News Digest October 9, 2013


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October 9, 2013


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The Quebec City Women’s Club celebrates 75 years

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On Saturday, October 5, Quebec City Women's Club president Jennifer Molson welcomed members of the QCWC to a luncheon at La Fenouillière restaurant to celebrate the organization's 75th anniversary.

A history of the club - Seven Decades of Mettle: From the University Women's Club of Quebec to the Quebec City Women's Club (1937-2007) - was launched to mark the anniversary.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits INO and the Quebec Citadel

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a visit to Quebec City on Monday, September 30. In the morning he took part in activities marking the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Institut national d'Optique (INO), Canada's leading centre of expertise in optics and photonics.

Irish Heritage hosts new Quebec City Uilleann Pipers Club

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Photo: Patrick McSweeney

October 19 is International Uilleann Piping Day, and Irish Heritage Quebec plans to mark the occasion by hosting the launching of a new pipers group. The Quebec City Uilleann Pipers Club will have their first official meeting in McMahon Hall (St. Patrick's Church), 1145, de Salaberry in Quebec City, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Autumn sketching event

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Drawn to Québec, a group of local sketching enthusiasts, will host their next sketching event on Saturday, November 19, at the Marché du Vieux-Port.

St. Pat’s Fighting Irish junior football action halted by injuries

All three St. Patrick's football teams were in action last Friday night in what was billed as a "Friday Night Lights" action. At the end of the night, the Irish came home with three losses and an evening they would prefer to forget.

A challenge like no other for DDO’s Terry Fox Run

Having a Terry Fox Run at a school is no unconventional event. They occur at countless educational institutions across our fair country at the end of September every year. But this year, the students at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School at the Valcartier Military Base responded very positively to a special fundraising challenge.

Everest School principal’s head is shaved!

Photo: Photo by Diane Adams

Principal Phil Joycey's personal hairdresser came to Everest School on Monday morning to bare it all for the pleasure of the students and staff. He had promised to have his head shaved if the students managed to surpass their fundraising goal for the Terry Fox Run held last week. They surpassed their goal by $4,000, raising an amazing total of $2,400.

Get ready to read the GGreat books of 2013

Photo: Photo by Danny Neville

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the list of finalists for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards on October 2.

Colourful intercultural festival at Place d’Youville

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Hamed Adam came to Quebec 17 years ago from Congo-Kinshasa, but he's still learning new things about his adopted province.

Adam and two other young volunteers were manning the marathon des expressions québécoises at the Québec en Couleurs festival Saturday at Place d'Youville. Preparing for the game, Adam learned expressions he'd never heard before.

Randall Spear concert series at the Morrin Centre


On Sunday, September 22, a bilingual concert series, where music is the universal language, started on key, at the Morrin Centre. The event was hosted by well-known musician Randall Spear, who broke the ice with a performance with friend Richard Blouin.

Quebec City elections: Candidates for Mayor and district councillors

On October 4, the official list of candidates for the position of Mayor of the Quebec City and councillors for each district was announced by the president of elections, Sylvain Ouellet. The elections will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Advance polls will be held one week earlier, on Sunday, October 27, with 43 polling stations open for voters.

The blues are his business: Jammin' with Jay Sewall

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Two lowlights focused on centre stage. A lone harmonica gleamed a rosy silver, flashing as it wailed. The song had a fast-moving repetitive rhythm, the kind that makes your leg tired from toe-tapping apace. More and more musicians trickled in, and the corner near the performers bulged with instrument cases. What was a quartet swelled to a quintet, then a sextet, and so on, with no end in sight.

Students Learn it! Do it! at EQLC activity day

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

On Wednesday, October 2, Eastern Quebec Learning Centre hosted its annual all-school activity day. Students were grouped into teams which ran a gauntlet of challenges prepared by their teachers. Ranging from a bean bag toss to math problems and translation puzzlers, the competition demanded the students cooperate to best the staff.

Jeffery Hale Friends’ golf tournament great success

Photo: Photo submitted by Diane Kameen

The Jeffery Hale Friends' Foundation Foundation Annual golf tournament, held on September 15, was a great success, raising $22,377. Including our fantastic volunteers of course, the Foundation would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the event either by playing in the tournament, attending the dinner, being a sponsor, or making a donation.

St. Lawrence College hosts Canada’s best golfers

Champlain St. Lawrence is proud to announce that they will be hosting the best collegiate golfers from across Canada. From October 15 to 18, the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Ping Golf National Championships will be held at the historic Royal Quebec Golf Club, at 65, rue Bédard, Boischatel.

Central Quebec School Board Cross-Country Run


Saturday was an exciting day for participants and the cheering crowd at the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) Cross-Country Run with over 600 eager entrants.

What's all this fuss about school boards?

Recent statements made by the Quebec Premier and her colleague, the Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS), about school taxes and school boards in general, have almost certainly attracted your attention over the past three weeks, and rightly so.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Gen. Tom Thumb, accompanied by Mrs. Thumb and Miss Minnie Warren visited the Speaker's Gallery of the House of Assembly last evening.

A little bit of trash goes a long way

From October 19 to 27, an annual province-wide effort seeks to raise awareness and motivation among Quebecers about what a waste all our trash really is. The Semaine Québécoise de Réduction des Déchets/Quebec Trash Reduction Week ( wants to make it fun and easier to spend a few extra minutes sorting our waste before we take it to the curb.

This is no mean feat.

Hôtel la Ferme, cultivating a community

Photo: Danielle Burns

First there was a mountain, then a train, then a farm - all purchased by a man with a utopian vision.

Marie Dooley spotlights blazers this season

Photo: Danielle Burns

Fall is undeniably underway - despite some recent summer-like days in the mid-20s. Quebec City fashion designer Marie Dooley presented some of her Fall & Winter 2013-2014 collection at Hôtel Pur in Saint-Roch on a warm first day of October.


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