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In celebration of all things Canadian

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Canada Day will feel different this year, with no large gatherings on the Plains of Abraham, no giant cake, compliments of the Château Frontenac, served on Dufferin Terrace, and no fireworks! Local notables can enjoy the novelty of sitting on deck chairs in their own yards, watching their children or grandchildren run through the sprinkler.

Open letter to Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education: ‘Let English school boards serve out their terms’

Dear Mr. Roberge:

On June 11, Eric Blackburn, Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning, sent to Stephen Pigeon, the Director General of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), the logo and letterhead of the future Central Québec School Service Centre.

The story behind Avenue Honoré-Mercier

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Honoré Mercier (1840-1894), lawyer, journalist and politician.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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July 2, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
Emigrants For Quebec

St. Pat’s celebrates with the Class of 2020

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Photo: St. Patrick’s High School

With plans to host an in-person graduation ceremony once it is safe to bring people together again, the staff of St. Patrick’s High School organized its annual Ring and Pin ceremony on June 22. One hundred Secondary 5 students answered the call and assembled in the school gymnasium to officially join the ranks of the SPHS alumni.

Château Frontenac offers gourmet take-out meals

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Photo: Courtesy of Château Frontenac

The Château Frontenac has added two gourmet meals to its take-out menu, allowing customers to enjoy feasts worthy of the iconic hotel in the comfort of their own homes.

Every Saturday this summer, until the end of August, it will be possible to impress the family with a delicious Royal BBQ or to recreate an elegant afternoon tea at home.

Aquarium du Québec reopens

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Photo: SEPAQ

After more than three months closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aquarium du Québec and its thousands of underwater residents are quivering with impatience at the idea of once again welcoming visitors, starting June 29. The aquarium is reopening in line with public health directives.

OBITUARY: Viola Atkins ABLESON

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Viola Atkins Ableson
1928 - 2020

 

Frontier League officially suspends 2020 season

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The board of directors of the Frontier League has unanimously voted to suspend the 2020 season, joining the Québec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles, who decided earlier this month to suspend their season.

Ongoing restrictions on travel and gatherings in many of the league’s cities and in a number of American states made the decision easy to make.

Duke of Kent Tournament among Golf Quebec’s 2020 events

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Photo: Golf Martial-Lapointe

Golf Quebec has announced that it will go ahead with a shortened season for 2020, which will include the Duke of Kent Tournament, held annually at the Club de Golf Royal Québec on Île d’Orléans.

Rain at last helps reduce forest fire hazard

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Photo: Lise Lafond

After a record-breaking heat wave and a very dry month of June, rain is here at last.

Principal André Gosselin retires from St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

June 26 is André Gosselin’s last day of school. After a 32-year teaching career, Gosselin is retiring as principal of St. Patrick’s High School.

Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie doubles its 1,000,000-km goal

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Nothing – not even a pandemic – was going to stop the 12th annual Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie (GDPL) from happening. One way or another, physical fitness motivator Pierre Lavoie was going to encourage his fellow Quebecers to get up and move, despite COVID-19.

The Musée de la Civilisation is now open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Summer is here – heat waves, sun, greenery, flowers and all! Hoping to find cool, peaceful places to gather, people often flock to large air-conditioned spaces such as the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

The story behind Rue Guillaume-Bresse

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Guillaume Bresse, born in 1833 in Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu. After primary school, he became a factory worker in Montreal. It is believed that Bresse learned the shoemaking trade while living in Massachusetts after emigrating there with numerous other Canadians.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

June 25, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Quebec Art Company holding auditions for Hair

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"Give me a head with hair!”

Patience and vaccine will be key to snuff out stubborn, pernicious virus

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At the current clip of “deconfinement,” as Quebec government leaders have taken to calling the relaxing of COVID-19 lockdown regulations, one might easily get the impression this pandemic thing is well on its way to becoming yesterday’s news.

1920: A wandering Czechoslovakian army ‘invades’ Quebec City

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Photo: Public Domain

A century ago, on July 1, then known as Dominion Day, a military review was held at Camp Valcartier. At the beginning of the ceremony, Colonel Vuchterle of the Czechoslovakian army reported to Lieutenant-Governor Charles Fitzpatrick that the 475 officers and 9,300 soldiers under his command were ready for inspection.

Quebec City terrasses are open for business

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Certain restaurants and bars, like the Fou-Bar on Rue Saint-Jean, have created terrasses on the sidewalks and streets of Quebec City to allow space for social distancing during the deconfinement period.

 

City ponders shorter tunnel, fewer stations for the proposed underground tramway route

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

The underground section of Quebec City’s tramway line may be dramatically different, shorter and less expensive than earlier plans had envisioned.
In the latest in a series of announcements revealing more definitive plans for the $3.3-billion transit system, city officials laid out the vision of the tramway’s underground trajectory and where stations might be.

Historic Old Port converted into a huge open-air restaurant

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Photo: RDV Vieux-Port

As of June 18, certain streets in Quebec City’s Old Port area will be converted into a spectacular open-air restaurant for the Grande Tablée du Vieux-Port de Québec.

QCT Mystery Photo Contest: Who, what, where and when … ?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

These large exotic statues, made of a synthetic resin and set on cement bases, can be found in four different locations in Quebec City.

Do you know where they are located (street address, if applicable), when they were installed, the names of the works of art, and who the artist is? Hint: There are small plaques on the sides of the four statues.

Capitales and Aigles won’t play in the Frontier League in 2020

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Capitales and the Trois-Rivières Aigles will have to wait until 2021 to play in the Frontier Baseball League.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed until at least July 21, that was the last nail in the coffin for the 2020 season for both of the Quebec provincial baseball teams.

Harvey and Prémont inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Quebec Sports Hall of Fame recently announced that five athletes and two people in the “builders” category will be inducted for the year 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 30th gala ceremony will not be held until the fall of 2021.

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey and mountain biker Marie-Hélène Prémont were two of the five local athletes selected.

Freestyle skier Lewis Irving is training for the coming season

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Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Charlesbourg’s Lewis Irving is back training at the Centre AcrobatX, at Lac-Beauport, for the upcoming FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season. Irving will be training during the hot summer months in preparation for the coming Olympic Winter Games qualifications. The Centre AcrobatX is also the national training site of Team Canada.

CQSB schools work toward full reopening

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

Students, parents and school officials are preparing for an almost-normal school year after the Quebec government announced that all schools, CEGEPs, vocational training centres and universities would reopen in September.

Morrin Centre library services are back

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Photo: The Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre is excited to announce that the library is now lending books again!

Due to COVID-19, however, the Morrin Centre is reopening gradually in accordance with Government of Quebec health guidelines, and has begun by offering limited library services. The library remains closed to members at this time, but book orders are now being accepted.

Here are the current lending rules:

Charlotte (née Boutet) JOLICOEUR

Charlotte (née Boutet) JOLICOEUR

OBITUARY: Violet KIRKWOOD (née Sharp)

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Violet KIRKWOOD (née Sharp)
May 11, 1923 - June 15, 2020

On Monday, June 15, 2020, Violet “Vi” Kirkwood (née Sharp), our beautiful mother, grand- and great-grandmother, left us peacefully in her sleep. She was 97 years of age.

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