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August 20, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
[City Council] Orders of the Day
The first order was a report from the Road Committee recommending the tender of Mr. Louis Larose at $7.25 per toise* for the construction of retaining walls in Champlain and Valier Streets. Carried without debate.

St. Charles River runs dry to flush toxins

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A river runs through it – barely. The river is the St. Charles, the main waterway snaking through Quebec City all the way from Lac Saint-Charles, north of Wendake, and in recent days it’s gone from the high level following a big rainfall to a mere trickle.

The QCT hears from former Killarney campers

In response to Martin Edwards’ and Daniel Shier’s article about Killarney Camp in the Aug. 5 edition of the QCT, a number of former campers wrote to the authors. We thought you’d enjoy reading some of their comments.

“What a great summary of what it was like to attend Killarney camp. Reading this brought back a ton of memories. I attended for at least three or four years.

Remembrance Man recalls deadly 1832 cholera epidemic

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With the coronavirus wreaking havoc upon people around the world in 2020, we can easily imagine the fear engendered by the cholera epidemic of 1832. People were terrified by the horrific symptoms that seemed to afflict victims instantly. People caught the bug in the morning and were declared dead by suppertime. There was no known cure and the sense of panic among the population was palpable.

A day at the beach at the Baie de Beauport

Photo by Danielle Burns


Hide and go seek Canada rocks!

Photo: Sonia Pelleltier

Canada rocks! And so do Quebec City, Rimouski, Gaspé, Cabano and so many other places where coloured rocks seem to be appearing.

Quebec City softball leagues in full swing

Photo: Bardy League

COVID-19 has cancelled or postponed many things in our lives, including the activities of most sports leagues around the globe. It has affected not only the professional and minor league teams and adults who go to gyms to play basketball, badminton or floor hockey, but also the various amateur baseball and softball leagues.

OSQ returns to the stage at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After almost six months of not performing in public, the musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) were thrilled to be back onstage at the Grand Théâtre on Aug. 14 to play for a sold-out, live audience.

Lebanese Quebecers pledge support for Beirut

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Marie-Anne Dayé and Jacques Fadous don’t usually seek out the spotlight. She’s a journalist and author; he’s a research agronomist. But when an explosion devastated large parts of their parents’ native city, Beirut, the two childhood friends knew they had to do something.

Modern methods mean mine waste not going to waste

I grew up in the shadow of a mountain of tailings. Well, it wasn’t quite in the shadow, but it seemed everywhere you turned you were looking up at a giant hill of waste from the dozens of gold mines surrounding that Northern Ontario town.

A re-tired flower arrangement

Photo by Bill Cox


Urbanist Mackey slams impact of tramway on Montcalm

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Photo: Screen capture from BAPE webcast

Montcalm will be condemned to deteriorate.” That was the main thrust of urbanist Paul Mackey’s presentation to the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) on the city’s tramway plan. The mission of the BAPE, a government body, is to advise the environment ministry about projects that may affect the environment, and to gather public opinion by means of hearings.


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August 12, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

From COVID-19 to Manic-5

Photo: Kimberly Nadeau

I have been all across this magnificent country of ours, visited all 10 provinces from Victoria, B.C., to Greenspond, N.L. (the land of my ancestors). Yet I have always wanted to visit the far north, beyond the treeline to the tundra.

Things to do with empty toilet paper tubes


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people have been stocking up on toilet paper, and many may now have a year’s supply of this soft, white, one-time-use tissue . . . but when the paper’s finished, what do you do with the cardboard tube? The empty tubes are recyclable, but the human reflex is to toss them in the wastebasket, so they never make it to the recycling bin.

OBITUARY: Christopher Donald Frank ROSS

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Christopher Donald Frank ROSS
Feb. 6, 1942 - Aug. 5, 2020


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John F. RIVA

John Riva died July 29, 2020 at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec at the age of 91. Born June 17, 1929 in Voltago, Belluno, Italy, he was predeceased by his parents Costante Olivo Riva and Genoveffa Case. He emigrated in 1947 and from 1966 lived in Quebec.

Hockey teams one step closer to playing this winter

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) got some great news when the provincial health authorities approved the league’s return-to-play plan. The only other obstacle for the league is the same approval from the Maritime provinces’ health authorities.

Football Quebec gets the green light for a return to action in 2020

Photo: Luc Lang

The provincial health authorities have given Football Quebec the green light to go ahead with the sport at different levels this coming fall.

U Sports has already decided to cancel the presentation of the 2020 Vanier Cup, along with all its fall national championships.

Gary Sheehan: coaching from Loretteville to Switzerland

Photo: HC Ajoie

This is my first story about hockey for the QCT. At the same time, it’s a story about one of our own, Gary Sheehan, son of James (Dougie) Sheehan and Gisèle Gagnon of Loretteville.

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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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.


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August 3, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
New Bridge

Rediscover Quebec City with a guided tour

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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.

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.

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