Community News

Héma-Québec satisfied with new pacts

The agreement in principle concluded on July 6 by the management of Héma-Québec and the three CSN unions representing the Montreal facility was ratified at three general assemblies held on July 17, July 18 and July 25.

VEQ Finding Your Niche sponsors walking tour

The Voice of English-speaking Quebec will sponsor a walking tour of Old Quebec on September 11 as part of its Finding Your Niche newcomers program.

VEQ held its first Finding Your Niche Event June 17. This event allowed newcomers with home-based businesses to showcase their products and services while allowing others to socialize and see what resources are available to them.

QCGN supports new effort to reverse census decision

The Quebec Community Groups Network has expressed its full support for the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada in its effort to get the federal government to reverse its decision to scrap the mandatory long form census.

The FCFA has filed an application with the Federal Court for judicial review of the government's decision.

Register now for fall French language courses

Registration is now being accepted for French language courses at the following locations:
Centre du Phénix - For more information, please call 418-652-2158.
Centre Louis Jolliet – For information, please contact Normande Bédard, [email protected], 418-686-4040 ext. 8280.

Summer Notes activities and events August 4, 2010

Prepared And Compiled By Shirley Nadeau                           

Festival jazzes up Lévis next weekend

The festival scene moves south across the river next weekend with the fourth edition of the Festival du Jazz Etcetera Lévis. The event will take place on several stages in Lévis starting August 12 at a substantially lower cost than Quebec City's recently concluded Festival d'Ete.

Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site of Canada: A Garden Through Three Ages

Photo: Google Earth

Iroquoians who pre-dated the arrival of Jacques Cartier grew their crops, among them tobacco and corn, in circles.

"It was always in a circle," said Jacinthe Coté, co-ordinator at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site in Limoilu. "Cartier planted his vegetables in lines."

New Shannon water study irks residents

Photo: QCT Archives

Even as Shannon residents are enjoying the benefits of a new water system, the results of a new study issued by l'Institut National de sante publique du Québec have stirred new unrest.

"They should help us," said Shannon resident Marie Paule Spieser Monday. "It started 30 years ago. We've known about it since 2000. We've had to fight.

Great Water Pistol Battle on the Plains of Abraham

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This past Sunday afternoon, for the second year in a row, a local radio station put out the call to stage a Water Pistol Battle on the playing field in front of the Musée de Québec. And what a wild, wet battle it was! Some 1000 participants from far and near, old and young, loaded up their water pistols, rifles and cannons!

Summer heat is tough on calèche horses


Québec City’s famous calèche horse rides through Old Québec


Festival d’été de Québec bigger than ever in 2010


Photo: Jay  Ouellet, Santana gesturing skyward after his show, thanking God for holding back the rain. A crowd of 50,000 fans also saw warmup performances by blues guitarist Steve Hill and Steve Winwood, a founding member of the British rock group Traffic.


Parks Canda Events this Weekend - July 24 and 25

- Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, 175 De l'Espinay Street, Quebec:

Saturday and Sunday, July 24 - 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parcs en Art: Meetings with artists and crafters (painting, jewellery, silkscreen print, glass art, weaving, stained glass, ecological production, poetry, felt). Free. Will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Québec shoppers loyal to established stores

Despite the fact that discount retailers are attracting more customers, more often, in all regions of Canada, shoppers in Québec profess the most loyalty to established stores such as IGA, Jean Coutu, Sears and Canadian Tire, suggesting that deep discounts are not the only way to Quebecers' hearts and wallets.

Another cross country ride for Down Syndrome

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This is the summer for cross-country bikers for worthy causes, hardy individuals taking their two-wheelers on the road to raise money and awareness of one difficult malady or another.

Memorials and Things of Fame for July 28, 2010

The Morning Chronicle

Quakes a common occurrence along St. Lawrence

Earthquakes like the one that registered 4.1 on the Richter scale last Friday are more common than most people would think.

"There are on average eight earthquakes per year," Natural Resources Canada seismologist Janet Drysdale said. "Most of them are small, registering between two and four."

A family reunion with Shannon roots

Their family reunion was held in Ontario this month, but the Maher clan actually has some pretty deep Québec roots.

"It was my idea to organize the last one 11 years ago," said Peter Maher, who lives in Ottawa. "It was something I felt I really had to do."

War and Peace: You can’t have the other without the one

I was home alone today, mulling over the state of the world, when it dawned on me just how interconnected are war and peace.

Our planet has been developed, and continues to be developed, be a series of what we call "core-periphery" relationships. Some people call it "Imperialism," others "Heartland Hinterland" development.

Festibière heads downtown in August

Alex Caron has been trying for several years to stage a festival featuring micro-brewed beer in the city, but with all the celebrations - the 400th anniversary in 2008, the Cirque du Soleil and other events - he found space and logistics at a premium.

Next month, his dream will come true.

Summer Notes

Prepared And Compiled By Shirley Nadeau                           
All of the following events are free and, for the most part, outdoors. The Cinema Under the Stars  movies are cancelled in case of rain. Movie times vary as the sun goes down a bit earlier each week. As soon as it is dark enough, the movies start. Bring your own folding chair.

Municipal Court procedures not easy on city’s Anglophones

As Quebec City continues and the presence of Anglophones within it, available services can still be difficult to find unless one knows where to look.

Provincial and municipal services are provided mainly in French since it is the province's official language. How does the city respond to the needs of those who do not speak French? Do they get fair treatment?

Elimination of census long form prompts QCGN complaint

Photo: Patrick Doyle, The Canadian Press Images

The federal government's decision to discontinue mandatory completion of the long form in the Canada's next census has drawn widespread opposition, provoking an investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a complaint from a high-profile Quebec organization, and even inspiring a song from a Toronto-based volunteer social services outfit.

Summer heat is tough on calèche horses


This summer's long heat wave combined with abnormal levels of smog and humidity has affected affected everybody from human beings to . . . horses.

Festival d’été de Québec bigger than ever in 2010

Photo: Jay Ouellet

Place d'Youville was jumping Sunday afternoon to a blend of blues, funk, traditional New Orleans Jazz and Motown, courtesy of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, a unique New Orleans based outfit that a few years ago might not have been signed for the Festival d'été.

Memorials and Things of Fame for July 21, 2010

The Morning Chronicle

Canada: A shattered dream or a dream yet to Come true?

Canada is a country with no jobs for new immigrants, regardless of however suitably qualified they are, old or young. Even simple blue-collar jobs are hard to find, but most immigrants are highly-educated in their respective fields. They have migrated to Canada with the hope of being able to land at least something close to their white-collar professions left behind.

Life’s wakeup call

"Dear N'Dugu, I am weak and I am a failure." This line taken from one of Jack Nicholson's most interesting pieces of acting in the movie ‘'About Schmidt'' is important to introduce who I am and what I want to write you about.

Monumental Graffiti

In response to Thomas Eden's article in the July 7, 2010, edition regarding the graffiti spray-painted on the Cross of Sacrifice or cenotaph on Grande-Allée at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham and on the Boer War monument on rue Saint-Louis, I am happy to report that the cenotaph has been cleaned up by the National Battlefield Parks Commission which maintains this monument, and the Boer War

Townshippers’ Day to mark Danville’s 150th anniversary

Townshippers' Day, a bilingual festival of friendship offering music, dance, art, artisans, information booths and other activities will take place on September 17 and 18 in Danville. Townshippers' Day 2010 will help celebrate Danville's 150th anniversary this year.

CQSB hoping for Willett replacement by September

Now that the deadline for applications has passed, the Central Quebec School Board is hoping to have a replacement for outgoing Eastern Quebec Learning Center Director Bruce Willett by September.

Friday was the closing date for receiving applications at the office of CQSB Human Resources Director Pierrette Laliberte.

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