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Proposed Bill 101 changes disregard human rights and freedoms

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) deeply regrets that proposed changes to Quebec’s Charter of the French Language override fundamental human rights and will erode the vitality of our English-speaking minority community.

Thirty-four players vie for roster spots at Équipe Québec training camp

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Photo: Jean-Grignon Francke/Équipe Québec

After losing an entire season last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime Québec Capitales manager turned Équipe Québec manager Patrick Scalabrini is back on the field. Équipe Québec is holding its training camp at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, in Troy, N.Y., home of the Tri-City ValleyCats, the newest team in the Frontier League.

Remparts will bid to host the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Quebec Remparts want to organize the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament in Quebec City, according to team president Jacques Tanguay. Tanguay made the announcement at a season-ending press conference on May 12, two days after the Remparts were eliminated from the playoffs by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Saguenéens end Remparts’ season

Photos by Luc Lang

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The Chicoutimi Saguenéens ousted the Quebec Remparts in three straight games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) quarterfinals. The Remparts’ season ended May 10. Here are a few photos of the last game of a bizarre QMJHL season.

 

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Chicoutimi Saguenéens oust Remparts in three straight games

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

Dawson Mercer scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Chicoutimi Saguenéens to a 5-1 victory on May 10 over the Quebec Remparts at the Videotron Centre. The Saguenéens won the best-of-five quarterfinal in a three-game sweep in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Ville de Québec celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers walking along Rue de Buade in the Old City, in front of the Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy in Saint-Roch or along Rue Saint-Jean in the past few days have noticed rainbows on the streets and sidewalks and fluttering from flagpoles.

Housing boom or housing crisis?

A housing boom can also be a housing crisis. It all depends on which side of the “for sale” sign you are on.

Atrocious house prices in Toronto and Vancouver, where a ratty fixer-upper sells for a million or more and people get in bidding wars for a converted chicken coop, have fuelled skyrocketing prices in the rest of the country.

Kathleen (née Dubé) ROGERS

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Kathleen (née Dubé) ROGERS
1928 – 2021

Kathleen Dubé, wife of John Rogers, died at the CHSLD Saint-Augustin on Nov. 21, 2020. A native of Rivière-du-Loup, she lived in Quebec City.
The family will be receiving condolences at
La Maison Gomin,
2026 Boul. René-Lévesque Ouest,
Quebec City,
on Saturday, June 5, 2021
from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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 quebecartcompany.com.

Aquarium du Québec reopens

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The Aquarium du Québec is enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming visitors again. The reopening, which began May 13, will respect public health guidelines, and visitors are required to purchase day passes online in advance (members excepted).

Springing into summer

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Summer may not officially start until 11:31 p.m. (EDT) on June 20, but the warm temperatures over the past weekend led people to the rivers and parks around Quebec City, eager to socialize outdoors after months of chilly weather and tight public health restrictions.

Labeaume leaving city hall after 14 years: ‘I want a normal life’

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Photo: Screenshot by Shirley Nadeau

The stars aligned for Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume to announce on May 5 that he will not seek a fifth term in the November municipal elections.

May flowers bloom in front of the National Assembly

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Tulip gardens were blooming in front of the National Assembly, around the Tourny Fountain and at Place de L’Assemblée-Nationale.

 

For many Quebec mayors, there is political life beyond city hall

The notion of “never say never” certainly was never on the mind of Régis Labeaume when he announced his exit last week as mayor of Quebec City come November, after a 14-year run. Rarely has a politician been so emphatic about putting an indelible X on their political career.

Old Age Security increase targets older seniors’ higher risks

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Photo: Government of Canada website

Budget 2021 has helped to strengthen the financial security of Canadians later in life. It announced two important measures. In August 2021, a one-time $500 payment will be issued directly to seniors aged 75 and older as of June 2022.

Leaders of English-speaking community laud Labeaume

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

He’s had many detractors, political foes and constituents put off by his style of leadership, but departing Mayor Régis Labeaume seems to have made friends in Quebec City’s English-speaking community.

The QCT contacted some community leaders for their reaction to the pending retirement of the man who has ruled city hall for 14 years.

The story behind Rue Louis-Hémon

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

 

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Tony Webster from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain


V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot!

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Photo: Mary Jane Gray

For the past month we have encouraged readers to take a photo of themselves, flashing a V for vaccination, as a symbol of our community’s victory over the virus. Thank you to everyone who participated. The names of those who sent us their photos were put into a hat for a draw to win a QCT coffee mug, and the winner is . . . *drum roll* . . . Mary Jane Gray!

The story of a storyteller at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Screenshot by Danielle Burns

The woman behind Saturday morning storytimes at the Morrin Centre since September 2020 has a story of her own to tell. If Caroline Prévost-Levac’s life were classified under the Dewey Decimal System, it might be placed in the adventure or travel section, with a few Bill Bryson-esque humorous facts thrown in.

Please sign this petition to help Champlain–St. Lawrence

On behalf of our business program teachers, students and the local business community, we invite you to sign the following petition on the National Assembly website before May 28 to help us save our business program!

Protect pollinators with a green and yellow lawn

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Driving through Quebec at this time of the year, we notice homes with lush green lawns, many embellished with bright yellow flowers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Globe and Mail has ceased to deliver to Quebec City. It is gone. Not only is there no home delivery, it is not available in hotels or at newsagents. It’s not available by mail either.

Naval Museum of Québec welcomes new director

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Photo: Naval Museum of Québec

The Naval Reserve of the Royal Canadian Navy is pleased to welcome Vincent O’Neill as the new director of the Naval Museum of Québec. In this role, O’Neill will highlight combatants’ firsthand accounts and the stories behind their artifacts to reveal the history of the Naval Reserve and the St. Lawrence River.

Welcome back to the MNBAQ!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen May 14. To celebrate, the museum administration has decided to offer a gift to the public: access to the museum will be free until June 6.

Marie-Pier Champagne wins Academic Merit Trophy

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Photo: Screenshot by Luc Lang

Université Laval basketball player Marie-Pier Champagne was named the recipient of the Jean-Marie de Koninck Academic Merit Trophy at the 70th Rouge et Or Gala, held virtually on May 6.

Champagne, who still has one year of playing eligibility, is completing a doctorate in territorial planning and regional development. She maintained a 4.33 GPA in her first session last fall.

Rouge et Or players drafted and signed by CFL teams

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Photo: Université Laval (Mathieu Bélanger)

Two student-athletes from the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team were selected in the 2021 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft, held online May 4.

The first player to be called was fullback Félix Garand-Gauthier, who was selected 37th overall (first pick of the fifth round) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Remparts on the brink of elimination against Chicoutimi

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Photo: Jonathan Roy/QMJHL

After sweeping the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs, the Quebec Remparts have fallen behind 2-0 to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the quarterfinal.

The Remparts lost their second game in the best-of-five series 3-2 on May 9. Results of the third game on May 10 were not available when the QCT went to press.

Looking forward to a normal-ish future

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For the past several months, many of us have been waiting for that magic potion that will make COVID-19 disappear – poof! – never to be seen again.

Vaccines are not magic. Those of us who have been immunized are still wearing masks and distancing. That return to normal is not going to happen anytime soon. What we can expect is a gradual return to normal-ish.

Prix Hommage Aînés will honour exceptional seniors

On May 3, Marguerite Blais, minister responsible for seniors and informal caregivers, launched a call for nominations for the 2021 edition of the Prix Hommage Aînés. Nominations will be accepted until June 11.

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