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Thank you for being a friend!

Photo courtesy of Lucie Bouchard

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Winding down the COVID lockdown a lesson in confusion

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We thought we’d buy some handkerchiefs – shouldn’t it really be nosekerchief? – from a local clothing store that’s had its ups and downs lately. You know, buy local, support merchants who are your neighbours, etc....

Warren Thomson appointed principal of both QHS, St. Patrick’s

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Photo: André Gosselin

In a gesture that affirms the coming merger of Quebec City’s two main English-language secondary schools, the Central Québec School Board (CQSB) has appointed a single principal to oversee the project.

Meet Carlo Belmonte: the birdman of Saint-Roch

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Photo: Danielle Burns

If you have not run into Carlo Belmonte and his “family” of lovebirds, you haven’t been spending enough time in the Saint-Roch or Petit Champlain areas where Belmonte enjoys interacting with tourists, who are sadly missing at the moment.

Fire spreads under Hydro-Quebec power lines in Val-Bélair

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 21, a brush fire spread underneath the Hydro-Québec transmission towers in the Val-Bélair district of Quebec City. Four fire alarms called 80 firefighters from the Service de protection contre l’incendie de Québec (SPCIQ) to the site.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 27, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Fenian News!
The Fenians from nearly every part of the State of New York, are mustering on the line of Hinchinbrooke [southern Quebec], with very large supplies of stores, arms and ammunition. The muster at this time numbers over 800 men. The volunteers of the district have all been despatched to the line, and a battle is expected. ...

The story behind Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named for the four 19th-century bourgeois (middle-class) landowners whose estates and farmlands were crossed by the road it would become.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Red River Expedition: Part 1

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In March 1871, Lieut. H.S.H. Riddell of the 60th Rifles presented a paper to the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec about the Red River Expedition of 1870. Lieut. Riddell had served as one of three officers who led detachments during this epic campaign.

MCQ and MNBAQ to reopen in June

Further to the official statement on May 22 by Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault, two of Quebec City’s most popular museums will soon reopen their doors after over three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social distancing is the new norm at elementary schools

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Photo: Bill Cox

At École Coeur-Vaillant-Campanile elementary school in Sainte-Foy, and at all other Quebec schools that resumed classes on May 11, social distancing is the new norm. It can be seen when students enter and leave school, and during recess in the schoolyard.

COVID-19 increases potential for domestic violence

There are a lot of grave markers belonging to women who tried to tell police their estranged husband, ex-boyfriend or even a besotted co-worker was dangerous.

In the most recent case to hit the headlines, the battered girlfriend survived the attack. Tragically, 22 other people in rural Nova Scotia did not.

Hockey quiz: How well do you remember the Nordiques?

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Photo: sportsnet.ca

The Nordiques left Quebec City in 1995 for Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche, after being in the Vieille Capitale since 1972. The team started in the now defunct World Hockey Association and joined the National Hockey League in 1979, along with Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Hartford.

Patrick Roy wants the 2022 Memorial Cup held in Quebec

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Photo: QMJHL

Quebec Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy wants the team to be host of the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament. Quebec City last hosted the event in 2015; it was also the last sporting event held at the Colisée.

Warm weather brings people together on Plains of Abraham

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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Quebec flags at half-mast in memory of COVID-19 victims

Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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On May 13, the Quebec flag at the top of the National Assembly was flown at half-mast in memory of those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A crafty rainbow pops up on Rue Crémazie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Built by the Siffreddi-Robledo family, this cunning work of art consists of 14 columns of pop bottles filled with coloured water, fixed between the balcony railings of their home in the Montcalm district.

Rainbow tops Saint Brigid’s Home

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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A rainbow brightens the top-storey window of Saint Brigid’s Home.

Fire in Limoulou drives 15 families from their homes

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The early morning calm in Limoilou was broken on May 12 by the sound of sirens. Thick black smoke could be seen in the air from miles away.

The first 911 call came in at 8:08 a.m. from a triplex in the 500 block of 10e Rue, where the fire had started in the tambour, the enclosed stairway at the back of the building.

Salvador Dali’s "La Vénus Spatiale" on view in the Old Town

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This larger-than-lifesize statue of Salvador Dali’s La Vénus Spatiale is now on view for all to see in front of the UNESCO monument facing the Château Frontenac. Valued at $3,500,000, the giant bronze work of art may be purchased at the Galerie Sylvain Fortier, located in the main lobby of the hotel. It is part of the gallery’s Picasso - Dali - Riopelle exhibit.

The story behind Avenue Gustave-Beaudet

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Photo: Charlesbourg hier et aujourd’hui Facebook page

This street in the Charlesbourg district of Quebec City was named in honour of Dr. Gustave Beaudet (1886-1968), who was born in Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent. He studied medicine at Université Laval, then at Université de Montréal. When he finished his studies in 1910, he married Marie-Thérèse Larue and settled in Saint-Apollinaire (Chaudière-Appalaches).

The many firsts of new Liberal leader Dominique Anglade

A lot of “firsts” are being tagged on Dominique Anglade, like Girl Guide badges. This is fitting, perhaps, because if there is one dominant characteristic to describe the new leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) it might be “achiever.” Some might call her a keener, always première de classe, always striving to lead, make things happen.

City unveils latest plans for Sainte-Foy, Saint-Roch tramway hubs

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Photo: Ville de Quebec

City officials last week released the latest version of plans for the tramway route and connecting hubs in the Sainte-Foy and Saint-Roch districts. The changes will have a major impact on traffic patterns in both areas and, according to Mayor Régis Labeaume, will make the city more people-friendly.

Pandemic puts most vocational training on hold

When elementary schools outside Montreal reopened May 11, adults in certain vocational programs were also allowed to resume in-class activities, as long as social distancing could be maintained and the activities were necessary for the students’ programs.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 21, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
The Forthcoming Boat-Race at Lachine

The fear pandemic: Survey indicates anglophones and allophones more worried about COVID than francophones

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophone Quebecers about the consequences of COVID-19, according to a survey released last week by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

“Even though the contagion itself is not biased, its effects have been quite uneven,” ACS president Jack Jedwab observed.

What to expect this summer at Quebec City’s lakeside playground

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, Quebecers are hoping for a return to normal: going to the beach, being with family, doing summer sports, anything to escape this new reality. Will it be possible? To answer this question, the QCT spoke with Jean Perron in a phone interview on May 11. Perron is mayor of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, a village northwest of Quebec City on the shore of Lac Saint-Joseph.

Fascinating flora found in the park

Photos by Shirley Nadeau

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This nosegay of purple crocuses tinged with white burst their way through the leaf litter on the grounds of the Domaine Cataraqui.

April showers bring May … snow?

Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

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The deep violet of the crocuses is a beautiful contrast to the white snow that fell on Quebec City during the night of May 11 to 12. Quebecers expecting spring with their morning coffee found winter.

Snow geese heading north for the summer

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A flock of snow geese takes flight at Baie de Beauport in mid-May. A welcome sight in Quebec each spring, these birds breed north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spend winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

IN MEMORIAM - BILLY DOUCET

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DOUCET, BILLY

Dec. 22, 1946-May 19, 2010

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.

Love, your wife Verna & Family

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