May 16 2012 Edition

News Digest for May 16, 2012

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Community rushes headlong to participate in third Défi Holland

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

In its third year, the Défi Holland has become a spring tradition which local families and Holland Elementary School eagerly anticipate. The race is held on Mother's Day, May 13, this year, and highlights the importance of outdoor activity for healthy families.

Holland Elementary School principal, Phil Joycey told the QCT, "The race started as a fundraiser for the school.

St. Pat’s grad chosen for Team Canada

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Photo: Photo by Edward Godin Gosselin

A graduate of St. Patrick's High School has earned a spot on Football Canada's Junior National Team. Team Canada hosted a series of selection camps in various cities across the country in March to assemble the national team. St.Pat's grad, Edward Godin Gosselin impressed coaches with his speed and strength and was invited by Head Coach Noel Thorpe to join the team's defensive line.

Rendez-vous Naval 2012

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Photo: Photo by Christopher L. Clark from Wikipedia

On May 7, at the Officers' Mess of the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Complex, the organizing committee of the Rendez-vous naval de Québec (RVNQ) unveiled its program of events, to take place from June 7 to 10 in the Old Port sector.

At least 10 ships will be arriving here from France, Germany, the United States and Canada. The largest, the USS Whidbey Island promises to be the main attraction.

Serving time at the Quebec City Common Gaol and its creative outcomes

On Friday, May 4, Jean-Louis Trudel gave a talk in the library of the Morrin Centre on the beginnings of Canadian science fiction and its connection to the Quebec City Common Gaol.

Falstaff dress rehearsal — a fresh look at a classic opera

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

If you were to see Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi's beloved final opera, for the first time without any background information or previous exposure to opera, you might still find it familiar. This was certainly the case during the May 10 dress rehearsal, presented at the Grand Théâtre. The enthusiastic audience was largely comprised of high school and CEGEP students.

Student protests against tuition increases an ongoing concern

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Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle


Students gather in front of the National Assembly on Sunday, May 6, at the beginning of the second week of organized street protests in Quebec City.


Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Quebec City moves “Step by Step towards Fair Trade”

Photo: Photo courtesy of Fair Trade Resource Network

The present array of labels and certifications on products that appear earthy and seemingly good for you, the planet, and your neighbors' chickens, can seem overwhelming. During the first two weeks of May, the Fair Trade Fortnight, or Quinzaine du Commerce Équitable de Québec, offered Quebec City residents a closer look at what some of the labeling means.

Icons of the Quebec City skyline “under wraps”


Two of the tallest and most noticeable buildings in Old Quebec - the Château Frontenac and Chalmers-Wesley United Church - are currently "under wraps" as they undergo restoration work. The Château is completing the replacement of their copper roof this summer.

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