News Digest December 4, 2013


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Anything can happen when Anything Goes

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Photo: Normand Brassard

What happens when a cruise ship sets sail carrying wannabe gangsters, dancing angels, 1930s high rollers...and a lovesick ex-girlfriend?

A Green Audit: the audit you actually want

Photo: Christian Schreiner

Improving energy efficiency makes sense at this time of year. As the mercury drops and the days get shorter, we dial up the heat and turn the lights on earlier. These changes are obvious on our utility bills, and some community organizations seriously feel the shift.

Joe Lonergan launches Shamrocks in the Maples

On the evening of November 26, Joe Lonergan launched Shamrocks in the Maples at St. Patrick's High School.
Lonergan is well known for his preservation and promotion of Quebec City's Irish history. A former teacher at St. Patrick's High School, he is president of the Irish Heritage Quebec and a very active member of St. Patrick's Parish.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
A mendicant named Simon Lachance went into a house in St. Michel street for the purpose of obtaining charity.

Irish Cultural Day at Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On November 27, students in the language and culture program at Cégep de Sainte-Foy introduced other students and staff to various elements of Ireland's rich culture and history. Under the guidance of teacher Mary Penkarski, a number of projects drawn from fact and folklore were presented for visitors to explore.

Letter to the Edition

Re: the Cross of

Rail Jam competition at Stoneham

On November 29, Stoneham Mountain Resort launched its 50th winter season with a bang by hosting the Bud Light-Stopen Rail Jam competition. Snowboarders and skiers arrived from across the province to compete in multiple events in the XL snow park.

Glambition: teaching girls business skills

Photo: Danielle Burns

What do you get when invite 90 girls, ages 12 to 15, to a conference led by women? Glambition!

Travelling the globe at Champlain–St. Lawrence

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From November 18 to 22, Tourism students at St. Lawrence hosted the annual Intercultural Week. To fulfil their course criteria, eight students set up a series of multi-cultural events showcasing the ethnic diversity of the campus.
On Monday, the focus was on Mexico, with festive decorations, colour, traditional games and music in the cafeteria.

Singing Christmas Spirit

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Ensemble Gospel de Québec gave a merry Christmas concert to a huge audience at the Capitole theatre Sunday afternoon on the first day of December. The gospel singers radiated Christmas Spirit, also the name of their third, and latest, album.

Olivier Henry: ambassador for the Magasin Général

Photo: Danielle Burns

Olivier Henry was at one time an employee of the Magasin Général P.L. Blouin on Rue Saint-Jean in the heart of Old Quebec, but now he "comes when he wants." Henry volunteers for fun - as a kind of ambassador for the store - playing musical spoons almost daily in the summer and during the Christmas season.

Alec Roberts receives honorary degree from Royal Military College

Photo: Photo from RMCC

On November 22, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) bestowed an honorary degree on well-known Quebec City chemical engineer Alexander (Alec) Kelso Roberts at its fall convocation in Kingston, Ontario. An alumnus of the 1957 RMC graduating class, Roberts was made a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Quebec High School girls’ basketball opener a blazing victory

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Quebec High School Blazers senior girls' basketball team opened their season on November 28 with a dominant win over the Bleu et Or team from Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery. QHS community liaison Ed Sweeney said the Secondary 4 and 5 team was in a "rebuilding year" after losing several key players to graduation. However, that wasn't apparent in their play.

Marching for the Rights of the Child

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The sight of several hundred people marching toward Parliament Hill holding picket signs aloft and chanting slogans is not entirely unusual in Quebec City. But on November 20, a different kind of march wound its way through the streets.

Bringing safety home from the Baby Chat Café

Photo: Danielle Burns

According to Health Canada, every day two Canadian children die from unintentional injuries (the leading cause of death in young children) and another 80 children require hospitalization. Many injuries can be avoided with preventative measures that parents, grandparents and childcare workers can take.

VEQ offers computer courses for seniors

Are you looking to improve your computer and Internet skills? The Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) invites you to attend these casual, student-led computer courses designed to help out the seniors in our community.
The first session - Internet 101: Introduction to the World Wide Web - will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Local chess clubs forge cross-cultural bonds

The 2013 World Chess Championships took place in Chennai, India. The final match, fought between Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vishuanathan Anand of India, was on November 22.

Canada Cup speed racing at the Gaetan-Boucher rink

Photo: Wikipediaskate

Speed skating has come a long way since its debuts in Scandinavia and Holland in the 16th century. At first, caribou bones were attached to boots; steel blades were designed by a Scotsman in 1592. Now, modern boots are made with Kevlar or carbon material and blades of Rockwell numbered steel have become the trend.
It was during the 1924 Olympics that speed skating was recognized.

Public hearings on Bill 60

The National Assembly has given the Committee on Institutions the mandate to hold public consultations concerning Bill 60: Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests. Hearings will begin on January 14, 2014.

Christmas market in Stoneham

The fourth annual Marché de Noël de la Jacques-Cartier will be held on December 6, 7, 8 and 13,14,15 by the Grange of the Presbytère located at 119 - 1ère avenue, Stoneham. Hours: Fridays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.

The Planet Smashers a smash at Le Cercle

The Planet Smashers were Quebec City in early November. The crowd that came to Le Cercle nightclub to see the popular ska-punk band first heard two opening acts. The first group onstage was the Francbâtards. In 2009, an obscure group of five cinematography students formed the band and have not looked back.

The story of Quebec’s indigenous peoples at the Musée de la civilisation

On November 27, the Musée de la civilisation du Québec recently opened the doors to its new permanent exhibition - This is our story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st century.
This exhibit teaches visitors about First Nations cultures, history and current realities.