Community News

Nov. 15 was National Recycling Day

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Nov. 15, the Ville de Québec took advantage of the U.S. National Recycling Day to thank residents and corporate citizens and congratulate them for their excellent recycling performance in 2019.

Marc Bieler receives the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec

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Photo: APCQ Facebook page

Marc Bieler (centre), president of Canneberges Bieler Inc., was presented with the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec (the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec) on Nov. 6 in recognition of his tremendous involvement in the development of the cranberry industry in Quebec.

The story behind Avenue Ernest-Gagnon

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named in honour of Ernest Gagnon (1834-1915), folklorist, teacher, administrator and historian. Born in Louiseville, he was from a prominent family of Quebec City musicians.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

November 21, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Struck by Lightning

Fiddler ready to take to the roof

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Photo: Normand Brassard

Featuring a dazzling set, a first-rate cast, unforgettable songs and a moving story compellingly told, the Quebec Art Company production of Fiddler on the Roof is a must for lovers of musical theatre. It opens Thursday, Nov. 21, for a limited seven-show run.

Coming this winter: Ice Canoeing Experience

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Every February, cheering crowds gather in the Old Port of Quebec City and at Quai Paquet in Lévis for the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race. Spectators often wonder at how these athletes manage to push, pull and row a canoe through rough and freezing waters and over ice floes. Well, wonder no more. The Canot à Glace Expérience now offers this unique sport to the general public. As of Dec.

Bravo for Bravi Productions’ Gypsy!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Let me entertain you” is one of the key songs of the famous musical based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous burlesque artist, Gypsy Rose Lee (real name Rose Louise Hovick). And Bravi Productions’ version of Gypsy certainly entertained audiences at the Théâtre Petit Champlain on Nov. 15 and 16.

Game and Toy Show attracts people of all ages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Board games, video games, blocks, escape-room games, figurines, memorabilia and everything in between was on display at the Centre de Foires over the weekend. On Nov. 16 and 17, the Game and Toy Show was packed. Ten thousand people of all ages came last weekend to try out all sorts of games, most of which were technology-free.

Quebec City expands New Year’s bash to four days

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Photo: 3E

Drawing on the success of previous New Year’s Eve parties on Grande Allée, organizers have created a four-day year-end bash called Toboggan featuring some popular music acts.

It’s a bit like the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) in winter, as one would expect from 3E, the same folks who organize the wildly successful summer music festival.

Irish Immigrants in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Société d’histoire Catherinoise hosted a talk by guest speaker Daniel Stewart on Nov. 13, about “The Irish Immigrants in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault.” Stewart shared his passion about the history of the Irish community in this part of the province with the large group of people who attended the talk.

St. Michael’s church hall to be renovated as multi-use facility

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Photo: Peter Black

In what many would see as a pleasantly surprising turn of events, St. Michael’s Anglican church hall on Chemin Saint-Louis will not be sold and transformed into condominiums, as had been generally speculated.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon to 2 p.m. – International Lunch at the Eastern Québec Learning Centre, 3005 Rue William-Stuart. This year’s menu will feature delicious dishes from Venezuela. Admission is $20. No alcohol permitted. This is a fundraiser for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. Limited seats. Reserve early via Eventbrite at eventbrite.ca/e/75863544905. Payment upon arrival.

OBITUARY: Claire (Hardy) DAWSON

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Claire (Hardy) DAWSON
1941 - 2019

Claire Hardy, wife of Donald Dawson, died at Jeffery Hale Hospital on Nov. 12, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones. She was the daughter of the late Allan Hardy and the late Claire Légaré. She lived in Quebec City.

Give to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign and help deliver some goodness

The 24th annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign is now underway! Between Nov. 17 and Dec. 15, you can help “deliver some goodness” by giving to this wonderful community initiative in any or all of the following ways:

Fighting Irish U17 sweep hockey showdown in Rimouski

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High School

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Under 17 (U17) Majors came back from Rimouski with two wins in two games in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

On Nov. 15, Jérémy Boudreau, Storm Blackned and Elijah Nuktie each scored one goal, contributing to St. Pat’s 4-3 shootout win over the Sélects from École secondaire Paul-Hubert of Rimouski.

SLC Lions teams enjoy a winning weekend

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Photo: SLC Lions

If you should cross paths with a CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence athlete in the city, you might see him or her wearing a big smile. The reason? The Lions sports teams are enjoying a winning month of November.

Rouge et Or basketball season now underway

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Photo: ULaval

With the football, soccer, and rugby seasons over, it is now time for basketball at Université Laval.

On Nov. 16, both the women’s and men’s teams had their home openers at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins against the Concordia University Stingers. In front of 1,350 rowdy fans, the Laval teams had great opening games but left disappointed after the second one.

QHS students raise over $100,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A special assembly was held in the gymnasium of Quebec High School (QHS) on Nov. 8 to reveal the grand total of funds raised for the Terry Fox Foundation by students and staff at the school over the past two decades.

Remembering the fallen at the Cross of Sacrifice

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Veterans stand on Grande Allée for a moment of prayer in the Remembrance Day Ceremony in front of the Cross of Sacrifice.

CAQ English-services plan raises historic questions

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For the record, your scribe qualifies as a “historic anglophone” both under Quebec law and as a matter of history.

Family genealogists have traced an ancestor born to a British soldier garrisoned at Quebec City. And another ancestor, born and raised in Huntington, pulled off some kind of Laura Secord-style warning about a Fenian raid and got a commendation for bravery.

Bloc concedes on recount; Duclos confirmed as Quebec MP

FEDERAL ELECTION RECAP

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Photo: Jean-Yves Doclos’ Twitter

Jean-Yves Duclos has been confirmed as the Liberal MP for Quebec riding in the central core of the city. His Bloc Québécois challenger, Christiane Gagnon, called a halt to a judicial recount last week after nearly two days of counting ballots.

The story behind Rue Émile-Boiteau

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Collection iconographique de la Ville de Québec

This street was named to honour Émile Boiteau, who was born in Quebec City on April 28, 1898, the son of Joseph Boiteau, a grocer, and Malvina Marois.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Common - Public Domain

November 14, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Robbery

First World War Memorial Site inaugurated behind the Armoury

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Every year as Remembrance Day approaches, Canadians gather to pay their respects to the men and women of the Armed Forces – the veterans who worked and fought for the freedom of others, and the many who gave their lives for the cause.

Santa Claus and the Parade des Jouets come to town

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 18th edition of the Parade des Jouets made its way through the Saint-Roch and Limoilou districts of Quebec City on Nov. 9. Festivities continued the following day at Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre. Santa Claus was present on both days, accepting children’s letters and listening attentively to their wishes.

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà pulsate with energy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà – her all-Canadian female string ensemble – mesmerized the audience with their passionate, pulsating music at the Palais Montcalm on Nov. 9 as they played excerpts from their most recent, and 44th, album, Pulsations.

VEQ and other English-speaking organizations are separating from, not divorcing the QCGN

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is one of about a dozen community organizations to leave the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in a recent decampment from the umbrella advocacy organization that until recently represented about 60 English-speaking organizations across the province of Quebec.

Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre delights Diamant audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Daisy Theatre puppet show was the first event presented entirely in English at Le Diamant, from Nov. 6 to 9. Canadian artist and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett presented improvised shows every night that included variety acts, extemporaneous monologues and musical numbers brought to life by some of the 40 marionettes in the “ensemble cast” of his own creation.

Donate to the Hamper Campaign at Holiday Happy Hour

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Photo: Sophie Minville

Once again, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is proud to work alongside 30 local partners on the 24th Quebec City Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. We need your help to meet the challenge of filling and delivering hampers to over 200 homes in need.

St. Lawrence Lions basketball and hockey report

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Photo: Caroline Lehoux-SLC

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) basketball teams went to Chicoutimi for two games on Nov. 8, and both came back with a victory.

The Lady Lions got a solid performance from Rosalie Gilbert, and SLC easily defeated the Cougars from Cégep de Chicoutimi 79-51. Gilbert scored 25 points and teammate Emmy Raymond added 16 points. St. Lawrence was leading 43-21 after only 20 minutes of play.

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