August 29 2012 Edition

News Digest for August 29, 2012



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Grand Concert celebrates 150 years of the Voltigeurs de Québec

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Photo: Marie White

Festival of Military Music Parade

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade . . . .” Well, not quite, but I’ll bet there were more than 76 trombones (and a lot of bagpipes) in total during the entire parade.

Madonna: Crazy for you

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Photo: from Madonna’s website

Madonna the Queen of Pop, with over 300 million records sold worldwide is going to perform on the Plains of Abraham this Saturday, September 1.

What about the future of English education in Quebec?

As we approach Election Day 2012, I feel compelled to share some thoughts on the issue of school boards and their pertinence in our public education system. Much of these thoughts are in reaction to the complete overhaul of the Quebec public school system promised by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) should it form Quebec's next provincial government.

Countdown to Madonna!

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VEQ seeking volunteers

Seniors Out and About: VEQ is looking for volunteers for their new project, Seniors Out and About. This project is aimed at allowing English-speaking seniors to keep their autonomy and actively participate in community activities through safe and free transportation on a weekly basis. We need volunteers to accompany the seniors on the bus and throughout the various activities and outings.

Quebec Celtic Festival 2012

(Adapted from a press release) The seventh edition of The Quebec City Celtic Festival will be held from August 30 to September 16 on the Chaussée des Écossais, at the Morrin Centre, and in various pubs and bistros in Québec.

No ordinary cyclists

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Photo: Bill Cox

Getting installed for lunch at a picnic table at the Jacques Cartier Park in Cap Rouge, I noticed two young women arrive with heavily laden bicycles. My ingrained curiosity urged me on to meet them. Their smiles, in answer to my salutation gave me the opening I needed to find out more about them.

The debate between cars and bicycles: a road map to peace

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Photo: Richard Drdul - Creative Commons

Perhaps some readers feel, as I do, that there is a steady increase in the number of cyclists riding in the streets of Quebec City. Being a passionate cyclist myself, it has certainly not gone unnoticed. Perhaps this is due in part to the new bike paths that have been built, most notably the Champlain bike path and the St. Charles River bike path.

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