September 25 2013 Edition

QCT Shoreline Cleanup recruits Naval Reservists

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The second edition of the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph Shoreline Cleanup was a huge success thanks to the busload of HMCS Montcalm Naval Reservists who arrived to lend many hands Saturday morning. About 25 reservists came in work dress for the annual fall cleanup that is underway from September 21 to 29 involving over 42,000 Canadians across the country.

The Grand Théâtre sees the light

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On Wednesday evening, September 18, just before a performance by the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ), a very enlightening ceremony took place on the outside walls of the Grand Théâtre.

As part of a program to spotlight important buildings in the Old City, new lighting on the Grand Théâtre focuses on one of the principal aspects of the architecture, the columns.

Gustave Coulombe, in the footsteps of the master magician

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Gustave Coulombe, magician." Thus reads the business card of a young man this writer encountered at the recent VEQ Fall Fest at St. Vincent's School. Gustave Coulombe was proud to announce that he had recently won a competition at the Magic Festival held in Quebec City from August 30 to September 2. He was the winner in the under 18 "close-up magic" category.

Toastmasters . . . toast what?

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For some people, Toastmasters might mean a brand of toaster. But for those who know, the word refers to the best-known organization worldwide devoted to helping people develop their public-speaking skills. The new Toastmasters slogan "Where leaders are made!" expresses what you can develop when you join a Toastmasters club.

The War Years brought to life with tour of the Plains of Abraham

On September 14, the National Battlefields Commission gave guided tours of the Louis S. St-Laurent Heritage Home and parts of the Plains of Abraham that were important during World War I and II. The tours were led by Louisette or Pierre-Paul, each one the persona of a munitions worker from the 1930s.

Beauport goes Mexican Arriba, arriba!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 14, the Centre communautaire Mgr-de-Laval in Beauport hosted the seventh edition of La Fiesta Noche Mexicana. "The goal is to share our culture with Quebecers and among Mexican immigrants. We are also celebrating the anniversary of our War of Independence from Spain, which began on September 16, 1810," said Rosario Melgarejo, the Fiesta coordinator.

Athlete impressions: Medals and cultural exchange are highlights of Canada Summer Games

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Photo: William Donegan

Typically, media coverage of professional sporting events focuses on preparation and competition. But how athletes communicate and interact at major competitions like the Canada Summer Games also factors into their success.

A better world for sick kids with Opération Enfant Soleil: just Imagine

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Photo: Danielle Burns

An eclectic selection at Quebec City’s third annual film festival

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The first weekend of the Festival de cinéma de la Ville de Québec kicked off last Friday night at the opulent Palais Montcalm. The Québécois film L'autre maison, a story of two very different brothers who take care of their father stricken with Alzheimer's disease, was followed by Don Jon - a boisterous American sex comedy.

Looking ahead to Journées de la culture 2013

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

With autumn officially starting, this year's Journées de la culture (Culture Days) offers Quebec City residents tours, workshops, and more. Now in its 17th year, this celebration of culture has inspired similar efforts across North America.

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