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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.

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.

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

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).

Sun, silver, smiles and dreams that come true…

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 .

Summer 2017 Concert series at the Edwin Belanger Bandstand



Quebec High School Class of 2017

(Photo by Maarten Buyck)
Quebec High School’s Class of 2017 were presented with their graduation certificates at an award ceremony held in Webster Auditorium on June 2. This class will be remembered as a very engaged group of students.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux School Class of 2017

The graduating Class of 2017 of Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon poses for a photo, along with principal Stépen Lagacé (far left), Janice Rock (second from left), Marie-France Auger (second from right) and vice-principal Lucie Gingras (far right). 
Nineteen young men and women, robed in red and bla

Climate change to blame for miserable weather?

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Usually when people talk about the weather it’s because they’ve got nothing better to say. This so-called spring it’s different. These days whenever you meet someone, before you can even say, “How’s it going, eh?” there’s a dark oath uttered about – how do we put it? – this incredibly excremental weather, followed by, “What have we done to deserve this?”

Memorials and Things of Fame

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Morning Chronicle
The removal of prisoners to the New Gaol* has been completed.

The story behind Rue Treggett

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue Treggett is named after four generations of the Treggett family who, from 1865 to 2014, oversaw the administration of Mount Hermon Cemetery. 

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of Saint Brigid’s Home, I would first like to thank you for the marvelous article “St. Brigid’s Guild shows appreciation for its many volunteers” written by Cassandra Kerwin about our volunteer recognition event that took place last May 18 (appeared in the May 24 edition).

QCT takes six prizes at the QCNA Better Newspaper Awards

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Photo: Martine René

Every year in early June, the Quebec Community Newspaper Association (QCNA) holds a Better Newspaper Awards banquet and gala. The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) has been a member since the QCNA was founded in 1980, and last week the 37th annual awards ceremony was held at the Mount-Gabriel Resort and Spa in the town of Sainte-Adèle, in the Laurentians north-west of Montreal.

Cyclink around North America!!!

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Chris Fieldsend and Ties Benguedda from Plymouth, England, are not riding around North America to raise money for a special cause; they are just doing it for fun and adventure. And they’ve certainly had lots of that over the past 11 months.

Sleepwalking around Parliament Hill

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Photo: Mary McCown

It’s important to stop and think about the wonderful things Quebec City offers. As residents of this beautiful city, it’s easy to imagine most cities providing similar activities. While Stephen and Debbie (who preferred not to give their last names) from Baltimore, love their hometown, they certainly recognize how lucky we are as Quebecers.

Hello . . . Dali’s back in town!

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove
Allez-oop! A crane operator gingerly assembled a humongous brass elephant on spindly, bone-like legs in front of the Château Frontenac on May 29, part of the Galerie d’Art du Château Frontenac’s summer exhibit. Known as the Space Elephant, the work also has an elongated pyramid sitting on its back.  

Rendez-vous British car show at Domaine Maizerets

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Photo: Bill Cox
Forty-two vintage British automobiles registered for this year’s vintage car show held on Saturday, June 3 at the Domaine Maizerets. The colourful shiny cars parked below trees in full foliage and cherry trees in full bloom, rendered a spectacular view to the crowd who came to admire the British beauties. 

The ÉCOSPHÈRE Fair, sustainable living at at Espace 400e

Photo: Mary McCown

With more than 30 presentations, some 100 exhibition tables, a tiny house and of course cocktails, the ÉCOSPHÈRE Fair at Espace 400e, June 3 and 4, attracted thousands of visitors looking for ideas to lower their carbon footprint.

Travels with Cassandra Kerwin to the Atlantic provinces

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Dear QCT readers,

Wear purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On Thursday, June 15, please wear purple to indicate that you care about ending elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Purple is a symbol of wealth, status and royalty. Wearing a purple ribbon for Elder Abuse Awareness denotes that senior citizens should be treated with the respect they deserve and live in dignity and safety.

Colourful Fun Run at Ste-Foy Elementary School

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Photo: courtesy of Jean Tardif
Last Sunday, a Fun Run was held by Ste-Foy Elementary School to raise funds for their Cycle Three sports program – ABAM (Active Bodies, Active Minds). 
Some 100 students, from kindergarten to Grade 6, participated in the obstacle course race while proud parents looked on.

Capitales play host to the Cuban National Team

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For the second straight year, the Québec Capitales of the CAN-AM baseball League, will play host to the Cuban National team, from June 12 to 15. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. for all games.

CRQ brings five teams into the Ligue Provinciale de Rugby

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The sport of rugby, already very popular in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, is now getting noticed in Canada thanks in large part to the strong performance in Rugby XV women’s and men’s national teams.

The Université Laval rugby program is one of the best in USports, while more and more CEGEPs like Garneau, Sainte-Foy, and Limoilou, have their own programs.

Canadian citizenship ceremony held on Grosse Île

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Forty people from 12 different countries travelled by boat from Berthier-sur-Mer to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada on May 23 and returned as Canadian citizens. 

St. Patrick’s High School holds first Relay for Life

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Photo: Isabelle Busque

Students and teachers of St. Patrick’s High School participated in their first ever Relay for Life to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society on Friday, May 26. To do so, they walked for seven hours, from 3 to 11 p.m., around the sports field behind their school on Avenue Maisonneuve. This was the first Relay for Life expressly organized by and for young people in Quebec City.

From Taft to Trump: Manoir Richelieu’s rich history

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Photo: Bernard Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons

Assuming he’s still president a year from now, Donald Trump, an active duffer, will be at least the second United States commander-in-chief to play a round or two on the Manoir Richelieu’s world-class links.

Quebecers oversee United States Congress

Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons
It may surprise many Quebecers to learn that four of their own are among a select group of 100 men and women who oversee the work of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C., on a daily basis.   
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