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Congratulations Class of 2017 of Champlain–St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain–St. Lawrence held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 at Le Montmartre centre in Sillery on May 26. Proud family members and friends looked on as the hall filled with college faculty and staff, and beaming graduates wearing green robes and mortarboard caps.

OBITUARY: Irene HARRIET (nee Lavoie) 1921-2017

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Passed away suddenly on January 30, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband Melvin "Mel" in 1974 and her son Donald “Don” (Carole Gagnon) on February 3, 2017.

Opération Charme and Neighbours’ Day in Old Quebec

The Maison de la littérature is inviting residents to demonstrate their love for Old Quebec City. Up to June 10, people can write on special Opération Charme postcards the reasons why they love this part of the city. These postcards can be obtained from public libraries and at City Hall.

Cuban Junior National baseball team to play in Quebec

If Cuba is a destination of choice in the winter for many Québécois, it seems that Quebec is the destination of choice, in the summer, for Cuban baseball teams.

The Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) will host the National Junior Team of Cuba, this coming summer.

Godin hopes to stick with CFL Lions in Vancouver

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Photo: Courtesy of footballcanada.com website

Quebec City’s Edward Godin is now living his dream, in Kelowna, British Columbia, where the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions are holding their 2017 training camp.

Family fun on World Play Day

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The eighth edition of Quebec City's Fête Mondiale du Jeu / World Play Day took place last Saturday at the Gaétan Boucher outdoor skating oval, behind the Sainte-Foy sports arena.

EXMURO is back for Quebec City’s 4th Passages Insolites

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Ville de Québec recently announced that EXMURO will be back for its fourth edition of Passages Insolites / Unusual Passages, a series of large outdoor works of art. The non-profit public art group’s mandate is “to design and disseminate pluridisciplinary artistic projects in urban public spaces.”

Canada’s 150th celebrations will be Quebec City’s party of the summer

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout Canada, citizens are preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On May 23, large event organizers J’EM Événements (J’EM) and 3E évènement-expérience-émotion (3E) held a press conference at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand Kiosk to present the lineup of upcoming activities and events in Quebec City.

Quebec High School welcomes hundreds of alumni Back to School for 75th anniversary reunion

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The corridors of Quebec High School were filled with hundreds of former students on May 20 as the Quebec High School Alumni Foundation celebrated the school’s 75th anniversary with a Back to School Reunion. 

Overcoming old rivalries first step toward building of a new English high school

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Photo: Google Earth

Depending on your sensibility, being in a crowd of about one hundred loud (but remarkably well-behaved) grade-school students can be either a terrifying or an edifying experience. What is perhaps even more enlightening is these youngsters were all speaking English; boisterous, French-influenced English.

YWCA work soon to be completed

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The restoration and expansion work on the YWCA on Avenue Holland is coming along nicely. More than half of the planned work has been completed, most notably the two additions or enlargements to the building on the front and on the north side. The workmen are just finishing the work on the residential floors.

Rue Patrick-McGrath

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Patrick McGrath, who was born in Quebec in 1858. He was the son of Timothy McGrath and Mary Ann Walsh from Ireland. In 1881 he worked as a servant for the O’Farrell’s. Three years later he married their daughter Margaret in the parish of Saint-Charles-Borromée in Charlesbourg, near Quebec City.

Breastfeeding Get-together coming soon to the Wellness Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Jeffery Hale Community Partners

A new parenting activity called Breastfeeding Get-together will soon be happening at the Wellness Centre. This venture involves a growing partnership between Jeffery Hale Community Partners and Allaitement Québec, a non-profit community organization founded in 1991 to support women who are breastfeeding or who wish to breastfeed.

St. Pat’s Hairspray more than just a musical comedy

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Photo: Mary McCown

With toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance moves, St. Patrick’s High School’s performance of the political comedy, Hairspray gave the audience a blast from the past on Wednesday, May 17, at Théâtre Périscope.

The Musée de la Civilisation is Mad About Brains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the human brain! The Musée de la Civilisation presents its most recent exhibit: Cerveau à la folie / Mad About Brains, where visitors can learn about neuroscience and psychiatry through interactive displays, objects and photos.

Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s shows appreciation for its many volunteers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s celebrated the work of its volunteers by hosting a cocktail party in their honour, inviting friends, family and residents at St. Brigid’s Home.

The group honoured Gertie Grogan, one of Saint Brigid's Guild’s founding members, for her decades of dedication.

Recruiting for the Compagnons de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over the long May weekend, more than 60 history buffs and their families re-enacted the life of soldiers during the Seven Years War, which took place from 1754 to 1763, although the main conflict occurred from 1756 to 1763. The Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Citadelle de Québec hosted the fifth annual École soldat de la Nouvelle-France / New France Infantry School. 

Quebec and Newfoundland students participate in YMCA Exchanges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As part of a YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program, students from Quebec High School (QHS) and students from École secondaire St-Charles-Garnier shared a unique experience with 30 students from St. Michael’s High School on Bell Island, Newfoundland.* 

Margaret Delisle and Allison Areias-Vogel discuss bilingualism and diplomacy

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, the Morrin Centre invited former Quebec politician Margaret Delisle and the U.S. Consul General in Quebec City Allison Areias-Vogel to discuss bilingualism and diplomacy, moderated by Rachelle Solomon. This was the second of two events on Quebec’s Bilingual Women held at the Centre.

T’ouvrir ma porte art exhibit at the Clarté-Dieu gallery

La Clarté-Dieu is presenting an exceptional week-long solo exhibit of works of art by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson from Saturday, June 3, to Sunday, June 11.

Quebec Art Company sets fall and spring show dates

Dates have now been set for the two upcoming Quebec Art Company productions.

The Lumineers light up the Plains

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Photo: Renaud Philippe

The Lumineers, who are accustomed to performing in smaller venues, admitted that their headliner concert on the Plains of Abraham on the first Friday of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 8 provided, “the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for so far.”

QHS and St. Pat’s parents unite for new superschool

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s been in the wind for several months, but now it’s official. The governing boards of St. Patrick’s High School and Quebec High School (QHS) have united to push for a brand new superschool to replace the two aging English-language institutions.

The Project: Where and how much?

Many hurdles lay ahead for The Project, not the least of which is acquiring land and securing financing for a brand new school.

Board officials have had preliminary discussions with Quebec Education Minister Sebastien Proulx about the proposal. According to CQSB chairman Stephen Burke, the minister understands Quebec City’s English-speaking community and its needs.

Superschool: An end to rivalry

Parents promoting a new English high school say now is the time to push for The Project.

My country or my team: testing hockey loyalties

The prime minister wants all Canadians to demonstrate their loyalty – not the same kind of loyalty President Donald Trump demanded of FBI director James Comey before he fired him. No, the loyalty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was talking about relates to something much more intimate and ingrained.

Crépuscule brings Vents et Marées to the Agora in August

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The highly successful and free acrobatic show Crépuscule is back this summer. From August 4 to September 3, the circus company Flip FabriQue will pursue a nautical theme by inviting spectators on a voyage through winds and tides in Vents et Marées at the Agora of the Vieux-Port.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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About ten o’clock the body of a female bearing marks of violence and who had evidently come to her end by foul means was discovered on the Plains of Abraham by a little boy.

Street View

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue Trudeau is named in honour of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000). Trudeau was a Montreal lawyer who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979 and 1980-1984. He was educated at the Université de Montreal, Harvard and the London School of Economics. 

Citadel Foundation presents volunteer awards

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Photo: Diane Kameen

The Citadel Foundation held its annual general meeting and banquet on May 4 at the Garrison Club. Each year, the Foundation recognizes one special volunteer in the English-speaking community to receive the Regina and Moe Rosenhek award. The committee is composed of Jennifer Robert, Jo Rosenhek, Mike Boden and Gail Quinn.

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