News Digest June 19, 2013

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June 19, 2013



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Quebec City welcomes Irish visitors

Photo: Strokestow​n-Quebec Youth Connection Project

A very special Canadian-Irish project is underway between Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland, and Quebec City. Inspired by the national theme "Ireland is calling its Irish descendants home - the year of the Gathering," nine Irish teen-agers, 15 to 18 years old, and two adult supervisors will visit Quebec City from June 25 to July 2.

Searching for descendants of the Great Famine in Quebec

Compiled by Marie White from articles and press releases in Irish media

The "Gathering Ireland 2013" is inviting back the tens of millions of descendants of daughters and sons who have left Ireland since the Great Famine in the mid-1800s. It is common knowledge that one of Ireland's greatest exports is its people, and many have never returned to the land of their ancestors.

Joan Holton: Queen’s Jubilee Medal recipient

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Photo: Photo provided by Joan Holton

Wendake: a different world just minutes away

Wendake, just 14 minutes by car from downtown Quebec City, has a wealth of activities on offer to the public.
The open-air amphitheatre of the Huron-Wendat Nation welcomes visitors for concerts, cultural and artistic events, conferences and ceremonies.

“The Jeff’s” new reception and community areas inaugurated

Photo: Marie White

On June 12, the Jeffery Hale's emergency reception area and community room were filled with admiring staff, residents, and members of the community, who had come to celebrate the inauguration of the newly renovated areas.

Ozalik joins with Quebec Cancer Foundation

Photo: Marie White

Life goes on after treatment." That is the theme of the Quebec Cancer Foundation which will join forces with Ozalik's founder and artistic director Gaëtan Siouï and the Sondaky dancers as Siouï moves past his own cancer treatments. The 2013 version of his colourful and moving production will take place from July 23 to August 17, at 8:30 every evening.

Local Metro's generous grant helps fill library at Ste-Foy Elementary School

Photo: Danielle Burns

Chelsea Baker, the librarian at Ste-Foy Elementary School, applied for a grant from the Metro grocery store chain back in December, 2012. "I was astonished," said Baker when, for the second year in a row, she received a grant of $1,000 from the Metro Green Apple School Program to buy books that promote healthy, active lifestyles and positive attitudes.

St. Vincent students enjoy Sports Day in the sunshine

Photo: Jill Gagnon

St. Vincent Elementary students enjoyed the first sunny day in a while with their annual Sports Day on Thursday, June 13. Among the events were a treasure hunt, tug-of-war and water wars.

Hot summer music at the Edwin-Bélanger bandstand

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Photo: Danielle Burns

All summer long, until August 18, local and visiting musicians will be giving free outdoor concerts for the enjoyment of music lovers at the Edwin-Bélanger bandstand.

Artbeat Festival attracts a wide variety of performers

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Artbeat Spring Fling Festival, held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Quebec City, certainly offered a great variety of performers. Emcee Michael Bourguignon introduced the acts and also did a great stand-up sketch, impersonating a Francophone giving advice to fellow Francophones on the correct pronunciation of "the other official language."

Rodeo time in Sainte-Catherine-de-la Jacques-Cartier

Photo: Lise Lafond

The Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Western Festival will be held from June 27 to June 30.

Always an exceptional rodeo, every year we can see more and more competitors coming to participate. Cowboys and their horses follow the festivals every weekend, all summer, for the privilege of hopefully riding less than 17 seconds in the ring for the joy of the crowd. Why do they do it?

New stamp marks 250 years of Canadian postal history


On June 10, Canada Post unveiled a new stamp bearing a portrait of Benjamin Franklin and a view of Quebec City in 1763. The unveiling took place at the Post Office in Old Quebec and was attended by members of the Quebec Historical Society and the Quebec Postal History Society.

Book Quest: Explore!


The Morrin Centre invites you to check out their online calendar of events and visit the library in the coming weeks to learn more about their summer reading club for children ages 5 to 12.

Starting July 6, children and their families are invited to go on a series of adventures and embark on a discovery of the world that surrounds them.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle 
A young man named Walter Mountain, residing in Nouvelle Street, Montcalm Ward, was arrested, charged with having assaulted his step-mother in such a violent manner as to inflict injuries of a fatal nature.

QCT Mystery Photo Contest


Welcome to the 2013 Mystery Photo Contest. Bethann Merkle, Shirley Nadeau and Danielle Burns have scouted out people, places and things around the city for you to try and identify over the next three months. Most of them are outdoors, but some are indoors. Your mission is to find these objects and correctly identify them by answering the questions with each photo.

Congratulations to Bill and Denyse Cox on their 60th wedding anniversary

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On June 18, 1953, Bill Cox and Denyse Gagnon walked down the aisle of a church in Sept-Îles, to be joined in holy matrimony. Sixty years later, this charming couple are still enjoying life to the fullest. They have five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


No Obituaries this week.


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