News Digest December 18, 2013

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December 18, 2013




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Old Saint Nick makes a special stop at Jeffery Hale Hospital

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to Santa Claus's Party!" exclaimed Karalyn Lacombe to parents arriving with their children at Jeffery Hale Hospital on December 14. Lacombe, a Moms' Night Out volunteer, had the Coin Soleil room decorated and activities organized to entertain the children awaiting Santa's arrival.

Reading: a classic gift and a priceless skill

Although technology and electronic gadgets are everywhere, books are still a timeless gift for 21st-century youngsters. Why a book? The QCT asked a local education expert to explain. Britta Gundersen-Bryden recently retired as an executive director responsible for assessments and examinations in the Ministry of Education in British Columbia.

The Guignolée: an event that helps the needy

Photo: St. Vincent de Paul Society

In late November each year, many Francophone Quebecers prepare to hit the streets and visit houses for their charitable collection campaign known as the Guignolée.

14th Hôtel de Glace takes shape

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 14th Hôtel de Glace or Ice Hotel is now under construction on the site of the former Quebec zoo in Charlesbourg. This magical place is gradually taking shape and will be open from January 5 to March 23, 2014.

Former YMCA building goes S.A.U.V.A.G.E.

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On December 14, the second floor of the building that was once home to the YMCA on Place d'Youville was taken over by an art exhibit. Twenty-one local artists are showing their works in the S.A.U.V.A.G.E. art show. Artists Pierre Bouchard (a.k.a. NewJoeCool) and Alexandre Lemay organized the show, which runs until December 21.

TOP NEWS STORIES - 1963 - 50 Years Ago

November 22: President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas Texas.
George C. Wallace becomes governor of Alabama. In his inaugural speech, he defiantly proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever." Civil rights protests continue throughout the South, during which nonviolent activists are frequently beaten and arrested.

“Have Your Say” about Canada’s 150th celebrations

On July 1, 1867, after conferences held in Charlottetown, Quebec and London (England), Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent to the British North America Act, and the federal Dominion of Canada came into being. On that day, three British colonies became four provinces of the new dominion.

Irish Heritage Quebec holds its Annual Meeting

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ) held its Annual General Meeting at McMahon Hall of St. Patrick's Church on December 9.
President Joe Lonergan informed the members that IHQ and the 78th Fraser Highlanders have agreed to work together to find a more appropriate location for a commemorative plaque to mark the site where the regiment fought during the battle on the Plains of Abraham.

The OCEAN Tundra: the most powerful tugboat of its kind

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On December 13, the Quebec marine service Groupe Océan officially inaugurated its newest tugboat, the OCEAN Tundra, with a traditional blessing. Guests at the Port of Quebec terminal included founding president and CEO Gordon Bain, first vice-president and general manager Jacques Tanguay, Sophie Piette, the first female pilot of the St.

Nativity scenes from around the world

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy, Quebec City's main library in the heart of Saint-Roch, is celebrating its 30th anniversary, while also marking 30 years since the death of the renowned author for whom it is named.

International Lunch raises funds for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On December 10 an International Lunch with the theme of Afghanistan was served in the cafeteria of the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre.

Trinity Anglican Church celebrates 188th anniversary

Photo: Jack Oman

Trinity Anglican Church in Sainte-Foy celebrated its 188th anniversary with a special service on Sunday, December 8. Margaret Oman reported, "The service was officiated by the Rev. Edwin Stretch. Joyous hymns were sung and beautiful music by our organist Serge Laliberté was enjoyed by all." Refreshments were served in Colley Hall after the service.

Salon des Artisans offers products to be sipped, sampled and savoured

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Salon des Artisans et des Métiers d'Art made its debut in Quebec City in 2005. Nine years later it is still going strong. Held at the Centre de Foires in ExpoCité, the crafts show includes a section for artists and artisans and a section for local agricultural products to be sipped, sampled and savoured.

Local farmers raise Christmas turkeys


Considerably more turkey dinners are enjoyed during Quebec's year-end holiday meals than at Thanksgiving. The QCT visited a local turkey farm for a closer look at where these tasty birds come from. Look for the full story in the first edition of 2014.

Panic in Santa’s Workshop: an original Christmas children’s story

Photo: J-F Faucher

Jean-François Faucher, extracurricular activities coordinator of the French immersion program at Université Laval, has just launched his first children's book, Panic in Santa's Workshop. Originally written in French, with charming illustrations by Martin Aubry, the story was translated into English and Spanish by colleagues at the École de Langues.

Pierre Lavoie and his cycling team visit St. Vincent School

Pierre Lavoie and fellow members of the TC Média cycling team visited St. Vincent Elementary School on Thursday, December 12. The school was the fortunate recipient of a donation of $7,737 from TC Média last September to help them pay part of the cost of a new piece of playground equipment, a Spaceball.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
The revolving year has again brought us round to the period at which all Christendom rejoices.

The wonderful world of Amalgame

Gloria in excelsis Deo...."
The Latin words roll easily off the tongues of the French, English and Spanish speakers packed into the L'Arche L'Étoile adult day centre in Saint-Sauveur. It's the last jam session of the year for Amalgame, the community choir.


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McMAHON, James Jeffrey