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VEQ preparing a virtual version of the annual Fall Fest

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

For the past many years, the Voice of English-speaking Québec’s Fall Fest, a showcase for local community groups and organizations, has been held in the gymnasium of St. Vincent School, with fun bouncy castles for kids on the playground outside, a hot dog sale and many, many other things to see and do and eat. Local music, dance and theatre groups also perform.

Sommet de la montagne unveiled on Parliament Hill

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Normally, every summer in Quebec City, artists affiliated with EXMURO produce a series of unique works of art that can be discovered in unusual passageways – Passages Insolites – in the Lower Town from the VIA Rail station to the end of the Petit Champlain shopping area.

Wolfe monument on Plains a rare reminder of FLQ spree of terror

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

The 50th anniversary of the October Crisis will soon be upon us.

City offers grants to green Limoilou lanes, but is process too complex?

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Photo: Jackie Smith

The city is offering residents and not-for-profit organizations grants of up to $10,000 to create projects to add more greenery to lanes in the Limoilou district.

Burke’s ‘last letter’ as board chair lauds staff, slams Bill 40

After over 11 years as chairman of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), Stephen Burke says he has likely sent his last letter to supporters of the English school system.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 17, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue des Inuit

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named for the Aboriginal peoples who live in the northern regions of Canada. Historically, the Inuit were called “Eskimos,” a term that came into use in the 17th century to describe people inhabiting the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Siberia.

‘Mr. Basketball’ Ted Gunn recalls ‘great times’ at former YMCA

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Photo: George Ben from QCT archives

A recent story in the QCT about the opening of a new YMCA building in Quebec City stirred the memory of Ted Gunn, a well-known figure in the city’s anglophone community.

Gunn, the driving force, along with his wife Louise, in the preservation and celebration of the city’s Scottish heritage, also has a celebrated history with the YMCA in the town.

OBITUARY: Norma Marie (née Power) MARTINEAU

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Norma Marie (née Power) Martineau, 93, passed at Ian Anderson House in Oakville, Ont. on Sept. 5, 2020.

Submit your candidacy soon for school board elections

As you all know, the present Quebec government plans to replace school boards by school-service centres – this is already the case in the French school network. The nine English school boards have contested Bill 40 and a “stay” has been awarded the English boards. However, the government is contesting this “stay” and a decision from the Superior Court of Québec is imminent.

Les Violons du Roy reveal their fall program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A few dozen people had an exceptional treat on Sept. 10 when they heard Les Violons du Roy perform live onstage in the Salle Raoul-Jobin of the Palais Montcalm. The occasion was the presentation of the new fall program of the Violons and La Chapelle de Québec, who will perform both in Quebec City and in Montreal.

RSEQ and Quebec AAA Midget Hockey are back in action

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Photo: Jocelyn Gagné

The Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League have been back in action since Sept. 14, when Premier François Legault confirmed the resumption of extracurricular activities.

Blueberry Sunday launch 'Melancholic Afternoon'

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 3, the local indie pop band Blueberry Sunday launched their first album, Melancholic Afternoon, at Bleuets du Viré-Crêpe in Saint-Nicolas. The musicians played on the rooftop overlooking the restaurant’s patio and blueberry fields; the cheering crowd were seated below, on picnic blankets and camp chairs.

It’s back to school for CQSB students

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 1, students and, at elementary schools, parents lined up outside Central Québec School Board (CQSB) schools. For the past six months, parents, students, faculty and staff have been anxiously awaiting this important date, hoping it would be the beginning of a return to “normality,” and not the beginning of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some former politicos become belles-mères; Couillard stays mum

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There’s no obvious English equivalent for the Quebec expression “belle-mère,” which describes a former politician who criticizes and meddles in the affairs of the government or party he or she left behind.

Will COVID-19 cases surge with students back in school?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The QCT recently interviewed Dr. Gary Kobinger, founder and CEO of Global Urgent and Advanced Research and Development (GUARD). He is a professor in the department of microbiology and infectious diseases and the director of the research centre on infectious diseases, faculty of medicine at Université Laval.

The Rhapsodes choir return to the stage in October

David Rompré and Les Rhapsodes choristers are delighted to return to the stage of the Palais Montcalm this autumn. Following the public health directives, the choir was able to resume their rehearsals, so that they can present the last two concerts of the previous season as well as their entire new season.

The story behind Rue Isidore-Thibaudeau

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Photo: Photo Wikipedia

Isidore Thibaudeau was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was born in Neuville (formerly known as Pointe-aux-Trembles) in 1819. His father, Pierre-Chrisologue Thibaudeau, was a merchant of Acadian origin.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 10, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Music at the Island – The band of the Royal Artillery will perform [a] programme of music at Orleans on Saturday, 19th September, from 3 to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.... The ferry-boat will make a special trip at 1:30 p.m.

September 9, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle
A Prediction

Concerts Couperin offers five concerts for 2020-2021

For their 64th season, Concerts Couperin proposes five concerts, including the April 19 concert that was postponed due to COVID-19.

All concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, at 2 Côte de la Fabrique in Old Quebec.

So you think you know all there is to know about Canada, eh?

Did you know . . .

• “Eh” is in the dictionary – several of them, in fact. Who’d have thought, eh?

• Canada is the second-largest country in the world. The largest is Russia.

• Ottawa is the second-coldest capital city. The coldest is Moscow.

Can a bird fly without its tail feathers?

Photo by Lise Lafond

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Raymond G. WARD

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Raymond George Ward, son of Emily Leblanc and Lorne Ward, died recently in Quebec City at the age of 81.
Raymond is survived by two brothers: Graham (Kathy) and Garry (Doris) and three sisters: Lorna (the late Andy), Joan (Gary), and Barbara (Garry).
Nieces and nephews include Emily, Sean, Alyson, Matthew, Kimberly, Amanda and the late Nathan.

Hello September!

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The QCT’s sports reporter Luc Lang captured the first sunrise of September with his iPhone camera. The photo was taken in Beauport, looking east toward Île d’Orléans, which can be seen behind the trees.

City to reopen recreational activities at lower capacity

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Photo: Ville de Québec

Everybody back in the pool – well, not quite everybody, at least not just yet.

The city last week released its plan for gradually resuming recreational activities at facilities – including indoor pools – around town. The pandemic forced the closure of virtually all community centres, where indoor activities from aquatic programs to language lessons were offered.

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

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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.

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