October 16 2013 Edition

News Digest October 16, 2013


“Intergalactic” improv at St. Lawrence College

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain-St. Lawrence College's French Improv Team (FIT) hosted its second College Improvisation Tournament recently. For these competitions, a theme is set, and teams of students are challenged to create sketches about the theme on the spot, complete with story lines, dialogue and responses. Audience response determines the winners.

A garden with a bird’s eye view

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

With a crisp breeze ruffling leaves, Marie-Ève Buist took the QCT on a tour of the downtown garden she has helped manage all summer. Despite the declining temperatures, the garden was still vibrant and productive in early October. Despite its location at the Fréderique Back Environmental Centre, near the busy Salaberry-chemin Ste-Foye intersection, this garden remains largely unknown.

A ghostly tour of the Citadel

Both an active military base and an historic site open to visitors, the Citadel offers evening tours that bring the past alive. The QCT recently joined one that began at sunset at the Citadel's Dalhousie Gate.

As the tour passed the iconic entrance, out of the night stepped the evening's first ghost, an officer who boomed "Halt!

Anything Goes is a truly Bon Voyage!

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Photo: Kelly Leighton

Rehearsals are well under way for the Quebec Art Company's fall production of Cole Porter's jazzy, finger-snapping, toe-tapping musical comedy Anything Goes. The enthusiastic cast include dancing and singing sailors, stowaways, a hapless gangster and his sexy moll, a nightclub singer and her accompanying (not so angelic) Angels, and of course, the central cast of a mixed-up love quartet.

Merck Canada awards $4 million to Université Laval

(Press release) Merck Canada, a global healthcare leader, recently announced they would be awarding $16 million to Quebec's four faculties of medicine. Université Laval, McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke will receive $4 million each to support health research.

Endangered heritage cattle at heart of Charlevoix terroir proposal


Several hundred years ago, while the settlers of New France were busy founding a colony, they were also matter-of-factly, albeit unwittingly, developing a heritage cattle breed. Called the Canadienne, this breed is thought to be the product of cattle imported from coastal France in the seventeenth century.

St. Pat’s JV wins a playoff “ticket”

Winless since October 2011, St. Patrick's High School junior varsity football team showed a lot of character this season. With a final match this weekend, André Gosselin's team, the St. Pat's JV boys, got their pass for the playoffs.

Quebecer’s rare collection a tangible part of Canadiana

Photo: Ruby Pratka

As a child growing up in rural Beauce, Simon Bourque had two passions. One was hockey.

"I was raised on the ice," he recalled in a recent interview with the QCT. "We had a rink next to the house, and on Saturday mornings I packed myself two lunches-one lunch and one dinner, really-- and left at eight in the morning.

United Church presbytery responds to proposed Charter of Quebec Values

The proposed Charter of Quebec Values will do nothing to unite Quebec society, and do harm to many in the immigrant community, especially women who wear the hijab and would feel forced to give up their jobs in hospitals and day-cares. This was one of the sentiments expressed at a United Church regional meeting held in Sherbrooke in late September.

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