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Quebecers mourn victims of London, Ont. attack

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers gathered at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ) in Sainte-Foy on June 11 to show solidarity with the victims of the Islamophobic attack in London, Ont. five days earlier. Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil in memory of the four victims and the sole survivor of the deliberate hit-and-run on June 6.

Partial solar eclipse passes over Quebec City

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QCT photographer Lise Lafond sent these photos of the June 10 partial eclipse taken from the shore of Lac Témiscouata. Photo by Lise Lafond

 

White supremacist acts of hate are terrorism

OPINION

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Yes, this is terrorism.

A sign carried by a person at one of the vigils held for a London, Ont. Muslim family killed by a young man driving a pickup truck asked if white supremacists who commit such acts are terrorists. They are.

When is it appropriate to appropriate hockey partisanship?

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Well, the folks managing the CN Tower in Toronto sure lit up irate Maple Leafs fans when they decided last week to light the spire in the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens.

(The Leafs, of course, conveniently lost to the Canadiens in the first round, like pouty drama queens, competing for a fake pandemic Cup evidently being beneath them.)

QCGN says Bill 96 creates ‘rights-free zone’

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Photo: QCGN

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has warned that if Bill 96 becomes law, it has the potential to create a “rights-free zone” in the province in the name of the protection of the use of French.

Coyea-Paquin family participate in Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Photo: Marie Coyea

This year marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin by Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best, as readers may have read in the “From the Archives” article by Lorie Pierce in last week’s edition. Canada Post has even created a commemorative stamp to honour the anniversary.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

June 15, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
Grasshoppers
We are sorry to hear from every part of the country, accounts of the appearance of immense numbers of grasshoppers, which from the injury done by them last summer, although they made their appearance much later, has occasioned considerable alarm among the farmers.

June 19, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

SLC Class of 2021 lights the way for future graduates

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

 

Slide into Village Vacances Valcartier Waterpark

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Summer is just around the corner and Quebecers could not be more excited. The terrasses are open and full, COVID-19 case numbers are declining and vaccination rates are rising. The Village Vacances Valcartier (VVV) Waterpark is now open and plenty of visitors have already wet their feet in the many pools.

'Picasso. Figures' has arrived at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Picasso. Figures, which highlights the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), a legendary artist and a somewhat controversial individual, opened in an exclusive Canadian exhibit on June 12 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The assembled masterpieces celebrate the human figure, the artist’s favourite subject.

Gosselin backs subway plan; mayor calls it ‘hoax’

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Photo: Québec 21

City hall Opposition and Québec 21 leader Jean-François Gosselin has unveiled a 13.5-kilometre subway line as his structured transit vision for the city, and is promising to make it the main issue in the coming municipal election.

‘Phantom’ Joe Malone officially welcomed to Place Jean Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Residents have been admiring the large statue of hockey player “Phantom” Joe Malone and the Quebec Bulldogs mascot since early April, but the Ville de Québec and the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec officially unveiled it on June 10.

OSQ announces a joyous 2021-2022 season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Details of the first half of the 2021-2022 Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) season were presented during a press conference held at the Grand Théâtre on June 10.

Junior baseball season delayed until June 25

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ), forced to delay its 2021 season due to public health regulations, will finally start its regular season on June 25.

Équipe Québec stays atop division despite long road trips

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Photo: Jean Grignon-Francke - Équipe Québec

They knew that it would not be an easy year, but Équipe Québec is battling hard every game and the results are positive for the Fleurdelysée in Frontier League action.

MondoKarnaval brings world music to Quebec living rooms

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Photo: Danielle Burns from QCT archives

MondoKarnaval is excited to announce this year’s summer virtual concert series, which will have world music lovers singing and dancing in the comfort of their living rooms!

OBITUARY: Keith Mather WHITE

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Keith Mather WHITE

On April 24, 2020, Keith Mather White passed away at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City, at the age of 90. Keith was born Keith Mather Rowland in Toronto, Ont. on June 19, 1929 to Herbert Lake Rowland and Marjorie Helen Mather. He was taken to Cleveland at a young age, to live with his great-aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Roland White.

Grand Marché celebrates second anniversary

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Grand Marché is celebrating the second anniversary of its move from the former Old Port location to its current home in front of the Videotron Centre.

Community Calendar of Events: ---- June 16 ➾

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Photo: SNACS Entrepreneurs

Imagine Picasso is spending the summer at the Quebec City Convention Centre from June 16 to Sept. 6. This huge immersive exhibit offers a fresh perspective on the Spanish artist’s work.

Reliving the coronation of King George V

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

On June 22, 1911, Prince George of Wales succeeded his father Edward VII on the throne as King George V.

On the day of his father’s death in May 1910, George wrote in his diary, “I have lost my best friend and the best of fathers…. I never had a [cross] word with him in my life.”

FEQ ‘like no other’ features 22 shows at the Quebec Armoury

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It will indeed be a Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) like no other, as organizers billed the program announced last week. While the music event, now in its 53rd year, will take place over the usual 11 days in July (July 8 to 18), it will feature 22 acts, rather than the usual hundreds. The lineup is all local and all francophone, although some artists perform in English.

CEGEP St. Lawrence head: Bill 96 misses regional distinctions

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Photo: Photo from LinkedIn

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence director Edward Berryman says Bill 96, the overhaul of Quebec’s language laws proposed by the Coalition Avenir Québec, does not take into account the differences between the several English-language colleges in Montreal and Quebec City’s only English-language CEGEP.

Équipe Savard recruits businessman, community leader David Weiser

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Photo: David Weiser via Facebook

The transfusion of new blood to Mayor Régis Labeaume’s political movement continued last week, with the announcement of four new candidates, including a prominent member of the city’s Jewish community.

Quebec horses still racing despite track woes elsewhere

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I’ve only been to a horse racetrack once in my life – Montreal’s Blue Bonnets – and contrary to Carly Simon’s song “You’re So Vain,” my horses naturally lost. It was a lot of fun, nevertheless, but gazing at the sparse crowd in the sweeping stands, there was the sense of the end of an era, of decline and doom.

Terrasses are back!

Photo by Danielle Burns

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With warm, humid temperatures over the past weekend, many people flocked to reserve tables at restaurants and bars, which were able to spread their outdoor terrasses over part of 3e Avenue in Limoilou. As of May 28, public restrictions were lifted to allow terrasses to open.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Borne

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street, which surrounds the Saint-Malo industrial park between Avenue Saint-Sacrement and Rue Vincent-Massey, is named in honour of Lucien-Hubert Borne (1884-1954), who was mayor of Quebec City for 15 years from 1938 to 1953.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

June 10, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle
European Mail News

The English mails by the Cunard steamer bringing dates to the 27th ult., reached town yesterday.... The following items are from the Times:
The result of the Derby was communicated by telegraph to Bombay in four minutes.

OPINION: The truth must be heard

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Photo: Pauline Kerr

When news first emerged that bodies of at least 215 Indigenous children had been found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians were outraged.

KWE! festival returns at a key moment for reconciliation

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Photo: Natalie Keller from QCT archives

Quebec City residents will be able to learn more about the cultures and traditions of the 11 Indigenous nations living in the province this summer, as the KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples festival returns.

Author and filmmaker Nicholas Kinsey reveals the story of a forgotten epidemic

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Photo: Nicholas Kinsey

Nicholas Kinsey tackles fear and despair during an epidemic in his timely recent novel, Remembrance Man. Kinsey is a British-Canadian writer, director and screenwriter who lives in Quebec City. He came here to do a master’s degree at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) years ago and worked for 30 years in film production as a director/cameraman and scriptwriter.

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