News Digest October 14 2015




Issue October 14, 2015


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Viceregal book launch at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

The Governor General quietly enters College Hall and takes a seat in the front row. Tonight, the fanfare is reserved for his wife: Her Excellency Sharon Johnston is celebrating the launch of her first novel, Matrons and Madams, a complex look at the women behind the returning soldiers after World War I. 

Amélie Godin: Winter Carnival Duchess of Sainte-Foy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last Monday, October 5, Amélie Godin was one of two semi-finalists, candidates in the Duchy of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap Rouge, hoping to become one of the seven duchesses of the 2016 Quebec City Winter Carnival, and maybe even be crowned as queen in January!  

General Election 2015: Why I don’t like the Conservatives

This is the last of four articles to appear in the QC-T in the run-up to the General Election on October 19. The titles for the first three were: “Why I Like the NDP/Liberals,” “Why I Don’t Like the NDP/Liberals,”  and “Why I Like the Conservatives.”

English churches prepare to assist refugees

Several dozen representatives of Quebec City’s English-speaking faith communities met on October 6 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity to decide how the community could best help arriving Syrian refugees. Mayor Régis Labeaume had previously announced plans to bring up to 800 refugees to the city over the next two years. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Meet Ken Selis, master hairdresser

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

What is the first thing an Anglophone looks for after moving to Quebec City? A doctor or a dentist? Probably, but for many people, especially women, they want a good hairdresser, preferably one with whom they can communicate in English.  

VEQ’s Meet and Greet a tasty treat for newcomers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On October 8, Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) welcomed newcomers to Quebec City to meet and greet each other and enjoy a “Taste of Quebec” at Jeffery Hale’s Coin Soleil. Some 40 people showed up and enjoyed delicious Quebec cheeses, tourtière and homemade pudding chômeur.  

The Maison de la Littérature takes flight

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After years of planning, restoration and renovation, the Maison de la Littérature in Old Quebec was officially opened on October 8. Located in the former Wesleyan Methodist Church at the corner of Rue Saint-Stanislas and Rue Dauphine, the once dark and dingy building is now a luminous temple of literature. 

Beauport-Limoilou debate brings politics to the people

Photo: Sarah Barclay

Over a hundred curious voters filed into the Jean-Guy Drolet community centre in Limoilou, having learned of the event largely through social media. After a schedule change and withdrawal of one candidate, the local candidates’ debate managed to go about as smoothly as any occasion on which individuals are invited to promote differing opinions. 

“Prost!” at Oktoberfest

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

German beer flowed during Festibière’s first Oktoberfest held at Quebec’s ExpoCité from October 9 to 11. Some 8,000 people joined the Bavarian-themed party during the Thanksgiving weekend. People sang, raised their half-litre beer-filled bocks (mugs) and danced to the oompah-pah of German music by the Gaudi Quattro band.  

Opinion: Government advertising must support community voices


Congratulations to Flo Regalbuto on her 100th birthday


Fleurette Regalbuto, known to her friends as “Flo,” crossed the 100-year line on October 13, 2015. Family and friends surrounded her on this special centenary birthday celebration at Heritage Manor in Ottawa.

Animals in Quebec lead a dog’s life

Photo: Danielle Burns

Alupa Clarke draws inspiration from across Canada

Photo: Photo from campaign website

Alupa Clarke is trying to add to the Conservative seat count in the October 19 election. A 28-year-old military reservist in the 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Clarke is the candidate for Beauport-Limoilou, currently held by NDP Raymond Côté. 

Keeping things uniform

Photo: Juanita Craig

The start of the academic year leads some parents and children to consider the merits of school uniforms. Having grown up in a Commonwealth country that favours school uniforms, I find it interesting to raise children in a place that does not.

St. Patrick’s seniors lose a heartbreaker to the Carcajous

After their resounding 41-22 win over the Donnacona Diables on October 4, St. Pat’s High School Fighting Irish senior football team continued their march towards the postseason.



Peter Charles JOHNSTON 1941 - 2015

Peter Charles Johnston, son of the late Mary and Robert Johnston, died accidentally on October 6, 2015, at the age of 73. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he lived in Quebec City.