News Digest Sepetember 10, 2014

Issue September 10, 2014

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Celtic Festival flags and kilts flying over the Plains of Abraham

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Scottish, Irish and Breton flags were flying high over the Plains of Abraham this past weekend as the ninth annual Quebec City Celtic Festival brought Celtic music, dance and sport to the Plains and the streets of Old Quebec.
For the first annual Quebec City Kilt Run on the Plains Saturday morning, kilts were de rigeur.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
We are requested to state that the English Cathedral will be open every morning during the present week, between the hours of ten and twelve o'clock to enable thos

The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets

Côte de Cap-Rouge

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Côte de Cap-Rouge passes under the CN train trestle near where the Cap-Rouge River flows into the St. Lawrence River. Jacques-Cartier Park and the beginning of the promenade that goes all the way to the Pierre Laporte Bridge, is to the right in this photo.

Tall Ships tell tales of the sea

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Seven impressive sailboats lined the quays on both sides of the drawbridge of Bassin Louise this past weekend.

Mystery of history photo solved

Photo: Photo from QCT archives

What a surprise I got when I opened my August 20, 2014, QCT, and saw the old photograph taken in 1950 I cherished at one time. It brought back so many memories! It portrays one of the Sisters of my own community, the one on the lower right side (with the pigtails), Sister Suzanne Pineau.

Active Living 50+ offers Zumba, Yoga and Cardio-dance at the YWCA

Is how to stay active after hitting the big 5-0 occupying your thoughts? Are you struggling to find physical activity routines that are accessible and offered in English? Do you have friends who bemoan the difficulties of picking up a new fitness hobby while quenching their thirst to learn a second language in a dynamic immersion-friendly environment?

Avenue Maguire will be a busy place on September 12 and 13

On Friday, September 12, the Grand Prix Cycliste race will pass on Avenue Maguire for the first time. A giant screen will be installed so that people can follow the race around the city. Stéphane Turcot, sports announcer with TVA, will be present to enliven the day.
Many more special activities will be taking place on Avenue Maguire on Saturday, September 13.

QCT’s special 250th Anniversary Edition available at La Maison Anglaise

This 56-page glossy magazine, published on June 21, 2014, contains commentaries from Ray and Stacie Stanton, the publishers of the QCT, along with an introduction from the magazine's editorial team, Bethann Merkle and Shirley Nadeau.
Nine distinguished contributors - including members of the city's English-speaking community, an editorialist from Le Soleil, a former U.S.

Sacred Music Festival concerts at Saint-Dominique Church

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The International Sacred Music Festival got off to a soaring start last weekend with two concerts at Saint-Dominique Church on Grande Allée.
On Saturday evening, the audience was treated to a masterful performance by three soloists of the Wiener Akademie from Vienna, Austria, directed by founder and organist Martin Haselbock.

Governor General Johnston unveils statue of Étienne-Paschal Taché

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, unveiled a statue of Étienne-Paschal Taché, one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation, in the Parc de Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, on Boulevard Champlain, Quebec City. Taché was the president of the committee which welcomed delegates to Quebec City in 1864 to discuss Canadian Confederation.


Traffic disturbances during Grand Prix Bicycle Race

The Grand Prix Bicycle Race takes place in Quebec City on Friday, September 12, from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m.

Historical Day on the Plains of Abraham

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

The National Battlefield Commission invited the public to dive into Quebec City's past from the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 to the two World Wars last Sunday.

MCDC now own their building in Thetford Mines

Photo: Photo provided by MCDC

In a recent press release, the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) announced that it is now the proud owner of their office building located at 906 Mooney Street, Thetford Mines.

Quebec mothers unite at breastfeeding challenge

Photo: Photo by Juanita Craiga

Breastfeeding: a gift for life" was the theme for the 2014 Défi Allaitement which took place in the food court of Place Laurier last Saturday.
A total of 209 breastfeeding mothers united for a collective feeding to challenge social attitudes about breastfeeding in public, breaking last year's record of 195 participants in the process.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveils plaque commemorating Sir George-Étienne Cartier

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Quebec City on Saturday, September 6, to unveil a commemorative plaque during a ceremony held inside the Château Frontenac.
Some 100 dignitaries were present at the ceremony during which the Maîtrise de Petits Chanteurs de Québec children's choir sang "O Canada" and &quot

Family Day for tennis players at the Coupe Banque Nationale

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Several hundred school-age children and their parents stood in line for over an hour at Laval University's PEPS athletic centre for the chance to bounce a few balls back and forth with professional tennis players and coaches. Some of the younger kids preferred the bouncy castles.

A gastronomic fair in Nouvo St-Roch

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

Despite the rain on September 6, bakers, butchers and other food specialists brought out their best at the second annual Cuisinez St-Roch in the Nouvo St-Roch* area of Quebec City. The popular gastronomic event attracted crowds of food enthusiasts to a reserved section of Rue Saint-Joseph.
The welcoming smell of freshly baked goods caught the attention of visitors.

Fighting Irish football season has started

St. Patrick's High School students are looking forward to another great Irish football season.
Playing in the Junior Division 3, the Fighting Irish started their first game on the wrong foot against the Monarques of Le Mistral School in Mont-Joli on September 6.

50 years fly by: St. Pat’s grads’ reunion

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Photo: Photo by Germain Couture

A group of former St. Patrick's High School students got together last Friday evening at Le Pub St-Patrick in Old Quebec to celebrate their 50th year since their graduation and to reminisce about former classmates and events that have marked their lives. They also took the time to share photos of grandchildren and other family members.

Pick and eat wild mushrooms in the Forêt Montmorency

Photo: Photo provided by Université Laval

The Forêt Montmorency of Université Laval, the largest teaching and research forest in the world, is offering a full day of activities to help people better understand and gather forest products. They will be accompanied by a mycologist (fungi and mushroom specialist) and attend a cooking workshop with a chef who specializes in the preparation of mushrooms.

Book launch: Hill Search: the Robert Corrigan Story by Steven L. Cameron

Ribbonmen in the hills, armed Orangemen on the roads, murder, body snatching, a lost cemetery, intimidation and intrigue and murder!! Hill Search is all this and more.

Saturday night lights: Rouge et Or shine at first game of the season

On Saturday night, some 17,800 fans came out to support the No. 1 ranked Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football team. Université Laval's Rouge et Or started their season with a dominating 40-13 win over the No. 4 ranked Carabins of Université de Montreal. This year, the Rouge et Or hope to become the first team in CIS history to win the Vanier Cup three years in a row.

Drawn to Quebec


As autumn looms and the temperatures drop, a number of fairly predictable activities commence in Quebec City. Gardeners start watching the thermometer and hustle to harvest and preserve the summer's bounty. Leaves begin shifting from verdant to golden hues.



Barrett, Helen

Barrett, Helen (nee Blackadder), born in 1924 in Quebec City, passed away peacefully in Vancouver, August 15, 2014, at the age of 90. Helen was predeceased by her husband Alex in February 2008.