May 20 2015 Edition

News Digest May 20 2015




Issue May 20, 2015


Book about Jewish heritage in Quebec aims to turn heads

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

The notion that Quebec City's history is mainly the story of French settlers and their offspring is prevalent, even among those who are not descended from coureurs de bois and filles du roy. While the Montcalm-Wolfe narrative is fixed in our collective memory, the many and significant contributions of the city's Jewish population have until now been very poorly documented.

Amphibious airplane fishing trip

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Photo: Tailwheels Etc. Flight School

I have accumulated over 500 hours flying time as a passenger in over 20 different aircraft: the Tiger Moth, Cessna, Norseman, Beaver, Bellanca, DC-3, Canso, F-27, Constellation, DC-4, over a half dozen commercial aircraft, props and jets, right up to the Boeing 747, and three helicopters.  

A trip down an Irish memory lane

At a recent meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ), Ann Power led members down memory lane, or was it down Champlain Street? Illustrating her talk with photos, Power described day-to-day life a century ago in what was then a very Irish neighbourhood in Quebec City's Lower Town. 

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Street Views: The story behind Rue Baldwin

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Baldwin is named for Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), born in York, now Toronto. He was a lawyer and politician who, with his partner in politics, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, led the first responsible ministry in Canada. The concept of "responsible government" is attributed to Robert Baldwin and his father, Dr. William W. Baldwin.

2nd Language Professionals Conference

Inspired by the overwhelming success of the 1st Language Professionals Conference in 2013, we are delighted to repeat the experience this spring from May 29 to 31 at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Drawn to Quebec: Wild birds: attracting without feeding

Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2015

In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence," said Robert Lynd. An oft-practised way of doing so is feeding birds.

Opéra de Québec stages audience favourite, Puccini’s Tosca

Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Giacomo Puccini saw Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play La Tosca in 1889 when it was first performed in Rome. He immediately recognized the play's melodramatic ingredients - love, intrigue, murder and suicide - as ideal material for an opera.

Bringing history to life … and death at the Citadelle

Photo: Danielle Burns

What does one do on the weekend at an active garrison in Quebec City? Fight, of course! 

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