September 2 2020 Edition

Big bird!

Photo by Lise Lafond

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This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was spotted by QCT photojournalist Lise Lafond while kayaking along the Rivière Cabano, which runs into Lac Témiscouata.

Back-to-school during COVID-19: Parents ready for routine

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Photo: Danielle Burns

COVID-19 is still with us, but a feeling of anticipation (maybe a few jitters) and joy was in the air on Aug. 28, the first day of school for students at French-language schools in Quebec City.

O’Toole has a good story, but will voters find him cool?

If we are learning anything about leadership in the wake of a spate of recent conventions, it’s that it helps to have a good story to succeed in politics.

Kamala Harris has her inspiring tale of rising from one of the first groups of Black kids bused to a desegregated school to become the first woman, first Black or first Black woman in an ascending series of public positions.

FEQ taking baby steps back from COVID-19 freeze

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Photo: FEQ

The Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) is launching a program of concerts in September that could be stepping stones to the return next July of the mammoth outdoor music event.

Called FEQXP, the program features a series of three concerts, with two acts each performing an hour, at the newly upgraded Bell Imperial theatre on Rue Saint-Joseph in the Saint-Roch entertainment district.

The story behind Rue Irma-Levasseur

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Born in Quebec City in 1877, Irma LeVasseur (1877-1964) became the first woman* to practise medicine in Quebec.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 3, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Herrmann the Great comes to Quebec City (1895)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

A generation before Harry Houdini, audiences were thrilled by the magical stage productions of Alexander “The Great” Herrmann. Known as “the great undisputed monarch of conjurers,” Herrmann was born in Paris in 1844 to a family of performers. At the age of eight, he began as a magician’s assistant to his older brother.

City study: Changes to tramway project boost user forecast

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

Ridership projections for the city’s proposed tramway system were not negatively affected by a series of major changes announced in recent months. That’s according to a report city officials released last week. In fact, the report says, forecast ridership numbers are even higher.

Québec Remparts begin their 2020-2021 training camp

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Photo: Photo archives QMJHL

The Québec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) started their 2020-2021 training camp on Aug. 31 at the Videotron Centre.

In accordance with the guidelines of the provincial health authorities, the league has allowed all the teams to have a maximum of 34 players at their training camps.

Quebec women rugby players to play pro in France

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Photo: Photo archives U Laval

The quality of rugby players in la belle province is gaining worldwide attention as 15 Québécoise players will play professionally in France this coming season.

With the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult to practise contact sports, including rugby, the Quebec women took a gamble to head overseas to play the sport they love.

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