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Memorials and Things of Fame

June 22, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

More Americans apologize

Dear Editor, 

I wish to offer an apology to Canadian citizens for the recent rude and politically pathetic behavior by our president after the G7, now 6, Summit.

The story behind Rue Anne-Barbel

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Photo: Google Maps
This street is named in honour of a remarkable Quebec City-born businesswoman, Marie-Anne Barbel (1704-1793). She ran several successful businesses after her husband, Louis Fornel, died in 1745. The couple had 14 children of whom only five, four girls and one boy, survived to adulthood. 

Holland Elementary School students visit Wendake

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Two groups of Grade 5 students from Holland School went on a field trip to the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake to present their Project of Heart posters on July 13.

Canadian Association for Irish Studies meets at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies held a conference in Quebec City from June 13 to 16, attended by representatives from seven countries and five Canadian provinces. Most of the lectures were held at Université Laval, hosted by Brad Kent, a professor of British and Irish Literatures at the university.

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesday summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins at noon on June 27. The opening concert will be given by the church’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, who is now the artistic director of Casavant Frères, the famous organ builders in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Equestrian monuments in Quebec, and the myth of the horses’ legs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
While walking around Quebec City, I challenged myself to find monuments of famous people on horseback. I discovered that there are only a few equestrian statues in the city. 

Hello/Bonjour! group shares a bilingual picnic in the park

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

On a picture perfect day in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, 11 relative strangers, anglophone and francophone, met to share a potluck lunch and practise their second-language skills. This picnic is one of many activities offered in Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ)’s Hello/Bonjour! program, overseen by project co-ordinator Alexandra Hartley.

Give blood, give life. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday

From June 11 to 17, Héma-Québec marked the 10th annual National Blood Donor Week. It is an opportunity for the organization to remind everyone that every day, at least 1,000 blood donations are needed to maintain the blood reserve at an optimal level.

Quebec unveils cultural policy

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Premier Philippe Couillard and MNA Marie Montpetit, the minister of culture, communications and the protection and promotion of the French Language, unveiled Quebec’s second cultural policy June 12 at a press conference at Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse in Montreal.