December 17 2008 Edition

Holland School gets smart with interactive Smartboards

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Photo: Photos by Scott French

Hands bolt up around Mrs. Beattie's English class at the Holland School. One wouldn't think that a poem by Robert Frost would inspire so much enthusiasm among 11-year-olds. All of the class' attention is directed toward the board at the front of the classroom. Instead of the black slate surface that has dominated the front of classrooms for generations, Mrs.

Snapshot of an ever-shifting political landscape

Four years ago, when the Parti Québécois was engaged in another of its bruising internal battles, Premier Jean Charest stepped back, and with the péquiste fur flying, looked on with a bemused air and said "c'est mon job d'être plate."

Christmas in the capital

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Deck the Halls! The National Assembly sporting magnificent Christmas wreaths.

Elmar Jeremiah Kane, P. Eng.

Peacefully at home on December 15, 2008, at the age of 84.
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Kane (Dorothea Mulroney) and brother of the late Hugh Kane and the late Minerva Kane (late Bernard Theriault).

Supreme Court considers Bill 104

The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments from six interveners about the future of English instruction in the province of Quebec Monday. Several Quebec families have challenged the Quebec government's Bill 104, which was deemed unconstitutional by the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2007.

QHS cardboard shelter raises awareness, funds

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Photo: Scott French

The main hallway of Quebec High School is providing shelter for the homeless, or at least a good venue to raise money for the underprivileged. Every lunch hour until the beginning of the holidays, one student will forego lunch to collect change for the Christmas Hamper Campaign from within a the school's newly built cardboard shanty.

Plains remains likely those of English-speakers: archaeologist

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Photo: Caroline Arpin, Artefactuel

Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd is no voodoo practitioner, but she is skilled at reading the bones. With the release of her latest report on the human remains found on the Plains of Abraham, the bio-archaeologist has begun scratching the surface of the identities of the two people unearthed last winter.

Erratum

I would like to personally and on behalf of the members of the Oasis Day Care board apologize for the mistake that appeared in the Oasis Day Care article of December 4, 2008. In said article, it was written that the Citadel Foundation was helping with financial assistance. Although we have approached very informally the Foundation, no understanding between us has been reached.

Seniors want company, not stuff, for Christmas

I know a great many younger folks are desperate for inspiration on what to present to their senior relatives and friends for the holidays. It is far from easy. Most of us are not short of material things. We have enough gloves, scarves, brooches, earrings, shirts, ties and sweaters. Some of the things we have received over the years, we are passing along to younger relatives and friends.

Christmas: It's about Christ

As a minister I try to tell my congregation at least once each year, at Advent or at Christmas, that if true, the Christmas story is the greatest single fact in the history of the world.

But what is the heart of the Christmas story?

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