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Passengers head south to fly

As millions of Canadians have discovered as they planned their summer vacations this year, flying in Canada can be expensive. What many do not know, however, is just how some decisions made in Ottawa have had such a dramatic role on the cost of a plane ticket in this country.

MS Read-A-Thon raises $99,500 and public awareness

The 31st MS Read-A-Thon to benefit the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has raised $99,500. In all, a total of 4,200 students from 74 elementary and secondary schools participated and over 24,000 books were read during the recently concluded fund drive. During a two-week period, the youngsters read as many books as possible and collected pledges from sponsors.

Health Canada: Beware before buying H1N1 medications

Researchers receive federal support

Quebec's top researchers are getting support that will help them compete with the best in the world, according to Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Loreena Mckennit

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Loreena McKennett was the main attraction on July 10th on the Plains of Abraham at the Scène Bell. McKennitt and Quebec folklore singer Claire Pelletier pleased the big crowd on the main stage at the Festival d'été.

Celtic Festival organizers trying to do more with less

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The Quebec City Celtic Festival last year attracted close to 6,000 visitors.

Young Quebecers seek higher education in the U.S.

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Each year, students from around the province look for extra opportunities and better education across the border as they choose to attend an American university; local teenagers are no exception.

Family history comes to light at Chalmers performance

Following the performance of Suzanne Ozorak, who had been joined by her daughter Angelica Tombs playing the French horn in Mozart's Concerto #1, at the first of Chalmers-Wesley's Sunday at Six Organ Concert series on June 28, Suzanne's husband, Guy Tombs, told me his father, Laurence Chalmers Tombs, had been baptized at Chalmers in 1903 and asked when the large marble baptismal font had been insta

Column causes consternation

Jeffrey Hale memories

I am Judy (Wolff) Bray from London, Ontario. I graduated from Jeffrey Hale Hospital in 1962. My friend Margaret (Picard) Pennington is also a graduate of Jeffrey Hale. Graham, who graduated from Quebec High School and is the son of Margaret and Alan Pennington, is a Corporal in the RCMP in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Hale pipe work underway

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Photo: Marika Wheeler

The Jeffery Hale Hospital is replacing its two water mains in a project that will last about two weeks.

"It's been planned for over a year," said Marcel Péloquin, the technical service manager for the Jeffery Hale-St. Bridgid's. "This is preventative work."

Night Owl band takes Off at alternative music festival

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Photo: Marika Wheeler

An alternative to the ever-bigger Festival d'Été takes off this week. The Festival Off de Quebec, beginning Wednesday and running through Saturday at various establishments throughout the city, offers a more intimate, less expensive counterpart to the big show.

Celtic Festival organizers trying to do more with less

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Organizers of the 2009 Quebec City Celtic Festival promise a bigger and better event this year, despite having to live up to the excitement of last year's 400th-anniversary celebration.

The Times they are a-Changin’

Last night was an interesting experience for me. Wednesday night is Open Mike night at the Board Walk, so as the sound crew was setting up the stage for the improv band - French Air Force, Canadian Army, USMC and USAF - I sat at the French cafe and waited.

New! Tourisme Wendake’s Free Shuttle Service

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Memorials and Things of Fame

The Chronicle Telegraph

July 8, 2009

Memorials and Things of Fame

Researched and Compiled by Catherine Mills Rouleau

 

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Magic circle casts its spell on new production of Kiugwe

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Imagine a magic circle ringed in fire, giant images projected onto huge towered screens as backdrops and an extravaganza of coloured beams of red, green, blue and white light spotting long-robed figures enacting First Nations' history set to the sound of traditional and contemporary tempos.

Laval obtains funds for infrastructure improvements

Université Laval will receive funding, totalling $37 924 000 that, will allow to upgrade its teaching and research infrastructures.

The joints investments, involving both the provincial and federal governments, will see Canada and Quebec each contributing $18,961,998. The joint investment will fund 14 projects, to be completed by March 31, 2011.

Historical foundation sees a future in preserving the past

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Sharon Little's retirement plan has less to do with her own future than it does with preserving the collective past.

Bill 88 process in progress

Letter to the Editor - CQSB

Garneau students discover new reality in Peru

Ask for a taxi drive to Collique, a shanty town in the suburban area of Lima, Peru, and watch the driver's reaction; chances are he will refuse to get you there, or he'll ask for twice the regular wage. Admittedly, the valley of Collique is known as a neighbourhood one may prefer to avoid.

Local Iranian community reacts to recent turmoil in Iran

As the world turns wide-opened eyes toward Tehran, where clashes and riots have erupted almost every day following the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many members of Quebec City's Iranian community are expressing profound frustration over the situation in their native country.

Metro warehouse on strike

Metro Inc. is using contingency plans to supply its Quebec City area super markets following a "surprise" walkout last week by 180 union employees at its Newton Street warehouse. The union representing workers says the strike occurred only after the employees were locked out.

St. Pat’s lineman honoured

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A 16-year-old student-athlete at St. Patrick's High School has survived the third of cuts in the competition to represent Quebec in the Canada Football Cup this month in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Excellence wins ex-Quebec man a Sherratt Award

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Quebec City native Joël Poitras Gagnon has been named a winner of the Fred Sherratt Award this year.

The annual award is given to 12 post-secondary students from various music schools across Canada for outstanding achievement in music and music industry programs.

Jeffery Hale: A well-known figure in Quebec City history

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Photo: Courtesy of Jeffery Hale Hospital

Jeffery Hale's name is well known in Quebec City, but few people know much about the man himself. Everyone who knew the man personally is long dead and Hale died a bachelor in November 1864. But his generosity and benevolence are plain to see.

Quebec City Tourism Guide July 2, 2009, Vol. 6, no. 6

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  A newsletter from Québec City Tourism
July 2, 2009, Vol. 6, no. 6
Image Mill –2009 Edition
Return of the 400th Anniversary's Feature Attraction

Expect many surprises in the 2009 edition! Spanning four centuries, the Image Mill tells the story of Québec City's past through the use of four themes: water (Québec City's discovery and exploration), earth (when the land was cleared for occupation and agriculture), railroad (industrialization and the rise of rail transportation's popularity) and air (the era of hot air balloons, planes and communications).

Images are projected on the Bunge grain silos, which form a 600 metre wide by 30 metre high screen: the equivalent of 25 IMAX screens!

The City of Québec will be creating an area with reserved seating on the Noah wharf, behind the Espace 400e pavilion. Tickets are available on the Billetech network.

Sylvie Walter
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5482
[email protected]
www.quebecregion.com/e/moulin-images.asp
 
Image Mill.

Following the Invisible Roads
There are three simultaneous departure points from which spectators can experience Les chemins invisibles™, Cirque du Soleil®'s travelling show created exclusively for Québec City.

Follow along behind of the tribes: Brumes, Brasiers, Sables and Embarrassants to the Jardin des desolations (garden of desolation). All of the artists and spectators will gather at the Îlot Fleurie, under the Dufferin-Montmorency highway in the Basse-Ville.

The show will be held every weekday evening in summer, from June 24 to Labour Day weekend.

Sylvie Walter
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5482
[email protected]
www.quebecregion.com/e/cirque-du-soleil.asp
 

Discover Québec City just like Jacques Cartier or Samuel de Champlain.
Imagine sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the fabulous St. Lawrence River and arriving in Québec City. Discover a city that just celebrated its 400th anniversary. Get the European flair just a few hundred miles away from New York or Boston. Many departures are scheduled until October this year; Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Costa feature Québec City, its history, its culture, its nature.

You wish to embark in Québec City and disembark in New York City or even Fort Lauderdale? No problem. These great cruise lines have the right product for you and your clients! Why not stay one or two days in Québec City before or after the cruise?

Martin Lachance
Office du tourisme de Québec
418 641-6654 poste 5423
[email protected]com
 
Photo : Claudel Huot.

Bus Driver’s Guide
Certain rules apply to bus traffic in the streets of Québec City, especially within the walls of the old city (Vieux-Québec). Bus drivers are invited to read the Guide des chauffeurs d'autobus , which provides all of the information bus drivers need to make their trip to Québec City pleasant and problem-free.

The 2008 guide is available online and remains valid for 2009. Consult it to avoid any inconveniences.
 

Grande fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré
The second edition of the Grande fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré will take place from September 4-7, 2009. Singer Claude Dubois will be performing his new show called Dubois, revu et incorrigible accompanied by piano and violin at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica. He will be joined onstage by the forty or so vocalists that make up the Arc-en-Sons choir.

In addition to the conference, the festival features a public market with about 30 exhibitors selling food products from the Québec City area and Charlevoix. Visitors will also be able to appreciate local art in La place des arts. Finally, a fireworks show is sure to delight both the young and young at heart.

The Grande Fête was one of the official events of Québec City's 400th anniversary festivities last year, attracting nearly 30 000 visitors.

Sébastien Thibodeau
Sanctuaire-Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
418-827-3782, # 2112
[email protected]
www.lagrandefete.com
 
The Grande Fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré’s organizing committee.

Quebec Festival of Sacred Music
The 13th edition of the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music will take place from October 22 to November 1, 2009 at the Saint-Roch church, Palais Montcalm and the Musée de l'Amérique française chapel. Renowned artists from Germany, England, China, Croatia, Spain, the United States, Greece and Syria will be performing.

From J.S. Bach's Mass in C Minor to Robin Grenon's Suite mariale, spectators are invited on a trip around the world through sacred music.

Featured artists include Alberto Mizrahi, known as the Jewish Pavarotti, Grammy award-winning English choir Stille Antico and talented Spanish vocalist Ana Alcaide. Québec City's four great divas, Marie-Josée Lord, Marianne Fiset, Geneviève Couillard and Renée Lapointe, will also be sharing the stage for the first time.

For more information, click here.

Group reservations are available. Dial 1-866-525-9777.

Hélène Fortier
Festival des musiques sacrées de Québec
418-525-9777
1 866-525-9777
[email protected]
www.festivalmusiquesacree.ca
 

The Auberge internationale de Québec Amasses Awards
The Auberge internationale de Québec (AIQ) youth hostel was delighted to receive a number of awards in the last several months.

The AIQ was recently awarded the HI-Canada 2008-2009 Hostel of the Year award for being the most reputed hostel in Canada. It was presented with the award at the annual general meeting held in Toronto.

Moreover, the AIQ is the first hostel in the world to be HI-Quality certified, a certification Hostelling International gives to hostels that, in addition to meeting quality standards, are also a major reference in the network thanks to their quality management and services.

During the last edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois for the Québec City area, Manon Turcotte, the AIQ's service manager, won the tourist supervisor of the year award. Thanks to its cleaning crew, the hostel was also named the cleanest hostel in November by travellers using the Hostelbookers.com online booking site.

Nathalie Turbide
Auberge internationale de Québec
418-694-0950, # 232
[email protected]
www.cisq.org/defaultEn.aspx?p=62
 

Transat Award for Sustainable Tourism
Action Plans d'Eau Plein Air in Saint-Alban, Portneuf, won the gold Transat award for sustainable tourism at the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois national gala.

Among other activities, Action Plans d'Eau Plein Air offers primitive camping, canoeing, kayaking, dinghy rides, a tour of the former hydro-electric power plant and the gorges of Rivière Sainte-Anne, spelunking in the Trou du diable cave, hiking and mountain climbing.

Action plans d'eau — plein air
418-284-4232
[email protected]
www.secteurdesgorges.com
 
To the right, Sébastien Perreault, general manager, accepts the award from Michel Lemay, Transat’s Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications. Photo: APEPA.

A New Way of Seeing Québec City
David Mendel offers a fresh look at Québec City with his beautiful illustrated guide entitled QUEBEC, World Heritage City. It is also available in French (QUÉBEC, ville du patrimoine mondial).

Thanks to its unique approach and excellent content, this guide is a wonderful gift to offer your clients, conference-goers and partners, helping make their stay in Québec City a memorable one. Presented in a practical format, the guide has 128 pages with over 150 stunning pictures.

Éditions Sylvain Harvey
800-476-2068
www.editionssylvainharvey.com
 

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July 17 to 20, 2009
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Office du tourisme de Québec
418 641-6654, ext. 5423
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Wendake's Special Summer Events

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Wendake’s Special Summer Attractions

Modified Hours at the Jeffery Hale Emergency

The medical team at the Jeffery Hale wishes to inform Quebec City residents that its emergency will be reducing its opening hours over the next few days due to a  lack of medical resources and vacations being taken during this period.
 

Quebec City’s Iranian community reacts to recent turmoil in Iran

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As the world turns wide-opened eyes toward Tehran, where clashes and riots have erupted almost every day following the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many members of Quebec City's Iranian community are expressing profound frustration over the situation in their native country.

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