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Lest we forget: 100 years since the Armistice

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
This year’s Remembrance Day has a special significance because it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in a railway car in the forest of Compiègne in Picardy, France, on Nov. 11, 1918, ending the First World War.

Letter to the Editor

I just wanted to say thank you for [QCT journalist Ruby Pratka’s] amazing article [“Quebec City comes together for victims of Pittsburgh shooting”] that appeared in [the Nov. 7, 2018] paper.

Cable TV boldly goes where networks fear to tread

Now that the American midterm elections are over, there is likely to be a great sucking vacuum in the television-viewing habits of many folks on this side of the border who have been addicted to CNN and MSNBC – well, ever since that orange-haired fellow began his run for the presidency, anyway.

MAtv launch documentary on Château Frontenac’s 125th anniversary

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Photo: provided by MAtv

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Château Frontenac, former general manager Robert Mercure proposed to MAtv Québec that it produce a documentary series relating the history of the famous hotel, including the prestigious site where it is located.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 11, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Berlinguet

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This street is named in honour of two architects and sculptors – Louis-Thomas Berlinguet (1790-1863), born in Saint-Laurent on Île-d'Orléans, and his son François-Xavier Berlinguet (1830-1916), born in Quebec City. 

The War Ends: Headlines from 100 years ago

The end of the First World War brought new challenges for Quebec City’s residents. This sampling of headlines in the November 1918 Quebec Chronicle gives a glimpse of the situation in the wake of the war effort.

Parade des Jouets kindles the Christmas spirit

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Photo: Danielle Burns
What is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it gifts under the tree? Stockings stuffed? Turkeys stuffed? Rum and eggnog with friends and family? Christmas parties? 

Give to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign and help deliver some goodness this holiday season

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Photo: Sophie Minville, EQLC

The 23rd Community Christmas Hamper Campaign will soon be underway! From Sunday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 9, you can help “deliver some goodness” by giving to this wonderful community initiative in any or all of the following ways:

Royal 22e Régiment and Voltigeurs de Québec launch CD with a concert

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment in association with La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec launched their first CD, simply titled UN, at the Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec on Nov. 10. A free concert by La Musique des Voltigeurs “L’écho des coquelicots”, which highlighted the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, followed the launch.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi flies into La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon

La Bordée theatre really took a chance on this month’s production of The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, a play being presented in English only. Written in 1995 by Quebec playwright Larry Tremblay, it is a challenge for francophone theatre-goers to understand.

PIGS light up the Impérial Bell with the music of Pink Floyd

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Photo: Lise Lafond

PIGS, Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute band, was back in town Nov. 7 to play at the Impérial Bell as part of their Outside / In Canadian tour. Some of the more “mature” fans felt young again reminiscing and getting into the frame of mind that is created by the music of Pink Floyd.

Remembrance Day service at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rev. Éloi Gunn, the supervising minister of Chalmers-Wesley United Church in Quebec City, and course director at CFB Borden, Ont., led the congregation in worship on Nov. 11. Rev. Gunn also carries the Royal Canadian Navy rank of Lt-Cdr.

Laval wins Dunsmore Cup

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Université Laval’s Rouge et Or football team is heading for their third straight U Sports national semifinal with a 14-1 win over the Université de Montréal (UdeM) Carabins, in front of 10,220 fans who braved the weather at Stade Telus on Nov. 10.

Community Calendar

Oct. 30 to Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, is a play in English by Larry Tremblay, starring Jack Robitaille, about a man who, following a traumatic experience, loses the ability to speak. After many years, he awakens, but can only speak English! He then explores the story of his childhood to try to understand what has happened to him and who he really is….

Quebec High School students remember their fallen comrades

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec High School students set up a special display case in the entrance of their school to honour two former students who fought in the First World War.

Mayor Okill Massey Learmonth (left), was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during a battle on Aug. 18, 1917, at Hill 70 near Lens, France. He died of his injuries later in the day.

St. Patrick’s football seniors are regional champions!

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Photo: courtesy Olinda Naccarato

The St. Patrick’s High football seniors got a special play from the special teams to secure an 8-6 victory against the Embâcle from Polyvalente Benoît-Vachon of Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce on Nov. 10 and bring home the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championship banner.

Quebec City comes together for victims of Pittsburgh shooting

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s political and faith leaders formed a united front on Nov. 4 during a vigil at City Hall honouring the victims of the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Eleven people were killed and six wounded when a lone gunman entered the synagogue during a service on Oct. 27.

SNACS Book Fair a literary success!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s annual English-language book fair, run for the first time by SNACS (Special Needs Activities & Community Services) Entrepreneurs after eight decades of stewardship by the Quebec City Women’s Club, attracted quite a crowd looking for some extra reading material for the dark and dreary winter months.

Modern parkas a long way from skins and canvas

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Picking a parka may not be exactly the same as choosing a car, but there are some similarities.

First, a parka will be your primary protective apparatus for instances of non-vehicular transit. In other words, if you’re not planning to drive everywhere in the winter cold, you’ll need to wear something to keep your body warm.

New apartment building rising on Grande Allée

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Photo: Peter Black

Nearly 50 years after it was first conceived, a “landmark” apartment building is now under construction on Grande Allée.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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November 6, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Bethune

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street is named in honour of Dr. Norman Bethune (1890-1939), who was born in Gravenhurst, Ont.
 
In 1914, when the First World War was declared in Europe, Bethune interrupted his medical studies and joined the Canadian Army’s No. 2 Field Ambulance to serve as a stretcher bearer in France.

Superstar gamer Stéphanie Harvey comes home for special OSQ concert

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Photo: Peter Black

It would seem like an unlikely marriage: the stereotypical hoodie-clad video gamers and the tenue de ville classical music crowd. But the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) thinks it may have a winning combo in bringing together the two divergent worlds for special performances at the Grand Théâtre on Nov. 22 and 23.

A voyage Into the Woods with the Phantom of the Opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A spooky pre-Halloween concert took place at the Morrin Centre on Oct. 29, featuring songs from such creepy musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses …

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In Flanders Fields” is a poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

Trinity Fall Tea and Sale a treat!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Anglican Church Women of Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy have perfected the art of holding a tea and sale. Twice a year, every spring and fall, they get busy baking, knitting and collecting odds and ends for sale tables.

Tempêtes & Passions reveal romantic bel canto treasures

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect setting for a concert by Tempêtes & Passions in the ornate Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone in Old Quebec. 

Joan BURNS

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Joan Rosemary Burns Farmery, age 71, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2018, from her home in Desert Hot Springs, California, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Quebec City on April 27, 1947 to John and Mildred Shannon Burns.

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