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Port of Quebec has recordbreaking year

With nearly 27 million tons of goods handled in 2007, the Port of Quebec has had a recordbreaking year, jumping 15 per cent compared to 2006 and 75 per cent compared to the tonnage of goods handled in 2001. The news followed the release of the port’s annual activity report and audited financial results on August 29.

Hilton, Loews strike deal with workers, end labour dispute

Hotel workers at the Hilton Hotel and the Loews Concorde Hotel in Quebec voted in large majorities on August 29 to accept contracts from their employers.

The employees’ acceptance of the proposed contract has resolved a labour conflict that lasted nearly four months.

Spag&tini Restaurant Review

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Photo: Nelson Peters

From under a row of blue and yellow umbrellas on the Petit Champlain come the gentle sounds of conversation, silverware clinking with plates, and servers bustling to and from the kitchen carrying orders. Here at the foot of the Chateau Frontenac, local restauranteurs Caroline Bergeron and Dominique Roy are trying to attract more local customers to their tourist-frequented Italian resto.

Hôtel Classique workers strike a deal

Staff at l’Hôtel Classique voted unanimously in favour of a contract proposed by the hotel on August 11.  mployees at five hotels in Quebec City now remain without contracts. Those employees have yet to use the 72-hour bank of strike time voted for on July 23.

Média Matin says “Merci” to readers, bids adieu

200 years of commerce in QC

As Quebec City celebrates its 400th anniversary, its Chamber of Commerce is about to turn 200 years old.

The Chamber of Commerce and the city have decided to collaborate in celebrating the two anniversaries. A book retracing the commercial history of Quebec City and the history of its Chamber of Commerce was just sent to press.

Summer soakings threaten Quebec’s crops

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Photo: Scott French

The Financière Agricole’s annual mid-season crop report released in July has confirmed what farmers in the Quebec City region know all too well already: the relentless wet weather is having an adverse effect on growing and harvesting crops.

Man gets bewildering bill, takes on Hydro-Québec

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Photo: Ron Posluns

It began with a tribunal hearing contesting a Hydro-Québec (H-Q) bill in the sum of $690. Quebec City resident Ronald Posluns’ complaint may end up as a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit.

Hotel workers threaten strike

About 1,000 workers from six hotels in the Quebec City region are threatening to go on strike.  The workers, affiliated with La Federation du Commerce of CSN union, voted on Thursday, July 23 for a 72-hour bank of strike time that could be used at any time after August 1.

Ottawa pulls money out of regional economic development agencies

A battle has been raging between Ottawa and Quebec City for the past week with no white flags in sight. Federal Economic Development Minister for the Quebec Regions (DEC) Jean-Pierre Blackburn is intent on cutting $20 to $30 million normally delegated annually to non-profit regional economic development organizations.

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