August 19 2020 Edition

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.

CQSB prepared for back-to-school mask rules

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Photo: Sharon McCutcheon from UpSplash

Central Québec School Board chairman Stephen Burke said schools under the board “have no problem” with the rules the Quebec government issued recently for the wearing of masks in school buildings once the fall term begins in the coming weeks.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 20, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
[City Council] Orders of the Day
The first order was a report from the Road Committee recommending the tender of Mr. Louis Larose at $7.25 per toise* for the construction of retaining walls in Champlain and Valier Streets. Carried without debate.

The story behind Autoroute Henri-IV


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This highway is named in honour of Henri IV (1553-1610), one of France’s greatest kings and a key figure in the country’s economic, military and cultural prowess during the 17th century. The first monarch of France from the House of Bourbon, Henri was King of Navarre (as Henri III) from 1572 and King of France from 1589 to 1610.

The QCT hears from former Killarney campers

In response to Martin Edwards’ and Daniel Shier’s article about Killarney Camp in the Aug. 5 edition of the QCT, a number of former campers wrote to the authors. We thought you’d enjoy reading some of their comments.

“What a great summary of what it was like to attend Killarney camp. Reading this brought back a ton of memories. I attended for at least three or four years.

St. Charles River runs dry to flush toxins

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

A river runs through it – barely. The river is the St. Charles, the main waterway snaking through Quebec City all the way from Lac Saint-Charles, north of Wendake, and in recent days it’s gone from the high level following a big rainfall to a mere trickle.

Remembrance Man recalls deadly 1832 cholera epidemic

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With the coronavirus wreaking havoc upon people around the world in 2020, we can easily imagine the fear engendered by the cholera epidemic of 1832. People were terrified by the horrific symptoms that seemed to afflict victims instantly. People caught the bug in the morning and were declared dead by suppertime. There was no known cure and the sense of panic among the population was palpable.

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