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.

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

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day

After reading about the St-Patrick's Day parade in the Chronicle-Telegraph that is coming up this Saturday in Quebec City, I inscribed the date and the route in my agenda. I'll surely be out there along Saint Jean Street with my camera and wearing whatever green I can find.

O’Gradys honored at 44th Shannon Irish Show

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Larry Hamilton has known Ellen and Gene O'Grady since they moved to Shannon from Limoilou with their then-young family just over 30 years ago and seen up close the couple give their energy to the community time and time again.

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