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Air conditioning heating up election campaign

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You might say the election campaign is really getting hot and sticky if air conditioning (A/C) has become an issue.

Vieux-Québec Feis is open for registration

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Photo: erry Ann King

Get ready Quebec! Irish dancers from Canada and the United States will soon be invading the La Vieille Capitale and you can get in on the act.

Vieux-Québec Feis, a competition of Irish dance, music and song, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Séminaire Saint-François, 4900 Rue Saint-Félix, in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.

From the Great Recession to the current election and back again

On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The fourth largest investment bank in the United States had fallen after 158 years of activity. The behemoth’s demise sent shockwaves across markets worldwide. The financial system was breaking down; the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression of 1929 had officially begun.

Memorials and Things of Fame

September 11, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Rue Armand-Viau Formerly Rue Joseph-Morrin

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
A street and an industrial park in the Duberger-Les Saules district of the Les Rivières borough of Quebec City were named after Armand Viau (1901-1967), who was the industrial commissioner for Quebec City from 1945 to 1953 and the general manager of the industry and commerce bureau of the Quebec City region from 1958 to 1967.

Montcalm en Fête street party a high-energy success

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Photo: Natalie Keller
A neighbourhood in downtown Quebec City was alive with activity this past Saturday for the annual Montcalm en Fête. Avenue Cartier, between Grande Allée and Boul. René-Levesque, was open only to pedestrians for the day, with peripheral events taking place at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and at the nearby Parc du Musée on the Plains of Abraham.

Letter to the Editor

I read [Luc Lang’s] article in the [Sept. 5 edition] of the QCT with great enjoyment. However, the Capitales de Québec home field, Stade Canac, is not, as stated, in the Limoilou [district of Quebec City], but in Saint-Roch.

On the trail of history in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Once again this year, the Association des guides touristiques de Québec (AGTQ) offered free guided tours of Old Quebec to residents on Sept. 8. The activity is organized as part of the International Day of Solidarity of World Heritage Cities, in collaboration with Parks Canada and the Quebec City Tourism Office. 

The conversation continues with Dialogue avec l’histoire II

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Dialogue avec l’histoire is back! The stark white Rubik’s cube-like sculpture, offered to Quebec City by the City of Paris, was originally installed in Place de Paris in Lower Town with much fanfare in 1987. It did not survive Quebec’s winters very well, and was demolished in June 2015 because it was falling apart.

Michael Matthews wins the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montreal

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On Sept. 7, 144 cyclists raced through Quebec City’s winding streets and across the Plains of Abraham for the ninth Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (GCPQ), one of only two UCI WorldTour stops (along with Montreal two days later) in the Americas. 

Festin celtique a delicious treat at the Domaine de Maizerets

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Photo: Courtesy of LesFestifs.com
The Festival Celtique de Québec got off to a great start on Sept. 7 at the Domaine de Maizerets where, for the first time in the 13-year history of the event, a Festin celtique (Celtic feast) was held. 

Trying to tame the invasive horsetail

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The horsetail plant (Equisetum, from the Latin words equus for horse and seta for tail) is one of the oldest plants in the world. The ancestors of today’s horsetail were present during the Carboniferous Period. Much taller during that era, this living fossil was said to attain a height of 30 metres or more and was certainly one of the dominant plants of the prehistoric world.

Community Calendar

Sept. 8 to 16 – Coupe Banque Nationale tennis championship at the PEPS at Université Laval. International tournament sanctioned by the Women’s Tennis Association. Daily matches Sept. 10 to 14. Semifinals and finals on Sept. 15 and 16. For details, visit coupebanquenationale.ca.

Rouge et Or football defence shines in win over Carabins

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Photo: Université Laval- James Hajjar

The much-anticipated first meeting of the season between the Université Laval Rouge et Or and the Université de Montréal Carabins was held on Sept. 8 at the CEPSUM stadium in Montreal.

After the Rouge et Or offence shredded the Concordia University Stingers a week earlier, it was the defence who shined in the 12-7 win over the Carabins.

Do you eat organic

Welcome to my kitchen

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos
Buying and eating local is all the rage these days. People are rediscovering the goodness of fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables that our grandparents took for granted, and being encouraged to eat seasonal produce and support local dairy farmers and cheese producers. 

Fighting Irish sweep Mont-Joli; Capitales in the Can-Am League Final

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Photo: Capitales de Québec-Sébastien Dion

St. Patrick’s High School’s Fighting Irish football teams started their 2018 campaigns on a winning note.

New adventures for Girl Guides of Canada

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

Girl Guides of Canada has embarked on a new and exciting girl-driven adventure! We are launching our new Girls First program this September. Through Girls First, every girl in Guiding can be everything she wants to be.

MondoKarnaval celebrates world cultures in Quebec City

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Photo: Danielle Burns
When one thinks of Quebec City, diversity might not be the first word that springs to mind. Over the weekend, the fifth edition of MondoKarnaval – a festival that aims to share world cultures – tested that notion. 

Back to school at Holland Elementary

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Thirteen (count ‘em) yellow school buses line up in front of Holland Elementary School on Avenue Ernest-Gagnon to take students home after their first day of school on Aug. 29. Some students are picked up by their parents or live close enough to walk home at the end of the day.

To err is human; to forgive is up to the voters

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To be a candidate in the provincial election, you need to meet certain basic requirements: be at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Quebec for the previous six months, and not be a judge, a federal MP, an election official or a prisoner serving a sentence of two years or more.

Ann Landers dishes out advice, 1960s style

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Just imagine it is Aug. 29, 1968. You pick up your copy of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph and scan the headlines. “Bloody Chicago Riots, Police Use Clubs to Subdue 3,000 Demonstrators” [at the Democratic National Convention].

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 9, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Beethoven

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in Beauport is named in honour of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the greatest figures in the history of classical music. 

An open letter to the citizens of Quebec City

After many years of visiting Quebec City with my wife and two daughters, and actually purchasing a small condo in this great city, I wanted to write an open letter to her citizens to express my gratitude and appreciation for the culture of Quebec City that has been built with all of the best qualities of what it means to be human and to live together as a society.

Under the Rainbow: Quebec City Pride Festival a big success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Quebec City Pride Festival, also known as the Fête Arc-en-Ciel, was held this weekend, with activities taking place across the city day and night.

Laval’s offence has no mercy for Concordia

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

If Université Laval football head coach Glen Constantin was worried about the offence of his Rouge et Or team, quarterback Hugo Richard quickly swept those worries away. The Rouge et Or crushed the Concordia University Stingers 49-9 on Sept. 1 in front of 9,132 fans at Stade Telus.

Indigenous festival Kwe! returns to downtown Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller
Kwe, Kwe! The second edition of Kwe! was held at the Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale just outside the fortifications of Old Quebec this past weekend. After a successful launch in 2017, the Indigenous cultural festival was extended from three to five days.

Capitales playoffs and Remparts pre-season games

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Photo: capitalesdequebec.com

Baseball fans waiting for playoff competition to come to the Stade Canac will get their wish. The Québec Capitales will host games 3, 4 and 5 of their Can-Am League semifinal series on their home field in Limoilou [Saint-Roch] on Sept. 7, 8 and 9.

Pedal to the metal with Judas Priest and Deep Purple

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The very foundation of the Vidéotron Centre trembled when the British bands Judas Priest and Deep Purple took the stage on Aug. 30. Straight from the early ’70s, the two heavy metal pioneers joined forces and blew the audience away with a spectacular show.

Don’t text and drive!

The Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) has launched an awareness campaign on the dangers of cellphone use while driving. The campaign aims to show that texting while driving is as dangerous as it is irresponsible.

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