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.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Bill 104 and Anglo complacency

I was delighted to read the March 10, 2010, Canwest News Wire press release of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA). The association is planning to put up "billboards across the four corners of the province - from Bas St. Laurent to the North Shore up to Abitibi and down through Gatineau" promoting the English schools of Quebec.

From Book Fair to Bursaries

Over the years the members of the English-Speaking Community of the Greater Quebec City Region have been generous in donating their books to the used-book sale the Quebec City Women's Club runs on the last Saturday of October. This has become a huge community event. It provides a venue for old friends to touch base with each other and for new arrivals to meet English-Speaking Quebecers.

Congrats to Marianna

I am in Florida six months a year. I miss St. Patrick's Day immensely. I don't know if you know me but I used to sing in the pubs in Quebec, such as the Liquor store, the Vauxbraugh House and in earlier years La Brassery La Meunery. I worked at St. Brigid's Home for twenty-three years.

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.

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