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Aldo bids farewell to Batisse and Quebec City

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Aldo, the beloved donkey who has been entertaining visitors and residents of the Old City who come to see him over the stone wall in the courtyard of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for the past six years, is moving on to greener pastures.

St. Patrick’s Class of 2017 step up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Class of 2017 stepped up to the next stage in their lives during the St. Patrick’s High School graduation ceremony held at the Palais Montcalm on June 21. 

Congratulations, Dr. Louisa Blair

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Photo: by a member of the Blair family

Well-known local author Louisa Blair received her Doctorate in Practical Theology (DPT) at the convocation exercises held at Université Laval on June 17, 2017.

The title of her thesis (written in French, translated to English for the QCT) was, In what sense is literary creation a Christian vocation?

A.S. Johnson Memorial High School Class of 2017

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Photo: provided by Shirley Anto

Andrew Stuart Johnson Memorial High School in Thetford Mines held its graduation ceremony on June 17. The official ceremony was held at the school following a photo session with the 12 graduates at the home of Aline Visser.

Half a million to replace bricks at St. Pat’s High

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Photo: Peter Black

The books and rulers may have been put away at St. Patrick’s High School, but work continues on bricks and mortar. Scaffolding went up a few weeks ago on the three-storey building at the corner of Rue de Maisonneuve and Avenue de Salaberry. Since then workers have been stripping old bricks from the structure to make way for a facade of new bricks.

Building on success: 150 more new members by the New Year

Quebec City - The Morrin Centre is growing its membership and last fall set a goal for 150 new members by Canada Day 2017, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. We are proud to announce that we have reached our goal. Building on this success, we have set ourselves a new challenge: 150 additional members by the end of the year.

Happy 150th Canada, and here’s to you, Uncle Sam

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Photo: Image from Wikimedia Common Domain
The anniversary celebration 150 years in the making is coming to its big finale, finally. Not that it’s not a good thing to toast such a milestone in the history of a country so obviously successful and admired as ours.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
To-day being the inauguration day of the Dominion of Canada, we have given our employees a holiday, so that they may join in the loyal observance of the occasion. 
This day will ever mark an epoch in the history of British North America, for while we write, our fellow

Story behind Rue de Toronto

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City is named after the City of Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario.

The most populous city in Canada, it is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Louise Penny named Officer of the National Order of Quebec

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Thirty-three Quebecers were named by Premier Philippe Couillard as members of the prestigious Ordre national du Québec in a ceremony held at the National Assembly on June 22. 

Jeffery Hale Hospital opens new terrace for residents

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's and the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale celebrated the 150th anniversary of the hospital's founding by inaugurating a new terrace for the residents.

Claude A. Simard exhibit in Sainte-Foy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A new exhibit entitled Peindre le bonheur / Painting Happiness, devoted to the works of multi-talented Quebec artist Claude A. Simard, is on display at the Centre d’interprétation historique de Sainte-Foy (the old presbytery building at 2825 Chemin Sainte-Foy) from now until September 3, 2017. 

National Aboriginal Day celebrated in Loretteville

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Mamu Menuatetau. Come and celebrate together,” were the words used to encourage people to attend the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Café Roreke in Loretteville on Wednesday, June 21.

Pohénégamook, a jewel in eastern Quebec

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Photo: Bill Cox
Pohénégamook, with a population of approximately 2,800, is a town on the Canada-United States border in Quebec’s Témiscouata region.

Wendake: a place where aboriginal roots run deep

Photo: Marie White
As part of the National Aboriginal Day activities in Loretteville, Grand Chief Konrad Siouï and many dignitaries gathered to change the name of Place de la nation to Place Onywahtehretsih meaning “our roots run deep.” The site has now officially been ceded to the Huron-Wendat nation as part of the ongoing Forty Arpents – Land of the Hurons negotiations begun in 2000 regarding reserve l

St. John’s Signal Hill and Cabot Tower

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
St. John’s is the bustling capital city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, filled with many historical elements. Among its many buildings, Cabot Tower stands alone at the summit of Signal Hill. This location often played pivotal roles throughout history, whether as a military post or in transatlantic communication.

Olive Jewell’s centennial masterpiece

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Photo: Patricia Conabree

Fifty years ago, in 1967 while perusing her favorite magazine [possibly Maclean’s]; Olive Jewell noticed there was a handcraft contest to create something special for Canada’s Centennial year.

Arts Alive! at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: David Cannon

The Morrin Centre is hosting the Arts Alive! Québec festival on Canada’s birthday weekend, July 2 and 3. Interim executive director Elizabeth Perreault said, “For our third annual participation in Arts Alive! Québec, we want to showcase local talent and offer a fresh new sound in a historic setting.

Cardboard boats and tons of fun on Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond
You’ve probably heard of a soap-box derby, but have you ever heard of a cardboard-boat derby? Apparently they are all the rage on Lac Témiscouata, in southeastern Quebec! 

Lise Lafond, a frequent contributor to the QCT, who is spending the summer at the lake, shared this report with us.

Student undertakes a big ride for Syrian refugees

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Victor Lal could be doing anything with his summer. The 20-year-old University of Western Ontario student could have easily chosen to spend the next few months sitting on a beach and biking a few kilometres a day for fun. But this summer is different.

A free day at Baie de Beauport beach

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Photo: Mary McCown

Calling all sun worshippers! This just in! Summer has officially begun and was ceremoniously ushered in thanks to Sun Life Financial with a free day at the beach at Baie de Beauport on June 25.

St. Patrick’s High School Class of 2017 - GRADUATION AWARDS

and list of all graduates

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

St. Patrick’s High School Class of 2017

St. Mary’s Chapel celebrates 150 years on Île d’Orléans

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There is a very special little white chapel hidden away in the woods in the village of Sainte-Pétronille, just next to the 12th hole of the Orléans Golf Course, near the southern tip of the island.  

Place des Canotiers park replaces parking lot

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Photo: Peter Black

Its name recalls the days when canoes were the common mode of transport across le fleuve from Quebec to Lévis, but now the brand new Place des Canotiers public space will welcome passengers from giant cruise ships and other visitors with “a green carpet,” as one port official described it.

Fast food chain transitions from boomers to hipsters

Not too much of the corporate world of my youth has survived the years. Eaton’s and Simpson’s, for example, have disappeared, although I retain an item ordered from the famous catalogues, a bass guitar in the shape of Paul McCartney’s iconic violin-shaped Hofner instrument.

Enjoying Vivaldi (and others) by candlelight

Photo: courtesy of Michel Corbeil

The Quatuor Crema gave a most unusual concert at Église Saint-Dominique on June 10.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Yesterday, being the festival of St. John the Baptist and the national anniversary of our French-Canadian fellow-citizens, was celebrated by them with more than usual éclat.

Exploring the story behind Rue Thomas-Dunn

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Thomas Dunn (1729-1818), a businessman and politician, born in Durham, England, who came to Quebec in September 1760 to take advantage of the various possibilities for economic development afforded by this huge, newly-conquered territory.

Gary Lynch brings “Clara” to visit Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Gary Lynch, MSc, eastern regional director of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club (HET) and president of the Québec-Nouvelle-France-Canada Chapter of HET, was the guest speaker at Irish Heritage Quebec’s final meeting of the 2016-2017 season.

Passeport Vieux-Québec: a new way to discover five historical institutions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines, the Morrin Centre, the Musée du Monastère des Augustines and the Îlot des Palais, that partnered in 2016 to offer visitors a joint heritage experience, have added a guided walking tour for the summer of 2017 that connects these institutions that are part of the living history of Quebec City.

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