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Quebec's travelling journalist: May 2014 Archives

Generations reflect on the Empress of Ireland

mw Empress.jpgOur Marika Wheeler has been in Rimouski this week, meeting some of those who are direct descendants of those who perished when the Empress of Ireland sank 100 years ago. Pictured left, Joe and Michael Saward speak with Alf Hestenes. Hestens is Thomas Anderson's grandson, the captain of the Storsted, the collier that broadsided the Empress of Ireland in 1914. The Sawards are descendants of the Henry George Kendall, the captain of the Empress. Marika Wheeler spoke with them about what this anniversary means to them. Listen here.

For all our coverage of the Empress of Ireland centenary, click here. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of this week's events, and archival photos from 1914. 

Running to Lac-Mégantic with a gift

When students from Mont-Saint-Sacrament high school just outside of Quebec City found out the owner of an ice cream shop in Lac-Mégantic was dreaming of building a playground for his little patrons, they decided to help him out. 86 students left their school in St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier at 6 am on a Saturday morning, and ran 273 km to hand-deliver it to him... our Marika Wheeler brings us that story. Listen here.

Rebuilding frustrations for Musi-Café owner

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The Musi-Café in Lac-Mégantic is set to rebuild, but its owner Yannick Gagné says it's been a stressful frustrating process. He feels he's not getting all the help he was promised. Quebec's Travelling Journalist Marika Wheeler sat down with Yannick for a frank conversation about some of the roadblocks he has had along the way so far. She also takes a look at how the municipality has been dealing with small business community with red tape, in light of such a destructive event.
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