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Bridge and pavilion in the works for Pointe-aux-Lièvres

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The final pieces in the complete redevelopment of the Pointe-aux-Lièvres ecodistrict in central Quebec City are now under construction. Work began recently on a new bike and pedestrian bridge across the St. Charles River and a reception pavilion, which will replace the trailers currently being used in the large greenspace.

Nature saves the best for last in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin


Sunsets are spectacular over the majestic St. Lawrence River. This photo was taken from Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly in late June.

Court test of comedy freedom is no laughing matter

Comedian George Carlin, children of the ’60s will recall, earned a certain notoriety for his “seven words you can’t say on television” routine. We won’t list the words here, nor Lenny Bruce’s extended nine-word list.

Taking a trip down memory lane to Camp Killarney

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Photo: W.B. Edwards courtesy of M. Edwards

For many a young lad from St. Patrick’s or St. Vincent School, the highlight of summer in the 1960s and 1970s was a two- or four-week stay at Camp Killarney in Saint-Ferréol-Les-Neiges.

Morrin Centre presents a digital Arts Alive! program

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This year, for its sixth annual Arts Alive Québec festival, the Morrin Centre will be presenting a special online edition called Streaming Sound Waves. You are invited to watch performances on the Morrin Centre’s Youtube channel on Aug. 20, 21, 22 and 23 starting at 7 p.m.

The story behind Boulevard Henri-Bourassa


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This wide boulevard is named in honour of Henri Bourassa (1868-1952), a politician and newspaper publisher. In 1896, he was elected to the House of Commons as an independent Liberal for Labelle.

Have we changed the world, or has the world changed us?

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Canadian multidisciplinary artist Marcel Gagnon is the creator of a large-scale art project called Le Grand Rassemblement (The Grand Gathering), which consists of over 80 human-like sculptures that seem to be rising from the St. Lawrence River at low tide in Sainte-Flavie (on Highway 132, near Mont-Joli), where his art centre is located.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 3, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
New Bridge

Rediscover Quebec City with a guided tour

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In any other year, tour guide Claude Beauchamp wouldn’t think of going on vacation in July. For Beauchamp and his fellow guides, the summer months usually mean an endless flow of cruise ships and tour groups. But guiding, like so many other industries, has been turned upside down by the pandemic, and for months, tourists in Vieux-Québec have been conspicuous by their absence.

Picasso will be at the MNBAQ in 2021

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The summer of 2021 will offer an exhibition of Pablo Picasso in Quebec City. While the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has partnered with the Musée national de Picasso-Paris to select 77 pieces representing the diversity of the human body by the genius of modern art.

Regional Development Network ready for action

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Photo: CASA

The Regional Development Network (RDN) has taken a major step forward towards enhancing the vitality and supporting the development of regional English-speaking communities across Quebec with the hiring of its first executive director, Cathy Brown.

Scalabrini takes over as manager of the Charlesbourg Alouettes

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Photo: Luc Lang

The winless Charlesbourg Alouettes of the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) have hired the manager of the Québec Capitales, Patrick Scalabrini, to be at the helm of the team.

The hiring of Scalabrini came after the resignation of Frédéric Lajoie. In his first season as manager of the Alouettes, Lajoie, from Trois-Rivières, did not have one win in nine games.

City sports: Lauriane Genest going to Tokyo 2021 Olympics

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Photo: Bataillon Facebook page

Track cyclist Lauriane Genest of Lévis is one of eight athletes from the province of Quebec to make the Olympic team that will go to Tokyo, Japan, in 2021.

Peter Marlowe BEATTIE


Peter Beattie died at Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec City, on August 1, at the age of 77, after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by his parents, Marjorie A. Murray and A. Marlowe Beattie, Peter is survived by his loving sister Judith (Beattie) Scott (the late William (Bill) Scott) of Sarnia, Ont.


On this 22nd day of July 2020, as a result of continuing weak demand due to COVID-19 and government travel restrictions, Air Canada, 7373 Côte-Vertu Boulevard West, Station Airport, P.O. 14000, Saint-Laurent, Quebec, H4Y 1H4, gives notice of the discontinuance of its year-round non-stop scheduled air services operated by Air Canada Express Carrier Jazz Aviation LP and authorized by Licence No.

Blueberry blitz helps local charities

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Families and friends lined up at the Bleuetière DuRoy with their containers on July 25. This was the first of three Saturdays where locals were invited to pick fresh blueberries free of charge. Owner Bruno Roy could not have predicted a better outcome: bright sun, a light breeze and happy pickers of all ages.

VEQ hosts a picnic for newcomers on the Plains

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) hosted a picnic on the Plains of Abraham on July 25 to meet and greet newcomers and make them feel welcome as they adjust to life in the greater Quebec City area. The activity was organized by VEQ’s newcomers co-ordinator Maria Castro.

Becoming habituated to calling the Montreal Canadiens Habs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Oh boy! It’s almost August and the Stanley Cup playoffs are about to begin. Sure, go ahead, read that sentence again. Time for fans to cheer for their favourite team among the 24 that made the more-or-less arbitrary cut.

Meet Rev. Andrew K. Lairenge, Chalmers-Wesley’s new minister

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Photo: Andrew K. Lairenge

For Rev. Andrew Kinoti Lairenge, walking into Chalmers-Wesley United Church was like coming face to face with history.

View works of art at historical houses in Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Four of Quebec City’s historical houses – Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Villa Bagatelle, Centre d’Interprétation historique de Sainte-Foy and Maison des Jésuites de Sillery – are featuring exhibits for you to discover this summer.

Homage to Louis-Pierre Bougie, master engraver

The story behind Rue Hector-Laferté


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Hector Laferté, a Quebec lawyer and politician.

Born in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham in 1885, Laferté was educated at the Collège de Nicolet and Université Laval, where he was president of the university law students’ association. In 1909 he founded the Association de la Jeunesse libérale, and was one of its advisers.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Bernard Gagnon

July 28, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

Paul Jackson JOHNSON

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Paul Jackson JOHNSON

Paul Jackson Johnson, formerly of Toronto, died peacefully in Quebec City on July 15, 2020. He was the son of the late Mrs. Myrtle Jackson and the late Mr. John Johnson. Beloved husband of the late Mrs. Mary Frances Stanton Johnson.

Quebec Art Company loses another bright star

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Photo: QAC website

Hugh Corston (1954-2020), passed away July 3 at his home in Quebec City. He was born in Halifax, where he spent his formative years and early adulthood. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a specialty in languages.

Remembering Douglas Dahlgren QAC’s maestro from 1989 to 2007

Photo: Kyle Chapman, from QCT archives

Douglas Dahlgren, a beloved and long-standing member of the Quebec Art Company (QAC), passed away on July 14, 2020, at the age of 85. Douglas was our musical director and accompanist from 1989 to 2007. He offered his immense talent, dedication, patience, warmth and wit to numerous productions. He moved to Saskatoon shortly after contributing to his last show, Oklahoma.

Work ramps up on Promenade de Samuel-De Champlain

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

More than 10 years after the plan was first revealed, construction is now in full swing on Phase 3 of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. When completed in 2022, the project will see a beach return to the St. Lawrence River in an area where bathers flocked by the thousands decades ago.

Diamants, Alouettes play to empty stadiums

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Photo: Christian Gingras-ISQ media

The Québec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes baseball organizations decided to play their games last weekend in front of empty stadiums at Stade Canac and Parc Henri-Casault. The teams played each other on July 24 and July 25, in Charlesbourg and Quebec City respectively.

Hockey fans, the Stanley Cup playoffs are (finally) here

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Photo: Luc Lang

Fans in Quebec City and around the world can start celebrating as the National Hockey League resumes its 2019-2020 season.

The Marquis de Montcalm distributes plants to hospital workers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Marquis de Montcalm (a.k.a. Benoît Gilbert, development and marketing officer of the National Battlefields Commission) dropped by this scribe’s office on July 16 with a special delivery of bags of seedlings, cultivated in the Plains of Abraham greenhouses.

Peter MacKay tours Quebec in quest for Tory leadership

Photo: Chisholm Pothier

The man who stands a fighting chance of becoming prime minister of Canada in the foreseeable future is on the phone, punctual, and eager to chat.

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