April 2 2008 Edition

Price takes top honour

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Photo: Gilles Fréchette 

Some cell phone users agree with new regulation;

Quebec drivers have been ordered to put down their hand-held cell phones while driving. If not, they risk being fined between $80 and $100 for the first offense and losing three demerit points, with an added fine for speeding.

Police will hand out warnings only for the first three months.

The kinder, gentler face of minority government

Something’s up. Two weeks ago, Jean Charest’s minority government unveiled a new Employment Pact, worth close to $1 billion.

Time to remember Moe Rosenhek Volunteer Award

They donate their time and expect nothing in return, but some of Quebec City’s most altruistic residents are about to be recognized, whether they like it or not. Nominations for the Moe Rosenhek

Volunteer Award are now being accepted by the Citadel Foundation.

SLC looking for English skills, impressive marks

Students wishing to attend Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence beginning this September will have to hit the books extra hard; this year’s admissions process promises to be the most competitive in recent memory.

Applications to the school are up 25 per cent since this time last year, says Jean Robert, SLC’s campus director.

Quebec Semaine Multilingue runs from April 7 to 12

Quebec’s Semaine Multilingue will hit the region from April 7 to 12 this year.

The week, an initiative of the Chambre de commerce de Québec and its partners, is  a time to encourage people to think about multilingualism.

Events will wrap up with the region’s annual job fair at ExpoQuébec April 11 and 12 under the theme “Because we can choose .”

Help to free independent Cuban librarians

I am working on organizing a demonstration for August of this year, and I am hoping to make contact with people in the community who might be sympathetic to my cause and be able to assist me.

The issue at stake is a full-scale human rights violation which was begun in 2003 and which continues to this day.

Are they frog or fish?

The American humourist Mark Twain wrote that April 1 “is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364.”

For English-speaking readers Twain’s meaning is obvious and stinging: We are fools.

Still grappling with humungous bins

The thousands who have been following this column will doubtless recall that toward the beginning of this winter of our discontent I tried to say what I thought about the new garbage and recycling bins I had been issued by the city.

In French these bins are called bacs and they come in two sizes: humungous and humungous.

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