October 22 2014 Edition

News Digest October 22 2014

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The Morrin Centre’s Literary Feast a delicious evening

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

The sixth annual Literary Feast, a fundraising dinner, was held at the Morrin Centre last Thursday, October 16. Over 100 people gathered in the library for champagne cocktails before making their way into College Hall for a delicious meal that harkened back to the days of the Quebec Conference 150 years ago.

If our voice is heard, will it be listened to?

Concerns about Bill 10

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Photo: Marie White

We should be evolving," said Gertie Grogan, "not dissolving." She was surprised by Quebec health minister Gaétan Barrette's recently tabled Bill 10. The bill would reform the health system by merging 182 institutions into 28 integrated health and social services centres (CISSS), one per region, and by reducing the number of administrative boards from 200 to 28.

Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's cares for its community

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Photo: Marie White

My first experience with the health-care system came when I was acting president of the Ladies' Protestant Home in 1989," says Barbara Bignell. "I was there when we had to close the Home at the corner of Cartier and Grande Allée, beside the Krieghoff house," Bignell remembers.

A word from the Chairman of the CQSB

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As you may have read in last week's edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, all of the 12 elected members of the Council of Commissioners of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), including its Chairman, were elected to their respective positions by acclamation. As Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, I want to thank all of our electorate for their trust and confidence.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The story behind the name of Rue Dublin

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Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Dublin is named after the capital city of the Republic of Ireland in homage to the Irish families, such as Carmichael, who, in the 19th century, settled in Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides, which is now a part of the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City.

Situated at the mouth of the Liffey River in a bay on the Irish Sea, Dublin is believed to have been settled by Vikings in the first century A.D.

The Merkles are moving

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Photo: Jerod Merkle

The QCT prides itself on being, for the most part, a "good news newspaper." Yet we also strive to keep our readers up to date with the comings and goings in our community, which sometimes means we're the bearers of not-so-good news.

The first weekend of November, we will bid au revoir to Bethann and Jerod Merkle, who will be moving back to the western United States.

Shannon echoes with the sounds of Erin

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On October 15, I went to the Shannon Community Centre to see the wonderful Comhaltas Tour of Canada - Echoes of Erin show, which tours North America every two years, sponsored by Tourism Ireland. To the joy of connaisseurs of Irish music and dance, the group, which first came to Shannon in 2009, was back.

The pipes, the pipes are calling

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The sound of bagpipes echoed through McMahon Hall on Saturday evening at a concert to mark a worldwide celebration of piping. The kilts and sporrans we see with Scottish piping were absent though. Saturday's concert was organized by Irish Heritage Quebec and was all about Irish piping, which uses a smaller, softer instrument.

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