Community News

The first edition of Evenings with Leaders a success

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence held the first of its series of Evenings with Leaders on Nov. 14 in the iA Financial Group Auditorium. Students, alumni, partners and members of the community were invited.

SOS violence conjugale campaign targets young people

Because violence is not always striking…

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SOS violence conjugale recently launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness among 15-to-25-year-olds about the first signs of psychological violence. Well before the more obvious physical violence, a whole range of behaviours is already at work and paving the way.

The story behind Rue Eugène-Chinic


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Guillaume-Eugène Chinic (1818-1889) was born in Quebec City. At a very early age, probably around 15, he began working for François-Xavier Méthot, who owned a hardware store on Rue Saint-Pierre. Méthot also ran a nail factory, a putty factory and a millstone factory.

In 1844 Chinic married Marie-Anne Leblond of Montreal. They had 12 children, only six of whom survived to adulthood.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
New Town

Winter season features diverse shows at Le Diamant

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Photo: Peter Black

A wrestling rematch, an autobiographical trilogy, two circus shows, a sado-masochist masterpiece and a drag queen cabaret highlight the Winter 2020 program for the new Le Diamant performance space.

Irish Heritage Quebec’s Flea Market

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Decorations for all seasons, baskets, tableware and more were on offer at the bi-annual Irish Heritage Quebec Flea Market.

Delivering some goodness with this year’s Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

As a first-time official participant in the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign, the South Shore English Network (SSEN) is excited to meet the wonderful organizers and volunteers who have helped and continue to make this event an annual success.

Faux fir for Christmas or a fine pine?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Are you pining for a spruce, balsam or pine Christmas tree? The scent of an evergreen tree has been said to raise dopamine levels in our brains – the feel-good hormone – because scent is so closely linked to memory. Or are you tired of sweeping up the needles you are still finding under the baseboards from last Christmas? Are you considering a fake tree that fits nicely in a box?

Head in the Cloud: MCQ’s exhibit on the technology revolution

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The digital revolution is changing our lives, for better or worse. It is challenging our concept of privacy and is redefining the labour market. It has changed the way we get information, initiate relationships and consume. It changes everything!” So goes the online introduction to the new exhibition at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

Windshield washer fluid


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Everyone who owns a car or truck uses windshield washer fluid. Winter or summer, this liquid is important for a clean windshield and safe driving. But it’s essential during the winter months, when a windshield splattered with road salt or sand and slush can be a real safety hazard.

Robert Gerald (Bob) RYAN

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Robert Gerald (Bob) RYAN

May 23, 1939 – November 17, 2019

Fighting Irish send five players to annual LHPS All-Star Games

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey teams will be represented by five players at the annual All-Star games of the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS): three Under 17 (U17) major players and two Under 15 (U15) major players.

Hosted by Collège Saint-Hilaire, the 11 All-Star games will be played on Dec. 13, 14, and 15 at the Isatis Sport complex in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Sports briefs: Football, hockey and baseball

On Nov. 22, on the eve of the Vanier Cup, the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region held its second “Challenge des Étoiles” for Secondary 3 to 5 football players. The event was held in the Stade Telus on the campus of Université Laval.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. – VEQ’s Holiday Happy Hour. Join us at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais! Support a good cause and take a moment to wish your colleagues, friends and partners a wonderful season. Proceeds from the cash bar help support the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. Hors d’oeuvres are provided compliments of VEQ. RSVP by Friday, Nov.

The 2020 Winter Carnival program is announced

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People with an observant eye may have spotted a large white snowman strolling through town on Nov. 28. Bonhomme Carnaval was making his way to the Quebec Armoury with his loyal, hardworking team for the announcement of the 66th Quebec City Winter Carnival’s program.

Fighting Irish win their seventh consecutive hockey game

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Nov. 30, the stands at Université Laval PEPS were full of fans of the St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish. Friends, family members and alumni were dressed in green or wrapped in fleecy green blankets to keep warm as they cheered on their U17 hockey players facing the Athlétiques of the Polyvalente Ancienne-Lorette, ranked second in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire.

From Galt to Giuliani, saga of Russian Jewish refugees continues

There we were, jammed into a tight space backstage, a small huddled mass of actors dressed as poor villagers, about to go out and perform a scene in which cold-blooded officials of a brutal regime order us to leave our homes.

Philanthropy Takes Flight – now boarding!

This coming January, Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation will launch an exciting new fundraising event to take place at the glamorous Complexe Capitale Helicoptère in Sainte-Foy.

Fiddler on the Roof story still current a century later

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) was keen to present Fiddler on the Roof, one of the best-known musicals in the world, after learning actor Michel Blackburn (who portrayed Jesus in the QAC’s 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar) had always wanted to play Tevye, the softhearted main character.

The story behind Rue Escoffier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Georges-Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), was a French culinary artist known as the “king of chefs and the chef of kings.” He earned a worldwide reputation as director of the kitchens at the Savoy Hotel (1890-99) and later at the Carlton Hotel, both in London. His name is synonymous with classic French cuisine.


November 24, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle
Ladies’ Protestant Home – The Committee beg to acknowledge with many thanks, twenty-five bushels of Swedish turnips, one bushel and a half of onions, five dozen cabbages and some pumpkins, from a friend; also frequent donations of milk, apples, dripping and dried herbs from other friends.

November 29, 1894 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle


Dear Editor,

The Quebec Art Company has been on my radar for many years through my subscription to the Chronicle-Telegraph and from the rave reviews I’ve heard from my father, late mother and step-mother. I was delighted to learn that the Company was putting on a musical production when I would be visiting my home town from my adopted home of Toronto.

12th German Christmas Market opens

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Willkommen! For the 12th consecutive year, the Marché de Noël Allemand / German Christmas Market is back in Old Quebec.

Prepared food vs. homemade … A little more thought and time, a lot less waste


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Photo: Lise Lafond

There’s no getting around it, we have to eat, and going to the grocery store is a daily or weekly necessity (or chore, depending on how you look at it …).

EQLC International Lunch kicks off fundraising for 2019 Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Christmas Hamper fundraising campaign kicked off on Nov. 20 at Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) with the annual International Lunch. This year it featured Venezuelan cuisine, prepared by the school’s in-house chef, Mika Takahashi. Due to the participation and support of the EQLC’s staff and the students in the Hotel Reception program, the event was a huge success.

Dennis Rioux discusses war memorabilia collection at IHQ meeting

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Dennis Rioux was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ). He brought with him a small part of his large collection of war memorabilia and spoke about how he caught the “collecting bug.”

Suicide prevention and coping with the loss of a loved one

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Suicide is never an easy subject to talk about. It is especially difficult when the person who takes his/her own life is a family member or dear friend. Many people have no idea what to do, how to react or live with this reality.

Fighting Irish U17 hockey team has a perfect weekend

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Under 17 (U17) hockey team had a dream weekend at the Étienne-Desmarteaux Arena in Montreal, coming back with three wins in three games in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

Winning is contagious for the SLC Lions teams

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions teams are having their best month of November as the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the hockey team continue their winning ways.

Both basketball teams were in action on Nov. 23 in Rimouski to play the Cégep de Rimouski Pionniers et Pionnières.

Calgary wins the 55th Vanier Cup

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - U Laval

Fifth-year quarterback Adam Sinagra led the University of Calgary Dinos to a 27-13 win over the Université de Montréal Carabins for the Vanier Cup on Nov. 23 at Université Laval Stade Telus.

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