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"Éphémères durables" installed in front of the Maison de la littérature

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On June 12, the Ville de Québec inaugurated a work of art called Éphémères durables (sustainable ephemera) in front of the Maison de la littérature in Old Quebec.

New France Festival fêtes 400 years of settlement in Quebec​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Get your tricorn hat and your quilted bonnet ready. “You are invited to dive into history and live to the rhythm of lifestyles in New France!” said Benoît Bernier, president of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France / New France Festival. This year’s festivities will take place in Quebec City’s Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale from August 9 to 13.

Gander’s key role in international aviation history

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On my way from Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula to St. John’s, I stopped in Gander. This town has a rich aviation history, filled with important key changing moments, including being a refuelling station for airplanes flying to and from Europe during the Second World War and more recently for welcoming the passengers of more than 40 flights on that fateful day – September 11, 2001.

OBITUARY: CRAIG, William 1928-2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, William, on June 5, 2017.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity begins eighth "Midi en Musique" series

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

July marks the start of the eighth Midi en Musique series with four very special concerts.

Celebrating the Fête Nationale du Québec - Saint Jean-Baptiste

It’ll be a hot time in the Old Town on June 23 and 24, as the Capital City celebrates the 183rd Fête Nationale du Québec, also known as “Le Saint Jean-Baptiste” in honour of Quebec’s patron saint.

Musical Wednesdays begin on June 28 at Chalmers-Wesley Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Musical Wednesdays, the annual summer concert series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church opens its third season on June 28 at 12:05 p.m. with music by the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Major Alan Stairs and “lead tip” snare drummer Don Neilson.

Victory Torch at the Quebec City Naval Museum

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Photo: C.A. Nadeau

Monday, June 19, the Naval Museum at Pointe-à-Carcy officially opened its exhibit of the Victory Torch. The object symbolizes the effort of the entire population of Canada in helping Britain overcome the Nazi threat during World War II.

Fourth stage of the Tour de Beauce takes place in Quebec City

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Photo: Brian Black Hodes courtesy of Tour De Beauce
The international Tour de Beauce bicycle race is held in five stages. The first stage of this year’s 32nd race began in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce on June 14 and covered 185 kilometres. The second stage, held on June 15, covered 169 kilometres, was held in Lac-Mégantic and included a gruelling climb up Mont-Mégantic. 

Air Canyon zipline inaugurated at Canyon Sainte-Anne

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Imagine soaring like an eagle high above the canyon of the raging Sainte-Anne River. Since the inauguration of the Air Canyon zipline, you too can “fly like an eagle” while safely and comfortably seated in a two-seater “pod” suspended on a very long and very strong cable. 

Neighbours Day celebrated in Old Quebec​ ​

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The sun was out and so were the neighbours and tourists in Old Quebec on June 10. La Maison de la Littérature and the Morrin Centre held a street party to get to know their neighbours better. Music and facepainting were taking place at La Maison and teddy bears were having a picnic under a tree on the lawn of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church facing the Morrin Centre.

What’s the harm in Dr. Couillard reopening Constitution?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

One assumes that a brain surgeon, before he or she zips open a patient’s skull, has a pretty precise idea of how to perform the procedure and, most importantly, why the operation is necessary.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons
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The Morning Chronicle
The Montreal Gazette has the following: Montreal is the city of immense pretentions, proportionate emulation and its natural results, enormous taxation and excessive envy and jealousy.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part I

“Philanthropy coming full circle.”

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Curious as to how this multimedia theatre event came to be, the QCT recently met with Jeffery Hale Community Partners foundations’ director Mike Boden, who created the original work.

The story behind Rue du Tracel

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named after the large train trestle (tracel in French) bridge that spans the Cap-Rouge River valley at the entrance of the Plage Jacques-Cartier. 

What if… someone wrote a musical about writing a musical?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

J.P. Chartier composed, wrote, composed, directed, played and performed in What if…? The Musical, which was presented at La Maison Jaune last weekend. There are four more performances scheduled for this coming weekend so I won’t give away too much of the story.

Library officially renamed Bibliothèque Claire Martin

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After seven months of renovations, the library in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Rue Saint-Jean was officially reopened with a brand-new look and a new name.

Sometimes miracles do happen when researching in the QCT

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Photo: Catherine Mills-Rouleau

Several years ago Amanda Stuart’s husband Googled “Quebec City newspaper” and, lo and behold, up popped the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!

Amanda was looking for information about her grandfather, Robert H. Nisbet, who died in Quebec in 1938. I was put on the case. Perhaps instead of being a chronicler, I should have been a detective.

Canada 150: Wilfred T. Grenfell and St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Canada 150 is about more than celebrating this impressive milestone. It is about the people that made this country. In St. Anthony, Newfoundland, I discovered one of these people.

What’s the buzz? To honeybee or not to honeybee?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

We either love them or fear them, yet we could never live without them. Honeybees might be the most misunderstood of all creatures. The City of Quebec has embarked on a mission to bring awareness (and honey) to its inhabitants.

RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta coming to Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Quebec City and Levis are gearing up to receive some 40 Tall Ships that will be sailing in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.

Université Laval scientist awarded $3.99 million grant to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS ​ ​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Dr. Gary Kobinger of Université Laval has been awarded a grant for $3.99 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to work on a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. This three-year grant will allow Dr. Kobinger and his lab to collaborate with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) with the goal of advancing a potential vaccine to clinical testing in human volunteers.

Black Rock commemoration held in Montreal

John O'Connor and I drove to Montreal on May 29 to join the march to the Black Rock, the large stone which commemorates the 6,000 Irish immigrants who perished in the fever sheds that were in that area in 1847.

VEQ invites you to “Connect with your City!”

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) is calling for submissions from June to October, for its “Connect with your City” project. Whether you are a newcomer or a descendant of one of the founding families, your input is valuable to us!

The Irish Commemorative Stone

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain

The Irish Commemorative Stone (also known as the Black Rock) monument in Montreal commemorates the deaths of 6,000 Irish immigrants to Canada during the famine immigration.

Officially named the Irish Commemorative Stone, it is more commonly known as the Black Rock.

FoodCamp is back!

Learn, share and eat at the very popular FoodCamp de Québec that will take place again this year at the Château Frontenac on September 30 and October 1. Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $79.74 (including taxes and services) for one of the two days.

Ensemble Vocal Dal Segno concert

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Ensemble Vocal Dal Segno, directed by Guillaume St-Gelais, gave a magnificent concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on June 3. The 29-voice choir, many of them members of Quebec City’s English-speaking community, were joined by soloists Jessica Latouche (soprano), Gabriel Provencher (tenor) and Hugo Laporte (baritone), as they performed Schumann’s Missa Sacra, Op.

Fighting Irish rugby senior, bantam girls' teams win RSEQ banners

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Photo: Courtesy of St. Patrick’s High School Facebook page

St. Patrick’s High School had two girls’ rugby teams this spring.

The Green and White had a team in bantam for Rugby Sevens while the senior team played Rugby X (10 players).

St. Patrick’s High rewards its best 2016-17 athletes

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For students, June means the end of the school year is approaching, and year-end exams and summer vacations are coming soon. It also means that it’s the time of the year to recognize the best athletes of the school year which is what St. Patrick’s High School recently did at their annual sports gala.

Sun, silver, smiles and dreams that come true…

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Photo: Lise Lafond

After a winter of riding classes, often in a cold arena; after grooming, preparing, practising and repeating the same patterns over and over again, the sun finally came out to shine at the first Association Performance Équestre de Québec (APEQ) competition of the year, held at the Beaulieu Stables in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures on June 4 .

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