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Democracy is just the worst, but still the best

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I think my first lesson in the wonders of democracy was thanks to a friend named Mark T.

The story behind Rue Alexander

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street is named in honour of Field Marshal Harold George Alexander, first Earl Alexander of Tunis, a senior British Army officer who served with distinction in both the First World War and the Second World War. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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June 11, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
Two men named Baptiste Leveliere, of Berthier and Jean Boutet, of St. Cuthbert in passing along the river near St. Sulpice on their way back from Montreal, ate some hemlock that they mistook for another plant usually eaten in this area. In an hour and a half, both were dead.

The long-lost story of un enfant caché

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Albert Reiss was invited to speak to the congregation of the Beth Israel Ohev Sholem synagogue in Quebec City on June 5. He came to talk about his hidden childhood that had been kept a secret for over 70 years.

Reiss was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1939. His parents had fled Poland in 1929 to escape the antisemitism and pogroms that were threatening the country’s Jewish community.

Marymount College Class of 1968 hold their 50th reunion

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Photo: Tjerk Bartlema

Some 20 women, alumnae of Marymount College, who graduated, or were part of the graduating classes of 1964-68, gathered at the Clarendon Hotel in Old Quebec City from June 4 to 8 to celebrate their 50th reunion.

Janice (née Tessier) Murray, one of the reunion organizers, said, “We think this may be the only Marymount reunion since the school closed in 1969.”

Crossing Canada: To the Atlantic, via the Ocean

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden

Travelling from Quebec City to Halifax is challenging. Flying east requires first going southwest to change planes in Montreal, Ottawa or even Toronto. Driving the 1,000-plus kilometres takes about 10 hours and may involve stopping overnight along the way. Fortunately, there is a top-notch alternative: Via Rail’s Ocean.

QAHN holds its AGM in Quebec City

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Photo: Matthew Farfan

This past weekend, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) held its 19th annual general meeting at the Cataraqui Estate in Quebec City. The event was well attended by members from all over the province. The assembly heard from its outgoing president, Simon Jacobs, that the organization was in a sound financial state.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 2: The drums and the bell

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette
It was a short, quiet service, but of course, the drum was played. 

Portneuf musician Malcolm Kingsborough, one of the pillars of the annual Tambours de Portneuf folk festival, died in July 2017 at 77. Nearly a year later, with a few friends in attendance, his ashes were interred in the cemetery of Portneuf’s Christ Church. 

Geoffrey Kelley won’t seek re-election

The MNA for Jacques-Cartier and minister responsible for Native affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, announced that he will not seek re-election on Oct. 1. Kelley, a longtime advocate for the English-speaking community, said he is ready to start a new chapter after a 24-year career in the National Assembly.

The Quebec public service wants you!

Launch of a large-scale call for applications

The Quebec public service (QPS) is launching a large-scale call for applications to recruit professionals in several fields and in all administrative regions of Quebec.