April 11 2018 Edition

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

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