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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Red River Expedition: Part 1

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In March 1871, Lieut. H.S.H. Riddell of the 60th Rifles presented a paper to the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec about the Red River Expedition of 1870. Lieut. Riddell had served as one of three officers who led detachments during this epic campaign.

Social distancing is the new norm at elementary schools

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Photo: Bill Cox

At École Coeur-Vaillant-Campanile elementary school in Sainte-Foy, and at all other Quebec schools that resumed classes on May 11, social distancing is the new norm. It can be seen when students enter and leave school, and during recess in the schoolyard.

MCQ and MNBAQ to reopen in June

Further to the official statement on May 22 by Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault, two of Quebec City’s most popular museums will soon reopen their doors after over three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 increases potential for domestic violence

There are a lot of grave markers belonging to women who tried to tell police their estranged husband, ex-boyfriend or even a besotted co-worker was dangerous.

In the most recent case to hit the headlines, the battered girlfriend survived the attack. Tragically, 22 other people in rural Nova Scotia did not.

Hockey quiz: How well do you remember the Nordiques?

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Photo: sportsnet.ca

The Nordiques left Quebec City in 1995 for Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche, after being in the Vieille Capitale since 1972. The team started in the now defunct World Hockey Association and joined the National Hockey League in 1979, along with Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Hartford.

Patrick Roy wants the 2022 Memorial Cup held in Quebec

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Photo: QMJHL

Quebec Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy wants the team to be host of the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament. Quebec City last hosted the event in 2015; it was also the last sporting event held at the Colisée.

Warm weather brings people together on Plains of Abraham

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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Quebec flags at half-mast in memory of COVID-19 victims

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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On May 13, the Quebec flag at the top of the National Assembly was flown at half-mast in memory of those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A crafty rainbow pops up on Rue Crémazie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Built by the Siffreddi-Robledo family, this cunning work of art consists of 14 columns of pop bottles filled with coloured water, fixed between the balcony railings of their home in the Montcalm district.

Rainbow tops Saint Brigid’s Home

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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A rainbow brightens the top-storey window of Saint Brigid’s Home.

Fire in Limoulou drives 15 families from their homes

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The early morning calm in Limoilou was broken on May 12 by the sound of sirens. Thick black smoke could be seen in the air from miles away.

The first 911 call came in at 8:08 a.m. from a triplex in the 500 block of 10e Rue, where the fire had started in the tambour, the enclosed stairway at the back of the building.

Salvador Dali’s "La Vénus Spatiale" on view in the Old Town

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This larger-than-lifesize statue of Salvador Dali’s La Vénus Spatiale is now on view for all to see in front of the UNESCO monument facing the Château Frontenac. Valued at $3,500,000, the giant bronze work of art may be purchased at the Galerie Sylvain Fortier, located in the main lobby of the hotel. It is part of the gallery’s Picasso - Dali - Riopelle exhibit.

The many firsts of new Liberal leader Dominique Anglade

A lot of “firsts” are being tagged on Dominique Anglade, like Girl Guide badges. This is fitting, perhaps, because if there is one dominant characteristic to describe the new leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) it might be “achiever.” Some might call her a keener, always première de classe, always striving to lead, make things happen.

The story behind Avenue Gustave-Beaudet

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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This street in the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City was named in honour of Dr. Gustave Beaudet (1886-1968), who was born in Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent. He studied medicine at Université Laval, then at Université de Montréal. When he finished his studies in 1910, he married Marie-Thérèse Larue and settled in Saint-Apollinaire (Chaudière-Appalaches).

City unveils latest plans for Sainte-Foy, Saint-Roch tramway hubs

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

City officials last week released the latest version of plans for the tramway route and connecting hubs in the Sainte-Foy and Saint-Roch districts. The changes will have a major impact on traffic patterns in both areas and, according to Mayor Régis Labeaume, will make the city more people-friendly.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 21, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
The Forthcoming Boat-Race at Lachine

The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

Pandemic puts most vocational training on hold

When elementary schools outside Montreal reopened May 11, adults in certain vocational programs were also allowed to resume in-class activities, as long as social distancing could be maintained and the activities were necessary for the students’ programs.

What to expect this summer at Quebec City’s lakeside playground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, Quebecers are hoping for a return to normal: going to the beach, being with family, doing summer sports, anything to escape this new reality. Will it be possible? To answer this question, the QCT spoke with Jean Perron in a phone interview on May 11. Perron is mayor of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, a village northwest of Quebec City on the shore of Lac Saint-Joseph.

Fascinating flora found in the park

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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This nosegay of purple crocuses tinged with white burst their way through the leaf litter on the grounds of the Domaine Cataraqui.

April showers bring May … snow?

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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The deep violet of the crocuses is a beautiful contrast to the white snow that fell on Quebec City during the night of May 11 to 12. Quebecers expecting spring with their morning coffee found winter.

Snow geese heading north for the summer

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A flock of snow geese takes flight at Baie de Beauport in mid-May. A welcome sight in Quebec each spring, these birds breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

IN MEMORIAM - BILLY DOUCET

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DOUCET, BILLY

Dec. 22, 1946-May 19, 2010

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Love, your wife Verna & Family

Morrin Centre announces winner of poetry contest

On April 10, the Morrin Centre launched its first Society Pages Poetry Contest, which generated an immense amount of interest from community members and beyond. The contest received 47 entries in three weeks. Adults and children alike submitted poems, all of impressive quality. After two difficult rounds of elimination, a winner and three honourable mentions were chosen.

Homemade facemasks for sale

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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While out for a stroll along Rue Champlain on May 16, I came across young Josephine Gingras. She was selling homemade facemasks made by her grandmother, Mariette Dion, for only $5 each. Josephine’s furry assistant Bizou (the black and tan Guinea pig on the table) kept a sharp eye on the money jar.

Livestreamed arts events enliven festival-less summer

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

This summer will be unlike any other for those who love music, art and theatre. There will be no big festival stage rising over the Plains of Abraham, the bars and music venues of Lower Town will almost certainly stay quiet and the outdoor music festivals that determine the road-trip plans of folk and rock fans around the province are off the calendar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Let me tell you how much I enjoy looking at the colourful front page of the QCT every week. You and your colleagues have a way to bring other people’s creativity to us! I told you you were our eyes on the city, so I thank you for that. Of course, I read the rest of the paper with the same interest...

Lucie Bouchard
Quebec City

Quebec City streets pedestrian-only on weekends

The Ville de Québec recently announced that, as of May 16 until the end of the summer, on weekends, Rue Saint-Jean and Avenue Cartier will be open to pedestrians only. Both streets will be closed to automobile traffic.

The new pandemic-inspired back-to-school teacher’s outfit

Photo by Danielle Burns

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This Grade 1 teacher of Les Chevaliers (the Knights) class at École Saint-Fidèle in Limoilou chose her “pandemic” back-to-school outfit well. Her two-metre-long, pool-noodle sword was an excellent visual reminder for students to keep their distance.

The rainbow follows the storm

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Artist Christine Genest owns a gallery in Cap-Santé. With lots of time on her hands due to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, she starts every day with a new drawing, and every day a new theme. The theme often reflects the news, for example, the reopening of the daycare centres, drive-in movie theatres, construction sites or barbecue season.

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