March 17 2010 Edition

Patronization and Self-Adulation are Overdone

O dear! Just when it seemed that there were good and positive things to say about being Canadian (solid banking system, international involvement in Afghanistan and Haiti, credible showing at Winter Olympics) along comes the 10 March issue of the QC-T with two unseemly chest-thumping (dare I say ‘ugly Canadian'?) diatribes.

Medicare user fees

Once again we are starting to hear about problems with our health care system. People dying because of waiting lists and people being neglected in hallways. Sad but true. It's a good system, it just has a few bugs or "viruses" if you prefer.

Former-QCT editor appointed new Director at CEDEC

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Photo: Ken Schankler

Michèle Thibeau spent 10 years working for the Chronicle-Telegraph, not realizing it was providing the perfect background for her latest endeavour.

"I spent almost a decade of my life learning the community," Thibeau, 40, said, later adding, "This job is a little more concrete... It's taking those contacts and bringing people around the table."

St-Vincent School and the 2010 Olympics

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St-Vincent School caught the Olympic fever this year. Class 403 made a snowman village representing the 2010 Winter Olympics. Every student made a different snowman, dressed up according to one of the olympic sports and each holding a different country flag.

Slippery slope towards excellence

Whereas I was pleased to see that my previous letter (March 3) stimulated reflection, I am not certain that Peter Stuart (March 10) quite understood my primary point vis-à-vis the interest in Olympic medals - namely that my comments were meant to be a warning and not a criticism.

St. Pat’s High recognized for recycling project

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Photo: Debra Shea

On February 16, 2010 St. Patrick's High School was awarded a $1000 prize from the Green Apple Projects foundation of Metro. The school was recognized for their community recycling project. This project involves the entire school community by having all students and staff members partake in the collection and separation of recyclable products within the school.

Rendez-vous Naval 2010 being held June 3rd to 6th

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Photo: Lt(N) Renaud Carpentier

A wine and cheese Party was held recently in the entrance hall of the Musée de la civilisation for the benefit of the second edition of the Rendez-vous naval de Québec scheduled to take place from June 3 to June 6.

Daylight Savings?

I have a question for the readership.
Should we talk of Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time?

I have always thought "Daylight Saving" was the accepted form, for what seems an obvious reason, but increasingly I hear "Daylight Savings" creeping in, especially from Sherbrooke on "Quebec A.M."

City ready for return of St-Patrick’s Day parade

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All systems are go for Saturday's revival of the St-Patrick's Day parade. Organisers of the event say the parade will be the first in over 80 years.
Parade Grand Marshal and local historian Marianna O'Gallagher, though, said the city continued to be home to St-Patrick's Day parades into the 1950s, long after what is considered by many to be the official last parade.

PATRICK DESMOND McKENNA August 30, 1924 - March 12, 2010. World War II Veteran

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PATRICK DESMOND McKENNA
August 30, 1924 - March 12, 2010. World War II Veteran
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