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Spring brings colourful ducks to the lake


Each spring, many species of birds and ducks stop by to rest on our little lake during their migration to their nesting grounds. This year I had my camera in hand when I saw some most interesting and very colourful ducks.

Champlain-St. Lawrence honours its student athletes

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Photo: courtesy of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

On May 3, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) held its annual Sports Banquet to honour the year’s high-achieving student athletes.

The dome is down and the Capitales are back on the field

Photo: courtesy of the Capitales de Québec

The crack of the bat and the pop of a fastball hitting the catcher’s glove … those are the sounds of spring and the sounds of Québec Capitales training camp.

But first, the big white dome that has covered the infield of Stade Canac this past winter has to come down. It was deflated, carefully folded and stored away on May 6. It will pop up again once baseball season ends.

The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury rises from the ashes: Heritage meets modernism

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
A little more than 10 years after a fire best described as an inferno left it a huge burnt-out stone shell, the rebuilt Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury on Grande Allée officially opened last week in its new mission as a multipurpose building.

Discover the beauty and diversity of Portneuf at the Salon Nature

Photo: montage by Lise Lafond

The Salon Nature Portneuf, held from April 20 to 22, was a wonderful way to discover what Portneuf had to offer.

Stéphane Monette and Stéphane Parent gave hunting tips on luring bucks, and André Gervais’ lecture attracted the fishing enthusiasts. Many were lured to Mario Dion’s booth to buy a special colourful fly and try it out directly at the fish pond installed on the site.

Patrick Roy is back from Denver, but what about the Nordiques?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Patrick Roy is returning to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager, more than a decade after the NHL Hall of Fame goaltending legend took the team to the 2006 Memorial Cup junior hockey championship.

The story behind Rue de l’Anse-Victoria

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Rue de l’Anse-Victoria (known as Victoria Cove in the 19th century) is named after a cove on the St. Lawrence River near the Quebec and Pierre-Laporte bridges. 

Code, Create, Teach national initiative comes to Quebec

Photo: Juanita Craig

Coding, Scratch, micro:bits and computational thinking were the focus at the Code, Create, Teach conference held at the Hôtel des Premières Nations in Wendake on April 29. More than 60 teachers attended the day-long conference.

Memorials and Things of Fame

May 2, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Discovering the Centre d’amitié autochtone de Québec

Photo: courtesy of Guylaine Hervieux

The Centre d’amitié autochtone de Québec, a friendship centre for urban Indigenous people, is place number 58 in VEQ’s recently launched Connect with your City Guide book.

Even though my Indigenous roots hail from the other side of the planet (New Zealand), the fact that I am native (Maori), had me automatically accepted and welcomed here with open arms.

Leucan donation puts SLC in Youth Challenge Leaders category

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 26, students, staff and teachers filled the AI Financial Group Auditorium at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) for the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge and raised $10,000.

SLC students strut their stuff at fashion show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The fashionistas of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) were present at the Musée de la Civilisation on April 28 for the annual fashion show. Students were organizers and models. Many of their friends and family cheered, especially when they walked the runway in eye-catching sportswear or in haute couture outfits.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier perform in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Dave Gunning is no stranger to Quebec City. Over the last four years, he has stopped by Quebec High School three times to work with the music concentration students, teaching about songwriting and guitar playing and discussing life as a professional musician.

Brahms’ German Requiem a balm for those who are grieving

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) and its choir filled the Grand Théâtre with strong emotions on the evening of April 25. The audience listened intently to two tempestuous pieces by German composer Johannes Brahms: Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) which was immediately followed by A German Requiem (sung in German instead of the usual Latin).

No easy steps to realize ballet dance studio dream

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Photo: Myriam Filion

There’s probably never a perfect time or set of circumstances

EQLC students get “The Talk” about money

Photo: Danielle Burns

On the third Wednesday in April, parents and teachers across Canada were having “The Talk” with kids. It had nothing to do with sex education, but rather another subject that can make people uncomfortable: money.

The British (music) Invasion at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds sang, danced and cheered in the AI Financial Group Auditorium as CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus rock band What the Heck (WTH), put on an impressive show filled with songs from across the pond. “The British Invasion” attracted 165 people.

OBITUARY: Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” (née Turcot) KERWIN 1926 – 2018

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Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” (née Turcot) Kerwin died on April 27, 2018. She was the beloved daughter of the late André Turcot and the late Guillermina Flores de la Vega, and beloved wife of the late John Larkin Kerwin.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 2 at 12:10 p.m. – Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Blogging 101 for Beginners at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre. (For details, see article below)

The Rouge et Or now have their tennis teams

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

Three years after the birth of the tennis clubs at Université Laval, they reached another milestone, becoming the 14th varsity sport in the Rouge et Or family.

Pierre Langlois, president of the Laval teams, announced that the Rouge et Or will play in the Tennis Québec University League from January to April 2019.

Patrick Roy returns as Remparts GM and head coach

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Photo: courtesy of the Québec Remparts

It was probably the worst-kept secret in junior hockey… but it was the news the Quebec Remparts organization, players and fans wanted to hear.

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy signed a two-year contract to return as general manager and head coach of the Remparts. He had been coach of the Remparts from 2005-2012 and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2016.

What’s new at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre?

So, what’s new, you may ask? Community Learning in Action, also known as CLIA, is a Lunch ‘n’ Learn information session series where participants are invited to drop in over the lunch hour period to learn something new.

The 2018 Capitales season is just around the corner


Fans of baseball in Quebec City are no doubt looking forward to the opening game of the season on May 17. I know I am. I’m no superfan, but the Québec Capitales are growing on me.

Jeffery Hale Volunteers are BERRY much appreciated!

Photo: courtesy of the Wellness Centre
Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a berry special evening to show their appreciation for their volunteers on April 19. 

Long may they reign, but whither the monarchy in Canada?

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How many Canadians have been in the same air space as our monarchical masters?

Letter to the Editor - School board elections a​n​ ​opportunity for community engagement ​

With the recent [government] announcements in the healthcare sector, it is now more important than ever that we, the members of the English-speaking community, get involved. It is up to us to act and not just to complain. That was a major part of a recent announcement by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

The story behind Rue de l’Aigle-d’Or

Photo: Source: Library and Archives Canada/Lawrence R. Batchelor collection/c011924k
This street in the Duberger-Les Saules district of Quebec City was named after the Aigle d’Or (golden eagle), a French ship that arrived in this city on Aug. 18, 1665, with the Carignan-Salières regiment, consisting of four companies of more than 200 men. They were under the command of the Marquis de Salières.

Now is the time to consent to organ and tissue donation

Héma-Québec is teaming up with Transplant Québec and the Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, April 22 to 28, to invite everyone who supports the cause to indicate his or her donor consent.

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 24, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The Quebec Fire Society advertised for the supplying of four new cases for fire engines to be made of seasoned sound white oak timber, 1¼ inches thick, and also for the lining with sheet lead or tinned sheet copper of six fire engine cases and fifty strong leather buckets.

Visit the Voltigeurs’ newly restored and renovated Manège Militaire

In last week’s edition, the QCT informed you of the official opening ceremony and return of the Voltigeurs to their Manège Militaire on May 12.

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