September 30 2020 Edition

There’s SNO beer at the Grand Marché!

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Things are hopping at the Grand Marché de Québec, especially at the SNO microbrewery, located at the north-west corner of the large marketplace opposite the Videotron Centre.

Trudeau-Turner rivalry sparked enduring Liberal party feud

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

It’s a sight you seldom see. Both the American Stars and Stripes and the Canadian Maple Leaf, just metres apart, flapping in the breeze buffeting the Promenade des Gouverneurs overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City. Both flags at half-mast, for different reasons.

City vows better sidewalk snow removal, more bike paths

Photo: Peter Black

Pedestrians and cyclists stand to be the major beneficiaries of the city’s new battle plan to remove snow from streets once the deluge of flakes begins.
The proposed plan, released recently, is said to be the first major rethink and revision of the city’s snow removal policy in 15 years. City residents had until Monday to submit comments through online consultations.

School board elections to be held on November 1

Photo: Jacques Trempe

On Sept. 22, Élections Québec announced that voters in the jurisdictions of the nine English-language school boards in Quebec will be able to elect the people who will sit on the council of commissioners of their school board. Across Quebec, nearly 295,000 people will be called to the polls to elect 95 commissioners and nine board chairs.

The story behind Rue J.-Armand-Bombardier


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964), who was born in Valcourt, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He was an inventor and businessman who founded Bombardier Inc., which is now a multinational manufacturer of planes and trains. His most famous invention was the snowmobile, including a smaller recreational model that became known as the Ski-Doo.

Quebec goes red with spike in school COVID-19 cases

As most health officials had predicted, a second wave of COVID-19 cases is underway, with most of the Quebec City area being declared a red zone, the maximum according to government criteria. A range of tighter restrictions on social interaction came into force at midnight on Sept. 30 and will continue until at least Oct. 28.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 30, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle
Paris, Sept. 28 – Prof. Louis Pasteur, the distinguished chemist and discoverer of the Pasteur treatment of the cure of rabies, is dead. M. Pasteur expired at 5:30 o’clock this afternoon at his residence at Garches, near St. Cloud. His death was caused by paralysis.

Quebec City Film Festival closes with award presentations

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, originally from Flickr, with permission of Alan Langford

The 10th Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) celebrated the art of film from Sept. 16 to 20. For the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cinephiles across Quebec could enjoy the experience in the comfort of their own homes. The festival was jam-packed with short and feature-length films, and conversations with major players in the film industry.

'La Déesse des mouches à feu' premières at the Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Quebec City Film Festival

Seven months after its world première at the Berlin International Film Festival, La Déesse des mouches à feu (The Goddess of the Fireflies) had its North American première at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) on Sept. 17.

Orange is not only a fall colour

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Fall, with its breathtaking colours, is now officially here. Leaves, as well as the pumpkins in the fields, are turning orange, but this year “orange” is not only a fall colour, it is one of the colours on a chart prepared by the Quebec government to inform people in the various regions of the province of the evolution of the second wave of COVID-19.

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