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Travelling along Craig’s Road with Steve Cameron

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Blazing autumn colours were the perfect backdrop for the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee’s Oct. 5th excursion. A beautiful sunny day greeted the busload of 21 participants, as we headed out to explore and learn about our “sister villages” just across the St. Lawrence River.

OSQ musicians perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Octuor à Vent, an octet comprised of musicians from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, presented a program of chamber music for wind instruments – oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes – at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Oct. 3.

Community Calendar

Oct. 11 to 13 – SSQ Marathon races in the streets of Quebec City. For details, visit

A Different Tune: Musical Heritage in English-Speaking Quebec

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The Quebec Anglophone Heritage (QAHN) is excited to announce that it has received support from Canadian Heritage for a 15-month project that will promote and document the richly diverse musical landscape of English-speakers across Quebec.

High school and Major Junior football, Lions hockey

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Photo: St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

In high school football action, the St. Patrick’s High Junior football team lost a heartbreaker to the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François 16-14, in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures on Oct. 5, after three straight wins to start the season.

The loss puts the Junior Fighting Irish tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference, with two games remaining in the regular season.

St. Pat’s hockey teams open 2019-20 season with three wins in five

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish hockey teams started the 2019-20 season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on a winning note. All their games were played at the Complexe Honco in Lévis on Oct. 4 and 5.

The Under 15 majors (U15) split their first two games of the year while the Under 17 (U17) majors lost their third game of the weekend after winning two matches.

Rookie Thomas Bolduc leads Laval in easy win over Concordia

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team, led by first-year student Thomas Bolduc as quarterback, routed the Concordia University Stingers 74-0 in front of 9,151 fans at the Stade Telus on Oct. 6.

Bolduc, who made his second start in a row, completed 23 of his 30 passes for 252 yards.

Thousands march for climate action in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 27, an estimated 30,000 citizens took to Quebec City’s streets to march for climate change action. They chanted, sang, played music and waved their signs. It was the biggest and most peaceful rally the city has seen in decades.

All this noise was to get the attention of government officials and industry leaders.

Beauport–Limoilou: Clarke seeks repeat; Libs, Bloc eye NDP vote


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In the 2015 election, the central-east Quebec City riding of Beauport–Limoilou was pretty much a three-way race, with the Conservative and Liberal candidates in a position to take out the vulnerable New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate.

The story behind Autoroute Duplessis


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This highway is named for Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis (1890-1959), the 16th premier of Quebec, from 1936 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1959.

Mirabel airport – a lesson for third link tunnel vision

With apologies to Yogi Berra, this whole troisième lien business seems like “déja vu all over again.” As the Yankees legend also said, “the future is not what it used to be.”


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public domain

October 6, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Emigrants Hospital

Michelle Obama pays a visit to Quebec City

Photo: Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec

She and the president never made it to Quebec City in an official capacity during their eight years in the White House, but former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama nevertheless received a warm welcome last week as part of a speaking tour to discuss and promote her recent autobiographical bestseller, Becoming.

Blossoms, Beetles and Birds launched at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre was abuzz with activity last week as staff prepared for the launch of the new interactive exhibit in College Hall. There were bugs, blooms, birds and books of all sizes, shapes and colours to be seen by the guests who attended the launch on the evening of Sept. 26.

Irish dancers do it again at Vieux-Québec Feis 2019

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Some 200 dancers from eastern Canada and the northern United States were on stage showing off their talent at the sixth annual Vieux-Québec Feis held at Séminaire Saint-François on Sept. 28. Ranging in age from four years to adult, and from beginner to championship, they competed on four stages in soft shoe and hard shoe, while proud parents, family and friends looked on.


FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard takes Le Diamant by storm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the wake of the autumn equinox, FLIP Fabrique landed at Le Diamant theatre with Blizzard from Sept. 24 to 28. For most Quebecers, winter can wait until December, but not for this circus group. Once the audience was seated, a meteorologist from the Department of Cold, Chills and Brrrr warned them of the impending winter storm.

Let’s talk about the climate


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Photo: Danielle Burns

Whether you attended a march, walked by a march, just glanced at social media or at the next morning’s papers, it was impossible to ignore. Two co-ordinated days of action, on Sept. 20 and 27, saw nearly eight million people take to the streets, demanding that world leaders act more decisively to counteract climate change.

Every little gesture counts


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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Sept. 27, Canadians answered young Greta Thunburg’s call for her Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. This march was the largest demonstration ever organized in Canada. We are now certain that the people of Quebec, not just the students, demand changes to help save the planet.

wTrak coming to Chalmers-Wesley on Thanksgiving weekend

Photo: Tom Stephenson

I hear the train a-comin’! wTrak is a modular train set made of wood, which can be set up on long, low, narrow tables for children to play with at their height, and it’s coming to Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in the Old City, on Oct. 12 and 13.

Weighing in on zero waste

Lifelong Learning members recently visited the zero waste (zéro déchet) store L’Escargot Gourmand, at 1631 Rue Sheppard, for first-hand instruction about making purchases using their own containers. Susan Langford and Brian Treggett are busy weighing empty containers before filling them with products from the bulk bins. The weight of the empty container is taken off at checkout.

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins in Old Quebec, presents L’Octuor à Vent de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. The program features works by Bach, Beethoven, Krommer, Reinecke and Mozart performed on oboe, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes. Tickets $30 on sale at the door or online at

Demolition of Grande Allée church steps up

Photo: Peter Black

The demolition of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie on Grande Allée accelerated last week as the work became less delicate. Last summer workers painstakingly dismantled the ornate Neo-Byzantine-style steeple of the church, which had been its most identifying feature. Now the power-shovels have moved in and are rapidly reducing the stone structure to rubble.

City prepares to acquire crumbling Maison Pollack

Photo: Peter Black

After several years of legal sparring, the city is taking steps to acquire the badly deteriorating Maison Pollack, one of the most distinctive houses on Grande Allée. Its civic address is 1 Grande Allée, but its condition is anything but A-1.

St. Pat’s hockey teams preparing for another season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams will start their third season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on Oct. 4, at the Complexe 2 Glaces Honco in Lévis.

The LHPS (Quebec’s version of the American hockey prep school league) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

High school, university and Major Junior Football League action

Photo: St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s Junior Fighting Irish football team defeated the Dragons from the Polyvalente de Saint-Georges, 20-9, on Sept. 29. The victory is the third for the Junior Irish in as many games. On Sept. 21, they took care of the Arsenal from Académie Saint-Louis, 23-7.

SLC’S Élizabeth Labbé wins gold at RSEQ golf championship

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lions

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence golfer Élizabeth Labbé won the gold medal at the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec golf championship played on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Club de Golf Lorette, in Loretteville.

VEQ Fall Fest brings community groups together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fall was well and truly “launched” as members of the English-speaking community came together at St. Vincent’s Elementary School to celebrate the season’s arrival on Sept. 21. The weather certainly co-operated as everyone basked in the sunshine and the 20C-plus temperatures.

Reid Duns crossing Canada for the Alzheimer Society

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Reid Duns, a teacher at Ste-Foy Elementary School in Quebec City, is training for his second attempt to ride his bicycle across Canada, this time with the goal of raising $75,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Quebec. He attempted the ride in 2010, but a pinched nerve in his back forced him to stop before completing less than a quarter of the distance.

CAQ looking at compromise on elected anglo school boards


Prime Minister “Aladdin” might not be the best example these days – bet he’d like the genie to grant all three wishes about now – but the fact is, a goodly number of Canada’s political representatives come from the education sector.

Tory Godin faces challenge from Grit Talbot in Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier


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Photo: House of Commons website (left), Liberal webpage (right)

Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier riding is “all over the map,” geographically and politically.

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