News Digest November 4 2015




Issue November 4, 2015


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Quebec City Women's Club converts books into bursaries

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Pierre Lassonde shares his passion for art

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Collecting is my entire life’s passion. Being able to share it with the general public of Quebec is an immense honour.” – Pierre Lassonde 

Election 2015 aftermath: the Conservatives

Last week’s article considered the Liberals and the NDP; this week’s looks at the Conservatives.

History of Valcartier to be launched on November 14

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To mark the upcoming 200th anniversary of the founding of the village of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Marion A. Paquet has written an ambitious, 267-page history of the community from the earliest European presence in Quebec, its founding in 1816, and beyond. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Jean-Cabot

Photo: Bill Cox

The babies of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Photo: Isaac Applebaum

QHS drew a record number of blood donors

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Canadian Pacific and the Golden Age of Travel

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Photo: Rachel Collet

Barry Lane has colourfully captured the fascinating history of the Canadian Pacific in his recently launched book, Canadian Pacific, The Golden Age of Travel. The hardcover book features images and photographs of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the result of the author’s scouring the relevant archives in Canada, the U.S.A. and the U.K. 

A fabulous visit to Quebec City

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Photo: Diane Kameen

Jeffery Hale, philanthropist, and General Elias Walker Durnford, builder of the Quebec Citadelle, are two names intimately entwined with Quebec City’s history. The institutions and buildings they created in the 19th century remain part of the life of the city today. By a quirk of fate, both men ended their days in the town of Tunbridge Wells.  

High school students compete in the REPOL Photonic Games

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Every year since 2008, the Regroupement des Étudiants en Photonique et Optique de (l’Université) Laval (REPOL) has invited senior high school students to discover the world of optics and photonics.

Science meets skiing at Boreal Glide

Photo: Julie Moffet for Forêt Montmorency

Last Friday was the kick-off of the cross-country ski season in eastern North America, as Forêt Montmorency opened its Boreal Glide trail to the public. The Boreal Glide, a tradition for three years now, is a two-kilometre-long, eight-metre-wide swath of snow ideal for cross-country skiing. 

Teachers at CQSB schools on rotating strikes

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Photo: Tracy Martin

Teachers of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB) in the Quebec City area went on strike on Tuesday, October 27, with groups picketing in front of Quebec High School on Avenue Belvédère and St. Vincent Elementary School on Avenue Wolfe from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 

An appealing conversation workshop

Photo: Robert Jardine

If you’re a Francophone and the idea of speaking English in a relaxed, friendly environment appeals to you, Francine Bédard-Hô and Andrew Clayden have the solution. 

14th annual Halloween Masquerade on Avenue Racine

Photo: Juanita Craig

Quebec City Hall’s Halloween celebrations

Photo: Rachel Collet

City Hall, decorated for Halloween with pumpkins, scarecrows, mummies and spiders, welcomed families and children on October 31. 

Free flu vaccinations at Jeffery Hale

Free flu vaccinations are available at the Jeffery Hale Hospital to members of the English-speaking community who meet the following eligibility criteria.  

Patricia-Anne GAUTHIER 1944-2015

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Patricia-Anne Gauthier, age 71, passed away on October 11, 2015, at CHSLD Jardins du Haut Saint-Laurent. She was the adopted daughter of the late Léonne and William Moylan. She lived in Quebec City. 

The family will be receiving condolences at