March 17 2010 Edition

Patronization and Self-Adulation are Overdone

O dear! Just when it seemed that there were good and positive things to say about being Canadian (solid banking system, international involvement in Afghanistan and Haiti, credible showing at Winter Olympics) along comes the 10 March issue of the QC-T with two unseemly chest-thumping (dare I say ‘ugly Canadian'?) diatribes.

Medicare user fees

Once again we are starting to hear about problems with our health care system. People dying because of waiting lists and people being neglected in hallways. Sad but true. It's a good system, it just has a few bugs or "viruses" if you prefer.

O’Gradys honored at 44th Shannon Irish Show

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Larry Hamilton has known Ellen and Gene O'Grady since they moved to Shannon from Limoilou with their then-young family just over 30 years ago and seen up close the couple give their energy to the community time and time again.

St. Patrick’s Day and drinking and driving

On March 17th everyone is Irish, and green will be seen throughout Canadian cities. However, St. Patrick's Day can be a dangerous holiday due to the large number of impaired drivers on the road.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Bill 104 and Anglo complacency

I was delighted to read the March 10, 2010, Canwest News Wire press release of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA). The association is planning to put up "billboards across the four corners of the province - from Bas St. Laurent to the North Shore up to Abitibi and down through Gatineau" promoting the English schools of Quebec.

From Book Fair to Bursaries

Over the years the members of the English-Speaking Community of the Greater Quebec City Region have been generous in donating their books to the used-book sale the Quebec City Women's Club runs on the last Saturday of October. This has become a huge community event. It provides a venue for old friends to touch base with each other and for new arrivals to meet English-Speaking Quebecers.

Congrats to Marianna

I am in Florida six months a year. I miss St. Patrick's Day immensely. I don't know if you know me but I used to sing in the pubs in Quebec, such as the Liquor store, the Vauxbraugh House and in earlier years La Brassery La Meunery. I worked at St. Brigid's Home for twenty-three years.

Former-QCT editor appointed new Director at CEDEC

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Photo: Ken Schankler

Michèle Thibeau spent 10 years working for the Chronicle-Telegraph, not realizing it was providing the perfect background for her latest endeavour.

"I spent almost a decade of my life learning the community," Thibeau, 40, said, later adding, "This job is a little more concrete... It's taking those contacts and bringing people around the table."

St-Vincent School and the 2010 Olympics

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St-Vincent School caught the Olympic fever this year. Class 403 made a snowman village representing the 2010 Winter Olympics. Every student made a different snowman, dressed up according to one of the olympic sports and each holding a different country flag.

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