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Reconnect to your ‘inner tortoise’ at the Blue Met Festival

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Photo: Screenshot by Danielle Burns

"Ask the books I’ve read why I have changed.”

William St-Hilaire said this quote by Indian poet Kamala Das has inspired her from the moment she joined the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival as president, general manager and artistic director 10 years ago.

Avenue Saint-Sacrement blocked to connect new building

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A major construction operation on Avenue Saint-Sacrement has forced motorists to make a detour around the zone via Boulevard de l’Entente for the past two weeks. According to city documents, the work should be completed by April 28.

The stretch of the street between Chemin Sainte-Foy and Boulevard Charest is a key artery for commuters, often backed up during peak traffic periods.

Getting up close and personal with the colourful wood duck

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Sitting by the lake, observing a group of mallard ducks, suddenly one notices that one of the birds looks a lot smaller than the others. Using binoculars, the intruder is easily identified. With its vivid feather colours of metallic blue, purplish green, brown and white, and with its red eyes, this duck is one of the most colourful North American waterfowl.

Remembering encounters with royalty in Quebec City

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Photo: William Mylett

Local resident William “Bill” Mylett recently informed the QCT of his father’s meetings with members of the Royal Family, including the late Prince Philip, during his career in the Royal Canadian Navy, and sent along these photos. He writes, “My Dad and Mom met the Queen and Prince Philip on a few occasions when they visited Quebec.

Capitales sign former Toronto Blue Jay Dalton Pompey

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Patrick Scalabrini, manager of the Québec Capitales, has found a leadoff batter who will be a threat to opposing teams in 2021. The Capitales have signed Mississauga native and former Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Dalton Pompey.

Pompey, who will wear number 45 this season, joins another former Blue Jay, Gift Ngeope, who the Caps signed earlier this spring.

It’s finally playoff time for the Quebec Remparts

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Photo: QMJHL

After three weeks out of competition due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the team, the Quebec Remparts finally played the first game of their best-of-five playoff series against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on April 27 (score not available at press time).

Québec 2030 insists the city should host the Winter Olympics

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Photo: Québec 2030 by Luc Lang

The Québec 2030 committee is clear: Quebec City and the region can and should host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games. That was the message Mark Charest and his team of businesspeople sent during an April 21 press conference.
The committee is well aware, however, that Mayor Régis Labeaume and other local elected officials have repeatedly said no to the project.

Miss Pope’s pictures developed at W.B. Edwards studio

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Photo: Maud Pope, from the W.B. Edwards archives

Many intriguing characters walked through the doors of the W.B. Edwards photography studio on St. John Street over its 75 years of existence (1917-1992).

OBITUARY: Francis HAZELTON

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Francis HAZELTON
1927–2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Francis “Frank” Hazelton on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Le Manoir Manrèse, at the age of 93. Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gemma Boulanger. He was the son of the late Mary Winnifred Bunyan and the late John Joseph Hazelton.

Care packages for Valcartier Elementary School families

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Photo: Jayne Doddridge

On April 20, Valcartier Elementary School principal Shelley Longney, secretary Jayne Doddridge and student supervisor Véronique Fillion delivered 50 care packages to students’ homes. We wanted to show our parents that we were thinking of them, and we gave them bags of goodies and treats that they could use as a family away from the screen.

Community Calendar of Events

The Quebec Art Company held its online play reading of The Thought on April 25. 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.

'Imagine Picasso' to spend the summer in Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This summer, the Quebec City Convention Centre will be hosting the North American première of Imagine Picasso, a huge immersive exhibit created by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron in collaboration with architect Rudy Ricciotti and art historian Androula Michael.

The funeral of Prince Philip unites people around the world

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Photo: Screenshot from CBC News by Shirley Nadeau

Millions of people around the world watched the funeral of Prince Philip held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England on April 17.

Due to the pandemic, only 30 members of the prince’s immediate family attended the service in the chapel. Members of the public were asked not to congregate in Windsor, but to stay home and watch the service on television.

The people retake a stake in former People’s Airline Air Canada

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We Canadians, all 37.5 million of us, are now shareholders of Air Canada, thanks to the $6-billion financial support package the federal government negotiated with Canada’s dominant airline last week.

Federal government says it wants to buy back historic Quebec Bridge

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Photo: Peter Black from QCT archives

The historic, rusting Quebec Bridge is one “major step” closer to a sorely needed paint job.

On April 16, Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna announced the federal government will “repatriate” the 102-year-old structure spanning the St. Lawrence River.

The story behind Boulevard Liégeois

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Jean Liégeois (1600-1655), a Jesuit friar who was born in Verdun, France.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

Researched and compiled by Lorie Pierce, [email protected]

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
April 20, 1871 – The Morning Chronicle

ELAN’s Brennan imagines a post-COVID arts scene

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Photo: Patrick Brennan

The coronavirus pandemic has blazed a trail of destruction through the performing arts sphere in Quebec and around the world, leaving a disturbing number of closed venues, indefinitely postponed shows and unemployed artists in its wake.

Former Centraide boss Bruno Marchand running for mayor

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Photo: QFF website

Another name – and party – have been added to the growing list of contenders for city hall.

Last week, Bruno Marchand, 48, best known as the head of the city’s Centraide campaign, threw his hat into the ring under the banner of a new party, Québec Forte et Fière (QFF), which translates to Quebec City, strong and proud.

V for Vaccination: Give it your best shot!

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Photo: Andrew Caddell

As of this writing, 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered around the province, to over two million Quebecers. Are you one of them? Anyone 60 or older can now schedule their own vaccination online at quebec.ca/en/health.  

Plans underway for 15th Quebec Celtic Festival

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Photo: Festival celtique de Québec

Press release
April 6 was Tartan Day and in spite of the present uncertain situation, a celebratory feeling reigned among the team behind the organization of the Quebec Celtic Festival. Tartan Day was the ideal day to announce that the festival’s 15th edition will be held from Sept. 10 to 12.

Using the power of mindfulness to ease suffering in the pandemic

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Photo: Screenshot by Danielle Burns

Local clinical psychologist Dr. Meagan Daley asked the participants in her Mindfulness in the Midst of a Pandemic seminar, “How have you been feeling over the past 13 months?” While a few were feeling grateful, many more were feeling negative emotions related to the stress of life during COVID-19. Participants mentioned feeling angry, tired, sad, frustrated, guilty, unsure and alone.

Canada takes aim at terrorists

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Our view of terrorism has been changing over the past few years.
There was a time not so long ago when we all knew what a terrorist looked and sounded like – a wild-eyed guy spewing violent threats against us in some foreign language.

Maritime author shares memorable journey to Quebec City

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Photo: Sheree Fitch

At the beginning of 2020, a few months before the words “social distancing” and “Atlantic bubble” became part of the collective vocabulary, Nova Scotia-based author Sheree Fitch travelled to Quebec City with her husband, Gilles Plante, on an unusual and poignant language-learning journey.

Getting to know the common merganser

Walk on the Wild Side

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s daybreak, and still sleepy, you get warmly dressed and put on your rubber boots to slowly and silently walk to the nearest water source, whether a river or lake. Migratory birds are passing through at this time of the year, and you hope that some have settled on the lake to rest for the night and that they have not yet left to continue their journey.

Team Quebec to replace Capitales, Aigles, and Titans in Frontier League

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Frontier Baseball League officially announced on April 17 that the Québec Capitales, the Ottawa Titans and the Trois-Rivières Aigles won’t play in 2021.

QMJHL playoffs: Remparts, Voltigeurs set to start playoffs

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Photo: QMJHL

The Quebec Remparts and the Drummondville Voltigeurs are set to begin the 2021 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playoffs. League officials announced on April 19 that the first game of the series will be played on April 27. Game 2 will be the next night. The complete series will be played at the Centre Marcel-Dionne in Drummondville.

FAA stumbles in Monte Carlo; Auclair hopes to make it big in Texas

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Photo: Houston Texans/Kevin Sabitus

Tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime of L’Ancienne-Lorette did not have a great tournament at the Monte Carlo Masters Open in Monaco.

Hello! Anybody home?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Remember when, not so long ago, before COVID-19, we could walk up to the door of a friend’s house, knock, and someone would answer, “C’mon in!”

You probably won’t get the same reply now, because you’re wearing a mask and the friend can’t recognize you. Besides, you’re not allowed to enter that friend’s family bubble.

Part 2: My year as a ‘Wasp’ playing hockey in England

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Photo: Logo courtesy of John Creary

So began my 1977-1978 season with the Durham Wasps A team.

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