September 4 2013 Edition

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan at St. Andrew’s Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This past Sunday morning at St. Andrew's Church in Old Quebec, a colourful, traditional ceremony took place. The Kirkin' o' the Tartans worn by members of the congregation has been a tradition of the Presbyterian Church for hundreds of years. The kirk of course is the church, and anything or anyone who has been "kirked" has been blessed in the church.

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Quebec City garden writer cultivates international connections

In early August, a somewhat eccentric-looking group of nearly 400 people gathered in Quebec City. Pen in hand, sun hat in place, and the occasional smudge of dirt on a few faces, they came for the Garden Writers Association annual symposium. Local horticulturist and garden writer Larry Hodgson was instrumental in bringing the symposium to our fair city.

Quebec City garden writer cultivates international connections

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In early August, a somewhat eccentric-looking group of nearly 400 people gathered in Quebec City. Pen in hand, sun hat in place, and the occasional smudge of dirt on a few faces, they came for the Garden Writers Association annual symposium. Local horticulturist and garden writer Larry Hodgson was instrumental in bringing the symposium to our fair city.

Quebec Superscoopers: 20 years of service for Los Angeles

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A press conference was held at Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles on August 26 to mark the 20th year the Quebec "Superscoopers" have been on contract with the County of Los Angeles, The Superscoopers (we know them as water bombers in Canada) help fight fires in the county's wildlands, mountains and valleys. Ironically, the press conference got off to a late start due to a fire alert.

Challenge Bell brings pro women’s tennis to new PEPS

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The 21st Challenge Bell will serve to inaugurate Université Laval's new PEPS sports complex this weekend. International participants in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) professional tournament will include some high-ranking athletes, including champions and finalists from the past three years.

Taking risks pays off for Young Business Personality award winner

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"Ireland wins!" In this case, it's not just a football game, what's at stake is the game of life. The winner was the QCT's General Manager, Taylor Ireland.

Whisk(e)y tasting a popular part of Celtic Festival

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Whether it's Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey or any other kind of whisk(e)y, tasting it is always a hit at the annual Celtic Festival.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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We had a visit yesterday from an old California miner, who has been prospecting during the last few days on the Chaudière and its tributaries.

Tradition and sustainability in a Bordeaux bottle

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"We're in a globalized world. Our red wine is competing against every other red wine," Mario Rios, of Château Larose Trintaudon told the QCT. Amélie Durand of Château Doms heartily agreed, saying, "Just having an AOC [appellation d'origine contrôlée] doesn't sell your wine.

Bordeaux-Quebec connection gets personal

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Photo: Bethann Merkle

Quebec City and Bordeaux, France, have been "twin" or "sister" cities since 1962. For one local family, the connection goes almost as far back. In 1963, Louise Gunn (née Bernier), found herself harvesting grapes for the Perromat family south of Bordeaux.

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