January 14 2009 Edition

Memorials and things of fame

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The Morning Chronicle

Pelletier’s unexpected reply

It was springtime in Quebec. One of those sunsplashed early mornings that invariably called me to be up and walking. Before long I found myself exploring the Old City.

Hazel Ross Breakey gets the recognition she deserves

Thank you for the excellent article (QCT, January 7, 2009) signed by the staff of the Fraser Recovery Program, in tribute to the life and work of a great lady, Hazel Ross Breakey.

R. Clive Meredith

 

Lepage resurrects Dragons' Trilogy with The Blue Dragon

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Dragons' Trilogy by playwright and director Robert Lepage makes its Canadian debut at the Théâtre du Trident.

City and country lose popular politician

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Photo: Archives de Ville de Quebec

On January 10, after a long battle with colon cancer, Jean Pelletier, erstwhile mayor of Quebec City and chief of staff under former prime minister Jean Chretien, died at the age of 73. Pelletier passed away in his beloved home town and his beloved country -- the two entities to which he dedicated his life's work.

VEQ denounces poor local coverage by English-language television stations

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Photo: Scott French

The Voice of English-speaking Quebec has denounced the lack of English-language local television coverage in a brief submitted to national broadcast regulator the CRTC. The regulator began hearings at its head office in Gatineau Tuesday to review the state of broadcasting services in minority language communities across Canada.

QAC to stage Shaw production

Preparations are underway for the Quebec Art Company's spring production, Arms and the Man, written by the well known Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. While better known now for such plays as Pygmalion (later adapted into the musical My Fair Lady), Shaw was a prolific playwright (more than 60 plays) and music and literary critic.

QHS finds new vice-principal in own backyard

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Photo: Scott French

"Never a boring moment" -- that's how longtime Quebec High School teacher Gina Farnell described her new position as the school's vice-principal. Farnell's continued teaching schedule, in combination with her new administrative responsibilities, means there is never a spare moment either. The new vice-principal said she is rapidly adjusting to the demands of both jobs.

Impressions of a former Quebec City mayor

I met Jean Pelletier in the 1960's when we were both named to a junior committee of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. I was impressed by his intelligence and knowledge of music. Later, the Bois Fontaine building held an annual luncheon for its tenants to start the New Year. Jean was a terrific mimic and he entertained all of us with his imitations of politicians.

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