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Jigs, reels, and dresses sparkle at the Vieux-Québec Feis

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Hundreds of Irish dancers from around the region leapt and kicked their way through the Petit Séminaire Saint-François in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures during the Vieux-Québec Feis on Sept. 22. 

Voters uncertain as election “like no other” hits home stretch

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Photo: Peter Black

With just days to go before Quebecers vote, polls suggest no party is in a solid position to form a majority government.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. – Dietitian Dorothy Moffat will explore the topic of Eating Well: Sugar and Salt at a Community Health Education Program videoconference to be held in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion boardroom (1270 ch. Sainte-Foy). This activity is free and so is parking in the hospital parking lot.

Commemorative plaque placed at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Mélanie Chadenet-Valin

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Jeffery Hale Hospital, the City of Quebec recently placed a plaque at the hospital’s main entrance. It honours the history of this caring institution and the man who brought it into being.

The bilingual plaque reads as follows:

Significant decrease in 2018-2019 CQSB tax bills

The Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) mailed out its 2018-2019 tax bills last week. I would imagine that by now most of those who pay their school taxes to the CQSB and reside in the Capitale-Nationale or Chaudières-Appalaches regions have witnessed the significant decrease from last year’s assessment.

Find your voice with Vibrant Voices – Voix Vivantes!

Quebec city’s multilingual vocal ensemble, Vibrant Voices – Voix Vivantes, is recruiting new choristers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Espace Saint-Michael, 1800 Chemin Saint-Louis in Sillery. They are conducted in both English and French.

JH-SB’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament rained out!

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Photo: Michèle Provencher
The 28th annual Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament may have been rained out, but it turned out to be the best ever fundraising event! 

Portuguese chicken comes to Sillery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Open since the end of June, the first Lio Festa restaurant, which specializes in tasty Portuguese chicken, is drawing hungry customers into its sunny location at the corner of Avenue Maguire and Rue de Bergerville in Sillery.

Owner-operator Perry Marcoux explained the simple and affordable “semi-rapid” concept of his new restaurant.

Habs beat Caps in pre-season match in Quebec City

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Photo: courtesy of a hockey fan

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals came to town on Sept. 20 and the visit of the 2018 Stanley Cup champions turned out to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed to turn around their early pre-season fortunes.

Playing in front of a crowd of 11,300 at the Vidéotron Centre, the Habs dominated the Caps with a 5-2 victory, at one point holding a 4-0 lead over the visiting team.

VEQ Fall Fest brings community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual Fall Fest is always a much-anticipated event for the members of the anglophone community. Once again this year, Mother Nature smiled down on those who gathered at St. Vincent Elementary School’s gymnasium and playground on a bright, sunny Saturday, Sept. 15.

Politicians learn to stop worrying and love the notwithstanding clause

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Just like the opening line of a noted biography of him, Pierre Trudeau’s notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Constitution “haunts us still.”

Bill 101: A solution more expensive than the problem

Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, commonly known as Bill 101, was adopted by the National Assembly on Aug. 26, 1977. Forty-one years later, the law imposing French as the official language of Quebec is still wreaking havoc, socially and economically.

Memorials and Things of Fame

September 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Quebec City Women’s Club starts new season

The Quebec City Women’s Club is starting its 2018-2019 year with an informal get-together on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. President Joan Valois extends a warm welcome to new and former members as the club begins its 81st year. “Invite your friends and join us for a light buffet and some warm conversation,” she says.

The story behind Côte Badelard

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Photo: Google Maps

This cobblestone pathway and wooden staircase which join Upper (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) and Lower Town (Saint-Roch) are named in honour of Philippe-Louis-François Badelard (1728-1807).

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am writing to seek your readers’ feedback on the following question:

What can Canadians do to be better Canadians?
I am seeking this feedback in connection with a book idea I have. The working title of my book is Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada and in it I want to convey the message of how we can all be better Canadians.

Saint Brigid’s Guild honoured for 50 years of devoted service

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Ladies and a few gentlemen of Saint Brigid’s Guild were recognized for their 50 years of devoted service to the residents of Saint Brigid’s Home at a special event held at the home on Sept. 14. 

Vacant lot behind Maison Péan will get its park

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Behind the large stone building known as the Maison Péan, located at 59 Rue Saint-Louis, a field has lain abandoned for nearly 25 years. Its overgrown grass and bushes are an incomprehensible eyesore in the middle of Old Quebec.

Metropolis remains epic after 90 years

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Metropolis, a pioneering silent science fiction film made nearly a century ago, is a fascinating, complex film. On the surface, it is about the lower class rebelling against the upper class, while in reality, it is also about control, love, self-discovery and finding common ground between two parties.

The designer behind the Death Star speaks at QCFF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

When people mention Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, they think about the props, characters, directors, actors and music. The name Colin Cantwell doesn’t necessarily come up. It should. Without him, these movies wouldn’t be what they are.

Pauline Parmentier wins the Coupe Banque Nationale

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Rackets were swinging, balls were flying and athletes from acound the world ran across the courts of the PEPS at Université Laval. From Sept. 10 to 16, some of the world’s top female tennis players, including four Canadians, reigning Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and future star and top seed Aryna Sabalenka, competed at the 26th Coupe Banque Nationale. 

Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions sports season in full swing

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence Athletics

The 2018-2019 sports season at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence is well underway.

Hockey: After dropping their first two games of the season against Collège Laflèche and Cégep de Sainte-Foy over the first weekend of September, the Lions men’s hockey team defeated the Cégep de Thetford Filions 5-2 on Sept. 14.

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Sept. 13 to 22 – Quebec City Film Festival/Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec. There are many films in English with French subtitles or in French or other languages with English subtitles. Films shown outdoors (Place d’Youville), in the Palais Montcalm and several other locations. For details, visit fcvq.ca/en.

Miners dethrone Capitales for Can-Am League title

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Photo: Luc Lang

Martin Figueroa hit a two-out, three-run home run at the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Sussex County Miners beat the Québec Capitales 6-5 to earn their first ever Can-Am Baseball League pennant on Sept. 15.

Make sure you’re registered to vote!

Elections Québec invites voters to verify that their names are on the information card that was recently mailed to all residential addresses in Quebec. Registration is mandatory if you wish to vote in the Oct. 1 election.

Air Cadets hold Visibility Day in Quebec City region

Air Cadets will be very “visible” in the greater Quebec City region on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Keeping fit with Rawfit exercise classes in English

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Those who want to stay in shape but can’t stand the thought of being cooped up inside a gym have a new option in Quebec City. Rawfit focuses on exercises done outdoors, in all kinds of weather – rain or shine.

Saint-Roch XP livens up Rue Saint-Joseph

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Rouge et Or women’s rugby team crushes Gaiters 135-0

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Photo: Clément Robitaille - Université Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or women’s rugby team is sending a message to all the schools in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ): “We may have 14 rookies on our team, but we are serious.”

Coming off an impressive 79-0 win over McGill, the Rouge et Or showed the Bishop’s University Gaiters no mercy on Sept. 15 at the Stade Telus.

Luck of the Celts for the 13th Festival Celtique de Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Tartans, bagpipes, a mystic village, clans and Irish dancing were proudly exhibited at the 13th annual Festival Celtique de Québec (FCQ). From Sept. 6 to 9, Quebecers celebrated their Celtic heritage. Men wore kilts and women dressed in traditional costumes. 
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