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Fête turning its gaze toward the Celts, Scots and Irish

Photo: Xavier Dachez

A nod to Celtic, Irish and Scottish history during the New France era is one of the six main differences during this year's edition of the Fête de la Nouvelle France SAQ.

The festival's General Director, André Parent, says after 13 editions, the festival is turning the page to include more of the history during the 1608 to 1760 period.

Still the same game in any language

They come from places like Springfield, Missouri; Nashua, New Hampshire, and Barrie, Ontario. They play another country's national pastime in a place where another game practically qualifies as religion. They travel by bus, sometimes 10 to 12 hours at a time. They play in a city where most people don't speak their language.

Yet, to a man, they're happy to be doing something they love.

Two more soldiers perish


Metro union is back at work

Metro Inc. has signed an eight-year deal with striking Quebec City grocery warehouse employees.

Youth Orchestra performs Palais Montcalm concert

Photo: courtesy of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Two shows at the Domaine Forget in Ste-Irénée and one at the Palais Montcalm last week marked the first Canadian concert dates for the internationally acclaimed Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

"It's a big deal because the orchestra has had a big contingent of Canadian musicians," said one of the two principal conductors, Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Jeffery Hale free Jazz Concert

The Jeffery Hale Friends'Foundation invites you to a free Jazz Concert, Sunday, August 23, 2009, 2:00 - 3:30  on the Jeffery Hale Terrace (behind the hospital) featuring Dave Parker on saxophone and Paul Hinton on guitar.

Parking is free and refreshments will be served. Places are limited so please call to reserve (418 684-2260) Deadline August 14

Local students defy survey results, get involved on political scene

Passionately involved in everything from student council to parliamentary simulation, local students seem more interested in politics than ever, despite far from encouraging survey results.

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Cyclist falls in love with city on cross-country benefit tour

Photo: Michael Bourguignon

Two months into his cross-country campaign against cancer, Wes Bauer last week took a respite in Quebec City and fell in love.

"This is probably one of the most gorgeous cities I've ever been to in Canada," said Bauer, whose cross-country cycling tour, dubbed Chase the Cure, kicked off in Victoria, B.C., on May 14, and is expected to end in St. John's, Newfoundland, on August 15.

Wireless net ZAPs Plains of Abraham

The Plaines of Abraham brings a multitude of things to mind: historic battles and sites; spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River; hiking, roller blading and cross country skiing along the park's many paths and trails - and wireless internet service.

Wireless internet?

Radio man recreates the big battle - with water pistols

Photo: Vincent Cadoret

There will be a battle on the Plains of Abraham this summer, but it won't be fought by uniformed soldiers with rifles.

Hundreds of people of all ages are expected to show up on the Plains this Sunday armed with water guns and aqueous ammunition for a water fight that may break attendance records.

Grosse Ile pilgrimage short of funds

The annual pilgrimage to the Celtic cross on Grosse Ile will likely come up short financially this year.

"The cash [to participate] just isn't available," says Victor Boyle, one of the organizers.

Boyle says Americans who wanted to participate last year have since lost their jobs or homes in the big economic slowdown and can no longer afford the trip.

The Never-Ending Cough

The past three weeks for me have been spent coughing and spitting. After a bout with bronchitis that had me in bed for three days with fever, chills and no sleep, the worst of it blew over and left the residual cough that continues to pester me, though it's mostly on its way out.

Riverside ride a winner

If you're looking for a nice little bike-ride of about an hour or so, you might want to consider the beautiful bike paths along the St Charles river. This well maintained path winds along the St Charles river from the "vieux port" marina to the Marie l'incarnation bridge.

Awesome Mad Science!

On Monday April 27, 2009, two people came to Ste. Foy Elementary and presented workshops to the Cycle 2 (fourth and fifth grade) students.

How exciting!

Quebec City news in brief

Leucan invites you on July 30 at 1:30 p.m. to the Centre de plein air Le Saisonnier in Lac-Beauport to discover the world of the Leucan-CSN Summer Camp. Join the children of Leucan and their families in a cheerful atmosphere and become a participant for a moment or longer.

IB Conference: New way of thinking for a new world

That was the theme of the International Baccalaureate organization's Conference of the Americas, a four-day seminar held this month at the Quebec City Convention Centre. Over 800 teachers, administrators and keynote speakers at all educational levels met to explore the concepts and realities of education in an increasingly complex world.

New funds for 24 projects

The federal and provincial governments have announced joint financial support for 24 projects in Quebec, under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. With the financial participation of municipalities and private not-for-profit organizations, a total investment of $181.7 million will enable the completion of this work.

St. Matthews Cemetery undergoing $550,000 facelift

Photo: Marika Wheeler

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The St. Matthew's Cemetery will be closed to the public as of August 3 while it undergoes a face lift costing over $500,000.

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The Never-Ending Cough


The past three weeks for me have been spent coughing and spitting. After a bout with bronchitis that had me

Quebec City hosts first Conference of the Americas for the International Baccalaureate

Quebec’s Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire and wife Elizabeth captivate the international participants

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Photo: Marie White


The prestigious International Baccalaureate organization (IB) chose Quebec City for its first Conference of the Americas, held at the Quebec City Convention Centre over a four-day weekend in July. Over 800 teachers, administrators and keynote speakers at all educational levels united in the old city to explore the concepts and realities of education in an increasingly complex world.

Sting closes Festival


The Festival d'ete de Quebec continues to draw bigger and bigger crowds, helped along this year by appearances of world-famous performers as face-painted rockers KISS, international opera star Placido Domingo and Sting. Here, Sting closes out the 2009 festival Sunday night at Scene Bell on the Plains of Abraham.

Medieval games in season


Its high season for medieval role playing games and the biggest event of the year is just a few weeks away. Business owner and leather artisan Mathieu Néron is swamped with work. Last week alone he had to finish two full chest armours and the orders have not stopped in weeks.

"I'm a victim of my own success," he says with a laugh.

‘A dedicated soldier’ sacrifices his life in Afghanistan


"A dedicated soldier" were the words used to describe Private Sebastien Courcy.

Museum marks 75th anniversary with special volume


The Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec has published a volume marking its 75th anniversary.

The book, entitled "75 ans chrono: Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec 1933-2008," was written by Pierre B. Landry.

Big time names help Festival set attendance records

Despite temperamental weather, the Festival d'été de Québec attracted record crowds this year, thanks in large part to classic acts such as KISS, Styx and Sting, organizers say.

Pow Wow celebration drums its way into Wendake territory

Photo: Marie White

The annual Huron-Wendat pow wow will again celebrate its nation's rich culture as well as those of visiting nations from across the province. The pow wow, revived in 2001, will gather from July 31 to Aug. 2. This summer gathering takes place in historic Wendake which became a permanent settlement in 1697 and is only a 15-minute drive or free shuttle ride from the old city.

Harper honours Canadian Space Shuttle astronauts

The day before the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind," Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement honouring the two

Canadian astronauts currently in orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.

Who’s doing the ironing in today’s post-modern world?

I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for a product which I don't remember exactly what it was. The point is, is that in the course of the sales pitch for the product, which was a cartoon, we see a woman talking on the phone with one of her girlfriends, saying that her husband gave her a useless gift recently, which she proceeds to hold up. Turns out it is an iron.

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