June 5 2019 Edition

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 at Dollard-des-Ormeaux High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux graduation ceremony was particularly poignant this year as Stéphan Lagacé, principal of the school for the past 13 years, congratulated the graduates, some of whom he has known since they were in kindergarten, and bid them a final farewell.

The scourge of goutweed and the splendour of Quebec gardens

What makes human beings distinct from plants and animals is that humans are sentient organisms who try to make sense of their existence. Such deep thoughts weigh on the mind when confronting one of the most profound mysteries of the universe: How do you get rid of goutweed? The answer, Grasshopper, is you don’t get rid of goutweed, or at least not forever.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Cockburn

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada (Common Domain)

This street is named in honour of James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847), a British Army officer and watercolourist, born in New York.

In 1793 Cockburn entered the Royal Military Academy of Woolwich in London, where he learned to draw landscapes as required for topography. He developed the qualities that characterized his style: fine lines, perspective detail and topographic precision.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

June 7, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Lachine Canal
Montreal – We hear with pleasure that shares in the Lachine Canal are sought with avidity, from the estimate of its probable proceeds, which will be found in our columns, we imagine that when it is completed, shares if sold, will bring in a very considerable premium.

The mysterious history of the Boston Tea Party!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mystery, History … and a Whole Lot of Tea! is described in the program notes as “a comedic tale, set in three different time periods, which follows the lives and adventures of a number of eccentric characters, surrounding the disappearance of a tea box.”

St. Pat’s High School closes the year with music

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before trading their books for beach towels, St. Patrick’s High School music students gave their End-of-Year Music Concert on May 29. Brass bands, jazz bands and vocalists performed pieces from 1970s rock ’n’ roll to blues to today’s favourites.

Epic concert ends Orchestre Symphonique de Québec season

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Photo: Peter Black

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec ended its 117th season not with a whimper but a bang, to borrow from T.S. Eliot. The final number on the program featured a breathtaking version of French composer Florent Schmitt’s volcanic masterpiece Psalm XLVII, fronted by Quebec’s own majestic diva Karina Gauvin.

Great weather for the 2019 Walk (and roll) for Arthritis

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 2018, I attended Quebec City’s Walk for Arthritis at the Université Laval as a reporter, describing the day as an observer. I attended the 2019 edition as a participant, in my new wheelchair.

A bright, sunny day greeted the 315 participants in the Quebec City Walk – making the 10th annual Walk for Arthritis a particularly enjoyable one.

Le Capitole gets a facelift and expands its hotel facilities

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s no longer winter in Quebec, so it must be “construction” season, as evidenced by the beehive of activity taking place at Place D’Youville these days. At the heart of it all is an amazing extension to Le Capitole hotel next to Porte Saint-Jean and the ramparts.

75th anniversary of the D-Day landings: The invasion of Normandy begins

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the fourth and final article in the series about the D-Day landings.

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