October 28 2020 Edition

Halloween decorations at City Hall and on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Colourful trees, falling leaves, colder weather and shorter days announce the arrival of spooky creatures and hauntings. Despite the pandemic, Quebecers are looking forward to Halloween. There is something to frighten and surprise everyone in the days leading up to Oct. 31.

Here are the winners of the QCT’s ‘Signs of Fall’ photo contest

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Photo: Gina Farnell

We received many wonderful photos of beautiful fall foliage and other signs of autumn. Nine QCT readers sent us a total of 18 photos to admire. It was a difficult choice for our judge (assistant copy editor Pauline Kerr) but the following people have been chosen to receive one of five $25 Tim Hortons gift certificates!

Opera de Québec Gala a virtual success

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Close to 5,000 people watched the online presentation of the Opéra de Québec Gala in celebration of World Opera Day during the afternoon of Oct. 25. Although the concert hall at the Grand Théâtre was empty, the stage was filled with over 60 musicians and singers.

Halloween decorations found throughout the city

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

As Halloween approaches, residents of Quebec City decorate their homes. Here are a few examples from Sainte-Foy to the Old City.



The story behind Place Jean-Béliveau


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The large open area in front of the Videotron Centre is named in honour of hockey legend Jean Béliveau (1931-2014). Born in Trois-Rivières, he began his hockey career at age 15 with the Victoriaville Panthers. He was later recruited by the Citadelles de Québec and the As de Québec, where he became the incontestable star.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 26, 1826 – The Quebec Gazette
The Government has purchased the Grosse Isle below the basin at Chambly where they will build fortifications and barracks. It is understood that the old fort will be abandoned on the erection of the new and that troops will be stationed on the island.

October 28, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Where will you be when election night history is made?

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It’s a thing, I guess, to remember where you were when extraordinary events happened. Some details are hazy for the earlier ones, but I do recall where I was for the 9/11 attacks, the 1980 and 1995 referendums, John Lennon’s murder in 1980, the moon landing of 1969 and the assassination of JFK in 1963. We’ll stop there.

Two candidates vying for QCGN presidency

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Photo: Twitter

The president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is facing a challenge for his job in an election to be held on Nov. 5.

Geoffrey Chambers, who is completing his first two-year term as president of the Quebec anglophone lobby group, will be up against Marlene Jennings, the current QCGN treasurer and former Liberal MP for the Montreal riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

McGill University receives $15-million gift from Marc Bieler

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The McGill Reporter, the staff and faculty journal of McGill University, recently published an article about Quebec agro-entrepreneur Marc Bieler, a two-time graduate (Dip Agr 1958, B.A. 1964) of the university and the president of Canneberges Bieler Inc. On Oct.

Morrin Centre holds virtual annual general meeting

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Photo: Screenshot courtesy of Donald Fyson

On Oct. 21, 41 members and staff of the Morrin Centre gathered online for the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (LHSQ)’s first-ever virtual annual general meeting. Normally held in person in late March each year, the event was postponed and held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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