News Digest April 30, 2014

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For April 30, 2014 Issue




Classified this week



Seeking a bilingual manager with excellent people skills to see to the daily affairs of the parish: Inquiries; sacramental registers; accounting system and budgeting;
Cemetery sales and database; Manage and supervise paid staff and volunteers;
Develop/enhance the administrative support systems of the parish and cemetery.
Qualified, interested applicants should forward their covering letter and resumé by email to
[email protected] or to the attention of the Trustees, St. Patrick’s Parish, 1145, de Salaberry, Quebec, QC G1R 2V7



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David Bircher’s portraits of Quebec City

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

David Bircher has published his first book, Québec Portrait, A photographic monograph, which shows the changing face of Quebec City between 1965 and 1980.

The large-format bilingual book contains 42 high-quality black-and-white photos, some with hints of colour. The cover photo of a family enjoying an afternoon on the Plains of Abraham, is particularly touching.

Quebec heritage group wins prestigious digital mapping award

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is delighted to announce that its website ‘Mapping the Mosaic' has just been awarded first prize by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) in the Interactive Digital category. This prestigious, professionally-judged map competition for North American cartographers receives entries from all over Canada and the United States.

Where's the fire?

The Cathedral Close. Five o'clock on a cloudless Easter morning. Bishop Dennis Drainville, Dean Christian Schreiner and 36 parishioners have gathered around a small fire, awaiting the sunrise service. All is calm, all is still.

A long road to glory for the QHS annual fashion show

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The annual student fashion show at Quebec High School took audience members on a journey around the world, and marked the end of a more personal journey for many of the student models. Over 60 QHS students took part in the show, which raised funds for the Secondary 5 prom. The clothing came from 17 local fashion houses.

ABAM = Active Body, Active Mind

Photo: Bill Cox

Grade 5 and 6 students of Ste-Foy Elementary School learned the rudiments of curling at the Jacques Cartier Curling Club last Friday. This hallowed curling club, which has existed since 1925, does not normally hear the laughter and excitement of such an active group of youngsters.

St. Pat’s students collect change for a change in Kenya

Photo: Ruby Pratka

A little change made a big difference for the students of St. Patrick's High School and would-be students in the village of Salabwek, in Kenya, where the Quebec City students financed a school.

Working with Canada-wide children's rights organization Free the Children and RBC, the students raised $800 to help finance the building of a school and a water purification project in Salabwek.

James Blunt at the Colisée Pepsi: a perfect landing

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Popular British soft rock musician James Blunt appeared before some 4,500 fans at the Colisée Pepsi last Friday evening to promote Moon Landing, his fourth album. The Moon Landing tour has taken him to Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay and Sherbrooke.

Blunt discussed his music and his appreciation for Quebec at a press conference before the show.

Trash Cabaret night at SLC


The Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus cafeteria metamorphosed into a cabaret theatre last Saturday evening, complete with lighting, decor, and candle-lit tables. Student band What the Heck presented the 1900s burlesque-inspired Trash Cabaret.

SLC students involved in close shave – for Leucan

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

At lunch hour on April 24, the Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus cafeteria was set for the Leucan Foundation Shaved Head Challenge. On stage were professional hair stylists equipped with scissors, razors and six chairs, each with a Leucan apron. All that was missing were the four students, an alumnus and a teacher who had agreed to take up the challenge.

Musée de la Civilisation welcomes The Masters of Olympus

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Musée de la Civilisation recently opened its new exhibit, The Masters of Olympus: Treasures from the Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin. Executive director Michel Côté described the exhibit and gave a tour with experts from the Berlin State Museums.

Lend Me a Tenor pitch perfect


Although set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor was written in the 1980s by Ken Ludwig. It has met with popular acclaim since its debut in 1980s, and at its Broadway revival in 2010. An outright farce, the show features the Cleveland Opera in an anniversary celebration gone awry, and careens from one emotional extreme to another.

Art workshops a good start for budding young artists

Photo: Sophie Rivett-Carnac

Early on a Saturday morning, in an otherwise blissfully empty gallery, a gaggle of brightly dressed children and adults line a corridor in the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Armed with creative ideas and a love of anything arty, they're waiting for the atelier d'art to commence.

These workshops are offered by MNBAQ every weekend.

Golden moments at the Gala Triomphe

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Two months to the day after the Olympic flame was extinguished in Sochi, some of Canada's most successful athletes and highest-ranking political leaders gathered at the Centre des congrès in downtown Quebec City to honour athletes from Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region.


Let’s open up Mother’s Day!

Photo: Lise Lafond

I would like to open up the boundaries of Mother's Day to include the many women who will never be identified by that beautiful word, "MOM." I find the word "MOM" is big enough for many women to hug it close.

Many women who aren't mothers play an important role in children's lives in many different ways, and there are many reasons for us to share Mother's Day with these wonde

Sweet consolation for area’s sugar shacks

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Photo: Photo credit Jared C. Benedict, Creative Commons License

On March 28, two dozen members of the Université Laval Second Cycle Communication Students' Association piled into cars and vans for their annual trip to the Sucrerie Blouin sugar shack on Île d'Orléans. The blizzard-like conditions, however, made this year's spring jaunt more reminiscent of a trip to Santa's house or perhaps Bonhomme's Ice Palace.

Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's celebrates Global Handwashing Day

As you probably know, infections are a major cause of death all over the world. But did you also know that the simple act of handwashing cuts the risk of infection by half?

Member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been celebrating Global Handwashing Day every year since 2005.

Dancing in the streets with Québec en danse

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Last Saturday in downtown Quebec City, it seemed as if spring had taken a day off. Gusts of wind and cold rain battered tables and chairs on empty café-terraces. But in front of the Desjardins Caisse pop on Rue Saint-Jean, one small square of pavement was hot as a summer night.

“April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May”

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Photo: Bill Cox

The lyrics of this song will soon have to be re-written if our planet maintains this rate of global warming. Mother Nature took away a month of our 2013 autumn and a month of our 2014 springtime, and gave us a cold, unrelenting winter in between.

I am inspired to write about this as I look out on this rainy 7˚C.

New venture in store for Hydro-Québec

Photo: Steve Baker - Flickr

Imagine a rechargeable battery 40 storeys high and 20 metres in diameter, capable of storing enough electrical power to support a city of 1,000,000 inhabitants over six months of freezing winter temperatures. For now, such a device belongs in science fiction.

A Great Night fot a Good Cause

Nothing else than a success!

Photo: Rosalie Pomerleau

What’s better than a night for a good cause
where you have the possibility to choose between the 10 most handsome guys of
your college? Nothing! For that reason, on Thursday April 10th, all
of this took place at La P’tite Grenouille



Amy Jessica Ford Kupecz

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Amy Jessica Ford Kupecz passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the age of 95. She was born in Quebec City on Oct 4, 1918, the daughter of Eileen Ida Copeland and Thomas Brian Bailey Ford. She grew up in Portneuf, Quebec, attended primary school there, then went to Commissioner's High School in Quebec City and Stanstead College in the Eastern Townships.


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