April 30 2014 Edition

SLC students involved in close shave – for Leucan

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

At lunch hour on April 24, the Champlain-St. Lawrence Campus cafeteria was set for the Leucan Foundation Shaved Head Challenge. On stage were professional hair stylists equipped with scissors, razors and six chairs, each with a Leucan apron. All that was missing were the four students, an alumnus and a teacher who had agreed to take up the challenge.

Lend Me a Tenor pitch perfect


Although set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor was written in the 1980s by Ken Ludwig. It has met with popular acclaim since its debut in 1980s, and at its Broadway revival in 2010. An outright farce, the show features the Cleveland Opera in an anniversary celebration gone awry, and careens from one emotional extreme to another.

Art workshops a good start for budding young artists

Photo: Sophie Rivett-Carnac

Early on a Saturday morning, in an otherwise blissfully empty gallery, a gaggle of brightly dressed children and adults line a corridor in the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Armed with creative ideas and a love of anything arty, they're waiting for the atelier d'art to commence.

These workshops are offered by MNBAQ every weekend.

Golden moments at the Gala Triomphe

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Two months to the day after the Olympic flame was extinguished in Sochi, some of Canada's most successful athletes and highest-ranking political leaders gathered at the Centre des congrès in downtown Quebec City to honour athletes from Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region.


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Amy Jessica Ford Kupecz passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the age of 95. She was born in Quebec City on Oct 4, 1918, the daughter of Eileen Ida Copeland and Thomas Brian Bailey Ford. She grew up in Portneuf, Quebec, attended primary school there, then went to Commissioner's High School in Quebec City and Stanstead College in the Eastern Townships.

Let’s open up Mother’s Day!

Photo: Lise Lafond

I would like to open up the boundaries of Mother's Day to include the many women who will never be identified by that beautiful word, "MOM." I find the word "MOM" is big enough for many women to hug it close.

Many women who aren't mothers play an important role in children's lives in many different ways, and there are many reasons for us to share Mother's Day with these wonde

Sweet consolation for area’s sugar shacks

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Photo: Photo credit Jared C. Benedict, Creative Commons License

On March 28, two dozen members of the Université Laval Second Cycle Communication Students' Association piled into cars and vans for their annual trip to the Sucrerie Blouin sugar shack on Île d'Orléans. The blizzard-like conditions, however, made this year's spring jaunt more reminiscent of a trip to Santa's house or perhaps Bonhomme's Ice Palace.

Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's celebrates Global Handwashing Day

As you probably know, infections are a major cause of death all over the world. But did you also know that the simple act of handwashing cuts the risk of infection by half?

Member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been celebrating Global Handwashing Day every year since 2005.

Dancing in the streets with Québec en danse

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Last Saturday in downtown Quebec City, it seemed as if spring had taken a day off. Gusts of wind and cold rain battered tables and chairs on empty café-terraces. But in front of the Desjardins Caisse pop on Rue Saint-Jean, one small square of pavement was hot as a summer night.

“April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May”

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Photo: Bill Cox

The lyrics of this song will soon have to be re-written if our planet maintains this rate of global warming. Mother Nature took away a month of our 2013 autumn and a month of our 2014 springtime, and gave us a cold, unrelenting winter in between.

I am inspired to write about this as I look out on this rainy 7˚C.

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