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Elmer John McCARTNEY

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Elmer John McCARTNEY
September 8, 1924 - November 15, 2019

Sadly, we say goodbye to our Dad, Elmer John McCartney, husband of Winnifred (Crawford) for 72 years. He passed away peacefully on November 15, 2019 at the age of 95. First-born to the late David Brown McCartney and Alice Smith of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier.

Community Calendar

Nov. 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The Quebec Art Company presents Fiddler on the Roof, stage direction by Patricia Grimaud, musical direction by Bobby Fielding, at the iA Auditorium of CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Tickets $25, available online now at quebecartcompany.com. Due to popular demand, a special family rate is available upon request.

What does a doula do? Meet Camille Nadeau

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Camille Nadeau might have a Masters in Fine Arts from Université Laval and a successful art business, with her reproductions being sold in the summer on Rue du Trésor, but art is just a way to pay the bills. The birth of her own son a few years ago took place without a doula, “because I didn’t even know they existed!”

Handmade gifts to put under the Christmas tree this year

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Christmas is a time of giving, a time when many of us go hunting for the perfect gift for those special people in our lives. This year, we can give handmade gifts without necessarily making them ourselves. A visit to a Christmas market might be just the place to find hand-crafted gifts, made with love by people who are passionate about their work.

Jamie McArthur winner of the 2019 QCWC Mature Woman’s Bursary

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Photo: QCWC

The Quebec City Women’s Club (QCWC) awards bursaries to outstanding women in the Quebec City region. This year the QCWC bursary committee is pleased to announce Jamie McArthur as the winner of the 2019 Mature Woman’s Bursary.

Ten pipers piping . . . for St. Andrew’s Day

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Imagine this scenario – after five turkeys were consumed at the Cathedral Turkey Supper, many of the diners (your scribe included) then trotted down Rue Sainte-Anne to attend the annual St. Andrew’s Day concert hosted by the 78th Fraser Highlanders at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Turkey Supper served at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Always a tasty event, the annual Turkey Supper held in Carter Hall (next to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity) drew a capacity crowd again this year. In fact, by 7 p.m. they actually ran out of turkey! The five large birds that were roasted for this event were quickly gobbled up, leaving only mashed potatoes, peas, stuffing and gravy for late-comers.

Whale of a deal: Quebec sinks millions into modern airship project

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One of the most riveting clips in the big newsreel of modern history has to be that of the Hindenburg blimp explosion in May, 1937, outside Lakehurst, New Jersey. The “Oh, the humanity” cry of the broadcaster as the gigantic Zeppelin burst into flames and crashed to the ground has become an iconic moment in disaster reportage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Common - Public Domain

November 14, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Robbery

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