June 11 2008 Edition

Mini-buses

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City goes green ith gasless mini-buses. An Écolobus drives through the Kent Gate on a trial run in the Old City.

City goes green with gasless mini-buses

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Photo: courtesy of city of Quebec

There will be a new buzz in the Old City this summer; the neighbourhood, however, is about to get a whole lot quieter. A fleet of eight small electric RTC buses will roll off the line on June 14 to accommodate both residents and tourists, free of charge. The launch of the two-year Écolobus pilot program is the second phase of the city of Quebec’s new transit strategy in the Old City.

Dallaire, Belafonte draw lessons from Rwanda, Humanitarian aid alternatives

Three high-profile UNICEF representatives were in Quebec City last week to address the global problem of child soldiers. At a press conference at the Hilton Hotel last Thursday, Harry Belafonte, Senator Romeo Dallaire, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada Nigel Fisher resolved to move beyond politics in order to defend children caught in conflict.

Addressing Quebec’s black history

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Photo: Scott French

It’s time to look more closely at Canada’s past ties to slavery, argued Montreal writer Dorothy Williams during her talk at the Morrin Centre last Friday. Canada’s progressive role in the abolition of the American slave trade is touted in history classes, but, as Williams reminded attendees, Canada and Quebec have slavery in their past as well.

Old art meets the new world: Le Louvre à Québec exhibition

275 works on loan from the Louvre are now on display at the Musée

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Photo: Scott French

The Musée national des beaux arts du Québec is serving up a taste of the Louvre’s art feast in Paris.

The Musée has taken an eclectic sampling of the Louvre’s expansive collection and serves a delectable amuse bouche of 275 works spanning 5,000 years. The exhibition is fresh, light, and satisfying; it won’t leave visitors feeling over-stuffed and ready for bed.

The Kite Runner provokes reflection

Every now and then one comes across a book that moves you to talk and even to write about it. I finally read The Kite Runner while on vacation last week: I loved it. Laced with pathos and irony this first work by physician-author Khaled Hosseini reminded me of an old favourite: Marcel Pagnol’s L’Eau des collines, once or twice put to screen as Jean de Fleurette and Manon des Sources.

QC’s centenarians celebrated

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In celebration of Quebec’s 400th anniversary, the United Way’s 9th annual Gala Reconnaissance des AS especially wished to recognize the efforts of local centenarians who have helped shape the city.

Memorials and Things of Fame



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Pedalling through Old QC

Trailblazing pedicab operator Tours Ludovica is taking visitors for a ride.

Fortunately, this exciting new way to see the sites is easy on the pocketbook and the environment.

When I met Tours Ludovica owner-operator Gilbert Garcia, he was rolling up in one of his signature rides.

Haller gets NMA nod

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Congratulations to Aurian Haller (pictured), winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for Best Poem. Haller’s long work Song of the Taxidermist, which appeared in the literary journal Malahat Review, was chosen by the judges as the finest piece of verse to have been published in a Canadian magazine in 2007.

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