December 12 2012 Edition

News Digest for December 12, 2012

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Aldo and Allie invite you to a Christmas gathering

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Aldo and Allie (the donkey and the goat who spend the winter in the Anglican Bishop's garden) wish to extend the following invitation to their friends; "We invite you to join us for carols with live music supplied by us and friends. For this special event, we will come outside the walled yard where you normally visit us, so we can welcome you."

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
A few days ago, a farmer residing in the seigniory of Belair (St. Catherine,) a few miles north west of this city, while occupied in cutting firewood in the bush saw traces in the snow which led to the belief that bears had been moving about in the vicinity.

Cross-country skiing a surprise hit

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The snow on Parliament Hill may have been manufactured, but the enthusiasm of the spectators was not.

Nearly 150 skiers from 16 countries descended on the heart of Quebec City this weekend for Sprint Quebec, a World Cup cross-country skiing competition, the first of its kind to be held in North America.

New monument honouring women in politics unveiled at the National Assembly

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The grounds of the Quebec legislature buildings are a little more crowded these days. Finally the statues of important Quebec men in politics have some "statuesque" female company. On December 5, a monument honouring women in politics was unveiled by Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly.

Christmas in Afghanistan

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During the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph, this QCT writer met Fay Dickinson, resplendent in her Scarlet, and her father Captain (N) Christopher Dickinson. When I asked why they and other family members and friends were together at the ceremony on that day, Capt. Dickinson told me they were celebrating an early Christmas as he would be in Afghanistan by the end of November.

Travel tips for planes and sleighs

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As Christmas time approaches, airports get hectic. Whether you are travelling for business, a snowbird seeking warmer climates, hitching a ride on Santa's sleigh to visit friends and family or going on vacation, there is a better way to travel.

Community Christmas Hamper Campaign continues

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

For the 17th year, the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign will help to make Christmas a little brighter for some English-speaking residents of Québec City and the surrounding area. Thanks to the generosity of members of the community - both individual and corporate - the Campaign is able to continue year after year.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient - Rachel Garber

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On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, friends, associates and past co-workers celebrated Townshippers' Association former Executive Director Rachel Garber as she was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal joining the ranks of 60,000 deserving Canadians.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient - Robert Dinan

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Photo: Clément Allard

By the end of 2012, 60,000 Canadians will have received a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of their contributions in a wide variety of fields. Last September at the Cap-Rouge golf course, distinguished lawyer Robert Dinan of Quebec City was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.

Robert Thomas Dinan has been practising since 1978.

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