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SSQ Quebec City Marathon a runaway success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Ontario’s David Mutai out-paced all competitors on Oct. 13, completing the 42.2-kilometre SSQ Quebec City Marathon in 2:25. Caroline Shaw from Virginia won the women's race in 3:06.

Shades of 1979 in the 2019 election battle for Quebec


OK, Justin Trudeau is not his dad, Andrew Scheer is not exactly a clone of Joe Clark, and for sure François Legault is not René Lévesque. But as we enter the denouement of this election we can’t help but be reminded of the 1979 vote when those three characters had lead roles in an intense national drama.

Stakes high in Quebec City area for Liberal Duclos, Conservative Deltell

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Photo: House of Commons website

They are vastly different by background, style and politics but Conservative Gérard Deltell and Liberal Jean-Yves Duclos have two important things in common: both are first-term federal MPs, and both are the key players in the Quebec City region for their respective parties.

Can Liberal Lightbound end Louis-Hébert’s single-term curse?

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With Halloween on the horizon, Joël Lightbound is hoping to break the 30-year curse of Louis-Hébert riding. Not since the 1988 federal election, when Progressive Conservative Suzanne Duplessis won a thumping second majority, has the incumbent MP been re-elected.

The story behind Rue Dom-Bellot

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This street is named in honour of Paul-Louis-Denis Bellot (1876-1944), a Benedictine monk and architect. He was born in Paris and died in Quebec City. “‘Dom” is an honorary title reserved for royalty, select nobles, and high ranking members of the clergy.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 17, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Club Musical takes audience away to 19th-century Paris

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Club Musical de Québec opened its season at the Palais Montcalm on Oct. 7 by taking a full house on a sublime excursion into 19th-century Parisian music and poetry.

MNBAQ hands COZIC exhibit Over to You

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Visitors to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ)’s newest exhibit COZIC – Over to You: From 1967 to Now may be struck by the depth and scope of the 100 works on display. The exhibit is showing from Oct. 10 to Jan. 5, 2020 in the Pavillon Pierre Lassonde.

Ecocentres: Where waste is put in its proper place


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Landfills in Quebec now have an ally. Ecocentres are giving citizens an eco-friendly way to dispose of their unwanted items while minimizing the volume of waste destined for landfills.

Comiccon features Billy Dee Williams, Stars Wars and Batman

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Superheroes, Disney princesses, princes and other strange characters took over the Centre des Congrès on Oct. 12 and 13. No, people didn’t confuse Thanksgiving with Halloween. This was the annual Comiccon, with cosplay (dress-up), fantasy worlds and comic books at the heart of the event.

Patrick McKenna to launch book on history of St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

For the past several years, Patrick McKenna has been busy writing St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City 1843-1998.

Elections 2019 – Vote for a leader or a platform?


In an article published in the QCT just before the 2015 federal election, I wrote: “Canada is not the Canada of which I was a proud citizen until recently. It has been fundamentally changed for the worse by the current Conservative government. I plan to vote Liberal.”

Grand Dadventures on Mount Wright

Photo: Jarryd Smith

Dadventures, a new Wellness Centre initiative to support men raising children, got off to an exciting start in late September with a drizzly-but-fun hike up Mount Wright (Parc du Mont Wright). The 15 eager participants included five dads, one grandad and nine excited children from 10 months to eight years old.

Alice Evelyn (née Ross) AIRD

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Alice Evelyn (née Ross) Aird passed away peacefully after a long illness in the Avalon Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario, on Oct. 1, 2019.

Community Calendar

Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. – VEQ Out and About visits the Musée de la civilisation. Members of the community ages 50 and over are invited to join us as we discover the exhibits at the Museum of Civilization on Rue Dalhousie. Free admission, and transportation. Departing from the Jeffery Hale Pavilion at 10 a.m. with the possibility of pick-up at your home. Contact Catherine at 418-683-2366, ext.

St. Pat’s Junior football team at the door of the playoffs

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High Junior football team is one step away from making the playoffs, in the RSEQ Eastern Conference. On Oct. 12, the Fighting Irish Juniors won 27-8 over the Corsaires from École secondaire of Pointe-Lévy, on the south shore.

Université Laval football and women’s rugby news

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Photo: Nathalie Martin - U Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team played one good half of football and that was all it needed on Oct. 12 to cruise to an easy 39-3 win over McGill University at Montreal’s Percival-Molson Stadium.

Remparts hockey, Bataillon football and Capitales baseball news

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Photo: Luc Lang from QCT archives

The Quebec Remparts, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, are having a great start to the month of October. After wins in Charlottetown and Saint John earlier this month, the Diables Rouges came back home this past weekend and won both games.

Paul-Hus defends big majority in Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles


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Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles would seem to be one of the most solid Conservative seats in Quebec. Pierre Paul-Hus won the riding in 2015 by 22 points and nearly 10,000 votes.

It was a great day for the CQSB Cross-Country Run

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The weather was ideal for the annual Central Québec School Board (CQSB) Cross-Country Run on Oct. 5. For the 23rd edition, some 525 runners and many supporters assembled at the Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy.

Standards have changed for politicians’ unimpeachable conduct

The word “unimpeachable” has taken on new meaning in the context of the current malaise in government visited on our cousins south of the border. Officially, according to my beloved brick of a Webster’s, unimpeachable is defined as “cannot be doubted, questioned or discredited; blameless; irreproachable.”

The story behind Rue Douglas


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named to commemorate Clan Douglas, one of Scotland’s most powerful families, and certainly the most prominent family in lowland Scotland in the Late Middle Ages, often holding the real power behind the throne of the Stewart kings.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

October 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Finance Building in Old Quebec a hidden treasure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A visit to the Ministry of Finance building (formerly the Palais de Justice) located at 12 Rue Saint-Louis revealed an architectural treasure in the heart of Old Quebec.

Who’s stealing the brass plaques?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rich Cahill, a historian and teacher, contacted the QCT recently to report that he had noticed a number of brass plaques located at historical locations around Quebec City had gone missing.

Witches and wizards conjure up fun in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Over the weekend, curious visitors discovered the local wizarding culture. Witches and warlocks, wizards and fantastic creatures revealed themselves at the first edition of the Sorcelleries de Québec. From Oct.

WoodRise 2019: How cross-laminated timber can save the world

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The theme of WoodRise 2019, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 at the Quebec City Centre des Congrès/Convention Centre, was “Building our cities for future generations.”

Travelling along Craig’s Road with Steve Cameron

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Blazing autumn colours were the perfect backdrop for the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee’s Oct. 5th excursion. A beautiful sunny day greeted the busload of 21 participants, as we headed out to explore and learn about our “sister villages” just across the St. Lawrence River.

OSQ musicians perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Octuor à Vent, an octet comprised of musicians from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, presented a program of chamber music for wind instruments – oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes – at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Oct. 3.

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