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An honour to be among such great people

I had the privilege of accompanying Jacques Choquette, fund-raising co-ordinator at the Valcartier Family Centre, and his wife, Céline Labreque, to Le Grand Brunch de la Solidarité, a fund-raising event for Centraide last Sunday.

Discuss love poetry

Discuss love poetry with Meb Reisner at LHSQ Join Meb Reisner for a discussion on poems about love at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The sessions start on Tuesday April 15, and will continue for the following four Tuesdays. The cost is $28 for LHSQ members and students, and $38 for non-members. Call 694-9147 for information.

Solid support for solidarity brunch

Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches’s annual Grand Brunch de la Solidarité raised funds and spirits last Sunday as four Grands Prix de Solidarité were handed out for this special 400th anniversary edition.

Tartan Day draws crowd from across the province

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News of the great fire at the Manège militaire dampened the joy, but Scots came from across the province to celebrate Tartan Day.

The Kirking of the Tartan was "a moment," according to Milady Gina Farnell.

Walling to leave VEQ for own office next door!

Voice of English-speaking Québec executive director Helen Walling is preparing to take on a new challenge after nine years at the helm of the community organization. She'll wrap up at the end of June, after the May events have been completed.

Rebuild the Armoury!

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume appealed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier this week to rebuild the burned out historic Quebec City Armoury as soon as possible.

Upon hearing the news while in France, Labeaume immediately began his campaign to urgently rebuild the historic structure. 

Air cadets lose home before scheduled sleepover at Armoury

Fifteen-year-old Sergeant Despina Artenie of Quebec City’s 629 Kiwanis-SIllery Air Cadet Squadron was a little shook up about news of last Friday night’s fire at the Armoury.

It pays to be bilingual

It pays to be bilingual – literally. That’s the idea behind the establishment of the Zone Multilingue kiosk at the 10th annual Quebec City Job Fair.

Kevin, William Burton, born March 10, 2008

 

 

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Café-Spectacles to present The Echo Hunters

The Café-Spectacles at Palais Montcalm will welcome two Canadian folk/roots groups on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Montreal-based The Echo Hunters and Porkbelly Futures, some of whom hail from Toronto, will share the stage for the latter group’s first Quebec appearance.

Jeffery Hale history on display

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In addition to the annual Saint Brigid’s-Jeffery Hale art exhibit was a focus on the history of the institution’s two former entities. Above: some old medical instruments and a picture of the lifelong governors of the board of Jeffery Hale’s Hospital were among items displayed at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion.

Royal Rifles of Canada heritage housed in Armoury

Disbanded but not forgotten, The Royal Rifles of Canada are part of Quebec City’s military history – and that of the Quebec City Armoury. This city-based infantry regiment was composed of soldiers from Quebec City, Richmond, Sherbrooke, Gaspé and parts of New Brunswick.

Catch John Heward retrospective

Le Musée National Des Beaux Arts is presenting, from March 13 to August 24, an exposition in honour of painter, sculptor and performer John Heward. A career retrospective of one of the most acclaimed and respected modernist and abstract painters of our time. Heward has exhibited his art everywhere from Canada all the way to Beijing.

Adriana Dominguez overcomes language barrier

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Five years ago, three newcomers arrived in Quebec City with dreams of starting new lives here with their Quebec-raised spouses. They found themselves together in the same French class at the Centre Louis-Jolliet in Limoilou.

This is the last of a three-part series recounting their stories.

Weekly networking in English to return!

Diane Ipperseil of Une Affaire d’Anglais is thrilled with the success ofa language class initiative with partners SoHoWorld and Groupe Perspectives offered in conjunction with the Chambre de commerce du Québec.

Lively networking and discussions in English over breakfast at 7 a.m. are the perfect solution for busy business folk.

Les Voltigeurs save their drums and some of museum contents

Musicians determined to perform despite loss of instruments and uniforms

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True to their training, members of Quebec’s Les Voltigeurs regiment remained courageous during and after their home, Quebec City’s Armoury was badly destroyed in a massive fire on the evening of Friday, April 4.

[Video] Armoury Fire Aftermath 3 minutes

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Photos of the Armoury Fire Aftermath

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Quebec City armoury destroyed by fire - photos and video

DSCF0018_1.jpgQuebec City’s 124-year-old armoury was destroyed in a massive fire on Friday night. It is located off Grande-Allée, just outside the city’s fortified walls.

The building was undergoing renovations, which included sprinklers.

From humble origin, Marc Ouellet grew to become a leading prince of the Church

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When Cardinal Marc Ouellet became a priest in 1968, he dreamed of becoming a missionary.

Instead of work in a far off jungle or city slum, Ouellet hoped to be a
"missionary to priests." He joined the Sulpicians, an order dedicated
to priestly formation....read more

Price takes top honour

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Some cell phone users agree with new regulation;

Quebec drivers have been ordered to put down their hand-held cell phones while driving. If not, they risk being fined between $80 and $100 for the first offense and losing three demerit points, with an added fine for speeding.

Police will hand out warnings only for the first three months.

The kinder, gentler face of minority government

Something’s up. Two weeks ago, Jean Charest’s minority government unveiled a new Employment Pact, worth close to $1 billion.

Time to remember Moe Rosenhek Volunteer Award

They donate their time and expect nothing in return, but some of Quebec City’s most altruistic residents are about to be recognized, whether they like it or not. Nominations for the Moe Rosenhek

Volunteer Award are now being accepted by the Citadel Foundation.

SLC looking for English skills, impressive marks

Students wishing to attend Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence beginning this September will have to hit the books extra hard; this year’s admissions process promises to be the most competitive in recent memory.

Applications to the school are up 25 per cent since this time last year, says Jean Robert, SLC’s campus director.

Quebec Semaine Multilingue runs from April 7 to 12

Quebec’s Semaine Multilingue will hit the region from April 7 to 12 this year.

The week, an initiative of the Chambre de commerce de Québec and its partners, is  a time to encourage people to think about multilingualism.

Events will wrap up with the region’s annual job fair at ExpoQuébec April 11 and 12 under the theme “Because we can choose .”

Help to free independent Cuban librarians

I am working on organizing a demonstration for August of this year, and I am hoping to make contact with people in the community who might be sympathetic to my cause and be able to assist me.

The issue at stake is a full-scale human rights violation which was begun in 2003 and which continues to this day.

Are they frog or fish?

The American humourist Mark Twain wrote that April 1 “is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364.”

For English-speaking readers Twain’s meaning is obvious and stinging: We are fools.

Still grappling with humungous bins

The thousands who have been following this column will doubtless recall that toward the beginning of this winter of our discontent I tried to say what I thought about the new garbage and recycling bins I had been issued by the city.

In French these bins are called bacs and they come in two sizes: humungous and humungous.

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