News Digest November 6, 2013


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November 6, 2013

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Mayor Régis Labeaume and his team win overwhelming majority in Quebec City elections


Mayor Régis Labeaume and his team are all smiles after the Sunday, November 3, municipal election. His team won an overwhelming majority, 18 of 21 seats, and Mayor Labeaume received 74% of votes for this, his third term in office. There was great interest in this election as shown by the almost 55% of eligible voters who turned out on Sunday.

Public service is “in the blood” at Quebec High School

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Most of Quebec High School's senior leadership students couldn't give blood on Tuesday. But they gave Tuesday all they had.
"It saves lives, and it's a good way to help people and help the neighbourhood," said student volunteer Aurélie Heinz. "Students did this a couple of years ago and it has become a tradition.


Central Quebec School Board shines once again!

According to a study recently published by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sports (MELS), students from the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) English public schools continue to make their mark with regard to graduation and qualification rates. Our students' graduation and qualification rate is 85.9%!

Open House at Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s High School

The Central Quebec School Board invites all Cycle Three (Grades 5 and 6) elementary students and their families to attend the Open House that will be held at Quebec City's two public English high schools on Saturday, November 9.

Morrin Centre’s fifth annual Literary Feast honours two remarkable women

The Morrin Centre wish to announce that Monique F. Leroux, CEO of the Desjardins Group, will be Honorary Chair of this year's Literary Feast, to be held on Thursday, November 21. In addition, world-renowned architect Phyllis Lambert will be keynote speaker at the event.
Monique F. Leroux is CEO of the largest cooperative financial group in Canada.

A moment of silence to remember

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, citizens of Canada and other Commonwealth countries will once again stop and observe two minutes in silence. In Quebec City on November 11, a ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph on Grande Allée at the corner of Honoré-Mercier, starting at 10:30 a.m.
On November 11, 1918, over four years of violence finally ceased.

Scotch whisky fundraiser for the Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society will be holding its second annual Cocktail Scotch on November 21 in collaboration with the chairmen of Québec-Whisky, Patrick Bourassa and André Girard. The Honorary Chairman is Mario Welsh, a lawyer with the firm of Heenan Blaikie Aubut.
You are invited to come and savour four scotches served with carefully chosen hors d'oeuvres.

Don’t let the flu take you by surprise

Jeffery Hale Hospital will be giving free flu vaccines to the following members of the English-speaking community:
people age 60 and older;
adults over 18 who have certain chronic diseases (such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, major obesity, cancer, asthma or a weakened immune system);

Remembering Edith Piaf

Photo: Simone Bussière

The Théâtre Petit Champlain in Quebec City will be presenting a show entitled Piaf from November 8 to 10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of this much-loved French songstress. Jil Argot, whose voice we hear in the award winning film, La vie en rose, will be giving new life to the songs of this legendary chanteuse.

A haven for Canadians and hockey fans in Southern California


If you are ever in Los Angeles for business, a visit to Disneyland or to try and make it big in Hollywood, Canadians are always welcome at the Redondo Beach Cafe. In fact, Canadians drive great distances for a taste of home at this popular sports hang-out, enjoying authentic poutine and imported Montreal smoked meat while watching the Habs play on the big-screen televisions.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
We learn the death, at the parish of St. Roch de l'Achigan, of Mr. Amable Gerard, at the advanced age of 100 years, 2 months and 4 days.

Thetford Mines students attend Photonics Games at U Laval

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

It was an early morning for the secondary 5 science students at A.S. Johnson Memorial Secondary School in Thetford Mines. Science teacher Stephen Renaud and his students made the 90-minute trip to Université Laval to participate in the Photonics Games.

Mia Anderson wins Montreal International Poetry Prize

Photo: Danielle Giguère

Mia Anderson, an accomplished poet originally from Toronto, now lives near the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Portneuf, Quebec. Anderson was recently named the winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize for her poem "The Antenna." The poem was selected from close to 2,000 entries from 70 countries for the $20,000 prize.

Literary phoenix: Lac-Mégantic library rises from ashes

The summer 2013 tragedy in Lac-Mégantic resulted in the loss of lives, property, and more. Among the many community resources destroyed was Lac-Mégantic's library. This writer, having "grown up" to some extent in the library of a small community, was struck by what the loss of a library could mean to a community.

Joe Lonergan to launch Shamrocks in the Maples

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Joe Lonergan, a well-known member of the Irish community in Quebec City, is delighted to announce that, after many years of research and writing, he has published a history of his family and his life growing up here. The book encompasses both the Old World and the New. It tells the story of Irish "shamrocks" settling in the maple woods by the St. Lawrence River.

New publishing house seeks youth literature that is anything but “canned”

Photo: Rodéric Chabot

Passion is the key word - I want to do literature that is different from what is already out there," affirmed Rodéric Chabot.

Paul and Marla have a problem


Paul (last name withheld), a recognized refugee from Congo-Kinshasa, and Marla Dominey, a military spouse from Halifax, are both newly-arrived English speakers seeking jobs in Quebec City.
"The biggest problem is obvious," says Dominey. "I don't speak French. I was in computers, but since I can't speak the language we'll have to figure something out."

Taste of Heritage: Making Quebec cider even more local

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

If Quebec cider is famous, then the province's iced cider is iconic. Quebec City cider master Claude Jolicoeur has made cider privately for over two decades. He gives presentations and demonstrations throughout North America, and his homemade ciders have won numerous awards.

Official photo of Prince George’s christening


Britain's monarchy recently released a photo that shows four generations of Royals gathered together.
The picture shows Queen Elizabeth II and three (possible) future kings: her son Prince Charles, her grandson Prince William, and her great-grandson, three-month-old Prince George.

Quebecers take centre stage in Cirque’s TOTEM

Photo: Danielle Burns

Although the Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM is playing some 5,000 km from Quebec City in Los Angeles, California, it is Quebecers who take the spotlight. The show, which was written and directed by Robert Lepage, began touring in 2010 with the premiere performance in Montreal before stopping in Quebec City in July and August of the same year.

National Ballet School auditions in Quebec City

Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) is excited to announce that the 2013/2014 National Audition Tour, which includes both auditions and open classes, will be in Quebec City on Saturday, November 9, at the École de danse de Québec.

Sharpen your skates! The Gaétan-Boucher skating oval soon open

The Ville de Québec has announced that, weather permitting, the Gaétan-Boucher skating oval, located at 929, avenue De Rochebelle in Sainte-Foy will be open for the winter as of Friday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Admittance is free.
Skaters may enjoy free skating from that date until March 9, according to the following schedule:

Arctic exploration schooner Tara to stop over in Quebec

The schooner Tara is presently on her way to Quebec City after completing the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, circumnavigating the Arctic Ocean via the Northwest and Northeast Passages.

New and improved services announced by provincial ministries

Two provincial ministries recently announced changes to services which will streamline families' interactions. The Quebec Minister of Justice, Bertrand St-Arnaud, said a new legal aid service will be provided by the Legal Services Commission.

Canadian soldiers remembered in Holland

Photo: Maureen Cox

When my daughter Maureen told me she was off to Holland on business this past summer, I asked her to visit the Canadian War Cemetery and tell me what it was like. Around Remembrance Day so much reference is made to the huge cemetery at Vimy, France, where many more of our soldiers are buried.

In Thangka, school is in session

Photo: Raphaëlle Prince

The village primary school in the isolated, mountainous region of southwestern China is the brainchild of a Tibetan-born Quebecer, Thupten Jyatso, his wife, Quebec philosophy professor Raphaëlle Prince, and his brother, Kalsang Rabten. When Jyatso and Rabten were growing up, students had to walk over an hour on mountainous terrain to the nearest school.


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