September 19 2018 Edition

VEQ Fall Fest brings community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual Fall Fest is always a much-anticipated event for the members of the anglophone community. Once again this year, Mother Nature smiled down on those who gathered at St. Vincent Elementary School’s gymnasium and playground on a bright, sunny Saturday, Sept. 15.

Politicians learn to stop worrying and love the notwithstanding clause

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Just like the opening line of a noted biography of him, Pierre Trudeau’s notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Constitution “haunts us still.”

Bill 101: A solution more expensive than the problem

Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, commonly known as Bill 101, was adopted by the National Assembly on Aug. 26, 1977. Forty-one years later, the law imposing French as the official language of Quebec is still wreaking havoc, socially and economically.

Memorials and Things of Fame

September 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Côte Badelard

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Photo: Google Maps

This cobblestone pathway and wooden staircase which join Upper (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) and Lower Town (Saint-Roch) are named in honour of Philippe-Louis-François Badelard (1728-1807).

Quebec City Women’s Club starts new season

The Quebec City Women’s Club is starting its 2018-2019 year with an informal get-together on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. President Joan Valois extends a warm welcome to new and former members as the club begins its 81st year. “Invite your friends and join us for a light buffet and some warm conversation,” she says.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am writing to seek your readers’ feedback on the following question:

What can Canadians do to be better Canadians?
I am seeking this feedback in connection with a book idea I have. The working title of my book is Kiss The Ground You Walk On, Canada and in it I want to convey the message of how we can all be better Canadians.

Saint Brigid’s Guild honoured for 50 years of devoted service

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Ladies and a few gentlemen of Saint Brigid’s Guild were recognized for their 50 years of devoted service to the residents of Saint Brigid’s Home at a special event held at the home on Sept. 14. 

Vacant lot behind Maison Péan will get its park

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Behind the large stone building known as the Maison Péan, located at 59 Rue Saint-Louis, a field has lain abandoned for nearly 25 years. Its overgrown grass and bushes are an incomprehensible eyesore in the middle of Old Quebec.

Metropolis remains epic after 90 years

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Metropolis, a pioneering silent science fiction film made nearly a century ago, is a fascinating, complex film. On the surface, it is about the lower class rebelling against the upper class, while in reality, it is also about control, love, self-discovery and finding common ground between two parties.

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