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Quiet mutinies fill canvasses and show turning point in history of Quebec art

Good things come in small packages they say.

Newcomer to Quebec City from California fits in and finds warmth even in the cold of winter

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Photo: Scott French

 

In spite of Quebec City's frigid winters, Herb Goss said he has received a warm welcome from the city he now calls home.

The former Hollywood screenwriter moved from sunny Los Angeles three months ago to take a job as the senior writer for Longtail Studios, a videogame design company in the St. Roch commercial district.

New book sheds light or gives insight about many little known details of Quebec City history

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Photo: Luc-Antoine Couturier

Few would notice that among the half dozen British 32-pounder cannons lining the Dufferin Terrace, two are Russian-made.

Two of the cannons bear the coat of arms of the Romanoffs, the Imperial family of Russia deposed during revolution in 1917, while the others bear the coat of arms of British King George III.

Eastern Quebec Learning Centre dedicates its library to “Book Lady” Dorothy O’Brien

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Photo: Hugh Glassco

The English-language adult education and vocational training institution will bring her volunteering to light by dedicating the library to the late O'Brien next Wednesday,May 6, as part of the school's open house.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Old clothes cramp closets, hold memories

I wonder whether all people my age have the same problems I do.

My closets are absolutely cramped and full.

It doesn't help to have great wooden or padded hangers taking up space, but the alternative is wire freebies from the cleaners which encourage all your clothes to fall off and sit in a great heap.

Quebec turbot fishermen

Deep-sea fishing trawlers should not be allowed back into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence

The Office des pêcheurs de flétan du Groenland du Québec (Office of Greenland Turbot Fisherman of Quebec) is worried about a decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to allow trawlers back into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence for deep-sea fishing.

According to comments by the ministry's representatives, all is set for the return of these boats with mobile gear

Life same but different for commoner and queen

I'm sure I have told you all before I am the same age as the Queen.

(Queen Elizabeth II, born April 21, 1926)

There are a few other things we have in common.

First of all, we have both managed to hold on to our Old Fellows.

The other is, we are both shrinking.

Of course, there are many more things we don't share.

New ecological reserve in Shannon [photo]

The ninth annual Révélations art exhibit at the Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Courtesy of Saint Brigid’s - Jeffery Hale Hospital

The ninth annual Révélations art exhibit at the Jeffery Hale Hospital and Pavillion drew 500 people through it's doors from Sunday to Tuesday. The event exhibits and sells the paintings, photographs and crafts of clients of The Jeffery Hale Friends' Foundation, as well as those of patients, residents and employees and their family members at St.Brigid's-Jeffery Hale Hospital.

New ecological reserve in Shannon will protect endangered orchids and help filter municipal well water

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A little known pristine bog in Shannon boasting endangered plant life is set to become a permanently protected ecological reserve.

Riding the Tiger

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Photo: Cecil Stoughton, White House, July 11, 1963

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address after being elected president of the United States of America.

It was a stirring speech.

I actually have it and many others on an old vinyl record at home.

Listening to it one day, a passage from that particular speech struck me.

Jeffery Hale honours 400 volunteers who lend a hand to make services available to others in the community

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Photo: Scott French

Kind, generous, reliable, and hard-working are the words staff at Jeffery Hale Community Services Day Centre use to describe long-time volunteer Micheline Guignard.

The resident of Montcalm has volunteered in the kitchen for the seniors' centre twice a week for10 years this year -- a contribution the community health institution recognized last Thursday.

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Quebec City photographer's shot of Ground Zero chosen out of thousands for publication by National Geographic

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Capturing a haunting night time scene at New York City's Ground Zero during a weekend visit has earned local photographer Jay Ouellet a place in a new publication from National Geographic.

Wilde production had plenty of challenges

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Photo: by Julien Labrosse

The house was overflowing on Thursday April 9th, when the Champlain-St. Lawrence Theatre Company presented, for the third consecutive night, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

Team sports about fun, not just winning or losing

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Photo: Trisha Klancar

Extra-curricular sports for children are supposed to be fun and action-packed.

Unfortunately, the news seems to be full of incidences of parents getting too involved, kids fighting and of course referee bashing.

This past weekend, a basketball tournament was held at the sports complex in Boischatel and it was put on by the l'École de Mini-Basketball de Québec, or EMBQ.

An evening with Neil Bissoondath - May 1st 2009, 7:30 PM

Letters from Afghanistan

Two Weeks Later

Portneuf Elementary turns sod [photo]

Valcartier loses soldier in new rotation in Afghanistan

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Photo: Courtesy of DoD

Valcartier Garrison lost its first soldier in Afghanistan Monday since troops began deployments for the seventh rotation in mid-March.

Publishers note

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

It's an important holiday for me as a Christian and it marks the most important event of Christianity -- the Resurrection.

New larger format of newspaper is for the better

I want to write and offer my opinion on the new format that I encountered in your last edition (April 8th, 2009).

I have lived in Quebec City for a little over two years and have read your paper every week.

I bought a subscription within my first month of living here and have kept it current.

Award-winning authors share thoughts and works with public during literary festival this Saturday at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Courtesy of House of Anansi Press

Some of Canada's celebrated authors are coming to Quebec City this weekend as the Morrin Centre welcomes poets and novelists to share their thoughts and works at the third annual Quebec²: English-Language Literary Weekend.

Travels in Africa

Quebec youngster learns close up about the horrors of child soldiers and poverty and the warmth of locals who give openly to visitors

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair family


"My hands tied behind my back, I watched as my friends dug a pit for my body to fall into. As soon as they had finished, I would be shot."

I listened in horror as a former child soldier told me of his experiences when he was not much older than me (I'm twelve).

Portneuf Elementary turns sod on $644, 000 expansion project

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A new expansion at Portneuf Elementary School will finally give students, staff and even the school's principal more breathing room as enrolment at the Cap-Santé English school continues to grow.

"We have been waiting for this new space for awhile," Linda Beaulieu, the principal of Portneuf Elementary, said on Tuesday

Afro-Brazilian mix of dance and martial arts helps children learn coordination

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A Czech national is hoping to teach the fluid dance movements of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Angola to children in Quebec City's English-speaking community in the coming months.

"Capoeira is a mix of African rituals and martial arts and is a relaxing art form," said Robert Radek, 28, who recently moved to Quebec from Scotland.

St. Pat's Jazz Band swings in New Orleans

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Photo: Courtesy of David Parker, St. Pat's

By Paul Hinton

On April 1st, the St. Pat's High School Jazz Band returned from a one week trip in Louisiana.

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Hospital volunteers help with quiet understanding

I have been talking to different volunteers in the hospitals and have discovered they all have the same desire and that is to be helpful to others and at the same time do something more useful than sitting around the house watching soap operas, doing crosswords and feeling sorry for themselves.

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