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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.

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.

Superschool: An end to rivalry

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

What if...? – The musical comes to Quebec City

Get ready for this English-language musical, comprised of 25 original songs, 16 cast members, and a whirlwind of harmonies and characters that will thrill the young and the old alike. What if…? – The musical, with music, book and lyrics by J.P.

Game Night celebrates BAQ’s fifth anniversary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Be Active Quebec (BAQ), an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for communities, partnered with Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) to host a special Game Night on May 11 at Quebec High School. Some 60 parents, children and grandparents played games at five stations.

Les Violons Du Roy – King Arthur, a monument of Baroque music

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Photo: courtesy of Marc Giguère

The stage of the Palais Montcalm was rather crowded on May 10 as more than 60 musicians, choristers and soloists gathered to present Henry Purcell’s masterpiece, King Arthur, or the British Worthy (Z. 628), a work that is rarely performed in concert.

Special art for special students

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Every two weeks a group of special needs students from Quebec High School meet in the Art Room of the Jeffery Hale Pavilion to work on their own special works of art.

Lac-Saint-Jean’s Julie Boulianne stars in Le Barbier de Séville

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Photo: Photo courtesy of IMG artists

Julie Boulianne arrives via the artists’ entrance at the Grand Théâtre dressed street casual, hair tousled and make-up free – about as undiva-like as can be. When her tiny dog Yuki bursts from her arms, there’s just a hint of the international opera star, who is preparing to play Rosina in Rossini’s ever-popular The Barber of Seville.

Opéra de Québec delivers a delightful Barber of Seville

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Photo: Photo courtesy by Louise Leblanc, courtesy of the Opéra de Québec

Le Barbier de Séville or The Barber of Seville as it is more familiarly known, is the most frequently performed of Gioachino Rossini’s operas as well as his masterpiece. Composed by Rossini 200 years ago, it has stood the test of time and remains hugely popular to this day.

Library to be renamed in honour of Claire Martin

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The Saint-Jean-Baptiste library, housed in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Rue Saint-Jean, will possibly soon be renamed the Bibliothèque Claire-Martin. At a public municipal meeting held on April 19, those in attendance expressed their approval of the name change for this branch of the Bibliothèque de Québec.

What’s the buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar is coming!

Casting begins soon!

Want to be part of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, one of the top musicals of all time?

The Quebec Art Company, the city's renowned English-language theatre group, is staging the moving masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice next spring (2018). The QAC has produced more than 60 high-quality dramatic and musical performances over 35 years.

The 629 Air Cadet Squadron’s 60th anniversary year comes to a close

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 13, Squadron 629 Kiwanis-Sillery Royal Canadian Air Cadets brought their 60th anniversary celebrations to a close with a cocktail party and dinner at the Pierre-Bertrand Military Complex. On hand was the La Musique des Voltigeurs, the regimental band of the Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish Heritage Quebec held their flea market on May 13 in McMahon Hall at St. Patrick’s Church. The perfect gift for mom was just waiting to be sold!

Edward Godin welcomed to the BC Lion’s den

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Photo: Photo provided by Denise Godin

On May 8, 2017 Edward Godin was chosen to play for the BC Lions, picked at number 42 overall for the CFL draft.

This announcement came exactly five years after the same date on which he had been chosen to play for Team Canada.

Ducking in for a visit

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Having a small lake or pond in my backyard, I have the privilege of observing many species of waterfowl. Ducks and geese often stay for one night, giving them time to rest and eat before they continue their journey. To observe these beautiful birds I must be outside fairly early and be very discreet.

From St. Pat’s to Vancouver - Ed Godin drafted by the CFL Lions

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Photo: courtesy of stpatsfootball.com

It may not have the same pizzazz as the National Football League’s draft, but the Canadian Football League’s annual college selection is one that all Canadian university football players watch very closely including those from Université Laval.

High School Rugby underway, St. Pat’s Bantam girls undefeated

Rugby season is well underway in both the sevens and tens divisions (seven or 10 players on a team), in the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

Four teams from both Quebec High School and St. Patrick’s are taking part in the 2017 season.

OBITUARY: Allan Copeman 1938 - 2017

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QHS Alumni "Back to School Reunion 2017"

Saturday, May 20: Quebec High School Alumni Foundation

"Self Help" the Savage Way with the Quebec Art Company

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Photo: courtesy of Normand Brassard

The Savage Way – “Out with the doubt and stinkin’ thinkin’!”

These were just some of the words of wisdom offered by the dynamic self-help gurus Cindy and Hal Savage during last week’s hilarious presentation of Norm Foster’s Self Help by the Quebec Art Company.

Bilingual Women of History discussed at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A fascinating panel discussion about Bilingual Women of History was held in College Hall at the Morrin Centre last Saturday afternoon. Writer Ann M. Little of Colorado State University, researcher and teacher Lorraine O’Donnell of Concordia University, and historian Alex Tremblay Lamarche discussed their work, moderated by historical and literary writer Britta Gundersen-Bryden.

Quebec City braces for marine invasion this summer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It pales next to the British armada that sailed up the treacherous St. Lawrence River in the spring of 1759, but this summer a marine invasion of impressive scope is set to ply the historic waterway to Quebec City.

Staff at the Jeffery Hale celebrate Mental Health Week

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The first week of May is designated National Mental Health Week. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illness affects people of all ages, cultures, education and income levels. In Canada alone, 20 per cent of the population will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime and approximately eight per cent of adults will experience major depression.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
We have before us a copy of the Telegraph, a small tri-weekly sheet, half in English and half in French, published in this city in 1837.

The story behind Rue d’Ottawa

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue d’Ottawa is named after Canada’s capital city in Ontario, located along the Ottawa River where Samuel de Champlain established a camp in the early 17th century. The camp was used as a stopover for travellers, merchants and explorers heading to Lake Huron, via Lake Nipissing and Georgian Bay. By 1815, a small community was established.
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