News Digest September 16, 2015


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Issue September 16, 2015


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Quebecers rediscover their roots at Celtic Festival

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Ten years ago, the Celtic Festival was barely more than a sketch in the mind of Guy Morisset.

Give the gift of reading on International Literacy Day

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Photo: Juanita Craig

If “the pen is mightier than the sword,” then it only stands to reason that there should be a great focus on worldwide literacy.  

Quebec City marks 30 years as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The City of Quebec and the Îlot des Palais historic site organized free activities September 3 to September 8 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the city’s classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Voice of English-speaking Québec has new executive director

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Photo: VEQ

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Historical Day - Women and Soldiers on the Plains

Photo: Bill Cox

The story behind Parc John-Munn

Photo: Bill Cox

Coupe Banque Nationale welcomes players of tomorrow

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Throughout this week, little green balls will be zipping across the courts of the PEPS athletic centre at Université Laval as elite tennis players compete in the Coupe Banque Nationale. 

Nursing mothers set new record at Place Laurier

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Photo: Juanita Craig

A new record was made on Saturday, September 12, when 215 mothers collectively breastfed their children in the food court of Place Laurier. This number replaces the previous record of 209 mothers (2014).

Story of Aldo and Alli gets French translation

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Last week, Quebec City author Louisa Blair unveiled the long-awaited French version of Daisy and the Donkey Church.  Daisy et l’Église à l’Âne was launched in a short ceremony held in the close of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Old Quebec. Aldo the donkey was there, of course.

International cyclists pedal through the streets of Old Quebec

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 11 and 13, the people of Quebec and Montreal watched renowned international cyclists race through their streets. The events of the sixth Grands Prix Cyclistes were held in both Quebec City and Montreal, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour races on North American soil.  

Press Release: VEQ and CHSSN launch Health Passport App 1.0

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) and CHSSN (Community Health and Social Services Network) are proud to launch the “When Language Matters” Health Passport App (version 1.0).

Apply now to be a Winter Carnival Duchess

With this lovely late-summer weather, winter certainly feels a long way off, but Quebec City’s Winter Carnival, in collaboration with Loto-Québec, recently announced the opening of the competition for the Carnival Duchesses for the 2016 Carnival. 

Heirloom apples: a taste of autumn

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Purchasing or picking local apples offers a taste of local heritage. Cultivars may include heirloom varieties such as MacIntosh, Wolf River, and others rarely seen in grocery stores nowadays.

Chickens grilled to perfection at the Valcartier BBQ

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Photo: Denis Guay

Another successful chicken barbeque was held in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier on Sunday, September 6. Each Labour Day weekend, the Valcartier Fire Department hosts the annual BBQ on behalf of the Byron McBain Goodwill Fund.  

Join Rebecca in the Walk or Run for the Cure

Photo: Rebecca Boucher

Rebecca Boucher moved to Quebec City three years ago. She and her husband Philippe Boucher now have two children. Rebecca is encouraging people to join her in the CIBC Run for the Cure to help find the cure for breast cancer.