October 1 2014 Edition

News Digest October 1, 2014

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Grilling for a good cause at Oktoberfest

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

The leaves are changing colour and the smell of sauerkraut and sausage is in the air - it must be Oktoberfest. From Munich - home of the original Oktoberfest - to Brazil, Argentina and of course Canada, millions of people around the world have raised a glass to autumnal revelry over the past week.

VEQ forum on integrating English-speaking newcomers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 22 at City Hall, the Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) participated in a forum co-organized by the Ville de Québec and VEQ; the subject was the integration of English-speaking newcomers. Employers and immigrants shared their experiences.

The Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, spoke about integration as a tool for Quebec City's economic prosperity.

IHQ marks 125th anniversary of the Quebec City rockslide

On September 15, Irish Heritage Quebec kicked off its 2014-2015 season of historical talks by marking the 125th anniversary of the Quebec City rockslide. Many descendants of survivors of the 1889 disaster were on hand to listen to John O'Connor's presentation.

English-speaking community very concerned about Barrette reform bill

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and its community stakeholders are concerned about a massive reorganization of the health-care sector. We are apprehensive about the impact these profound changes will have on our community's capacity to remain involved in institutions that are essential to our vitality and identity.

Health Minister Dr.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The story behind Rue Corrigan

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Rue Corrigan is a short street in Sainte-Foy between Chemin Saint-Louis and Rue Gregg. It is named after James "Jim" Corrigan, who owned a prosperous farm located on the south side of Chemin Saint-Louis.

In 1910 Corrigan started a dairy farm and a few years later, built the first pasteurization plant in the region.

Documentaries win big at Quebec City film festival

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Quebec filmmaker Julie Lambert will have a hard act to follow - her own.

Lambert's debut film, Un film de chasse de filles, captured two top prizes and came close to the biggest prize of all at the Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, which wrapped up on Friday. The French-language documentary follows four women and a teenage girl who hunt deer and moose in rural Quebec.

On their toes at the Vieux-Québec Féis

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Laval University's PEPS athletic centre echoed with the sounds of hundreds of hard shoes on Saturday, as Irish dancers from as far away as British Columbia gathered for the inaugural Vieux-Québec Féis.

Féis - pronounce d "fesh" - is a Gaelic word for "party" and describes a Celtic arts competition, usually bringing together musicians and dancers.

Local schools continue Terry Fox Run tradition

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Nearly 35 years after partial amputee Terry Fox decided to run 8,000 kilometres across Canada to raise money for cancer research, fundraising runs in his honour have become a Canadian autumn tradition, particularly in schools.

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