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Raymond G. WARD

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Raymond George Ward, son of Emily Leblanc and Lorne Ward, died recently in Quebec City at the age of 81.
Raymond is survived by two brothers: Graham (Kathy) and Garry (Doris) and three sisters: Lorna (the late Andy), Joan (Gary), and Barbara (Garry).
Nieces and nephews include Emily, Sean, Alyson, Matthew, Kimberly, Amanda and the late Nathan.

City to reopen recreational activities at lower capacity

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Photo: Ville de Québec

Everybody back in the pool – well, not quite everybody, at least not just yet.

The city last week released its plan for gradually resuming recreational activities at facilities – including indoor pools – around town. The pandemic forced the closure of virtually all community centres, where indoor activities from aquatic programs to language lessons were offered.

Big bird!

Photo by Lise Lafond


This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was spotted by QCT photojournalist Lise Lafond while kayaking along the Rivière Cabano, which runs into Lac Témiscouata.

Back-to-school during COVID-19: Parents ready for routine

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Photo: Danielle Burns

COVID-19 is still with us, but a feeling of anticipation (maybe a few jitters) and joy was in the air on Aug. 28, the first day of school for students at French-language schools in Quebec City.

O’Toole has a good story, but will voters find him cool?

If we are learning anything about leadership in the wake of a spate of recent conventions, it’s that it helps to have a good story to succeed in politics.

Kamala Harris has her inspiring tale of rising from one of the first groups of Black kids bused to a desegregated school to become the first woman, first Black or first Black woman in an ascending series of public positions.

FEQ taking baby steps back from COVID-19 freeze

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Photo: FEQ

The Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) is launching a program of concerts in September that could be stepping stones to the return next July of the mammoth outdoor music event.

Called FEQXP, the program features a series of three concerts, with two acts each performing an hour, at the newly upgraded Bell Imperial theatre on Rue Saint-Joseph in the Saint-Roch entertainment district.

The story behind Rue Irma-Levasseur


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Born in Quebec City in 1877, Irma LeVasseur (1877-1964) became the first woman* to practise medicine in Quebec.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 3, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Herrmann the Great comes to Quebec City (1895)


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

A generation before Harry Houdini, audiences were thrilled by the magical stage productions of Alexander “The Great” Herrmann. Known as “the great undisputed monarch of conjurers,” Herrmann was born in Paris in 1844 to a family of performers. At the age of eight, he began as a magician’s assistant to his older brother.

City study: Changes to tramway project boost user forecast

Photo: Ville de Quebec

Ridership projections for the city’s proposed tramway system were not negatively affected by a series of major changes announced in recent months. That’s according to a report city officials released last week. In fact, the report says, forecast ridership numbers are even higher.

Québec Remparts begin their 2020-2021 training camp

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Photo: Photo archives QMJHL

The Québec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) started their 2020-2021 training camp on Aug. 31 at the Videotron Centre.

In accordance with the guidelines of the provincial health authorities, the league has allowed all the teams to have a maximum of 34 players at their training camps.

Quebec women rugby players to play pro in France

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Photo: Photo archives U Laval

The quality of rugby players in la belle province is gaining worldwide attention as 15 Québécoise players will play professionally in France this coming season.

With the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult to practise contact sports, including rugby, the Quebec women took a gamble to head overseas to play the sport they love.

Blueberry Sunday launch their first album

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Photo: Mika Dopheide

Blueberry Sunday will be performing their very first live

What makes us human?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mathieu Gotti, an artist-sculptor from France who has lived in Quebec since 2006, was busy chipping away at small blocks of wood in front of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on July 18.

Machine de Cirque navigates COVID-19 on the FLEUVE

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Machine de Cirque (MDC) has been dealing with COVID-19 challenges that have forced the group to cancel or postpone tour dates. In direct response to the pandemic, this local circus arts organization created an ad hoc show called FLEUVE, inspired by the St. Lawrence River.

Twenty-year restoration plan for Old Quebec (1970-1990)


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Photo: Lorie Pierce

Municipal officials have been thinking about the value of tourism to Quebec City since the late 1800s, prompted by the success of Dufferin Terrace and the Château Frontenac.

Quebec’s pride, Cirque du Soleil, falls into ‘foreign’ hands

It’s hard to think of any one thing or person that’s put Quebec “on the map” in a positive way in recent years more than the Cirque du Soleil. Fellow Las Vegas act Celine Dion, sure, but after that, what or who else?

Turner will bring the Sublime to the MNBAQ this fall

Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Now that the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera show is winding down, the art-loving public will be glad to know that the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has something sublime in store for this fall. It will be presenting a Canadian exclusive of the international exhibition called Turner and the Sublime.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 27, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Parc Henri-Casault


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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This park is named in honour of Henri Casault (1922-2006), the mayor of Charlesbourg from 1968 to 1974 and from 1975 to 1980.

Success comes in cans, not cannots

Photo: Lise Lafond

Tucked away on Highway 293 between Trois-Pistoles and Lac Témiscouata is the municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, with a population of 1,600. This is the town where award-winning French-Canadian novelist, playwright and publisher Victor-Lévy Beaulieu once lived, and where his television series, Bouscotte, was filmed from 1997 to 2001.


As a follow-up to the article that appeared in the Aug. 12 edition of the QCT concerning my brief, the Tramway Planning Office (TPO) wrote to the Bureau d’Audiences publiques sur l’Environnement (BAPE) on Aug. 19 supposedly to correct a quote I made from one of their own documents related to the spacing of intersections.

COVID-19: Back-to-school 2020 – “Many concerns remain”

On Aug. 23, the eve of teachers’ return to school and only a few days before the students’ return, parents, students and school staff held a rally in front of the offices of the Minister of Education in Montreal to express their concerns and dissatisfaction with the back-to-school plan.

New YMCA set to open in Saint-Roch

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Quebec City’s dazzling new YMCA building is set to welcome users in mid-September, but the media – and some youth groups – have been getting sneak peeks.

Virtual historical rally organized in the Old Port area

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For the past three years, the Port of Quebec has organized a historical pedestrian rally in the Old Port area. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a virtual rally has been organized. The rally team recently sent the QCT the following information to share with our readers:

Rue du Cul-de-Sac

Photos by Danielle Burns


Colourful umbrellas floating above Rue du Cul-de-Sac attract people to the sometimes forgotten street nestled in the Quartier Petit Champlain between the St. Lawrence River and the Château Frontenac (towering above). 


Imagine Van Gogh at the Centre des Congrès de Québec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Can you imagine walking among much-larger-than-life works of art by Vincent Van Gogh projected on enormous screens? Visitors are not sure whether they are immersed in the paintings or the paintings are immersed in them.

Happy two-metre camping at VIVA Petit-Saguenay

Photo: Danielle Burns

The day after a friend recommended Village Vacances (VIVA) Petit-Saguenay for a camping trip, we went shopping for a tent. But it’s mid-August and COVID-19 has inspired more Quebecers to take vacations in their own province, so the pickings were slim for camping gear.

Kamala Harris’ Quebec stint a lesson in political change

Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

You might call it a sign of the times. If you drive east along Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street, just before it splits off to Dorchester Boulevard, you will go by a 1960s-era institutional building, with tall concrete pillars and glass blocks adorning the entrance. The signage on the structure, in large metal letters above the columns, is simply one word: Westmount.

Marchand stages a sit-in in front of the National Assembly

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Jonathan Marchand, age 43, has muscular dystrophy. For over a decade he has been a resident in a centre d’hébergement de soins de longue durée (CHSLD), a long-term care facility near Mont-Sainte-Anne.

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