March 9 2011 Edition

A Tribute to Giovanni Costa

Giovanni Costa, originally from Sicily, and a long-time Italian lecturer at Laval University's École de Langues, passed way on February 3, 2011. Giovanni's life was celebrated at a well-attended and moving ceremony organized by the love of his life, Louise, and several other friends.

Irony and wordplay dance in Vienney Carpentier’s verse

Photo: Photo courtesy of Vienney Carpentier

"I am in a highly creative phase now," says Vienney, 36, who already has four books in print and Writing Sessions set for release this fall. "I put on ear phones to listen to music, I disconnect from the world and I write," explains the dynamic, sensitive author whose work testifies to his keen ear and eye for the charming interplay between a word's sound and sense.

Quebec City Women’s Club seeking bursary applicants

Each year, the Quebec City Women's Club gives away thousands of dollars to women seeking higher education. The social group, partnered with the Citadel Foundation, raises funds for these bursaries primarily through the annual English Book Fair.

Currently, the QCWC is accepting applications from female students attending post-secondary schools.



Newcomers Welcomed at VEQ Information Fair

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Photo: Photo by Amanda Halm

Anglo newcomers to Quebec City are faced with many challenges: learning a new language, filling out mounds of paperwork, and discovering a social group.

These challenges could pose insurmountable if not for the help of the Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ), an organization that reaches out to Anglophones and strives to improve the transition process.

The wearing of the green

There will be green hats, green kilts, green ties and even green shoes for the Irish jig on Saint Patrick's Day. In the St. Pat's parade, there will be green-skirted colleens, green colored animals, green city buses and even green hair.

What does all this green signify? Well, the Shamrock of course, which is the symbol of Ireland.

Lent: An opportunity to clarify our true selves before God

As Matthew 4:1 tells us, "the Spirit led Jesus out into the desert to be tested by the devil."

Now, for our secular society in general and the current Quebec experience of religious society in particular, I suspect that these words will have little impact.

Red Bull Crashed Ice track being built in Old Quebec

Photo: Photo by Amanda Halm

There is something new in Old Quebec: a runway, starting at the Chateau Frontenac and snaking down the Côte de la Montagne. Every day, it gets a little longer, a little bit more elaborate. Pedestrians stroll by and cock their heads curiously, as if to ask, "What is that?"

"That" is neither a half-pipe for snowboarding nor a toboggan slide.

Quebecor awarded naming rights to proposed Quebec City arena

Photo: Photo courtesy of Ville de Québec

Last Tuesday, it was announced that Quebecor Media Incorporated won the naming rights to Quebec City's proposed $400 million arena.

Through the 25-year deal, Quebecor will pay between $110 million and $200 million. The exact amount the media company will pay hinges on whether Quebec City can land an NHL franchise.

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