News Digest October 7, 2015

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Issue October 7, 2015


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Sisters in Spirit hold vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Photo: Juanita Craig

The second Sisters in Spirit public vigil took place at Place D'Youville on , October 4 with some 100 supporters in attendance.

Terry Fox Run at Ste-Foy Elementary School

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The cold wind and rain on October 1 did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Ste-Foy Elementary School students who participated in the school’s annual Terry Fox Run.

General Elections 2015: Why I like the Conservatives

This is the third of four weekly articles to appear in the QCT in the run-up to the General Election on 19 October. The titles for the first two were: “Why I Like the NDP/Liberals,” and “Why I Don’t Like the NDP/Liberals;” the final one next week will be “Why I Don’t Like the Conservatives.”

The impact of the Liberal Party fiscal plan on Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Morning Chronicle

Annick Papillon encourages people to get out and vote

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Photo: House of Commons photo

From her riding office in Saint-Roch, Annick Papillon can see hip offices of Quebec tech startups as well as gritty, low-rent apartments. The invisible line that runs through the neighbourhood, dividing Urban Outfitters from urban decay, is one of the elements that makes the riding of Quebec so unique and appealing to the NDP incumbent.

Fall Celebration at the Quebec Citadelle

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Photo: Bill Cox

The Plains of Abraham again echoed with the sounds of battles fought on its soil when modern-day cannons at the Quebec Citadelle fired a 21-gun salute for His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. He and his wife Sharon Johnston were in town for the annual Fall Celebration which including opening their Quebec City residence to the public.  

St. Michael’s Church concert features organ, circus and tango!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, September 29, parishioners and the general public filled St. Michael’s Church in Sillery for a benefit concert. The organ was the star of the evening along with three musicians, three circus performers and two tango dancers. 

Battles 1759-1760 unveiled at Plains of Abraham Museum

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Photo: Battles image provided by NBC

During its 15-year run, some 300,000 visitors viewed Odyssey: A journey through history on the Plains of Abraham, an exhibit located at the Plains of Abraham Museum (formerly known as the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham). 

Le Monastère des Augustines officially open

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 30, the Augustinian Sisters of Québec officially opened Le Monastère des Augustines, now transformed into a “haven of heritage, culture and wellness” with a new vocation as a hospice for travellers, caregivers and families of those who are ill. Many dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony held in the monastery’s historic chapel. 

Alan Stairs: The piping farmer of Tewkesbury

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Alan Stairs is usually seen dressed in his 78th Fraser Highland uniform with his bagpipes slung under one arm while he plays an assortment of marches, slow marches, jigs and Strathspeys. 

Happy 50th anniversary!

Congratulations to Margaret and Jim Oman who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a garden party at their home with family and friends. It was a perfect day with beautiful weather filled with lots of good memories. Margaret and Jim were married at Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy on August 21,1965.  We wish them many more happy years together.

School board structures are no longer on Premier Couillard’s agenda

Press Release – The Quebec English School Boards Association is very pleased with the change in position on school board structures made by Premier Couillard during the recent PLQ Forum on Education in the 21st Century. 

William Thomas WHITEHEAD


Fighting Irish battle for football glory on the Plains

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The smell of hot dogs was already wafting through the air on Sunday morning as the St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team prepared to take on École Sécondaire Mont-Saint-Sacrement as part of the traditional Fighting Irish fall tailgate. The seniors played later that afternoon against the Diables from École Sécondaire de Donnacona. 

What does the future hold for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church?

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin



Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK

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Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK, 94, died peacefully at her home in Vancouver on September 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born on January 14, 1921, in Quebec City, Violet was the daughter of the late Edward and Effie (Neil) Rourke.