May 14 2014 Edition

A fond farewell to Farley Mowat


Farley Mowat, born in Belleville, Ontario, on May 12, 1921, died on May 6, 2014, just six days short of his 93rd birthday. He is survived by his wife, writer Claire Mowat, and sons Sandy and David.

Mowat was one of the most successful Canadian writers of all times. This ardent environmentalist was the author of well over 40 books in the course of his 60-year-plus career.

Irish immigration to Canada following the Irish Rebellion of 1789

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish Heritage Quebec recently hosted a talk by Jane McGaughey, a professor of Irish Studies at Concordia University, on Irish immigration to Canada after the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the role played by Irish immigrants in the rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada in 1837-1838.

"When I teach history, I fight the premise that Canadian history is boring by talking about wars, battles, sex

Spend a day in excellent company this summer

Photo: Sophie Rivett-Carnac

For those of you wondering whether you need to book a holiday this summer, the QCT has news - there is no need. The Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) can provide you with all that you need thanks to their new exhibition, Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse, which opened on May 7.

Jerry Seinfeld coming to Quebec City’s Festival Grand Rire

Pssst! We've got tickets to give away!

The illustrious American comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be performing his signature stand-up comedy at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, ExpoCité, as part of the 15th annual Festival Grand Rire de Québec. It will be Seinfeld's first appearance here.

19th Horticultural Rendezvous a great celebration on the Plains

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 11, the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) held the 19th edition of the Horticultural Rendezvous as part of its Great Celebration of Nature. Friends, families, garden-lovers and the curious gathered near the greenhouses on the Plains of Abraham to learn about nature and the plants around them.

May 9 declared a National Day of Honour: support our troops & wear red on Fridays

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently issued a statement concerning the eighth anniversary of the Red Friday Campaign launch in Canada:

"Lisa Miller and Karen Boire launched the Red Friday Campaign nationally with a rally on Parliament Hill in 2006.

A historic vote at Trinity Church

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Photo: Photo from Diocese of Quebec website

Following the worship service Sunday, May 11, the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church held a special vestry meeting to decide the fate of their little church on Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois.

Wanting the entire English-speaking community to be aware of what had transpired, a confidential source contacted the QCT on Sunday afternoon to reveal the outcome of that vote.

‘‘Take me out to the ball game…’’

Photo: Bill Cox

The 2014 season of the Quebec Provincial Junior Elite Baseball League was officially opened last Wednesday at the Henri-Casault baseball park in Charlesbourg.

Newcomers welcomed to Quebec City

Photo: Ruby Praatka

From all over the world, they had come to Quebec City. Now it was time for Quebec City to come to them. Over 200 skilled workers and their families who had immigrated to Quebec City in the past year were welcomed in a ceremony at the Palais des Congrès on Saturday.

A walk in memory of the “little stars in heaven”

Photo: Lise Lafond

The third annual Marche des Perséides was held on May 11, Mother's Day, when some 150 people walked in memory of the children who are now little stars in heaven.

The goal of the walk was to increase people's awareness of an organization that exists to help families who have lost a baby (whether because of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or other reasons).

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