News Digest August 26, 2015



Issue August 26, 2015


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Family Day in Valcartier

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Traffic on the road leading past the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Community Centre was slowed to a snail’s pace last Saturday as people searched for parking spots so they could attend Family Day. The events of the annual gathering were held in front of the Fire Station and on the sports fields behind the Centre. 

The Caring Circle Café announces Fall to Spring program


Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast

(Minotaur Books, August 25, 2015)

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Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Avenue Harriet

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Photo: Bill Cox

Valcartier Family Centre Open House

Come discover your Centre, have supper with us, and vote for your representatives. 

Marc-André Hamelin to strike an all-American chord with the OSQ

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Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

English-speaking newcomers enjoy a corn boil

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Newcomers to Quebec City enjoyed a corn boil at Quebec High School on Saturday, August 22. Organized by Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) in partnership with Be Active Quebec and the Diversity of Voices project, the free event gave newcomers and their children a chance to enjoy a seasonal Quebec tradition, chat, and create social networks. 

Breaking down barriers in Saint-Roch with country music

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Nicolas Saucier hadn’t listened to country music in years. But he and hundreds of other residents of Saint-Roch and surrounding neighbourhoods flashed back to their youth on Saturday during À la rencontre du country, a Western-themed neighbourhood festival held on the parvis (square) in front of Saint-Roch Church in Lower Town last Saturday.  

Paying it forward

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

While on holidays in Belle Côte, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this past week, we walked into the Belle View Restaurant for breakfast. 

Musical Wednesdays charm at Chalmers-Wesley Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Sketching the harvest

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Photo: Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle, © 2015

Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.” 

Mayor Labeaume makes his traditional visit to Expo Québec

Photo: Danielle Burns

With the hot temperatures this August, many might be thinking that summer is finally here. But back-to-school is looming large and families are starting to think about earlier bedtimes and regular routines. 

Kayakers paddle for young musicians

Photo: Jeunes musiciens du monde

Avid kayaker Mathieu Fortin recently challenged fellow enthusiasts to paddle the 275 kilometres from Montreal to Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River and, in the process, raise funds to help educate young musicians around the world. Thus the first Défi Kayak Desgagnés was born.  

Easing back-to-school stress

Photo: Danielle Burns

Andy Brown at Le Cercle in September

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Photo: Andy Brown press photo

Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Brown tours relentlessly in Canada and Australia and will be taking his latest offering, Seasons, released on August 18, across the country this fall. His style is described as “folk-rock with a dash of pop,” and Brown plays Le Cercle in Quebec City on September 17. 

Master Warrant Officer (ret’d) Mervin Jones has gone home

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A touching memorial service was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Valcartier on August 22 as family, friends, and a contingent of veterans and Boy Scouts bid a final farewell to Master Warrant Officer (ret’d) Mervin Jones, CD (1923-2015). 

Majestic bald eagle

Photo: Lise Lafond

Fun fact: the majestic bald eagle has a not-so-majestic voice, very high-pitched and squeaky. The cry you often hear in movies is that of the red-tailed hawk, much more haunting and plaintive. Photo taken by Lise Lafond while kayaking on Lac Témiscouata. 


HMCS Frédérick Rolette named after a Quebec City hero

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last month, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced that the fifth Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), presently under construction, would be named HMCS Frédérick Rolette