June 24 2015 Edition

Wild about wildflowers

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let's party!'" Robin Williams once said. Never does this joie de vie seem more apt than when we come across a vibrant stand of wildflowers.

Hôtel de Ville gardens a space for all to enjoy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On June 15, the Ville de Québec revealed the newly designed gardens beside City Hall. In addition to the magnificent Jura clock that was unveiled last fall, there are interactive fountains, lawns, and movable furniture, thus giving renewed vitality to this large, multi-purpose public space in the Old City. 

The little quartier that can sure throw a party

Photo: Ruby Pratka

On the map, the Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste doesn't look like much - six narrow blocks connecting world-famous Vieux-Québec with the leafy farther reaches of Montcalm, Saint-Sacrement and Sainte-Foy. But when it comes to putting on a party, this small but bustling neighbourhood is the little quartier that could - and did. 

Limoilou celebrates summer with music

Photo: Rachel Collet

It was party time in Limoilou again on June 19, 20 and 21. Limoilou en musique 2015 saw some 20 musicians perform on balconies and on a stage set up across from the new Plaza de Limoilou on 3e Avenue at Chemin de la Canardière. 

Restaurants on 3e Avenue set up tables on the lawn (freshly-laid sod on the street) so their patrons could dine al fresco. 

Solstice sheds light on Aboriginal communities

Photo: Ruby Pratka

After centuries of darkness - forced assimilation and invisibility - it's natural that June 21, the longest day of the year, should belong to Canada's Aboriginal peoples to share their history and culture with neighbours who are sometimes unaware they exist. 

Centre Vidéotron: From dream to reality for less

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On June 15, the Quebec government and the Ville de Québec held a joint press conference at ExpoCité to report on the total cost of the soon-to-be-opened Centre Vidéotron. Mayor Régis Labeaume was present with Sam Hamad, Quebec's minister responsible for the Capitale Nationale region.  

Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec on the ball

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Long after the students have gone home, the gym at the École des Ursulines in Vieux-Québec comes alive again with whistles and shouts - grown men and women playing dodgeball. 

How Samaritan’s Purse is helping Nepal

Photo: Samaritan's Purse website

Back-to-back earthquakes have left Nepal reeling. The loss of life is unprecedented in the country, millions of people are displaced, and the emotional impact is immeasurable.

The famous cannonball in the tree is actually a bomb!

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Everyone familiar with Old Quebec is familiar with the tall old elm tree on Rue Saint-Louis at the corner of Rue du Corps-de-Garde, and what appears to be a large cannonball trapped in its gnarly roots. Calèche drivers slow their horse's gait to point it out to their passengers. Curious passers-by invariably stop and try to figure out how the cannonball could have gotten there, and when. 

Drawn to Quebec: An eel is an eel is an eel, or is it?

Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle

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Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2015

American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are from "the most ancient lineage of fishes," a characteristic that "makes them full of surprises" for scientists, according to Université Laval researcher Scott Pavey. As Pavey explained, "There is only one population in the entire species of American eels.

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