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St. Lawrence Lady Lions set for RSEQ provincial championship

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions website

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team is in Montreal from April 5 to 7 to take part in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championship.

Capitales getting ready for the 2019 Can-Am League season

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Photo: Matt Sullivan

The Québec Capitales of the Can-Am League are getting ready to make fans forget how the 2018 season ended. Let me remind you: the Capitales lost the 2018 league championship to the Sussex County Miners, who also won the regular season title.

Tickets for QAC’s Noises Off now on sale

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Photo: QAC

Tickets are now on sale online for the Quebec Art Company’s hilarious farcical romp, Noises Off. It takes to the stage on Thursday, May 16, for four performances, including the QAC’s traditional Sunday matinee, at 2 p.m. Evening performances start earlier than in the past, at 7:30 p.m.

It was a great day for the Irish at the 2019 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

St. John’s Masonic Lodge invites you to brunch

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Spring comes marching in with the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

 

Green, white and orange flag of Ireland raised at City Hall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Terence Kerwin, the president of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec, and Michelle Morin-Doyle, Quebec City deputy mayor, raised the green, white and orange flag of Ireland beside City Hall on March 21 to mark the official beginning of four days of St. Patrick’s festivities.

Greying workers only part of the labour shortage solution

COMMENTARY

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I have seen the future, and it works.” That was American leftist journalist Lincoln Steffens talking about the early years of communist Russia. Well, I have seen the future, too – and it’s old guys working at supermarkets.

Irish writers highlighted in Morrin Centre’s Our Writing walking tour

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations took place from March 21 to 24. After a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, the festivities continued with a lecture on historic Ireland, the 10th Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec, and ended with a walking tour through the Old City.

The story behind Avenue Charles-Fitzpatrick

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This avenue is named in honour of Sir Charles Fitzpatrick (1851-1942). Born in Quebec City, he was the son of Mary Connolly and John Fitzpatrick, who was an Irish wood merchant and the first mayor of Sillery, from 1856 to 1859.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 27, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Sick and Destitute Strangers

Alex Harvey reigns on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey is Quebec City’s reigning prince. Completely humble, he wanted to end his international career on the podium at the FIS Cross-country Skiing World Cup Finals on the Plains of Abraham, which took place from March 22 to 24. He had three opportunities to accomplish his final dream: the 1.6-km Freestyle Sprint, the 15-km Mass Start and the 15-km Pursuit.

Meet Leo: the Cutest Dog in Quebec City

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The winner of the QCT’s first “Cutest Dog” photo contest is (drumroll please) Leo!

Deciding among the many entries which was the “cutest dog” was no easy task for our three judges. But they felt that Leo really had that special “cuteness” factor we were looking for and the bow tie really nailed it!

Remembering Christchurch and New Zealand as it was

Christchurch, best known in recent years for earthquakes that rocked the city, is now dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack that has shocked the world

On March 15, an Australian-born citizen went on a shooting rampage at two mosques, Al Noor and Linwood, leaving 50 people dead and many injured.

OBITUARY: James C. LaBar

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James C. LaBar

It is with great sadness that the family of James (Jimmy) Charles LaBar announce his passing on March 12, 2019, at Cité de la Santé hospital in Laval, Québec, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 24, 1943, in Northampton, England to Alma and Bill LaBar (deceased 1968).

OBITUARY: Reginald Clive Meredith

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Reginald Clive Meredith
1932-2019

Fighting Irish hockey teams have a perfect record in LHPS playoffs

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Photo: Luc Lang

The hockey teams at St. Patrick’s High School started their 2019 playoffs in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on a perfect note.

The Under 14 (U14) teams won all four games they played in Mont-Joli on March 22 and 23, while the Under 17 Major teams (U17 Majors) went undefeated in the three games they played at the Complex 2 Glaces Honco in Lévis.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 27 at 9 a.m. – YES Business Coaching. YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec, offers professional business coaching services either in person or online. Receive practical and professional advice from YES’s business coach on any matter relating to your business ideas or current business operations. To register call 418-683-2366, ext.

Mrs. Godin’s incredible Winter Carnival collection

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Photo: Andrew D. Johnston

Ste-Foy Elementary School’s principal, Mrs. Denise Godin, has a unique hobby. She has been collecting Winter Carnival effigies since 1955. She started collecting them to continue her father’s collection. She is missing the first three, but she has all the other years. They are usually the Bonhomme Carnaval’s face or whole body. They help to generate revenue to finance the Winter Carnival.

Get ready for camping at the Recreational Vehicle Show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Camping season is almost here. Get out your gear and get ready to visit our beautiful province. The snow is melting, most of our roads are clear, the Quebec “snowbirds” are coming home and, snowbanks aside, camping season is just around the corner.

March 21 to 24 was the perfect time to visit the Salon du Véhicule Récréatif de Québec (the RV Show) at the Centre de Foires ExpoCité.

From ancient Ireland to Christianity

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Some 100 people enjoyed an overview of Ireland’s rich history as anthropologist Isabelle Matte gave a presentation called Raconte-moi que tu as vu l’Irlande, on March 21 at St. Patrick’s High School.

Athletes soar at the Big Air Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec City Big Air Jamboree was the event of the season. International snowboarders and freestyle skiers swooped down the giant 90-metre jump from the end of Boul. Honoré-Mercier into Îlot-Fleurie between the Dufferin-Montmorency highway ramps. From March 14 to 17, they performed their aerial acrobatics for cheering crowds.

Long may you play: Vinyl collection a “record” of life

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Radio-Canada announced last week it wants to get rid of some 100,000 vinyl records from storage in its tower in east-end Montreal. The brand new CBC/Rad-Can building on the same site is supposed to be ready for occupancy in January next year, so the public broadcaster is shedding excess inventory before the big move.

Visiting relatives in Addis Ababa

POSTCARDS FROM ETHIOPIA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

I have a great-great-great-great … (trying to save space on the number of “greats”) aunt who lives in Ethiopia and has a bistro in downtown Addis Ababa named after her.

So do you.

So do all of your friends.

Growing up, I’d seen many, many pictures of her, and I knew that finally seeing her in person was going to be pretty amazing.

The story behind Rue Chassé

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue Chassé is named in memory of four members of an illustrious Quebec City family who fought with the Royal 22e Régiment during the First and Second World Wars.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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March 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Typhus Fever

Quebec, UL get more than fair share of federal health research funds

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Photo: Peter Black

The federal government provides more funding for health research to Quebec than is indicated by its share of the Canadian population. That fact was brought to light at a media event at Université Laval on March 12 to promote the $275 million federal contributions last year to 370 projects across Canada in health research. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was on hand for the occasion.

Lightbound strikes back

The event at Université Laval to highlight federal funding of health research was officially ceremonial and above politics. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor kept her remarks strictly formal and focused on the importance of research.

Repair Café helps do-it-yourselfers fix household items

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

With the recent launch of the first Repair Café, another opportunity has opened up to fight planned obsolescence and aim for a Zero Waste lifestyle in this city.

Parishioners celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with mass and banquet

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

As spring approaches, Irish people across the globe don their green and get out fiddles, guitars and beer for an evening of music, dance and folklore. And on March 17, the local community held its traditional annual banquet for St. Patrick’s Day in McMahon Hall at St. Patrick’s Church.

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