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Zero Waste Festival and Mission 100 Tonnes receive Suzuki Foundation’s Prix Demain le Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers are walking the environment talk! Two Montreal groups are implementing changes for a better future for nature and humankind, and growing numbers of Quebecers are joining in.

“But what did you eat there?” (Part 1 of 2)

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In another life, just after university, years before I became a full-time writer, I taught English as a second language. There was only one topic I could always depend on to get students talking, no matter what their age, gender, skill level, culture or interest level: food.

Get ready for fun, games and cake on Canada Day!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Logico, the organizer of the 152nd Canada Day celebrations in Quebec City, has created a jam-packed day of activities for the whole family. Everyone is invited to spend the day on the Plains of Abraham on Monday, July 1.

The Grand Marché is open for business!

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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At Les cochons tout ronds, delicious samples drew curious customers.

 

The court jester is back in the Old City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This playful bronze statue of a court jester or fou du roi, officially known as Le Grand Bienvenue, has found a new home in Old Quebec.

Éric Lapointe has carte blanche to create his dream FEQ concert

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For the seventh consecutive year, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) and Bell Canada have given a Quebec artist carte blanche to create his dream concert. Quebec’s rock ’n’ roll icon Éric Lapointe is coming to the Plains of Abraham on July 9, and he won’t be alone.

More fun featured at FEQ for families

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Photo: FEQ

Clowns! Pirates! Bubbles! Slime!

Organizers of the Place de la Famille component of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) certainly seem to know what makes kids happy. FEQ last week unveiled this summer’s program targeting youngsters looking for fun stuff to do during the festival, which runs from July 5 to 14.

Godin back with BC; no St. Pat’s players drafted by QMJHL teams

Former St. Patrick’s High School and Université Laval football player Edward Godin has made the BC Lions 46-man roster. Godin and the Lions played their first regular season game on June 15 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but lost 33-22.

Community Calendar

Thursday to Sunday to June 30, July 18 to Aug. 11, and exceptionally Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. – Edwin Bélanger Bandstand concerts on the Plains of Abraham. This year’s program features 25 presentations of a variety of musical styles and renowned artists. Check out the program at canada.ca/en/national-battlefields-commission/news.

Andrew Greenfield becomes an ambassador for the Challenge XPN

After boxing in two Défi Sportif Challenges for the CHU Foundation, Andrew Greenfield will become an ambassador for the event.

Greenfield, who won a unanimous decision over Vincent Hudon at the May 31 Boxing Gala at the Colisée de Loretteville, will help other boxers by coaching them about fundraising and how to do it efficiently.

Cuban players (finally) in Quebec to help out Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Cuban players of the Quebec Capitales, of the Can-Am Baseball League, could not have arrived at a better time. After what was becoming a real hassle to get all the paperwork done with the Canadian embassy in Mexico, things were finally settled and the three players from Cuba made it to Quebec City last week.

A brief history of The Royal Oak

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Photo: Michael Boden

In 1649, King Charles I of England was executed by government revolutionaries in an attempt to end the absolute monarchy. His son, Prince Charles, was proclaimed King of Scotland but not recognized in England, and fled after his military defeat in Worcester in 1651.

Royal Acorns finally arrive in Quebec

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Photo: Mike Boden

Thanks to a generous donation from English Heritage, a few dozen acorns from England’s most famous tree, The Royal Oak, have now arrived safely in Quebec. While they may be quite small themselves, the importing of these noble acorns was, in fact, quite a huge feat.

American Consul General marks 75th anniversary of D-Day landings and 243rd Independence Day

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The American Consul General in Quebec City, Allison Areias Vogel, invited guests to a special event at the Domaine Cataraqui to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Crowded fields for party leadership, except …

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Anyone taking bets on who will end up winning the U.S. Democratic Party’s presidential nomination? Oddsmakers must truly be at odds trying to handicap a field as vast as amber waves of grain.

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesdays summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins on June 26 at 12 noon.

The story behind Rue Claude-Picher

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street in Sainte-Foy was named in honour of artist Claude Picher (1927-1998). A native of Quebec City, the painter and engraver showed exceptional artistic talent at a very early age.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

June 11, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Dans le Bon Vieux Temps ~ Back in the Day book launch

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Photo: Jayne Doddridge

On June 4, Habitations Valcartier in collaboration with the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, the Valcartier Historical Committee and Valcartier Elementary School CLC launched their book Dans le Bon Vieux Temps ~ Back in the Day.

Boer War statue “disappearing” into the trees

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A few years ago, I wrote to someone at Quebec City Hall complaining about the fact that the statue of the Boer War soldier at the top of the war memorial on Rue Saint-Louis (on Parc de l’Esplanade) is “disappearing” into the elm trees growing around it. I requested that some of the branches be cut back a reasonable distance from the statue so it can be seen in all its glory.

Inaugural season of Le Diamant will be many-faceted

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Diamant, the new theatre complex built within the walls of the former YMCA on Place D’Youville, is less than 100 days away from completion.

What to expect on June 23 for the Grand spectacle de la Fête Nationale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In less than two weeks, the province of Quebec will put its culture on parade, a proud tradition dating back 185 years. With over 6,000 activities and events organized in 700 sites across the province, the fleur-de-lys will be flown and celebrated.
In Quebec City, the action will take place on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of June 23, with the Grand spectacle de la Fête Nationale.

Baby Book Bag program revamped

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Photo: Frank Cannon

Did you know that little ones who associate books with happy feelings are more likely to enjoy a love of reading and learning as they grow? Not only do times spent with Mom or Dad enjoying stories, songs and poems help strengthen the parent-child bond, story time and singing help build a child’s memory, listening skills and vocabulary.

Newspaper lessons from Murphy’s farm

It will be 16 years next month that I sold the Stanstead Journal. That’s a long time. If my time since the Journal were a child, it would be getting a driver’s license and no longer speaking to me.

The Stanstead Journal ceases weekly production

We regret to hear that the Stanstead Journal, published weekly since 1845, has ceased its weekly print production and will now exist only online. There are, however, plans to publish a print edition 10 times in the coming year. The last weekly print edition came out on May 29, 2019.

Community Calendar

Friday, June 14 – Grand Marché, official opening at ExpoCité, 250 Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel. Two hours free parking. For more details, visit legrandmarchedequebec.com.

Book Quest 2019: Natural World at the Morrin Centre

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The Morrin Centre summer reading program is back for a 15th consecutive year! Organized in partnership with the TD Summer Reading Club, Book Quest gives children ages three to 12 the opportunity to appreciate literature through games, crafts, and interactive activities. This year’s theme, Natural World, will allow participants to explore all the wonders nature has to offer.

New pavilion at the Base de Plein air almost complete

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Photo: Peter Black

Construction is on schedule at the Base de Plein air de Sainte-Foy, where a spacious new pavilion and a multi-purpose building will replace outdated structures on the site. One of the old buildings had to have asbestos insulation removed before it was demolished.

Grads give last show before running away to the circus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Not all directors would want the word catastrophe in the name of their show. However, Maxime Perron, artistic director of Catastrophe ultraviolette, is unafraid. The actor and first-time director of the graduates’ final show at the École de Cirque (ECQ) chose a rather abstract theme based on a concept from quantum physics.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 at Dollard-des-Ormeaux High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux graduation ceremony was particularly poignant this year as Stéphan Lagacé, principal of the school for the past 13 years, congratulated the graduates, some of whom he has known since they were in kindergarten, and bid them a final farewell.

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