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MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

The Morning Chronicle

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June 13th

Hot summer, says EnviroCan

After enduring a long, cold winter, which buried Quebec City residents up to their necks in snow, this spring’s unseasonably cold weather has not been very promising. As we approach the June 21 summer solstice, David Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada, says the recent wet and cold weather should not dampen hopes for a gloriously warm summer.

Robert Lepage’s Image Mill

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Photo: Scott French

Robert Lepage and Ex-Machina’s Image Mill is one of the most anticipated events of Quebec City’s anniversary. The city’s entire 400-year historical narrative will be projected on the sides of the Bunge silos in the Port of Quebec. Organizers are calling the show an animated mosaic, using paintings, film, photographs, and videos to bring the city’s story alive.

Family Fun Day draws big crowds of little people

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Photo: Valérie Lebel

Baseball’s return to Quebec: An interview with J-F Côté

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Photo: Dave Rouleau

History says it has been 10 years already, but for him, it feels like yesterday.

Quebec’s Natural Born Tellers poised to break out

Mini-buses

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City goes green ith gasless mini-buses. An Écolobus drives through the Kent Gate on a trial run in the Old City.

City goes green with gasless mini-buses

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Photo: courtesy of city of Quebec

There will be a new buzz in the Old City this summer; the neighbourhood, however, is about to get a whole lot quieter. A fleet of eight small electric RTC buses will roll off the line on June 14 to accommodate both residents and tourists, free of charge. The launch of the two-year Écolobus pilot program is the second phase of the city of Quebec’s new transit strategy in the Old City.

Dallaire, Belafonte draw lessons from Rwanda, Humanitarian aid alternatives

Three high-profile UNICEF representatives were in Quebec City last week to address the global problem of child soldiers. At a press conference at the Hilton Hotel last Thursday, Harry Belafonte, Senator Romeo Dallaire, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada Nigel Fisher resolved to move beyond politics in order to defend children caught in conflict.

Addressing Quebec’s black history

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Photo: Scott French

It’s time to look more closely at Canada’s past ties to slavery, argued Montreal writer Dorothy Williams during her talk at the Morrin Centre last Friday. Canada’s progressive role in the abolition of the American slave trade is touted in history classes, but, as Williams reminded attendees, Canada and Quebec have slavery in their past as well.

Old art meets the new world: Le Louvre à Québec exhibition

275 works on loan from the Louvre are now on display at the Musée

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Photo: Scott French

The Musée national des beaux arts du Québec is serving up a taste of the Louvre’s art feast in Paris.

The Musée has taken an eclectic sampling of the Louvre’s expansive collection and serves a delectable amuse bouche of 275 works spanning 5,000 years. The exhibition is fresh, light, and satisfying; it won’t leave visitors feeling over-stuffed and ready for bed.

The Kite Runner provokes reflection

Every now and then one comes across a book that moves you to talk and even to write about it. I finally read The Kite Runner while on vacation last week: I loved it. Laced with pathos and irony this first work by physician-author Khaled Hosseini reminded me of an old favourite: Marcel Pagnol’s L’Eau des collines, once or twice put to screen as Jean de Fleurette and Manon des Sources.

QC’s centenarians celebrated

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In celebration of Quebec’s 400th anniversary, the United Way’s 9th annual Gala Reconnaissance des AS especially wished to recognize the efforts of local centenarians who have helped shape the city.

Memorials and Things of Fame



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The Morning Chronicle

Pedalling through Old QC

Trailblazing pedicab operator Tours Ludovica is taking visitors for a ride.

Fortunately, this exciting new way to see the sites is easy on the pocketbook and the environment.

When I met Tours Ludovica owner-operator Gilbert Garcia, he was rolling up in one of his signature rides.

Haller gets NMA nod

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Congratulations to Aurian Haller (pictured), winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for Best Poem. Haller’s long work Song of the Taxidermist, which appeared in the literary journal Malahat Review, was chosen by the judges as the finest piece of verse to have been published in a Canadian magazine in 2007.

Visionaries Garden illuminates

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Photo: Scott French

The spectacularly light Visionaries Garden at the Musée de Civilization is now open to the public.

Two solitudes working together in harmony

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Photo: Dan Parker

O’FARREL, Stella Boyd 1916-2008

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INGALLS, Laura Mary (nee Larsen)

NOËl, Linda – 1962-2008

 

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USS Mesa Verde [photos, video]

Port of Quebec Rondez vous Naval

From Michigan, Private First Class Paul Markham, US Navy

 

 

Rendez-vous Naval comes in big for Port of Quebec event

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Photo: Pierre Little

The $2-billion American ship, the Mesa Verde, pictured above, was part of this year’s Rendez-vous Naval in Quebec City’s port. Seven ships from five different countries participated in the event, three ships from Canada alone. The French, Irish and English navies also had ships on hand. Over 120,000 spectators saw the ships off on Sunday.

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Official Languages Commissioner blasts PM in report

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser tabled his yearly report last Thursday in the House of Commons. Fraser blasted the Harper government’s failure to devise a follow-up to the Action Plan for Official Languages, which expired in March. Fraser was also critical of the use of official languages in some federal institutions.

A soldier’s homecoming - Soldiers decompress in Cyprus

One week before he came home to Canada, Captain Blair McNaught of the 3rd Battalion Vandoos regiment was still fulfilling his role as the “eyes and ears” of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Since May 19, the last group of the fourth rotation soldiers based in Valcartier returned with the rotation’s commander, Brigadier-General Guy Laroche.

QC students win LG’s award

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Photo: courtesy of CQSB

Stopping homelessness before it starts

Dial 2-1-1 for new referral service

A new, free referral service is now offered in Quebec City. 211 will help residents get information about community and government organizations and services in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. By dialling 2-1-1, residents will be put in touch with bilingual operators ready to answer questions about everything from large garbage collection to church service hours.

Grand Rire: What a laugh

Last year I went to the Festival de Grand Rire, L’Anglo Fun at the Theatre Imperial.

It was a great night and after the show, as I went outside, there was a stand with people selling DVDs of last year’s shows.

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