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Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
The Montreal Gazette has the following: Montreal is the city of immense pretentions, proportionate emulation and its natural results, enormous taxation and excessive envy and jealousy.

The story behind Rue du Tracel

Photo: Bill Cox
This street is named after the large train trestle (tracel in French) bridge that spans the Cap-Rouge River valley at the entrance of the Plage Jacques-Cartier. 

What if… someone wrote a musical about writing a musical?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

J.P. Chartier composed, wrote, composed, directed, played and performed in What if…? The Musical, which was presented at La Maison Jaune last weekend. There are four more performances scheduled for this coming weekend so I won’t give away too much of the story.

Library officially renamed Bibliothèque Claire Martin

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After seven months of renovations, the library in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Rue Saint-Jean was officially reopened with a brand-new look and a new name.

Sometimes miracles do happen when researching in the QCT

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Photo: Catherine Mills-Rouleau

Several years ago Amanda Stuart’s husband Googled “Quebec City newspaper” and, lo and behold, up popped the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!

Amanda was looking for information about her grandfather, Robert H. Nisbet, who died in Quebec in 1938. I was put on the case. Perhaps instead of being a chronicler, I should have been a detective.

Canada 150: Wilfred T. Grenfell and St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Canada 150 is about more than celebrating this impressive milestone. It is about the people that made this country. In St. Anthony, Newfoundland, I discovered one of these people.

What’s the buzz? To honeybee or not to honeybee?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

We either love them or fear them, yet we could never live without them. Honeybees might be the most misunderstood of all creatures. The City of Quebec has embarked on a mission to bring awareness (and honey) to its inhabitants.

RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta coming to Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Quebec City and Levis are gearing up to receive some 40 Tall Ships that will be sailing in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.

Université Laval scientist awarded $3.99 million grant to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS ​ ​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Dr. Gary Kobinger of Université Laval has been awarded a grant for $3.99 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to work on a vaccine to prevent HIV infection. This three-year grant will allow Dr. Kobinger and his lab to collaborate with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) with the goal of advancing a potential vaccine to clinical testing in human volunteers.

Black Rock commemoration held in Montreal

John O'Connor and I drove to Montreal on May 29 to join the march to the Black Rock, the large stone which commemorates the 6,000 Irish immigrants who perished in the fever sheds that were in that area in 1847.

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