June 20 2018 Edition

Equestrian monuments in Quebec, and the myth of the horses’ legs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
While walking around Quebec City, I challenged myself to find monuments of famous people on horseback. I discovered that there are only a few equestrian statues in the city. 

Hello/Bonjour! group shares a bilingual picnic in the park

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

On a picture perfect day in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, 11 relative strangers, anglophone and francophone, met to share a potluck lunch and practise their second-language skills. This picnic is one of many activities offered in Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ)’s Hello/Bonjour! program, overseen by project co-ordinator Alexandra Hartley.

Give blood, give life. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday

From June 11 to 17, Héma-Québec marked the 10th annual National Blood Donor Week. It is an opportunity for the organization to remind everyone that every day, at least 1,000 blood donations are needed to maintain the blood reserve at an optimal level.

Quebec unveils cultural policy

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Premier Philippe Couillard and MNA Marie Montpetit, the minister of culture, communications and the protection and promotion of the French Language, unveiled Quebec’s second cultural policy June 12 at a press conference at Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse in Montreal.

Community Calendar

Thursday to Sunday from June 10 to 30 & July 19 to Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. – Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand presents its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham, featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists during 22 stellar musical evenings. Visit ccbn-nbc.gc.ca/en/activities/kiosque-edwin-belanger for details.

Walking Anglos stroll through Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

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The second in the series of walking routes in Quebec City takes place in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, the historic home of prominent families since the founding of New France. The villa, known as Spencerwood, served as the residence of the lieutenant-governor of Quebec until it was destroyed by fire in 1966. 

BC Lions’ Edward Godin says, “It’s a dream come true!”

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Photo: Kyle Clapham - BC Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate Edward Godin is living his dream.

The first graduate of the Fighting Irish football program to make it to the Canadian Football League (CFL), Godin will now suit up for the BC Lions.

Musical escapades in Quebec City

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and artistic director of Les Escapades musicales de la cité (EMC), recently launched EMC’s second annual chamber music festival. The four-day event features local musicians and invited guests who will perform from June 27 to 30.

JH-SB Friends’ Foundation hosts great “fun-raiser” Mini-Golf Classic

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Photo: montage by Frank Cannon

On Saturday, June 9, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation held its first-ever Family Mini-Golf Classic at the miniature golf park in the Vanier borough of Quebec City. The foundation was pleased to welcome over 50 people to this “fun-raising” activity and took the opportunity to publicize its mission to a whole new cohort of potential supporters.

St. Lawrence hosts CCAA delegates from across Canada

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

From June 11 to 14, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence hosted the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) annual general meeting.

Some 50 delegates from Halifax to Nanaimo spent the week in Quebec City sharing knowledge and best practices from their respective conferences.

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