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The story of Avenue Thomas

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Photo: Bill Cox

Avenue Thomas is named in memory of Thomas McInenly, the eldest son of the successful Sillery wood merchant and land-owner Patrick McInenly, who in 1832 had purchased land in the Jesuits Seigneurie just west of Côte de Sillery.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Gilbert, the party who created a disturbance in St. John’s Church on Sunday, appeared before His Honor the Recorder.

QHS – St. Pat’s rivalry overrated

Letter to the Editor

My daughter Catherine teaches kindergarten at Everest Elementary. I had the pleasure of meeting her class recently and introducing them to the harp and the guitar.

Some of them were children of students I had taught at St. Patrick’s High School. Some I am sure had parents who attended Quebec High School and others were altogether newcomers.

VEQ holds its 36th Annual General Meeting

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Photo: Emma Ahern

Some 65 members of VEQ and guests gathered in the Coin Soleil room of Jeffery Hale Hospital for Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual meeting last Thursday evening.

La Friperie Huppée and Spoon Gruau launched

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On May 23, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence business students Frédérique Asselin and Marie-Pier Bédard proudly launched their respective business projects in the presence of family, friends and a curious public.  

U.S. fetes Canada’s 150th with photo exhibit

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Photo: Faten Abdallah

The United States Consulate General is currently exhibiting many remarkable historic photographs in the Parks Canada section of the Old Post Office building* in Quebec City: images of the Klondike Gold Rush, a hatless Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, Marc Garneau floating upside-down in space, Gordie Howe crushing an opponent into the boards, Neil Young at a rock concert.

St. Vincent students shine in Robotics competition

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Photo: courtesy of Cedric Ferland

St. Vincent School has had a Robotics Club for many years. However, this year we took a different approach and decided to try to engage as many students as possible in this club. The premise behind this was to encourage and promote the importance of teamwork and communication through the building and programming of robots.

Congratulations Class of 2017 of Champlain–St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain–St. Lawrence held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 at Le Montmartre centre in Sillery on May 26. Proud family members and friends looked on as the hall filled with college faculty and staff, and beaming graduates wearing green robes and mortarboard caps.

YWCA Great Plant Sale draws crowds​ . . .​ again​ ​

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the beautiful May 27-28 weekend, the YWCA held its fifth annual Great Plant Sale in the Parc Samuel-Holland.

Those who pass by the YWCA on Avenue Holland have probably noticed that ​the ​building is currently under renovation. However, the nearby park was more than suitable for the sale as it gave volunteers organizers more space to set up tents and tables.

OBITUARY: Irene HARRIET (nee Lavoie) 1921-2017

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Passed away suddenly on January 30, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband Melvin "Mel" in 1974 and her son Donald “Don” (Carole Gagnon) on February 3, 2017.

Opération Charme and Neighbours’ Day in Old Quebec

The Maison de la littérature is inviting residents to demonstrate their love for Old Quebec City. Up to June 10, people can write on special Opération Charme postcards the reasons why they love this part of the city. These postcards can be obtained from public libraries and at City Hall.

Cuban Junior National baseball team to play in Quebec

If Cuba is a destination of choice in the winter for many Québécois, it seems that Quebec is the destination of choice, in the summer, for Cuban baseball teams.

The Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) will host the National Junior Team of Cuba, this coming summer.

Godin hopes to stick with CFL Lions in Vancouver

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Photo: Courtesy of footballcanada.com website

Quebec City’s Edward Godin is now living his dream, in Kelowna, British Columbia, where the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions are holding their 2017 training camp.

Family fun on World Play Day

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The eighth edition of Quebec City's Fête Mondiale du Jeu / World Play Day took place last Saturday at the Gaétan Boucher outdoor skating oval, behind the Sainte-Foy sports arena.

EXMURO is back for Quebec City’s 4th Passages Insolites

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Ville de Québec recently announced that EXMURO will be back for its fourth edition of Passages Insolites / Unusual Passages, a series of large outdoor works of art. The non-profit public art group’s mandate is “to design and disseminate pluridisciplinary artistic projects in urban public spaces.”

Canada’s 150th celebrations will be Quebec City’s party of the summer

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout Canada, citizens are preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On May 23, large event organizers J’EM Événements (J’EM) and 3E évènement-expérience-émotion (3E) held a press conference at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand Kiosk to present the lineup of upcoming activities and events in Quebec City.

Overcoming old rivalries first step toward building of a new English high school

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Photo: Google Earth

Depending on your sensibility, being in a crowd of about one hundred loud (but remarkably well-behaved) grade-school students can be either a terrifying or an edifying experience. What is perhaps even more enlightening is these youngsters were all speaking English; boisterous, French-influenced English.

Quebec High School welcomes hundreds of alumni Back to School for 75th anniversary reunion

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The corridors of Quebec High School were filled with hundreds of former students on May 20 as the Quebec High School Alumni Foundation celebrated the school’s 75th anniversary with a Back to School Reunion. 

YWCA work soon to be completed

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The restoration and expansion work on the YWCA on Avenue Holland is coming along nicely. More than half of the planned work has been completed, most notably the two additions or enlargements to the building on the front and on the north side. The workmen are just finishing the work on the residential floors.

Rue Patrick-McGrath

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Patrick McGrath, who was born in Quebec in 1858. He was the son of Timothy McGrath and Mary Ann Walsh from Ireland. In 1881 he worked as a servant for the O’Farrell’s. Three years later he married their daughter Margaret in the parish of Saint-Charles-Borromée in Charlesbourg, near Quebec City.

Breastfeeding Get-together coming soon to the Wellness Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Jeffery Hale Community Partners

A new parenting activity called Breastfeeding Get-together will soon be happening at the Wellness Centre. This venture involves a growing partnership between Jeffery Hale Community Partners and Allaitement Québec, a non-profit community organization founded in 1991 to support women who are breastfeeding or who wish to breastfeed.

St. Pat’s Hairspray more than just a musical comedy

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Photo: Mary McCown

With toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance moves, St. Patrick’s High School’s performance of the political comedy, Hairspray gave the audience a blast from the past on Wednesday, May 17, at Théâtre Périscope.

The Musée de la Civilisation is Mad About Brains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the human brain! The Musée de la Civilisation presents its most recent exhibit: Cerveau à la folie / Mad About Brains, where visitors can learn about neuroscience and psychiatry through interactive displays, objects and photos.

Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s shows appreciation for its many volunteers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s celebrated the work of its volunteers by hosting a cocktail party in their honour, inviting friends, family and residents at St. Brigid’s Home.

The group honoured Gertie Grogan, one of Saint Brigid's Guild’s founding members, for her decades of dedication.

Recruiting for the Compagnons de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over the long May weekend, more than 60 history buffs and their families re-enacted the life of soldiers during the Seven Years War, which took place from 1754 to 1763, although the main conflict occurred from 1756 to 1763. The Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Citadelle de Québec hosted the fifth annual École soldat de la Nouvelle-France / New France Infantry School. 

Quebec and Newfoundland students participate in YMCA Exchanges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As part of a YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program, students from Quebec High School (QHS) and students from École secondaire St-Charles-Garnier shared a unique experience with 30 students from St. Michael’s High School on Bell Island, Newfoundland.* 

Margaret Delisle and Allison Areias-Vogel discuss bilingualism and diplomacy

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, the Morrin Centre invited former Quebec politician Margaret Delisle and the U.S. Consul General in Quebec City Allison Areias-Vogel to discuss bilingualism and diplomacy, moderated by Rachelle Solomon. This was the second of two events on Quebec’s Bilingual Women held at the Centre.

T’ouvrir ma porte art exhibit at the Clarté-Dieu gallery

La Clarté-Dieu is presenting an exceptional week-long solo exhibit of works of art by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson from Saturday, June 3, to Sunday, June 11.

Quebec Art Company sets fall and spring show dates

Dates have now been set for the two upcoming Quebec Art Company productions.

The Lumineers light up the Plains

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Photo: Renaud Philippe

The Lumineers, who are accustomed to performing in smaller venues, admitted that their headliner concert on the Plains of Abraham on the first Friday of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 8 provided, “the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for so far.”

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