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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 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.

Letters from Afghanistan

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.

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


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


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

Young Quebecers seek higher education in the U.S.

Photo: France Navratil

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

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

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.

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