November 6 2019 Edition

Robert Lepage’s appearance at Literary Feast worth the wait

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Photo: Dylan Page courtesy of Morrin Centre

Quebec City’s world-renowned playwright, actor, film and stage director Robert Lepage was the much sought-after guest speaker at the Morrin Centre’s annual Literary Feast fundraising dinner on Oct. 30. Literary Feast organizers had invited him a number of times, and finally their persistence paid off.

Could King have helped League of Nations prevent Second World War?

Eighty years ago this week, Canada was eight weeks into a war it had declared on Germany. The declaration by the then prime minister Mackenzie King is less a stirring call to battle and more a wishy-washy promise:

Second chances for candidates in Jean-Talon byelection


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Photo: Gertrude Bourdon Twitter

With federal election signs yet to be removed, new ones began appearing on poles and lawns as the provincial byelection in Jean-Talon riding got underway.

Premier François Legault called the election for Dec. 2 to replace Liberal MNA Sébastien Proulx, the former education minister, who announced in the summer he was quitting politics.

“In Flanders Fields”


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, when John McCrae’s 15-line poem “In Flanders Fields” first appeared in the Dec. 8, 1915, issue of the British magazine Punch, he did not receive credit as the author. However, the public noticed the poem and soon it was being memorized, copied into letters, set to music and translated into many languages.

The story behind Rue Élisabeth-Couc


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This street is named after a rather mysterious woman named Élisabeth Couc (1667- circa 1750) sometimes called Isabelle. She was the daughter of Pierre Couc, dit Lafleur, and Marie Miteoamegoukoué, an Algonquin Christian, and was probably born at Trois-Rivières. Like her first name and place of birth, the details about her early years are uncertain.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 3, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Volunteers shed light on the Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Nov. 1, the province of Quebec was hit by a violent storm, with 100-km/h winds and heavy rain. Around noon, various regions and cities lost hydro power one by one. Here in Quebec City, the Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC), which was hosting the biannual Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale, was in complete darkness by mid-afternoon, making shopping conditions Halloween eerie to say the least.

Remembering the Royal Rifles of Canada

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This is the time of the year we remember the contribution our military men and women make to our freedom and security. Book publishers often choose this moment to offer the public a new work on the subject. This year, we find the recently launched Le Dernier Commandant du Royal Rifles of Canada by Hélène Tanguay.

Pumpkins are more than just a Halloween decoration


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Halloween is over, and it certainly was a windy and wet one. While putting away all the costumes and decorations, are you wondering what to do with those pumpkins you and the kids carved faces on? You can’t keep them for next year, so where do they go? Hint: they do NOT belong in the trash can.

Fiddler on the Roof – a QAC “Tradition”

Photo: Normand Brassard

Opening night is fast approaching for the Quebec Art Company’s production of the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof.

There will be seven shows only, starting Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and should be ordered well in advance at

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