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March 13, 2013

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Quebec independence could cause land claim issues

Photo: Gib McInnis

Thierry Rodon, Widia Larivière, Max Gros-Louis and Jean-Louis Fontaine were featured speakers at the recent conference held at Université Laval regarding the place of First Nations people in Quebec today.

On March 6, a full house attended the Association of Graduate Students conference at Université Laval's Hydro-Québec amphitheatre. The theme explored was "How do Aboriginals fit in Quebec society?"

QCNA presents brief to the National Assembly re Bill 14

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) recently submitted a brief to the National Assembly of Quebec's Committee on Culture and Education as part of the General consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French Language, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisions.

Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Just some of the many books for St. Patrick's Day available at La Maison Anglaise bookstore.

On March 17, millions of revellers from Dublin to Dubai will put on some green, march (or participate in) raucous St. Patrick's Day parades, and perhaps sing and dance until their faces become as red as a leprechaun's hair.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
There was no organized out-door demonstration in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

CQSB to present brief before Bill 14 Parliamentary Committee

Photo: Photo by Gib McInnis

Jean Robert, Vice-Chairman, Council of Commissioners, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Québec School Board.

Public Meetings on Proposed Bill 14 (An Act to amend the Charter of the French Language)

Last December, with its publication of the proposed Bill 14, the government of Québec announced its firm intention to put an end, within the next three years, to all temporary certificates of eligibility presently issued to the children of members of the Canadian Armed Forces temporarily stationed in the province of Quebec.

It is clear that the publication of the proposed Bill has already

Building the Crashed Ice “benchmark”

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

This 360-degree spiral is the result of several years of planning, conducted while Crashed Ice Championship producers bided their time, waiting to be sure the racers could meet the challenge.

Red Bull says Quebec City is the benchmark, the model for the sport," affirmed Patrice Drouin, Gestev President, during a recent press tour of this year's Crashed Ice course. The reasons are the same ones that make so many local events into international attractions - picturesque Vieux-Québec, the city's tourist-friendly attitude, and world-class event production companies.

Les Boys are back to school

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The parking lot behind QHS was full of movie trailers for the actors and staff of the production crew of Les Boys.

It was a busy and exciting week for some students at Quebec High School during March Break. On March 8, this writer dropped by the school and discovered a "Christmas Dance" taking place in the gymnasium.

March Madness at St. Lawrence

Men's Hockey

The St. Lawrence Lions men's hockey team just completed their regular season this past weekend. The Lions finished in second place overall with a 20 win-11 loss and 1 overtime loss record, for a total of 41 points. The Lions will now have to defend the provincial title which they have won for the past three years. Their quarter-final opponent will be the Jeannois from College Alma.

Jeffrey Hale - St. Brigid’s at the Pentathlon des neiges

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Photo: Michel Plouffe

Kudos to the Jeffery Hale-St. Brigid's teams for leading by example in taking care of their own health and wellness through physical activity: (front row) Charlène Joyal (skating), Alain Bélanger (snowshoeing), Chantal Hautcoeur (cross-country skiing), and Andréa Fortin (cycling); (middle row) Myriam Laroche (snowshoeing), Jean-Marc Tanguay (skating), Danny Roche (cycling), and Michel Mercier (cross-country skiing); (back row) Kathleen Poulin (running) and Gabriel Audet (running).

For the last three years, during the Pentathlon des neiges sporting event held on the Plains of Abraham, a special day is set aside for employees of the 13 health establishments of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale.

Festi Lumière at the Aquarium du Québec

Photo: Lise Lafond

Like "La phoque d'Alaska," an illuminated seal balances a ball on his nose. The Pierre Laporte Bridge makes a haunting backdrop at the Festi Lumière at the Aquarium du Québec.

The fifth annual Festi Lumière at the Aquarium du Québec ended last weekend. Some 400,000 LED lights in all shapes and sizes illuminated the pathways of the Aquarium. Young and old were captivated by the images created by these lights.

One spectacular sight was the replica of the Château Frontenac which could be seen from many angles.

10th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

Photo: Tjerk Bartlema - TB Photography

A scene from the 2012 Performing Arts Festival.

Springtime for The Central Québec School Board means getting ready for the annual Performing Arts Festival (PAF). This year, the CQSB celebrates its tenth festival! To help underline the importance of the arts in our communities, Voice of English-Speaking Québec is lending

its staff and financial support to make it a truly memorable event.

From Breezy Point to Stoneham update

Photo: Barbara Lafond

Members of the Gabriele, Izzo, Ludovico, Devine, Cavallo, Bobe, Baldassarri, Gaeta, Muldowney, Murray, and Dooley families (two of which lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy), were at Stoneham once again this year.

Some of you may remember the article "From Stoneham to Breezy Point, with love," in the November 14, 2012 issue of the QCT, regarding certain families in Breezy Point, New York who lost their homes to fire and floods caused by Hurricane Sandy in late October.

Freshen up your greens this St. Patrick’s Day

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Celebrate St. Patrick with pan-fried Quebec potatoes and seafood served in style - nestled on a bed of locally-grown microgreens and sprouts.

We all know the litany - shamrocks, revelry, and Irish-inspired food; bagpipes, leprechauns, and green beer to set the mood. This year, minor modifications to traditional dishes can help you fit a little extra green into your celebration. In the case of St. Patrick's Day, it is hard to overlook the obvious connection between wearing green and, well, living green.


KILCOYNE, Jean Olive

a resident of Long Point, Ontario, passed away on Friday March 1, 2013, after a short illness.

Jean was much loved by her husband Ralph, her children Catherine, Ron, John (Bonnie) and Shauneen (Len), her grandchildren Jessica, Erin, Kelly and Patrick and her great-grandchildren Avery, Beth and Kate.


Malcolm Colin (Bill) Holliday, age 90, of Kingston, Ontario, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013. Bill was born in Quebec City where he graduated from Commissioners High School and left to serve in the RCAF during WW II. He returned to Quebec City where he worked in the insurance industry until he moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 1999.

BÉRUBÉ, Louise Rouleau

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It is with much sadness that the family of Louise Rouleau announces her death on March 8, 2013, at Quebec City at the age of 71 years.

Loulou is survived by her husband Michel Bérubé, and her sons, Mario (Isabel Côté) and Eric (Mathilde Barbeau) and her grandchildren Camille, Nathan and Florence, whom she adored.

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