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Residential schools only part of Langevin’s legacy

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Photo: Photo from Wikimedia Commons

We’re not sure if Sir Hector-Louis Langevin had much of a sense of humour or irony, but chances are the context for his current infamy would have at least puzzled him.

Stunning solar eclipse darkens skies across North America

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Photo: Lise Lafond

All around North America, during the afternoon of August 21, eyes were fixed firmly to the sky in anticipation of the solar eclipse.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Avenue Watt

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Avenue Watt is named in honour of Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819). In 1763, James Watt was working as instrument maker at the University of Glasgow when he was assigned the job of repairing a Newcomen steam engine and noted how inefficient it was. In 1765, Watt conceived the idea of equipping the engine with a separate condensation chamber.

MondoKarnaval celebrates French-speaking cultures

The fourth annual MondoKarnaval will take place from September 2-4. Everyone is invited to celebrate together the diversity of the French-speaking cultures of the world under the theme “Vibrating to the Rhythms of the Francophonie from around the World.”

Celebrating one’s Celtitude at the Festival Celtique de Québec

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Quebec’s heritage has been shaped by immigrants with Celtic heritage. In fact, many Quebecers with European ancestry share a Celtic connection, whether it be Irish, Scottish, Breton, Cornish, Welsh or Manx Gaelic. It only makes sense, therefore, to commemorate the Celtitude of many of this province’s forebears. 

Hidden English history in Saguenay: Part 2 La Maison Price

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Everyone in Chicoutimi knows where the Maison Price is – and knows that if sweaty, lost backpackers show up on their street, they’re probably looking for the distinctive youth hostel with its wide veranda and bright red shutters.
  
The hostel, which opened in 2010, is a remnant of a largely forgotten time in the history of Saguenay, when the region’s Anglophone co

Family Day at Baie de Beauport

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Financière Sun Life sponsored a free Family Day at the Baie de Beauport on August 20. The weather was perfect for a day at the “beach in the city” as hundreds of parents and children romped and took part in the many activities organized for them.

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is out of this world

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Photo: Lise Lafond
St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is one very out-of-the-ordinary name for a village. It’s the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. This small municipality of around 1,600 people is part of the Regional County Municipality (MRC) of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, and is situated 44 minutes from Edmundston, New Brunswick, and 45 minutes from the United States border.

A visit to the Citadelle de Québec at nightfall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the Citadelle de Québec. The sun has just set but the ghosts of soldiers and prisoners of the past still walk through the seemingly deserted military base.

Avenue Maguire prepares to celebrate its rich and tasty history

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Come and sample delicious food while enjoying festivities at the fifth annual Maguire en Fête on Sunday, August 27.
The week before the street party, the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) of Avenue Maguire and the Caisse Desjardins Sillery-Saint-Louis-de-France presented many of the savoury elements of the festivities, including the first “duel of flavours.”

A trip around Île d’Orléans reveals facets of its culture

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
We set off on our annual tour de l’Île on a sunny August afternoon. After a five-minute drive from downtown Quebec City, we crossed over the Pont de l’Île and drove straight across the long and narrow long island to the village of Saint-Laurent to drop anchor at the Parc Maritime, set against a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River and the south shore. 

Festibière brews up another successful beer festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From August 17 to 20, crowds of people headed for the Espace 400e in the Old Port of Quebec for the Festibière.

Even with the heavy rain on Friday evening, people were dancing and enjoying beer and food samples offered by more than 65 breweries and microbreweries, as well as numerous food trucks. Luckily the sun came out on Saturday, to the delight of the large number of beer enthusiasts.

Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebec City welcomed residents and visitors to celebrate its unique culture and history at the 21st annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF).

When is it time to purge war memorabilia?

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Photo: Peter Black

Some people are hoarders; others are purgers. Put me down as a mild case of the former affliction, although the more appropriate term should be “collector” or, even better, “archivist” or “curator.”

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Golf Tournament 2017

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Photo: Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation

Submitted by Michèle Provencher
The Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation is organizing its annual golf tournament to be held on Friday, September 22, at the Cap-Rouge Golf Club.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 4

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Photo: Francis Fontaine
As the The Philanthropist’s August 24 opening night is almost here, we wanted to check in with Mike Boden again to see if he had anything he might want to share with our readers.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Three bailiffs from the country have become the laughing stock of Quebecers because they allowed a prisoner whom they were bringing to justice in this city to slip through their fingers in broad daylight. The escaped man was a servant of Mr. Hudson of St.

Côte de Trenton

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Photo: Bill Cox

This short dead-end street in the Côte du Lac region of Quebec City near the Montmorency River is named after the Trenton formation – a large vein of limestone that runs along the St. Lawrence River valley from Montreal to just past Quebec City. Outcrops of the rock on the heights of the Beauport and the Chateau-Richer regions are easy to mine.

Quebec’s North Shore a popular vacation spot

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Photo: Bill Cox

As soon as we cross the Saguenay River on the ferry at Tadoussac, we enter a different landscape of mountains, rock beds, rivers, with mostly evergreen forests and sandy beaches stretching for kilometres along Highway 138.

This year our destination was Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan with a stop-over at Rivière-Brochu, just past Port Cartier.

Polish Scouts from around the world descend on Quebec

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Photo: Natalie Keller
Over 1,400 Polish Scouts from all corners of the world attended a Jamboree in the province of Quebec from July 29 to August 12. The event is organized every six years in a different city. Two years in the making, the Jamboree brought together Polish Scouts and their leaders – all of Polish descent, from around the world for team building, cultural enlightenment and fun.

Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This couple, dressed in gold, represent King Louis XIV and Queen Maria Theresa, making an incredible and unique visit to his colony in America. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

 

Long-awaited big IGA expansion underway

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In a matter of a few weeks, residents of Quebec City’s Montcalm district will be deprived of – temporarily – a popular grocery shopping destination.

After at least a decade of planning and delays, construction is now well underway on a major development project centred on the IGA Deschênes store on Chemin Sainte Foy.

Hidden English history in Saguenay: Part I

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the small Protestant cemetery in La Baie, is invisible – for decades, people were told not to look at it.

Partial solar eclipse will be visible in Quebec City

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Photo: Judy Anderson, courtesy of Eclipsophile.com

Keep your eyes to the skies! A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Quebec City on Monday, August 21.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, on its orbit around our home planet, comes between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the rays of the sun and the moon’s shadow falls on Earth.

Another school year about to begin

Summer vacation is almost over, and the 2017-2018 school year is just a few days away. August at the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) means preparing for another school year which will bring on its own challenges.

Film Festival CinéPopUps powered by solar energy

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Photo: Courtesy of FCVQ

Lovers of short films, to your containers! The Quebec City Film Festival / Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (FCVQ) CinéPopUps are back, and this year they are completely autonomous, powered by solar energy!

Swimmers dive in at Nageons au Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The second annual Nageons au Témiscouata swim competition was held in Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Cabano) on August 12. With 107 swimmers registered, compared to 67 last year, this event is gaining in popularity. People from as far away as Port Cartier; Montreal; Quebec City; Matane; and Saint John, New Brunswick, came to compete.

Rouge et Or hoops teams play in NCAA preseason action

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Photo: U-Laval: Mathieu Bélanger

It’s starting to become an annual tradition and it’s gaining in popularity. The Université Laval Rouge et Or men’s and women’s basketball teams started the 2017-2018 season with a series of games against some American counterparts who play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Festivent provides uplifting music and fun for everyone in Lévis

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Photo: Natalie Keller

A dynamic line-up of musicians awaited fans at this year’s edition of Festivent, which ran from August 1 to 6 at Parc Champigny in Lévis.

Festivities kicked off on August 1 with openers Foreign Diplomats – a local group hailing from the Laurentians, Quebec, playing a mix of energetic indie pop songs.

Dîner en Blanc served in the Jardin Saint-Roch

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The picturesque Jardin Saint-Roch was invaded by some 2,000 people all dressed in white for the seventh annual Dîner en Blanc last Wednesday evening. 
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