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In a tent, a trailer or a camper ... visit Canada this summer!

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Photo: Lise Lafond
There were small tents, trailers big and small, campers and large recreational vehicles (RVs) at the Quebec Recreational Vehicle Show, held at ExpoCité last weekend, but the show had many other attractions. Many provincial travel agencies had a booth and, with Canada’s 150th anniversary coming up in July, they all wanted to tell us why we should visit their province. 

St. Lawrence hockey Lions are one win away from the final

The St. Lawrence Lions are just one win away from the hockey final in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) .

Mathieu Gosselin’s goal, 16 minutes into the second overtime, gave the Lions a 2-1 win over the Champlain-Lennoxville College Cougars at last Sunday’s game in Sherbrooke.

The Cougars took an 1-0 lead when Louis Lacelle-Webster scored at 17:57 of the first period.

St. Patrick’s High School team to play in provincial Prep School Hockey League in 2017-18

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Photo: St. Pat’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

What was announced by the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) a few weeks ago, has now been confirmed.

St. Patrick’s High School will field a team in the newest and trendiest hockey league in the province of Quebec, the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

At the league’s general assembly in February, the Fighting Irish was one of four schools to be admitted to the LHPS.

Festibière Irlandais celebrates St. Patrick at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Not only beer is sold at the Festibière Irlandais - Québec Whisky offered samples of their finest products. 

Health & Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries

Apply before May 12, 2017

Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, is calling for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.

Alex Harvey reigns on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
What a spectacular weekend for the finals of the Fédération Internationale du Ski (FIS) Cross-Country Ski World Cup! The event had all the markings of a festival in Old Quebec, combining a popular international sport with local heroes and winners. The weather and the racecourses could not have been better, a silver lining from last week’s big snowstorm.

What makes Maxime Bernier run?

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Photo: Peter Black

A modest crowd has gathered for a Friday happy hour in the mezzanine of a large, boisterous restaurant at a mall in a Quebec City suburb. They are waiting for Beauce MP, former cabinet minister and current Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier to arrive from campaign events in the Saguenay.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
In the eighteen fifties, the United States had more than 9,000 miles of railway lines, but Canada had only 66.  So it might be said that Canada was “asleep.” Yet it happened that Canada developed the first “sleeping car” in the world.

The story behind Rue Sherbrooke

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain
Rue Sherbrooke, also referred to as Côte Sherbrooke, is named in honour of Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (1764-1830). After serving with the British army in Nova Scotia, the Netherlands, India, the Mediterranean (including Sicily) and Spain, Sherbrooke was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia in 1811.

Seniors Technology workshops planned for March, April

Voice of English-Speaking Québec, Quebec High School, and the Lifelong Learning program are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 series of Technology Workshops for age 50-plus seniors of our community to be held from March 28 to April 21.

Steve Cameron launches new book Hill Notes: ‘Glimpses’ of Before

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Photo: courtesy of Steven Cameron

After Hill Search: the Robert Corrigan Story, and Hill Tales: Still Searching, local author Steven L. Cameron now presents Hill Notes: ‘Glimpses’ of Before.

Community Cooking Cookbook now available!

Did you participate in the community cooking class that took place in 2015-16, brought to you by a collaborative partnership involving Voice of English-speaking Québec, SNACS Entrepreneurs, Be Active Québec and Jeffery Hale Community Partners? Are you a cooking enthusiast? If so, the long awaited and much-anticipated Community Cooking Cookbook is now available for purchase.

Quebec Art Company doubles down with farce by acclaimed Canadian playwright Norm Foster

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Photo: QAC

Last year was a big one for Norm Foster. Not only did the prolific Canadian playwright find himself pinned with an Order of Canada, there was the inauguration of a festival in St. Catharines, Ontario, devoted to his works. On top of that, he got engaged.

Marianna O’Gallagher Collection inaugurated at Valcartier Library

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Marianna O’Gallagher Collection was officially inaugurated at the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Municipal Library on Thursday, March 16. This collection will be made up of books concerning the history and life of the Irish and Scottish community in Quebec.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Irish eyes were smiling last Friday evening as some 150 people gathered in McMahon Hall of St. Patrick’s Church following the St. Patrick’s Day Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Lacroix, the Archbishop of the archdiocese of Quebec. Not all eyes were Irish but, as they say, everyone is Irish on St.

Pick-a-book storytime comes to an end ​...​ for now​!​

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Initiated by CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence student Marjorie Lepage, who enlisted the help of other student volunteers who wanted to read stories to children in English, the first series of Pick-a-Book storytimes came to an end at the Morrin Centre Library last Saturday.

You are invited to attend VEQ’s AGM on May 25

Voice of English-speaking Québec is pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meeting. Get together with old friends and meet new ones, learn about VEQ and hear about our highlights from the past year. Appetizers and refreshments will be served and parking is free. The meeting is to be held on Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Calling all QuACkers . . .

Quebec Art Company launching Memories, Mementos and Magic

Inspired by our 35th anniversary gala event held in early December, the Quebec Art Company, in partnership with the Morrin Centre, is launching a new project, QAC – Memories, Mementos and Magic, to gather, preserve and share memories and mementos from the theatre troupe's impressive repertoire of productions.

Dalla Porta D’Oriente opens the doors of oriental music

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Photo: Mary McCown

East and West came together in perfect harmony with the musical ensemble, Constantinople, last Friday evening at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City. The musicians immediately captivated their audience, leading them on an epic journey through time with their newest creation Dalla Porta D’Oriente featuring Italian tenor, Marco Beasley.

No thaw in women’s hockey salary “ice ceiling”

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NHL playoffs are around the corner and it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time for fans whose teams have not yet locked up a date for the dance. It’s also an exciting time for players, particularly rookies, as they close in on performance bonuses that kick in as they hit certain targets.

PAF! Performing Arts Festival hosted by Quebec High School

At the Central Québec School Board, we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy, and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining work around!

Mushing around the Valcartier International Dog Sled Races

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The fifth annual Valcartier International Dog Sled Races were held at Village Vacances Valcartier last weekend. Nothing was missing from the well-orchestrated event: the weather was beautiful, the scenery was spectacular, there was lots of snow, a food truck, plenty of parking spaces, games for the children, and the mascots Ti-Loup, Loulou and Louloutre entertained everyone.

Laval’s dream season ends with a silver medal

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Photo: courtesy of APShutter.com - UVic Vikes

They could see gold. They could taste it. But they could not win it.

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s basketball team, seeded number seven at the U Sports National Championship, had their dream season end with a 66-55 defeat to their arch rival the McGill Martlets last weekend in Victoria, British Columbia.

Shannon’s 70th anniversary celebrated at the Irish Show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Shannon’s Community Centre was alive with song and dance last Saturday, as its best entertainers put on the 51st Shannon Irish Show, twice! 

Eighth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more festive than ever

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City is getting its green on for the upcoming the St. Patrick’s festivities.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Our Irish citizens have distinguished themselves this year for the heartiness and enthusiasm with which the national anniversary has been celebrated. Evidence of the joyous occasion was plentiful on every side.

Friends bid adieu to Bishop Dennis Drainville

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bishop Dennis Drainville, the 12th Bishop of Quebec, is retiring at the end of March, 2017. A reception was held at the Morrin Centre last Saturday to bid him and his wife, the Reverend Cynthia Patterson, a fond farewell and adieu before they move back to their home in Barachois, near the tip of the Gaspé peninsula, at the end of June.

The story behind Rue de Stadaconé

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue de Stadaconé (Stadacona in English) was named after the 16th-century Iroquois village on the shore of the St. Charles River in the Limoilou district of present Quebec City. 

The Canadians: Home-grown Soviet spies started the Cold War

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In elementary school we were told to take occasional duck-and-cover air raid drills seriously because our town was in the path of Soviet nuclear missiles targeted at New York, Washington, and, who knows, Toronto or Montreal.

Stephen Burke named Grand Marshal of the 2017 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Joseph Ernest Stephen Burke was born in Quebec City on April 5, 1950, the son of Stephen G. Burke and Yvette Bussières. His father worked 35 years at the Anglo-Canadian Pulp and Paper Mill (Daishowa Inc.). His grandfather, also named Stephen, owned a tailor shop at 187 rue Saint-Jean back in the 1920s.

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