News Digest March 12, 2014

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March 12, 2014



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Thank you: The family of the late Isabel McCartney would like to thank everyone for their condolences and attendance at the memorial service. A special thank-you to the staff on the second floor of St. Brigid’s Home for the wonderful care given to her. Please accept this as a personal thank-you.
 (12 hrs/wk) position offered at St. Patrick’s Parish, Quebec City. We are seeking an individual with training and experience in accounting systems and Windows Office software who is comfortable in a small office environment, flexible, and willing and able to learn. Applicants must be bilingual. Applications accepted until March 20, 2014. Interested applicants should address their covering letter and CV to: Parish Manager c/o Fr. Allan Savage, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 1145 de Salaberry, Quebec, QC  G1R 2V7 or [email protected]
Saint-Patrick’s Cemetery, Quebec
General management and upkeep of cemetery. 40 hrs/week, bilingual. Trains and leads employees, plans work, maintains grounds and equipment, prepares lots. Experience and computer skills required. Send CV to the attention of: Father Allan Savage, St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 de Salaberry, Quebec, QC, G1R 2V7, or by e-mail to [email protected]



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The Shannon Irish Show honours a special man: Don Kack

Photo: Wanda Leahy

Don Kack isn't the kind of man that you would see standing alone on centre stage in the Shannon Irish Show, belting his heart out to a traditional Irish shanty. Nor, for that matter, would he ever be caught dancing. But despite his shy demeanour, Don is the man who, for the last 48 years, has been one of the rocks on which the Shannon Irish Show's success is built.

WIXX Move-a-Thon gets families moving

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

On March 7, Voice of English-Speaking Quebec hosted a Move-a-Thon at Eastern Quebec Learning Centre. Closed for spring break, the facility nonetheless echoed with the sounds of some 60 children and adults enjoying nearly two hours of fun physical activities.
The Move-a-Thon was part of VEQ's Be Active Quebec initiative, and was sponsored by WIXX.

Fifth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more spectacular than ever


The Défilé de la Saint-Patrick is celebrating in high style this year with a parade that will be more spectacular and richer in music than ever. Grand Parade Marshall Barbara Miller Roy will proudly lead the way through Quebec City's streets on Saturday, March 22. Also present will be Bono, the parade's official mascot, a magnificent Irish Wolfhound. The action gets underway at 12 NOON from St.

Myths and mysteries behind St. Patrick

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Photo: Image from Google

What is it about Saint Patrick, anyway? The simple answer is that someone who was likely a fairly ordinary fellow became a great deal more entertaining and useful posthumously.
The Patrick we celebrate today is said to be of British birth, and is widely accepted to have been captured and taken to Ireland as a slave in his teens.

The Great Gathering of the Frampton Irish

I wish some day we could have a great gathering in Frampton, maybe in the year 2015. We were always told, when I was young, that the Irish arrived in 1815." (Donald Brennan, guest book entry, March 1, 2012)

A visit to the MCDC office in Thetford Mines

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) describes itself as "a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the English-speaking community of Chaudière-Appalaches and Arthabaska-L'Érable." The office, which also serves as a community space and lending library, is in Thetford Mines in the former manse of the United Church.

Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge at Stoneham Ski Resort

Every year, to officially wind up the night-skiing season, Stoneham Ski Resort organizes a fundraising activity, the Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge, in support of children with cancer and their families. With tons of fun and activities planned, it's a family-oriented event open to people of all ages. It's not too late to sign up for this year's challenge which takes place on Saturday, March 15.

Canada off to a good start at Sochi Paralympics

The Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics opened on Friday, March 7, and by the end of the first weekend Team Canada had already racked up some impressive results.
Brian McKeever won Canada's first gold medal in the men's 20 km visually impaired cross-country race.
Prince Edward Island's Mark Arendz took silver in the men's standing biathlon.

Sledge hockey medal hopes for Shannon Paralympian

Photo: Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada

On the last day of the Sochi Paralympic Games, Canada will go for a historic medal sweep in hockey. After the men's and women's Olympic teams both won their second straight Olympic gold medals last month in Sochi, the sledge hockey team will attempt to go for gold at the Paralympics.
Like the two Olympic teams, the sledge hockey team will rely on a combination of veterans and newcomers.

SLC Lions honour their Seniors

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This past week was Seniors Week for the St. Lawrence Lions, as the Lions men's hockey team and both Division 2 basketball teams played their last regular season home games.
On Friday night, the men's hockey team hosted Cégep de Thetford. Before the game, Champlain-St.

The first Quebec International Winter Triathlon

Photo: Bill Cox

The world première of the ITU Quebec Winter Triathlon took place on the Plains of Abraham this past weekend, showcasing the world's best male and female triathletes and paratriathletes.
Summer triathlons include swimming, cycling and running, whereas the winter edition involves 5 km of snowshoeing, 12 km of speed skating and 8 km of cross-country skiing for a total of 25 gruelling kilometres.

Elite racers break new ground at ITU Winter Triathlon

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The 34 athletes lined up on the Plains of Abraham for the start of the ITU Winter Triathlon Elite races were among the best in their sports. Quebecer Marc-André Bédard and Slovak Dušan Simocko are world-class biathletes. New Brunswick-born Quebecer Joël Bourgeois is a two-time track Olympian.

Disability no barrier for paratriathlon athletes

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Skating or skiing without seeing where you're going may sound like a daunting experience, but Simon Tremblay is used to it. Tremblay, who is blind from birth, took the silver medal in the solo event in Saturday's winter paratriathlon on the Plains of Abraham.
"You need to follow the track," says Tremblay. "In a lot of places on the ski course there weren't ski prints to follow.

Big Mountain Battle on Mont-Sainte-Anne

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On March 8, the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort hosted the Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle, a three-hour scavenger hunt. Battles are held at eight ski resorts across North America with a final event, Battle in the Bowls, to be held in Aspen, Colorado, on March 23.
Skiers and snowboarders compete in pairs in one of three skill level categories: Advanced, Intermediate and Age 12 year or younger.

ESL students make the news in Thetford Mines

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Deep inside a maze of hallways at the Cégep de Thetford Mines, more than a dozen ambitious adults are working to improve their English skills.

Electricity in the air at auto show

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Salon de l'Auto de Québec drew hundreds of people out to the Centre des Foires de Québec this past week, from vintage-car enthusiasts like the members of Quebec-based Club des Belles Autos d'Hier, to families looking for something to do over March Break.

Couillard and Liberals call for change

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In reaction to the Parti Québécois' call for a provincial election on April 7, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) held a well-attended press conference on March 5.
PLQ leader Philippe Couillard took the stage, surrounded by his team. He addressed the main issues his party would confront.

Memorials and Things of Fame



Tanya Morand presents Entangled City Rambles


Quebec City artist Tanya Morand is presenting an exhibit of her recent works called Entangled City Rambles (Dédales urbains entrelacés) at the Aliette-Marchand library, 243 Pierre-Bertrand Boulevard, from March 5 to 30.


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