing fruit drinks, tonics and elixirs.

A visit aboard luxury cruise ship Silver Muse

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Silver Muse, the newest flagship in Silversea Cruises fleet, visited the Port of Quebec last week, and members of the media were invited aboard to tour the ship and enjoy a meal in one of the ship’s eight dining areas. This gleaming ocean-going vessel is a floating work of art, designed to cater to passengers who are looking for something in the ultra-luxury cruise market.

Congratulations to PW Sims Business student Laurence Labbé

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Photo: Raymond Déry

Laurence Labbé, a first year PW Sims Business student at Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus, is the recipient of the Entrance Award for Academic Excellence for the 2017-18 academic year.

Turmoil in Two Cities

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Photo: from the Sidney Rodger Collection, Beamsville, Ontario

On October 11, Jack Bryden will give a pictorial presentation starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Morrin Centre on the Victoria Mutiny and this unsettled period in Canada’s history.

Municipal elections 2017 officially underway

Quebec, September 21 - The office of the president of elections for the Ville de Québec announced the official start of the municipal electoral period on September 21, which will end with the voting period on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Wellness Centre offers new workshops for families with young children

The Wellness Centre is offering several new parent know-how workshops at the community Wellness Centre for English-speaking families with young children. These activities are free of charge and space is limited, so register early by calling Jan Anderson, community organizer, at 418 684-5333, ext. 1539.

Election 2017: How long will Régis Labeaume reign?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Régis Labeaume is coming up to a milestone. But he still has to earn it. By December 3 he will have served 10 years as mayor of Quebec City. If the voters of the city grant him the honour of extending his mandate on November 9, he will enter the lobby of the pantheon of the greats at city hall.

Ville de Québec takes steps to acquire Maison Pollack and Îlot Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Ville de Québec recently announced it will begin procedures for acquiring, by mutual agreement or by expropriation, the Îlot Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, located at the corner of Côte d’Abraham and Avenue Honoré-Mercier, and Maison Pollack, situated at 1 Grande Allée Est.

Joan of Arc Garden decorated for Halloween

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Joan of Arc Garden on the Plains of Abraham is beautifully decorated for Halloween with pumpkins. Ghostly apparitions are set up around the edge of the sunken garden.

October is the Port of Quebec’s busiest month

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Samuel de Champlain may have his back turned to the Quebec City waterfront, but he couldn’t have helped notice one of the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world, the Queen Mary 2, tied up to Quay 21, or the strange long-legged Dali Space Elephant, strolling along Dufferin Terrace in front of the Château Frontenac.

Wellness Centre offers new workshops for families with young children



VEQ Fall Fest gathers English-speaking community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, bouncy castles, a smoothie bike, face-painting…. What more could anyone ask for at a Fall Fest? Once again the staff of Voice of English-speaking Quebec pulled together a wonderful showcase of community groups, schools, churches and businesses to launch the autumn season. 

Who will do dirty work in a full employment economy?

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Statistics Canada latest census reports more than 770,000 people 85 years of age or older are living in Canada as of 2016. This demographic group grew by 19 per cent since 2011, four times the rate of the overall population. The single fastest growing segment of the population, though, is centenarians – there are more than 8,200 fellow citizens 100 years or over living amongst us.

Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough

A review of Jim Napier’s book

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It’s true that Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough is Jim Napier’s first novel, but this is not the work of a novice. As Canada’s best crime fiction critic, Napier has produced hundreds of reviews and has a long history teaching creative writing. Legacy demonstrates Napier’s deep love for the mystery genre and his understanding of what makes a great mystery novel.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1867 – The Morning Chronicle
A sailor named Fitzgerald, in company with three others, visited a house of ill-fame on St. Joseph street. Immediately on the entrance, a quarrel commenced between them and several inmates of the house, one of whom is alleged to have been stabbed in the neck.

"Canada, It’s Complicated" coming to Quebec City

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Photo: provided by "Canada, It’s Complicated"

Canada, It’s Complicated – an innovative new production by Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CODCO) – will be at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, in the Old Quebec City, on Wednesday, October 4. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each, or $60 for groups of five.

STREET VIEWS: The story of Rue William-Marsh

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Photo: Bill Cox
This very short street in the Saint-Émile district of Quebec City is named in honour of a successful businessman in the shoe industry. It was around 1888 that William A. Marsh opened a factory to make high quality boots and shoes in the Saint-Roch area of Quebec City. It was located in a large building on Rue Saint-Vallier Est between Rue Dorchester and Rue Narcisse-Belleau.

Taking charge of your life in the face of chronic pain

The Wellness Centre will be holding a series of four group sessions intended to help you understand what you can do when dealing with chronic pain. Topics covered will include: pain, fatigue, anxiety, fears, expectations, attitude, connections, self-care, support and various tools.  

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation Golf Tournament raises $22,000

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fore! Nineteen teams teed off at 12:30 p.m. on September 22 for the 27th annual golf tournament and dinner, a fundraiser that raised a whopping total of $22,000 for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation.

Fourth Vieux-Québec Feis is another great success

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Photo: Kerry King

They came, they danced and they conquered!

That’s what over 250 of the best Irish dancers from Eastern Canada and the northern United States did last Saturday, September 23, when they invaded the halls of Séminaire St-François.

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