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Alison Van Uytvanck wins the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Université Laval hosted an impressive tennis tournament from September 9 to 11.

International, Canadian and Quebec players fought it out the courts for the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale.

Living in Québec City guidebook available in three languages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

What better place than the Observatoire de la Capitale to launch a guidebook for immigrants to our fair city? Published in three languages (French, Portuguese and English), Vivre à Québec, Viver na cidade de Québec, and Living in Québec City are now available for newcomers, or those contemplating coming here.

Wozniak, Safarova and Dodin, but no Bouchard at the CBN

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City has quite a lineup for the 25th Coupe Banque Nationale (CBN) women’s tennis tournament. Some 25 international and Canadian players are on the courts of Université Laval’s PEPS from September 9 to 17.

Great experience for women’s rugby hopefuls from St. Pat’s

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Photo: Luc Lang

They may have finished in sixth, and last, position, but the women’s U18 squad from Team Quebec came out of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) this summer in Calgary with a bag full of experience.

Team Quebec was, by far, the lightest team on the field. “In all my years of coaching, this was my lightest team ever,” said head coach Stephen Kaplan.

Sagan defends his title at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cyclists had perfect weather conditions for the 8th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (GPCQ) on September 8. The international competition attracted 160 elite male riders from 30 countries making up the 18 world teams, including the wild-cards – the Canadian Team and Israel Cycling Academy. In just over five hours, they completed 201.6 km, around Old Quebec City and the Plains of Abraham.

Corporate investors new owners of hockey skate icons

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Comes a time every hockey player dreads. It’s not missing that easy putt in the goal crease, tripping over the blueline on a breakaway, or even taking a hard shot of frozen rubber to the tender vitals. No, the real moment of dread is the realization you need a new pair of skates.

A visit to the former Porteous estate in Sainte-Pétronille

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The village of Sainte-Petronille continued its 150th anniversary celebrations on September 2 by inviting residents to a unique visit of the Foyer de Charité Notre-Dame d’Orléans, once known as Les Groisardières.

Ripping up the courts

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Photo: Peter Black

The tennis season came to an abrupt and early end for users of the four courts in Parc des Saints-Martyrs at Rue Père-Marquette and Avenue Calixa-Lavallée in the Montcalm district. The courts are the only free, city-owned tennis facilities in the neighbourhood. Two weeks ago, power shovels were excavating the courts which had been covered with a synthetic turf.

Welcome to the fourth annual Vieux-Québec Feis

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Céad míle fáilte – One hundred thousand welcomes to the fourth annual Vieux-Québec Feis. Organized by local Irish dancing schools, and thanks to many volunteers, local dancers along with hundreds more from all over Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and the Northern United States, will descend upon Séminaire Saint-François on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Recorder’s Court: Two old wood-sawyers were brought before the Court for sawing fire wood in St. John street instead of in the yard or cellar of the house.

The revamped YWCA on Avenue Holland is open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On September 7, the doors to the sports and leisure pavilion of the YWCA on Avenue Holland reopened after 15 months of renovations. The restored indoor pool has an added baby pool and shallow basins. There are new gyms and classrooms. Everything is in place to welcome people. 

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Wolfe

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Photo: Bill Cox
Avenue Wolfe is named in honour of Major General James Wolfe (1727-1759) who was born in Westerham, England. He was the commander of the British expedition that captured Quebec during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on September 13, 1759 – 258 years ago today! 

200th Road Scholar program held at the Auberge du Mont

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Some 35 mature students gathered at the Auberge du Mont in Valcartier from September 3 to 8. They were there for the 200th Road Scholar program held at the inn which adjoins Mont Saint-Sacrement, a private secondary school, and the former Valcartier Ski Lodge.

Montcalm en Fête celebrates with a Folle Foire

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Photo: Bill Cox
Avenue Cartier became a pedestrian-only street for the joint Montcalm en Fête and Folle Foire celebration last Saturday, September 9. 

Dream Les Légendes showcases rock ’n’ roll classics

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Classic rock ’n’ roll and a musical voyage; who wouldn’t like that? The Théâtre Petit-Champlain was packed on August 31 for Dream Les Légendes concert.

Haikus and sketches in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Marc Brennan, executive director of Mount Hermon Cemetery, welcomed the Kukaï de Québec (haiku poetry group) and the Croquistes de Québec (urban sketchers) to enjoy a morning on the grounds of the beautifully landscaped garden cemetery last Saturday. Some 20 artists and poets found inspiration for their work between the tall trees and tombstones.

Envol et Macadam music festival punk rocks Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

At Îlot Fleurie, a park situated under the highway overpasses in St. Roch, a sea of dark hoodies rocked out in unison at this year’s edition of Envol et Macadam. Known as Quebec City’s first alternative music festival, it has been attracting dedicated punk rock fans since 1996.

Jacquelyn Smith has Limoilou at heart

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Photo: Mary McCown

J’ai Limoilou tatoué sur le cœur.” “I have Limoilou tattooed on my heart,” says Jacquelyn Smith, the Démocratie Québec candidate for the Limoilou electoral district in the upcoming municipal elections.

Enjoying coffee at a trendy boutique café and tearoom on 3ième Avenue, Smith shared her vision for the neighbourhood she loves so much with the QCT.

Fighting for life on Suicide Prevention Day

September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. This date was first recognized in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and endorsed by the World Health Organization.

Almost one million people around the world commit suicide each year, hence the theme for 2017, “Take a minute, change a life.”

First Nations tradition meets fine dining in Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Imagine the most fragrant flower. Now imagine that flower mixed into a delicate cream, served over an aromatic cake, flavoured with essence of pine and served with a wood-smoke infused crumble and fresh wild berries.

Quest for Quebec’s Finest Poutine: Frite Alors!

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The setup / the feel: Near the corner of Rue Crémazie, an unassuming side street off of the ultra trendy Avenue Cartier, sits a small, low building tucked between a jewellery store and a barber shop.

St. Lawrence independence bid denied by province

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence will not go it alone, after all.

NDP leadership hopefuls look like long shots

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Let’s keep in mind that less than two short years ago, the New Democratic Party was poised to form the government of Canada. (En passant, is a party founded in 1961 still “new”?)

Rainbow flag rises for the Fête Arc-en-Ciel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On August 31, local politicians and members of the LGBT+ community gathered for the raising of the rainbow flag in the gardens of City Hall in preparation for Quebec City’s annual Pride festivities, known in French as the Fête Arc-en-ciel.

Burke wants education tax gap fixed

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Photo: CQSB archives

He’s not quite ready to organize a tea party, but Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) chairman Stephen Burke is nevertheless up in arms over the continuing inequality of taxes imposed upon supporters of the English-language school system.

Bump in CQSB enrolment numbers

As the school bells rang on August 30, many of the schools administered by the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB), which oversees English-language public schools in the Quebec City area as well as Mauricie, Saguenay and smaller jurisdictions around the province, were a bit fuller than usual.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Last night, between seven and eight o’clock, our city was visited by a thunder and lightning storm accompanied by strong gusts of wind. The flashes of the lightning were intensely vivid, following each other one after another with hardly the slightest intermission.

The story behind Rue Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch painter whose subjects, during his early years, were peasants and still lifes. Like the older Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, he adopted the light-darkness method, as seen in the Potato Diners (1885). 

New website supports anglophones travelling for medical care

A new website has been developed for both English speakers and the general population of Quebec’s eastern regions, to improve their experience when they have to leave home for medical services.

MondoKarnaval calls for cultural harmony

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The fourth edition of MondoKarnaval, Quebec City's largest free, international cultural festival, took place at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf in Limoilou from September 2 to 4. Over 40 countries were represented, with 600 artists present over the weekend.
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