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Here’s to the worker: this country was built with tools

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Here we are at that uniquely Canadian convergence of dual (duelling?) national holidays – triple, if one includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21. It’s a time when, regardless of people’s ancestry or when their ancestors arrived on these shores, or whether they were already ashore, Canadians celebrate what our forebears have built.

OBITUARY: C. Robert McGOLDRICK 1928 – 2018

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In Quebec City, on June 4, 2018, died peacefully Mr. C. Robert McGoldrick, husband of the late Huguette Clément, father of Lisa (Dominique-André Demers) and Paul.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 22, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Jean Robert named as chair of the National Battlefields Commission

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

On June 15, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced the appointment of former CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus director Jean Robert as the new chair of the National Battlefields Commission, for a term of five years. “With his experience and expertise, Mr.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
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