June 20 2018 Edition

Runners race up and down Quebec City’s staircases

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
At 7:20 a.m. on June 17, participants in the 10th Quebec City Staircase Challenge stepped up to the starting line in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge and set off to conquer the 34 staircases linking the city’s Lower Town and Upper Town.

Congratulations to the A.S. Johnson Class of 2018

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Photo: Shirley Anto

The Andrew Stuart Johnson Memorial High School graduation took place in Thetford Mines on June 16. The ceremony was held at the school and was followed by dinner and dancing at the Auberge Mi-Chemin. Students arrived in vehicles of all types, including a 1910 Ford.

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.

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.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 22, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

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.

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.

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