News Digest May 28, 2014

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For the Week of May 28, 2014 Issue



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Seeking a bilingual manager with excellent people skills to see to the daily affairs of the parish: Inquiries; sacramental registers; accounting system and budgeting;
Cemetery sales and database; Manage and supervise paid staff and volunteers;
Develop/enhance the administrative support systems of the parish and cemetery.
Qualified, interested applicants should forward their covering letter and resumé by email to
[email protected] or to the attention of the Trustees, St. Patrick’s Parish, 1145, de Salaberry, Quebec, QC G1R 2V7



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Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire speaks out about the failure of humanity in Rwanda

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Anxious to hear the message brought by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, commander of the 1994 U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, a thousand people crowded into the PEPS at Université Laval last Thursday evening. Dallaire is now a Canadian senator and creator of a foundation in his name that helps disadvantaged young people.

The Moe and Regina Rosenhek Volunteer Award presented to Hugh and Barbara Bignell

Photo: Photo provided by Kathleen Poulin

Barbara and Hugh Bignell are the recipients of this year's Moe and Regina Rosenhek Volunteer Award for their devoted contribution to many of our community organizations. They received the award at the Citadel Foundation's annual general meeting on May 6 at the Garrison Club. Recently, after Regina Rosenhek passed away, the family had the name of the award changed to include her name.

Stepping up to the challenge to end Multiple Sclerosis

Photo: Photo by Juanita Craig

On May 25, several thousand walkers across Quebec laced up for the 20th fundraising Multiple Sclerosis Walk. In Quebec City alone, 3,500 people took part in the event starting at the Domaine de Maizerets and raising over $60,000.

Street views: The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets

Rue Alfred-Nobel is located in the section of Sainte-Foy known as The Plateau and is just east of Autoroute Duplessis between Chemin Sainte-Foy and Versant Nord.

It is named after Albert Bernard Nobel, a Swedish engineer and chemist renowned for his work on the nitroglycerine, an unstable liquid.

Memorials and Things of Fame

S.S. Empress of Ireland
Preamble from Cathy: On May 28, 1914, the Empress of Ireland cast off from Quebec City at 4:27 p.m. for the six-day journey to Liverpool. At the helm Henry George Kendall was making his first voyage as Captain of the ship.

Walking through the pain for the Arthritis Society


Annie Paquet, 36, works in human resources for an international company based in Lévis. She works 40 hours, and sometimes more, per week, in spite of the fact that she lives with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) - just one of the many forms of arthritis affecting between 150,000 and 300,000 Canadians.

Beatrice Gaw attends her 60th Nursing School reunion

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Photo: Photo by Nancy Hamilton

It's not often that a former student shows up for the 60th class reunion, yet Quebec City resident Beatrice "Bea" (Royle) Gaw did just that on May 2, at a gathering of some 200 Montreal General Hospital Nursing Alumnae at the Hôtel Omni in Montreal.

The Sacred Treasures of Quebec City walking tour

The Corporation du Patrimoine et du Tourisme religieux de Québec (Quebec City religious heritage and tourism corporation) invites residents and visitors to discover the "Sacred Treasures of Quebec City." Walking tours are given in English or French, Thursdays and Sundays from June to September.

Mike Rud to perform at St. Michael’s Church

As part of his Ontario and Quebec tour, Canadian jazz guitarist Mike Rud will be performing at St. Michael's Church, 1800, chemin Saint-Louis, on Saturday, June 7, at 8:00 p.m.

Rud, from Montreal, recently won the Juno award for Best Vocal Jazz Album for his CD Notes on Montreal.

Quebec City’s Festival d’Eté pulls out all the stops: deadmau5 headlines concerts on the Plains!

The Festival d'Éte de Québec (FEQ) recently announced that one of the artists most in demand on FEQ social media will top the lineup of concerts on the Plains of Abraham.

Canadian superstar Joel Zimmerman, better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is one of the world's most respected electronic music producers.

Plaque in honour of the late Charles G. “Chubby” Power

A commemorative plaque in honour of the late Charles Gavin Power, known fondly by his friends and colleagues as "Chubby," will be unveiled at the Quebec Garrison Club on Thursday, June 5, at 10:30 p.m. If you wish to attend this dedication ceremony, please contact Pierre Bibeau at 418 872-0496 or [email protected].

A cry for help for the Quebec Bridge

For some time now I've been afraid to cross the Quebec Bridge."

Georges Lacroix obviously meant what he said. Some months ago, he and his wife Thérèse took out a full-page ad in Le Soleil, forcefully demanding that maintenance of the almost 100-year-old Quebec Bridge be resumed immediately.

Getting serious about biking infrastructure in Quebec City

Photo: Photo by Sophie Rivett-Carnac

The news that a 33-year-old Montreal woman cyclist died after a transport truck collided with her bike earlier this month, then the news of media magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau being admitted to hospital following a biking accident in the Eastern Townships, has come as a brutal reminder of the dangers associated with this mode of transport.

Champlain-St. Lawrence: Graduation in style

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain-St. Lawrence held its commencement ceremony at the Centre Montmartre in Sillery on May 23. Spirits ran high among the graduates and their families, presenters and sponsors in attendance.

First in the proceedings was campus director Jean Robert, who gave an address to the graduates. Robert highlighted the careers of many who had attended St. Lawrence.

Où tu vas … enthrals, unsettles

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Where do you go when you sleepwalk? Perhaps more importantly, what kind of urn do you want your ashes to be stored in when you die?

These and other inevitable yet unsettling questions are at the heart of Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant? - a free outdoor performance in Saint-Roch, part of Quebec City's annual Carrefour international de théâtre.

Quebec City Alzheimer Society’s walk for memory

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On a bright and sunny Sunday morning, May 25, the Quebec City Alzheimer Society held its eighth annual Memory Walk, one of 20 such fundraisers held across the province that day. In Quebec City, participants gathered for the Memory Walk at Place George-V in front of the Armoury.

The death and new life of a Casavant organ

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Strolling through picturesque Old Limoilou, one is compelled to stop, awestruck, in front of the imposing façade of Saint-Charles Church on 8th Avenue in Limoilou. The grand stone structure, erected in 1920, is a relic of Quebec City's once thriving Catholic community.

Laudate Choir to perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Photo: Photo from Westminster Presbyterian Church website

On Sunday, June 8, at 5:00 p.m., the Laudate Youth Choir from Nashville, Tennessee, will appear in concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity at 31, rue des Jardins in Quebec City.

The Laudate Youth Choir is comprised of singers in senior high school, grades 9 to 12. Under the direction of Dr.

Voices of Victory Choir at Chalmers-Wesley Church

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Voices of Victory Choir invite you to join them at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of fabulous choral music, comedy and selections from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.This youth choir, from Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario, have performed at Chalmers-Wesley twice in the past and look forward to hosting them again.

Exotic animal show at the PEPS

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Photo: Laurent Silvani

Now here's a fun, furry event for families, or anyone who likes critters - the more exotic the better! For the first time in Quebec City, the Salon des animaux exotiques will be taking place at the PEPS on the campus of Unversité Laval on Saturday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More traffic woes on Grande Allée: two years of construction work

The Ville de Québec recently outlined Phase 1 of the work to be done on the infrastructure of Grande Allée. Scheduled to begin on July 14, the work will be done over a two-year period and will include almost a kilometre of the roadway between the Concorde Hotel and Avenue des Érables (just past the entrance to the Musée des Beaux-Arts).

Volunteers treated to a magic show


On May 20, the volunteers who give their time and effort in the Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge district were invited to an afternoon of entertainment at the Salle Albert-Rousseau for Réellement sur Scène - a magic show starring Luc Langevin.

Winner of Jerry Seinfeld show tickets

Mamie Stewart is the winner of a pair of GOLD section tickets to the Jerry Seinfeld show at ExpoCité on June 14, part of the Festival Grand Rire de Québec.

Mamie wrote, "This is a great idea having people tell you what their favourite Seinfeld television show is.

Rocking with Martin Deschamps during Quebec Disability Awareness Week

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Photo: Ruby pratka

On-stage, Martin Deschamps rips into a bass guitar riff with a verve that would make any hard-rock musician proud, whether covering "Highway to Hell" or performing one of his own, French-language compositions. At the end of a particularly good set, Deschamps thrusts his crutches in the air in an emphatic victory sign.

Drawing and painting workshops at the MNBAQ

Photo: Image from MNBAQ website

The Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec offers a variety of drawing and painting classes for adults.

Oil landscapes: On Tuesdays from May 27 to June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of oil painting to create a magnificent landscape inspired by the Morrice and Lyman in company with Matisse exhibit.

Duck, duck bread: no human food for waterfowl

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

Splashing around in puddles, creeks and ponds, urban waterfowl are back. So, too, is the annual tradition of sharing snacks with these gregarious creatures. And yet, the long-standing habit of tossing stale bread, tables scraps and grain to the birds could be doing them more harm than good.

New York state's Department of Environmental Conservation doesn't mince words.


 No obituraries this week.



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