News Digest for August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012

Quebec City Job Bank

Datesort icon Title Company Location
08/13/2012 - 20:04 Morrin Centre Executive Director Morrin Centre Quebec City
07/25/2012 - 15:31 Certified Tower Crane Operator Light-weight Building Systems Inc. Calgary, Alberta
06/23/2012 - 13:21 GROUNDS MANAGER Mount Hermon Cemetery Quebec City
06/18/2012 - 16:59 Writers and Reporters needed Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph Quebec City
03/29/2012 - 17:11 Advertising Sales Representative Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph Quebec City

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Grand Concert celebrates 150 years of the Voltigeurs de Québec

Photo: Marie White

Festival of Military Music Parade

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade . . . .” Well, not quite, but I’ll bet there were more than 76 trombones (and a lot of bagpipes) in total during the entire parade.

Madonna: Crazy for you

Photo: from Madonna’s website

Madonna the Queen of Pop, with over 300 million records sold worldwide is going to perform on the Plains of Abraham this Saturday, September 1.

What about the future of English education in Quebec?

As we approach Election Day 2012, I feel compelled to share some thoughts on the issue of school boards and their pertinence in our public education system. Much of these thoughts are in reaction to the complete overhaul of the Quebec public school system promised by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) should it form Quebec's next provincial government.

Countdown to Madonna!


VEQ seeking volunteers

Seniors Out and About: VEQ is looking for volunteers for their new project, Seniors Out and About. This project is aimed at allowing English-speaking seniors to keep their autonomy and actively participate in community activities through safe and free transportation on a weekly basis. We need volunteers to accompany the seniors on the bus and throughout the various activities and outings.

Quebec Celtic Festival 2012

(Adapted from a press release) The seventh edition of The Quebec City Celtic Festival will be held from August 30 to September 16 on the Chaussée des Écossais, at the Morrin Centre, and in various pubs and bistros in Québec.

No ordinary cyclists

Photo: Bill Cox

Getting installed for lunch at a picnic table at the Jacques Cartier Park in Cap Rouge, I noticed two young women arrive with heavily laden bicycles. My ingrained curiosity urged me on to meet them. Their smiles, in answer to my salutation gave me the opening I needed to find out more about them.

The debate between cars and bicycles: a road map to peace

Photo: Richard Drdul - Creative Commons

Perhaps some readers feel, as I do, that there is a steady increase in the number of cyclists riding in the streets of Quebec City. Being a passionate cyclist myself, it has certainly not gone unnoticed. Perhaps this is due in part to the new bike paths that have been built, most notably the Champlain bike path and the St. Charles River bike path.

Running to great lengths at the 15th Annual Marathon des Deux Rives


Sophie Pelletier-Roy is a 40-year-old mother of four, ages 3 to 14. She looks like a runner – small, thin and muscular – but she did not even start running long-distances until she was 39. “She was on fire last year,” said her partner. Sophie discovered she felt good running for long periods and extended her 5km runs with the goal of running the half-Marathon des Deux Rives in 2011.

The Final Frontier for the 8th Annual Space Book Quest

Photo: Danielle Burns

If you could only bring one thing on a voyage to outer space, what would you choose? The approximately 40 guests attending the closing party for the Summer Space Quest held on Tuesday, August 21, in the LHSQ library were asked this question upon entering the event.

Summer Photos


This water feature in the Parc de l’Esplanade offers all ages a playful way to cool off during hot summer afternoons.

Summer Photos


A local power boat and the drawbridge at Bassin Louise drew a crowd of spectators, while everyone waited for the locks to fill.

Summer Photos


The National Assembly stands majestic under a strong summer sun.

Summer Photos


A patriotic street performer draws an enthusiastic crowd in front of the Château Frontenac.

QCT Mystery Photo of the Week Contest for August 29, 2012


Question: What is the name of this event, and identify the country performing in this picture. Bonus: How many musicians performed in the 2012 edition?

Flavours of Quebec highlighted during Farmers Market Week

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Quebec is well-endowed with agricultural enterprises, small businesses producing artisan-quality foodstuffs, and roadside kiosks vending fresh produce and baked goods.  La Semaine québécoise des Marchés publics, or Quebec Farmers Market Week, celebrates this bounty in a province-wide effort to increase awareness about Quebec-based products and producers.

International Literacy Day has local significance

“Literacy is a fundamental human right.” This statement is included in literacy support materials published by many literacy resource centers in Quebec, as well as by organizations and governments around the world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognized basic education as a human right in 1948, and literacy is an essential aspect of education.

The Domaine Forget

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Summer camp at the Domaine Forget’s Academy of Music - my first day was unforgettable! While walking to the rehearsal room at the top of the hill, I heard all kinds of music - the church bell announcing to the village below that it was 9:00 a.m., the chirping of birds in the surrounding trees, the horn of a passing train, and someone practising the violin.

Letter to the Editor

I've just read Marie White’s front-page article on Sillery's 375th Anniversary celebrations. As a former resident, I'm sorry I missed the party. My ancestors arrived in Sillery around 1840!

Memorials and Things of Fame for August 29, 2012


Culled from the Web

The City of Montreal caught fire at sea. She was carrying a cargo of 8,000 bales of raw American cotton, and was the 73rd ship with such cargo to catch fire in only 5 months. The passengers and crew were rescued by the S/S York City. This is a transcript of an article in the London Illustrated News, August 27, 1887.

Champlain’s Dream author David Hackett Fischer to be Guest of Honour at Morrin Centre’s Literary Fundraiser

(Quebec City, August 23, 2012) - The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, Canada’s first learned society and now the driving force behind the Morrin Centre, is pleased to announce that historian and author David Hackett Fischer will be the keynote speaker at the Society’s fourth annual Literary Feast fundraiser.

A waterfall-centric outing is the antidote to a hot summer day

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

When one hears “the waterfall” in Quebec City, we often think of Montmorency Falls, near the bridge to l’île d’Orleans. However, there are several grand waterfalls near the city which are accessible and well worth a day trip. One of them, Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, is a short 15- to 20-minute drive or a hearty bike ride from the center of Quebec City. Simply cross the St.


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