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September 18, 2013



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VEQ Fall Fest has a surprise visitor

Photo: Danielle Burns

On a rainy Saturday, September 14, the Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) held their fourth annual Fall Fest by teaming up with St. Vincent Elementary School, which hosted a corn roast. In the school's gymnasium, Fall Fest brought together some 700 members and friends of the English-speaking community. Over 40 businesses and community groups took part.

Lucie Safarova 21st Challenge Bell Champion


The 21st professional women's tennis Challenge Bell tournament ended over the weekend with a disappointing loss on Saturday for the only remaining Quebecer, young Eugénie Bouchard, who lost in the semi-final.

Mount Hermon Cemetery sells strip of land to Ville de Québec

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Under an agreement signed this spring between Mount Hermon Cemetery and the Ville de Québec, ownership of a narrow strip of land along Côte de Sillery outside the cemetery fence was transferred to the municipality.
The Ville de Québec is currently undertaking Phase 1 of a two-year project, which includes work on the hill from Église Saint-Michel to chemin Saint-Louis.

Reburial in Mount Hermon Cemetery

Photo: Photo by Rev. Bruce Myers

While widening the Côte de Sillery, the street which runs the length of the west end of Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City's historic borough of Sillery, city construction workers had a surprising find.

Proposals for a new Charter of Quebec Values presented


On September 10 at the National Assembly, the Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship, Bernard Drainville, presented the government's proposals on religious neutrality of the government and religious accommodation to Premier Pauline Marois.

Coast Guard tragedy in the North

Photo: Photo credit Fisheries and Oceans Canada, J. Beardsdell

During a routine ice reconnaissance mission in the far North on September 9, a tragic accident occurred in the McClure Strait, in the vicinity of Banks Island, Northwest Territories.

Show de la Rentrée launches Université Laval school year


The 12th edition of the Show de la Rentrée kicked off the Université Laval academic year at the Maurice-Pollack Building on September 11. By 7:00 p.m., students, faculty and the general public were enjoying drinks and dinner while listening to a live broadcast from the university's radio station CHYZ.

St. Pat’s kicks off football season with tailgate party

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The smell of hotdogs was in the air on the Plains of Abraham on Sunday as St. Patrick's High School (SPHS) kicked off the football season with the now-traditional tailgate party.

How fast is a pro cyclist, anyway?

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

A look at the Palais Montcalm’s new concert organ

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The week before the inauguration of the grand concert organ at the Palais Montcalm, Jacquelin Rochette, artistic director of Casavant Frères, gave this writer a guided tour of the magnificent new instrument.

Anglican Bishop speaks out about Via Rail link to Gaspé

Via Rail's decision to suspend passenger service along the Gaspé Peninsula effective September 17, 2013, could do irreparable harm to the people and communities of the region, says the Anglican Bishop of Quebec, the Right Reverend Dennis Drainville.
"I have lived in the Gaspé region for nearly 20 years," Bishop Drainville says.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
At a late hour on Friday night, a hurricane set in, accompanied by rain, which lasted until about daybreak on Saturday morning.

Digging up the past

Photo: Photo by Joe Lonergan

Joe Lonergan, President, Irish Heritage Quebec

Keep the light turning at the Metis Lighthouse


Clear but cool weather greeted local residents this past Labour Day at an open house at the Metis Lighthouse located on Pointe-Mitis in the Lower St. Lawrence community of Métis-sur-Mer.

Toastmasters…Toast what?

Public speaking.

Photo: Sovita Chander

For some people, Toastmasters might mean a brand of toaster.


Mrs. Madeline Chouinard (nee King)



Mrs. Madeline Chouinard (nee King) of Quebec City died September 11, 2013 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Mr. Roland Chouinard, Madeline immigrated to Canada from England as a young World War II War Bride. She is survived by her three children Richard, Roger (Carmen Bastien), and Carol (Vincent D’Ambrosio); her grandchildren Roger, Christopher, Robert and Isabel; her great-grandchildren Elsa, Naomi, Zack, Loucas, Annabelle and Alexander. The family will have a private ceremony in celebration of her life.

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