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CFB Valcartier opens its doors to visitors

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Canadian Forces Base Valcartier welcomed thousands of visitors on Aug. 18. While celebrating the 50th anniversary of the base, members of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group generously welcomed visitors to their headquarters in order to share their expertise and way of life.

Summer school holidays are almost over … finally

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My father was the principal of an elementary school. At this time of year, way back when, he’d bring me along as he prepared the school – red brick, of course – to receive the next crop of students. The smell in the supply room of boxes of brand new textbooks, reams of paper, stacks of binders and the like comes back to me whenever I enter a book or stationery store.

Quebec government unveils options for third bridge

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Photo: QCT archives

With an election call looming, the Quebec government hastened last week to announce plans for a third link across the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Lévis. The plans unveiled, however, lack a sense of urgency; no construction is expected for at least eight years.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Letter to the Editor

Hearing about the bridge collapse in Genoa is personally chilling. I remember driving across it in 2010. Lack of proper maintenance appears to be the main cause of its failure. And then I think of the Pont de Québec. Chilling.

Bill Russell
Toronto
(former resident of Quebec City)

The story behind Place d’Armes

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Situated in the heart of Old Quebec, Place d’Armes is surrounded by such historic buildings as the Château Frontenac, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and the Old Court House. It is bordered by Rue Saint-Louis, Rue du Fort, Rue Sainte-Anne and Rue du Trésor.

A behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming MNBAQ exhibit

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg
The Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will host three new exhibits this fall, one of which is the “350 Years of Artistic Practices in Quebec” exhibit, opening on Nov. 15, to be displayed until 2026, to mark the museum’s 85th anniversary. Anne-Marie Bouchard, the museum’s curator of modern art, began working on the project in December 2014.

Artists exhibit à trois on Île d’Orléans

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Île d’Orléans is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but especially so in the summer. There are many charming villages and boutiques where artists and artisans exhibit their works and wares.  

JHSB Friends’ Foundation annual golf tournament now in full swing

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Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation invites you to its 28th annual golf tournament, to be held at the prestigious Cap-Rouge Golf Club on Sept. 21.

Festibière 2018 features a festival of flavours

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg
In its ninth consecutive year, the Festibière de Québec took over l’Espace 400e and La cour arrière at the Port of Quebec from Aug. 16 to 19. Of course, it wasn’t just about the beer. Food trucks, food stalls and a range of different events, the silent disco and duelling pianos among them, paired nicely with the many Quebec breweries sharing their wares on site.

Douglas DACRES 1930 - 2018

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Douglas Dacres, 88, son of the late Albert Dacres and the late Béatrice Ward, died at Hôpital Saint-François D’Assise on Aug. 13, 2018. He was the husband of Colette Lacroix. He lived in Quebec City.

A jolt of ZZ Top in Quebec City

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Photo: Sébastien Clavet
The ZZ Top concert at the Vidéotron Centre on Aug. 16 was 90 minutes of pure, undiluted, high-octane Texas rock.

Celebrating diversity at MondoKarnaval

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The Lost Fingers and hundreds of other artists from around the world will find their way to the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site from Sept. 1-3 for the fifth annual MondoKarnaval.

Get ready to party on Maguire!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The end of August is fast approaching and for the SDC Maguire that only means one thing: it’s time for Maguire en Fête. On Aug. 25, the Caisse Desjardins de Sillery-Saint-Louis-de-France presents the sixth edition of the annual festival, offering a series of activities for children and adults. The hit Duel des saveurs is back!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Major Alan Stairs (bagpipes) and “lead tip” Don Neilson (drums) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Free admission, donations welcome.

Middaugh and Corona Garcia excel at Xterra Québec

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After a night of heavy rainfall, the sun shone on the fifth Xterra Québec triathlon on Aug. 18 at Lac Delage. This edition was, for the first time, part of the 2018 PanAm circuit. 

France awarding a special medal to veterans of the Second World War

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Photo: Image courtesy of the French Embassy in Canada

Canadian veterans of the 1944 campaign to liberate France may be eligible to receive the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

Since 2014, the Government of France has been awarding the country’s highest medal – the Legion of Honour – to veterans who participated in the liberation of France from June 6 to Aug. 30, 1944.

Rouge et Or take care of business in preseason action

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Photo: Photo courtesy Université Laval-Mathieu Bélanger

It may have been a pre-season game, but for head coach Glen Constantin and the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team, it’s already business. On Aug. 18, in front of more than 5,900 fans at the Stade Telus, the Rouge et Or devoured the University of Guelph Gryphons 46-3.

Remparts training camp in full swing

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Photo: Luc Lang

The 2018 Québec Remparts training camp is now in full swing at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, near the Vidéotron Centre.

Loïc Bruni finally conquers Vélirium at Mont-Sainte-Anne

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For the 28th consecutive year, elite mountain bike racers from around the world gathered at Mont-Sainte-Anne for the only Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop in North America. Competitors raced over bumps, jumps and rocks, through mud and around trees as they descended the mountain or did laps around various circuits. From Aug.

Cheers to cheap beer, but what about wine prices?

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If you’ve ever lived in a province bordering on Quebec, you know the drill. Hop in the car, head for the nearest dépanneur and stock up on the cheapest beer this side of Milwaukee.

Canada’s conflict with Saudi Arabia is more than meets the eye

On Aug.

Seeking descendants of Irish families from the Waterloo Settlement

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Photo: courtesy of Gary O’Brien

The Waterloo Settlement: where is it? When was it created? About 200 years ago, lands that belonged to the Jesuit order and which were part of former seigneuries were distributed by the new British authority in township-like lots.

Memorials and Things of Fame

August 15, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
A boy nine years old, the son of a workingman who lives on St. Charles Street, died from hydrophobia*, having been bitten by a mad dog some three weeks previous. Several other persons have been bitten and there is fear for further occurrences owing to the very hot weather.

The story behind Boulevard Bastien

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In the 17th century, a road was opened to connect Charlesbourg and Jeune-Lorette, the Wendat village later known as Village-des-Hurons and known today as Wendake. The road was named Boulevard Bastien in 1949 to honour Ludger (Sarenhes) Bastien (1879-1948), a Wendat businessman born in Loretteville. 

FLIP Fabrique’s enchanted world of Féria

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Spectators are returning to the Agora du Port de Québec for another spectacular series of free outdoor acrobatic performances, compliments of the Ville de Québec.

International military reservists meet and compete in Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From Aug. 3 to 10, Quebec City hosted the Interallied Confederation of Reserve and Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR). Hundreds of reservists from 23 countries gathered for military competitions at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier or at a symposium on technology in downtown Quebec City. 

Notre Dame de Paris comes to the Grand Théâtre!

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It’s back! For its 20th anniversary, Notre Dame de Paris, with lyrics by Quebec’s Luc Plamondon and music by French-Italian composer Richard Cocciante, is being presented for the first time in all its glory at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, with 15 performances from Aug. 11-26. The cast is all new, except for Daniel Lavoie who is reprising the role of Frollo.

École des Beaux-Arts de Québec exhibit at Villa Bagatelle

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Even though the school does not exist any more, works of art by students of the École des Beaux-Arts de Québec are currently on display simultaneously in two historic houses in Sillery. 

The Walking Anglos hit the trail along the St. Charles River

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This month The Walking Anglos invite you to explore the linear park along the St. Charles River in Limoilou. Ideal for an easy stroll, the picturesque path follows the river on both sides, running parallel to a separate bicycle trail. A portion of this walking route extends out over the river’s edge on a boardwalk. Ample seating and many picnic tables can be found along the way.

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