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Laval’s Auclair signs as free agent with NFL’s Bucs

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Photo: Yan Doublet, Université Laval

Kids play football with the dream of someday playing in the National Football League, even in Canada. Well, last Saturday, Anthony Auclair, from the Université Laval Rouge et Or team, took one step closer to his dream.

Undrafted in last weekend’s NFL draft in Philadelphia, Auclair, a six-foot-six, 256-pound tight end, signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QHS and St. Pat’s rugby teams start their spring season on the field

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Photo: Luc Lang

The last sport of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) to be played in the 2016-2017 high school athletic season will start this week on fields in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region.

The St. Patrick High School Fighting Irish will dress two girls teams.

The Quebec High School Blazers will field two teams – one senior girls and one senior boys.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
We learn by a telegram from Father Point [Pointe-au-Père near Rimouski] of the destruction by fire of the Father Point Light-House and dwelling house.

The story behind Rue du Marché-Finlay

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue du Marché-Finlay is named after the merchant William Finlay who played a leading role in the business world of Quebec City in the 19th century. Possibly a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland, he arrived in Quebec sometime between 1798 and 1805 and by 1808, he was working for the powerful merchant John Mure.

Love is just as lovely the second time around

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

When they look at each other, you can see the love-light in their eyes. And I’m sure what they see is the 20-something young man and woman they once were when they first met 66 years ago.

What The Heck “breaks the mold” of traditional school rock shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 29, Champlain-St. Lawrence’s rock band What The Heck brought down the house with its recent show, Break The Mold.* During what is hopefully the final performance outside the campus’ amphitheatre, the band played impressively at the Collège Compagnons-de-Cartier. During the show, the audience danced, sang along, cheered and applauded.

Campaign begins for organ and tissue donations

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To launch the 20th National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week from April 23 to 29, Transplant Québec and the City of Quebec invited citizens to join this year’s organ donor campaign by signing the life-saving Consent to Organ and Tissue Donation Registry and their RAMQ card.

Advice on how to raise bilingual children

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Parents curious about language acquisition came out in large numbers to the Jeffery Hale Wellness Centre on April 28 to participate in a talk entitled How to Raise Bilingual Children. Guest speaker speech-language pathologist Geneviève Fily-Paré of the Centre Mosaïque de Québec answered questions in an informal and stimulating discussion.

Valcartier military community thanks its volunteers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 28, volunteers and guests were invited to the annual dinner that acknowledges their time and devotion to the Valcartier military community in 2016. Special guests who gathered at the Valcartier Family Centre included General Roméo Dallaire and his wife Elizabeth, a very active volunteer in her own right.

The music world converges on Quebec City for FEQ’s 50th!

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who, and the delightfully original Gorillaz virtual band members will be headlining the 50th Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) along with Kendrick Lamar, P!nk, Metallica and Muse.

More than 100 new names have been added to the 50 released earlier this year, including pop star Nick Jonas and the Canadian indie rock duo Death from Above 1979.

Veronica Sutcliffe Laverdière

Veronica Sutcliffe Laverdière passed away on April 20, 2017, at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Laverdière. Veronica was the daughter of the late Mary Ellen Drinkwater and Joseph Patrick Sutcliffe.

Quebec Anglicans welcome their new bishop

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Photo: courtesy of Daniel Abel
The Anglican Diocese of Quebec formally welcomed their new bishop, the Right Reverend Bruce Myers, in a colourful ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, April 22.  

The service began when Bishop Bruce knocked at the door of the Cathedral, seeking entrance. Church wardens let him in, beginning worship. 

Songbirds… Is their music fading?

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Photo: Lise Lafond
I attended the third edition of the Salon Nature Portneuf, in Saint Raymond last weekend. I didn’t want to miss the very popular conference on the decline of the songbird population, hosted by Roland Hamel, president of SHEP (Société d’Horticulture et d’Écologie de Portneuf).

A look at The Longest Year

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Photo: Mary McMahon

Connections ... 260 years of history are whimsically connected through the imagination of critically acclaimed author, Daniel Grenier. Born in Brossard and currently living in Quebec City, Grenier talked about his award winning debut novel, The Longest Year, at the ImagiNation’s Writers Festival on Saturday April 7.

How far will Quebec go with assisted death?

 
We’re hearing a lot about “sudden death” these days with so many overtime games in the first round of the Stanley Cup play-offs.
 
Sudden death means the abrupt, often cruel and unfair end to a tightly fought battle between superbly conditioned human specimens at the peak of their physical powers. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
It is stated that a patient of one of the city hospitals, lately deceased, puzzled all the physicians as to the nature of his malady. After his death an examination revealed the cause, which was indeed a strange one.

The story behind Rue Mary-Travers

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street was named in honour of Mary Rose-Anna Travers (1894-1941). A legendary Quebec singer/songwriter known as “La Bolduc.” Born in Newport on the Gaspé coast, her father Lawrence Travers was of Irish descent and her mother was a French-Canadian Mi’kmaq.  

Jeans ’n Classics delight audience with ABBA tribute

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After last year’s fantastic Jeans ’n Classics concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, featuring the music of the Beatles, people flocked to the Grand Theatre last Friday and Saturday evening for an encore performance, this time featuring the music of the Swedish wonderband, ABBA, one of the most commercially successful in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide fr

Trivial matters at Quebec High School

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Photo: Susan McBain
Twenty-three teams of five highly-intelligent people anxiously awaited the final tally to learn who was the winner of the ninth annual Trivia Night competition held at Quebec High School last Friday evening. Who was smart, smarter and smartest? 

St. Pat’s Boys Bring Home the Honours

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Photo: Kaitlyn Craig

St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Cadet and Senior basketball teams won the silver and bronze medals respectively at the regional high school basketball championships held in mid-April, and this after the culmination of a the very successful season for their Atom (12-0) and Bantam (12-2) counterparts.

Luc Langevin invites people to the 7th Quebec Magic Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From May 4 to 7, magicians from around the world are coming to Quebec City to apply their art and skills, to present illusions and tricks at the 7th Magic Festival. This year, the Festival will include more than 50 free magic shows, a magic school, a contest and a gala at eight sites around the city.

QAC’s "Self-Help" – How actors see characters

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Photo: Photo courtesy of the QAC

One of the wonders of community theatre is how it brings together people from very different backgrounds, compels them to put their talents and vulnerabilities on display and become another person on stage.

Ambient music selected for every customer

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Photo: from Wikimedia Common Domain

There are few things more charming than walking down the streets of Quartier Petit Champlain with the welcoming storefronts and cobblestone roads, and listening to the continuous stream of music emanating from the shops along the way. How do all the shop owners synchronize their music so perfectly? The answer has a fun history that began right here in Quebec City.

Valcartier Elementary School celebrating its 70th anniversary

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Photo: courtesy of Valcartier Elementary School

A bit of history: When the school was built in 1947 it was called the Valcartier Intermediate School. Sixty-six students attended the first year. In 1965, the Grade 8 and 9 students were sent to Quebec High School, and then in 1967, the Grade 6 and 7 students were sent to Holland School. The name of the school was then changed to Valcartier Elementary School.

Québec Exquis! offers a gourmet film event with Theatre of Life

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The award-winning documentary film Theater of Life (Théâtre de la vie), by Montreal director Peter Svatek was shown at Le Clap cinema last weekend in conjunction with Québec Exquis! 

Stroller traffic at the Parents and Kids Fair

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Photo: Danielle Burns
ExpoCité’s parking lot was filled with minivans and family cars last weekend for the 4th annual Parents and Kids Fair in Quebec City.

From the Himalayas to Quebec City: Adam Sherlip’s hockey journey

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Photo: Peter Black
It’s an oft-told tale, how sports can open doors to career opportunities, to self-realization, to redemption. In some cases, involvement in sports can take you places you never could have imagined.

They’re back… again!

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Last week a flock of Canada geese landed on our partly frozen lake and I was anxious to see if “my” geese were with this group. These geese stayed for a while – they may have been born here and dropped by for a visit, or maybe they just needed a rest – but a couple of hours later they were gone.

Legal pot? Are we tripping, or what?

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"Far out, man!” 

"I read, therefore I am" book launch in Thetford Mines

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Photo: courtesy of MCDC

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), recently launched I read, therefore I am, a book aimed at promoting literacy among youth, produced in collaboration with St. Patrick Elementary and A.S. Johnson High School in Thetford Mines.

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