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QHS’s 10th Trivia Night celebrates 10 years of tough questions

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team members put on their thinking caps for the 10th edition of Quebec High School’s fundraising event Trivia Night! On April 20, more than 20 teams filled the gym with positive vibes. The moment the doors opened, they found their tables or went straight to the mystery photos posted on the walls to get a head start.

Parents and Kids Fair now five years old

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Photo: Danielle Burns

New moms and dads are special. A worried parent will do better research than the FBI. Some of those discriminating parents came out to ExpoCité from April 20 to 22 for Quebec City’s fifth Annual Parents and Kids Fair, targeted at families with children six and under. Grandparents with a penchant for spoiling grandchildren also made up some of the target clientele.

Operation Work Now launches through community collaboration

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Photo: provided by FORT program

The Valcartier Family Centre’s FORT (Future Occupation Reinvention Team) program, is a comprehensive entry point into the local marketplace for English-speaking job seekers. It is a hidden treasure for the English-speaking community of the Quebec City region, both civilians and members of the military.

William Stuart Pharmacy Lab now open at EQLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) inaugurated its pharmacy training lab on April 18. This lab is the only one of its kind at an English-language institution in the region.

Susie Faguy, director of the EQLC, says the new classroom was named the William Stuart Pharmacy Lab, in honour of the man after whom the street the school is located on was named.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind an impressive performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Director Emile Beauchemin produced a spectacular theatre version of the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (ESSM). He and the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence theatre group brought this science fiction romantic comedy to the stage at the AI Financial Auditorium on April 19, 20 and 21. 

I’m not vegan, but...

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

What is being vegan? Veganism is the practice of abstaining completely from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and adopting an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

Community Calendar

Monday, April 30 at 12 noon – Killarney Secondary School string orchestra at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins, Vieux-Québec. Free admission, voluntary donations.

Do you believe in magic? Come to the Festival de Magie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 8th annual Festival de Magie de Québec (Quebec City Magic Festival) will take place from May 3 to 6. Lovers of magic of all ages will have the opportunity to see more than 50 shows, 35 of which are free, presented by internationally acclaimed magicians from Canada, the United States, Spain, France and England. A new competition for young magicians will reveal some surprises.

St. Patrick’s High School Public Speaking Competition

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Photo: Mary-Anne Fairbairn

Public speaking is a tradition that has been part of St. Patrick’s High School for decades. Every student who has studied at St. Pat’s remembers public speaking and knows someone who has participated in public speaking. Every English teacher who has taught at St. Pat’s has trained and encouraged scores of students to participate in public speaking.

Local Sports briefs

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Photo: Steve Codovius - QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are still searching for their next general manager and head coach. Team president Jacques Tanguay met last week with former Remparts GM and head coach Patrick Roy. However, the former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie does not seem to be ready to make a decision yet.

Free skating for a good cause at the Vidéotron Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Opération Enfant Soleil

Residents of the greater Quebec City area will have the chance to skate for the first time on the ice of the Vidéotron Centre on April 29.

The day of skating sessions will be held to support Jérémy Plourde, a courageous 15-year-old who suffers from an immune deficiency and neuromuscular disease. His goal is to raise $100,000 for Opération Enfant Soleil.

Coaching and hard work behind basketball excellence

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Photo: Shirley Picknell

Like many parents, my weeknights and weekends have been consumed with driving kids to sporting events and watching them either win or lose (both can be very emotional), and April 7 was no exception.

Hosanna Hey, "Jesus Christ Superstar" can’t be missed!

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Photo: Normand Brassard
   Jesus is my drug of choice!” a protest sign reads at yet another fantastic Quebec Art Company (QAC) production. Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see production featuring a very talented and very large cast. 

A Tower for a Trumpet: The great Canadian art switcheroo

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One suspects that few humble souls of modest means can grasp the staggering amounts of money spent on works of art. It’s a phenomenon easily as mystifying as the creative ability that compels the human being holding the brush, chisel or charcoal. How do you put a value on an image captured on a piece of stretched canvas?

St. Patrick’s 175th Anniversary Reunion is just around the corner!

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In a few short weeks, more than 1,150 alumni will reunite in Quebec City for a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories. With attendees coming from all over Canada, Europe and the United States, the Fighting Irish will be ready to paint the city green with celebrations.

Connect with your City Guide: Rediscover Wendake

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Photo: Juanita Craig

On March 28, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) launched the Connect With Your City Guide, a new book which showcases 153 places of significance, past and present, for members of the English-speaking community in Quebec City.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: James Inglis from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, Courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-89689
April 19, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette
A serious fire broke out in a boarding house on Champlain Street, through the upsetting of a wax candle in the room of a boarder named McHugh.

The story behind Rue Alfred-Rouleau

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City was named in honour of Alfred Rouleau (1915-1985), a businessman and president of the Fédération du Québec des Caisses Populaires Desjardins, Quebec’s largest credit union. Born in Sherbrooke, he was elected president of the federation in 1972 and served until 1981. 

Letter to the Editor - Re: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

What a leap the Quebec Art Company [QAC] has taken with this show! The large cast of many new faces and performers … reflects what it is to be a member of the English-speaking community. It represents an ethnically diverse community with a wide age range and many skills.

Elisa-Maude McConnell helps bring smiles to young faces

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Photo: Global Smile Foundation

Elisa-Maude McConnell is a speech-language pathologist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) in Quebec City. In mid-January, she volunteered to go on a mission with Global Smile Foundation (GSF) in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, a small Central American country.

Valcartier Sugar Shack Brunch a sweet delight

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

A fundraising Sugar Shack Brunch for cancer research, organized by the Valcartier Roadrunners and Valcartier Elementary School’s Community Learning Centre (CLC), was held at the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier community hall on April 15.

Quebec City offers a warm welcome to new citizens

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Vidéotron Centre was filled with the sound of hundreds of voices speaking many languages on April 14, as the Ville de Québec held its annual event to welcome new arrivals to the Capitale-Nationale region. It was party time inside the lobby of the huge sports arena.

Familiar faces introduce Newfoundland to Lifelong Learners

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

They say, “Home is where the heart is.” This was more than evident to the capacity crowd that came to hear Katherine and Keith Burgess express their heartfelt affection for Newfoundland in their “Calling Us Home” presentation.

This Lifelong Learning event was one of a series of talks showcasing different regions of Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Families work together to promote road safety for everyone

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Photo: Jan Anderson

Nancy Gilbert, a graduate of St Patrick’s High School, is the co-founder of Solidarité familles et Sécurité routière / Family Solidarity and Road Safety (SFSR). On April 6, she spoke at the Take-a-Break Drop In at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, where parents with babies and preschoolers get together twice a month.

The Chantecler “Made in Quebec” chicken is 100 years old

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It all started at the Oka Abbey. Brother Wilfrid Châtelain was in charge of the poultry section at the Oka Agricultural Institute, where the chickens had names like Delaware, New Hampshire, Jersey Giant and Plymouth Rock. It was obvious that these chickens were not from Canada. Brother Wilfrid found it unthinkable that of all the chickens at the abbey, there was no Canadian breed.

The Voltigeurs return to the Manège Militaire

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The Fondation Les Voltigeurs (9e Bataillon), proudly announce that on May 12, the Régiment Les Voltigeurs de Québec will return to their Manège militaire (armoury) that was destroyed by fire on the evening of April 4, 2008.

To commemorate the reopening of the historic building, the regiment invites the public to attend three activities on May 12:

Razing ashes: The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues

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Photo: Peter Black

The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues. Environment department workers have cut down dozens of trees on the past two weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the parasite insect. The row pictured at left is on Rue de Maisonneuve across from St. Patrick’s High School. A city official said some 150 ashes are being cut this spring while the insect is inactive.

Alberto Giacometti exhibit at MNBAQ open until May 12

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Don’t miss the exhibit of works by Alberto Giacometti which is open until May 12 at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). A Swiss sculptor and painter who lived in Paris, Giacometti is known for his unique sculptures of elongated subjects with specially detailed surfaces, but the exhibition also celebrates the painter.

Community Calendar

April 19 - 21, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) – Quebec Art Company presents the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec. Tickets are SOLD OUT but you can put your name on a waiting list at [email protected] indicating how many and for which dates.

Former major leaguer joins Capitales

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Photo: Joel Truchon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

With just over a month to go before the Can-Am League baseball season begins, the Capitales have gotten their hands on some major league talent. Former Chicago Cub Josh Vitters will be roaming third base at the Stade Canac. Vitters was selected third overall at the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

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