November 11 2020 Edition

Vigils held in memory of Suzanne Clermont and François Duchesne

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Two vigils were held over the past week to honour the lives of Suzanne Clermont and François Duchesne, who were killed during the stabbing attacks in Old Quebec on Oct. 31.

‘We will remember them’ at the Cross of Sacrifice

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

At the entrance to the Plains of Abraham, near Porte Saint-Louis, stands the Cross of Sacrifice, where Remembrance Day ceremonies are held each year on Nov. 11.

Inaugurated on July 1, 1924, this monument recalls the sacrifice of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died during the First World War.

Following U.S. mail-in mania, can Quebec deliver posted ballots?

The origin of the expression “to mail it in” is obscure, but everyone knows what it means. Whether it comes from a lazy linebacker, a slacker of an actor or an unmotivated student, a “mailed-in” performance lacks passion, urgency and commitment, and falls far short of expectations.

Lest we forget . . . ‘In Flanders Fields’

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” was written during a particularly dark period of the First World War.

On May 3, 1915, he had just buried a dear friend and fellow soldier who had been killed in the Second Battle of Ypres. The poem was first published in December of that year.


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Photo: Benoit Aubry via Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 9, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette
The Boundary Line
In the course of this week … those who have been employed in drawing the boundary line [with the United States] … have concluded their operations for the season on Lake Superior. On their way down the Lake, they were overtaken by a heavy gale of wind, which obliged them to cut away their masts.

The story behind Boulevard Jean-Lesage


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This wide boulevard is named in honour of Jean Lesage (1912-1980). Born in Montreal, Lesage was a lawyer who served as the 19th premier of Quebec from 1960 to 1966.

New QCGN president Jennings reaches out to regional anglos

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Photo: QCGN

The newly elected president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) says she wants to rebuild ties with regional anglophone associations that bolted from the organization last year.

Marlene Jennings, 69, beat incumbent president Geoffrey Chambers in a vote of representatives from member organizations gathered in an online annual general meeting on Nov. 5.

Knitting together a cozy winter in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The Ville de Québec has whipped up a program of comforting free activities to help residents welcome winter with a smile. From now through March, people will have many opportunities to enjoy the joys of winter outdoors with their families or in the comfort of their homes.

Eileen Reid Marcil launches 'The PS Royal William of Quebec'

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Photo: Baraka Books

Maritime historian Eileen Reid Marcil has just had another book published. This is quite an outstanding achievement, considering the fact that Marcil is 98 years old.

The Parade des Jouets transforms into the ‘Storm of the Century’

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The organizers of the annual Parade des Jouets (Toy Parade), which normally features Santa Claus and his elves and other characters winding their way through the Saint-Roch and Limoilou districts of Quebec City, have had to rethink their plans due to the current public health restrictions on large gatherings.

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