June 18 2008 Edition

Ottawa pulls money out of regional economic development agencies

A battle has been raging between Ottawa and Quebec City for the past week with no white flags in sight. Federal Economic Development Minister for the Quebec Regions (DEC) Jean-Pierre Blackburn is intent on cutting $20 to $30 million normally delegated annually to non-profit regional economic development organizations.

QHS Art Students raise money for sick children

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Photo: Andrea Bravo

Secondary IV and V Visual Art students at QHS used their creativity and imagination to raise more than $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that helps make sick children’s dreams come true.

“Art from the Heart,” as QHS Art Teacher Meg McDonald called the project, consisted of creating art in a selfless gesture.

AGM tells of shakeup afoot at VEQ

The Voice of English-speaking Québec’s 26th annual AGM, held last Thursday, remembered a year marked both by change and significant success. About 50 people gathered in the Soleil room of the Jeffery Hale Hospital to hear the organization’s annual report.

St. Jean Baptiste to be bigger and better

Quebec’s national St. Jean Baptiste festivities, like all things associated with the 400th anniversary celebration, are expected to be bigger and better this coming June 23 and 24.

The 2008 Eucharistic Congress underway

The 2008 Eucharistic Congress opened its doors to Catholic pilgrims from around the world on Sunday.

The Congress is offering special programs open to both teenagers 12 to 17 and families this coming weekend, from June 20 to 22.

So long, from Michèle

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Spring is a time for renewal, a time to blossom and grow; a time for change.

After much thought and a few tears, I have decided to “retire” from the QCT to take on a new adventure.

Hunting the Unibroue unicorn

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Photo: Scott French

I was tired, so I went looking for a drink where tired people go to drink; a cozy little bar up Rue St. Angèle, a short walk away from where I live. Ironically, I was tired from looking for that drink. A couple weeks ago a letter arrived at QCT’s door announcing what should have been the meteoric launch of Unibroue’s Quatre-centième, the official beer of Quebec’s anniversary.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Hot summer, says EnviroCan

After enduring a long, cold winter, which buried Quebec City residents up to their necks in snow, this spring’s unseasonably cold weather has not been very promising. As we approach the June 21 summer solstice, David Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada, says the recent wet and cold weather should not dampen hopes for a gloriously warm summer.

Robert Lepage’s Image Mill

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Photo: Scott French

Robert Lepage and Ex-Machina’s Image Mill is one of the most anticipated events of Quebec City’s anniversary. The city’s entire 400-year historical narrative will be projected on the sides of the Bunge silos in the Port of Quebec. Organizers are calling the show an animated mosaic, using paintings, film, photographs, and videos to bring the city’s story alive.

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