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The Domaine Forget Festival is more alive than ever

Photo: Domaine Forget

Artistic director Paul Fortin and singer and festival spokesperson Marie-Nicole Lemieux have announced the program for the 43rd Festival International du Domaine Forget de Charlevoix.


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Donald J.M. HUGHES


Community Calendar of Events for June 2 to June 23

Quebec Art Company QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. On May 30, the theatre ensemble lifted the lid on The Corpse, in “witch” we learn that burning someone at the stake can have grave consequences.

Opéra de Québec presents The Barber of Seville online

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Photo: Louisie Leblanc

The Opéra de Québec presented an online performance of The Barber of Seville in concert format on May 29 via their website and YouTube. The beauty of this comic opera can be seen again and again, free of charge, at

Quebecers march against Laurentia port expansion project

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 22, several hundred Quebec City residents gathered in front of Église Saint-Roch to protest against the Laurentia project, a proposed expansion of the Port of Quebec at the mouth of the St. Charles River, near the Baie de Beauport. The massive project has been in the planning stage since 2015.

Government says pricey Quebec tunnel project corrects ‘historic error’

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In the slick video illustrating and dramatizing the Legault government’s Quebec City-Lévis tunnel project, the caption off the top declares “Le temps est venu d’aller en avant, de réparer une erreur historique.”

What exactly is this historic error a $10-billion (at least) tunnel will fix?

Government unveils tunnel project, two-shore transit plan

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Photo: Government of Quebec

Colossal.” That’s the word Transport Minister François Bonnardel used to describe the scope of the Réseau Express de la Capitale (REC) project the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government presented last week.

The story behind Rue Louis-Pasteur


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of one of the most eminent scientists of the 19th century. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles behind vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Effi Schweizer

May 30, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

Maison Pollack to become Maison de la Diversité

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Photo: Fondation Maurice-Pollack

La Maison Pollack, once home to Maurice Pollack, a Jewish immigrant from what is now Ukraine who later became a successful merchant and renowned philanthropist, will be restored and become the Maison de la Diversité, under a plan announced recently by Mayor Régis Labeaume.

Diversity consultant plans for a fairer, more inclusive city

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Photo: Ville de Québec

When Iréna Harris sketched out ideas about how Quebec City could address diversity and inclusion and addressed them to Mayor Régis Labeaume last year, she didn’t know she was writing her way into a new job.

MCQ reopens with fascinating MAYA exhibit

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Spring is here, trees and flowers are in bloom; even the temperature and humidity are typical of more southern climes. To enjoy the full tropical experience, visitors can now purchase tickets for the latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation (MCQ), MAYA, which tells the story of the fascinating Central American civilization of the same name.

An Angry Bird story . . . Trapped!


Photo: Lise Lafond

As most readers know, for many years now, I have been observing a couple of Canada geese that migrate to our lake every spring. A few days after the article about the common wood ducks was published (in the April 28 edition), where we see one of the geese in the photo, a terrible accident happened.

Guy Lafleur’s number 4 to be retired by all QMJHL teams

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announced May 18 that number 4, worn by Guy Lafleur during his junior career with the Quebec Remparts, will be retired by all teams in the league.

The announcement was made during a video-conference with league commissioner Gilles Courteau and Lafleur.

It’s ‘Play ball!’ for Équipe Québec and other Frontier League teams

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Photo: Équipe Québec

For the first time in two years, the seven home plate umpires scheduled at the Frontier League’s opening games yelled “Play ball!” to start the game and the season.

Among the Frontier League’s 14 teams is Équipe Québec, managed by Québec Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini.

Blizzard’s Emmanuel Vermette is highest local prospect for QMJHL draft

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Photo: Emmanuel Vermette via Facebook

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Central Scouting Bureau has released its final prospect rankings for the league’s upcoming entry draft, to be held on June 25 and 26.

Walking along the Cap-Rouge River


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Photo: Bill Cox

If you have ever walked the pedestrian trail along the Cap-Rouge River, you will surely return to this beautiful and serene site in the heart of the Cap-Rouge borough of Quebec City. This stream meanders south from the forest, passes under the railroad trestle and empties into the St. Lawrence River.


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David Ralph BIRCHER

It is with profound sadness that the family of David Ralph Bircher announces his passing at Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise in Quebec City on March 16, 2021.
David was the beloved husband of Carol Nickel Bircher for 60 years. Born in Wisconsin and raised in Iowa, he was the son of Dr. Ralph Bircher and Mrs. Eleanor Culver Bircher.

OBITUARY: Rosemary Corrigan BOWLES

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Rosemary Corrigan BOWLES

The Bowles family is deeply saddened to announce the loss of our beloved Rosemary. She passed away peacefully at her home in Kanata, Ont. on April 13, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.


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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our father Eric Miller on May 16 at the age of 76 after a long illness.

Community Calendar of Events

Quebec Art Company QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. The Vengeful Corpse is slated for May 30. For more information, visit

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream


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Photo: Dean Jobb

It’s not very often one is asked to write a review of a book of narrative nonfiction about an international serial killer who used to teach Sunday school and sing in the choir at a church in Quebec City!

QAC celebrates 40th anniversary with updated website

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Dear patrons, members and friends,

On the occasion of our 40th anniversary, the Quebec Art Company (QAC) is pleased to present its freshly updated website, designed by Yvan Breton.

Building upon the spirit of the work done by QAC’s previous web wizards, we are now launching our reorganized, and frankly, dazzling website.

CEGEP teachers strike for higher salaries and better conditions

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Teachers at 45 CEGEPs across the province began a 48-hour strike on May 11, and were joined by colleagues at CEGEPs in Quebec City two days later.

Paul Blart running amok: The invasion of the electric wheeled things

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Photo: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Facebook page

You know that expression “I couldn’t believe my eyes!” Not that our orbs are mendacious by nature, but just what the heck was that I beheld on a city street the other day, during a rare tease of summer weather?

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Louvigny

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Louis de La Porte de Louvigny (1662-1725).
Louvigny was a French military officer who arrived in New France in 1683 as the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War) was breaking out. He married Marie Nolan in Quebec City in 1684, and the couple had four surviving children – three daughters and one son. Six other children died in infancy.


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May 21, 1821 – The Quebec Gazette
– The “Witchcraft Bill” was read a third time, on the 26th of March and passed. On the question being put, Lord Castlereagh observed, that as it is now “The witching time of night,” it was not an improper hour for passing the bill.

Plaque honours first Black Quebec City resident

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 10, the Ville de Québec unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of Olivier Le Jeune, the first African resident of what is now Quebec City. The plaque is situated in the interior courtyard of the Séminaire de Québec, where Le Jeune, a slave, lived with one of the first French colonists in the region, Guillaume Couillard.

Labeaume passes torch to Marie-Josée Savard for mayoral run

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Photo: Équipe Marie-Josée Savard Facebook page

Hard on the heels of the announcement of his impending departure from politics, Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume has appointed his would-be successor.

Marie-Josee Savard, 47, the vice-president of the city’s executive committee, jumped into the mayoral race May 13, making the surprise announcement at the restaurant she owns in Place Québec.

Language law reforms draw mixed reaction

Photo: National Assembly website

Mixed reaction greeted the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government’s long-awaited and much-speculated-upon reforms to Quebec’s language laws.

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