March 20 2019 Edition

OBITUARY: Michael George AYRE

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Michael Ayre passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, March 8 at the CHUL in Quebec City.

Athletes soar at the Big Air Jamboree

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec City Big Air Jamboree was the event of the season. International snowboarders and freestyle skiers swooped down the giant 90-metre jump from the end of Boul. Honoré-Mercier into Îlot-Fleurie between the Dufferin-Montmorency highway ramps. From March 14 to 17, they performed their aerial acrobatics for cheering crowds.

Long may you play: Vinyl collection a “record” of life

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Radio-Canada announced last week it wants to get rid of some 100,000 vinyl records from storage in its tower in east-end Montreal. The brand new CBC/Rad-Can building on the same site is supposed to be ready for occupancy in January next year, so the public broadcaster is shedding excess inventory before the big move.

Visiting relatives in Addis Ababa


Photo: Ruby Pratka

I have a great-great-great-great … (trying to save space on the number of “greats”) aunt who lives in Ethiopia and has a bistro in downtown Addis Ababa named after her.

So do you.

So do all of your friends.

Growing up, I’d seen many, many pictures of her, and I knew that finally seeing her in person was going to be pretty amazing.

The story behind Rue Chassé


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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Rue Chassé is named in memory of four members of an illustrious Quebec City family who fought with the Royal 22e Régiment during the First and Second World Wars.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

March 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Typhus Fever

Quebec, UL get more than fair share of federal health research funds

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Photo: Peter Black

The federal government provides more funding for health research to Quebec than is indicated by its share of the Canadian population. That fact was brought to light at a media event at Université Laval on March 12 to promote the $275 million federal contributions last year to 370 projects across Canada in health research. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was on hand for the occasion.

Lightbound strikes back

The event at Université Laval to highlight federal funding of health research was officially ceremonial and above politics. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor kept her remarks strictly formal and focused on the importance of research.

Repair Café helps do-it-yourselfers fix household items

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

With the recent launch of the first Repair Café, another opportunity has opened up to fight planned obsolescence and aim for a Zero Waste lifestyle in this city.

Parishioners celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with mass and banquet

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

As spring approaches, Irish people across the globe don their green and get out fiddles, guitars and beer for an evening of music, dance and folklore. And on March 17, the local community held its traditional annual banquet for St. Patrick’s Day in McMahon Hall at St. Patrick’s Church.

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