September 18 2019 Edition

Second GPCQ win for Australian Michael Matthews

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A light breeze kept Quebec City cool on the mild and sunny morning of Sept. 13. The racecourse, which starts and finishes in front of Place George-V, gave the international cyclists quite a challenge in the 10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.

What are election ‘ballot’ questions for a blessed land?

Had a conversation the other day with a friend who teaches students looking to upgrade their general education and language skills, most of whom are refugees from a country a certain U.S. president would call a … well, you know what.

Quebec riding: Duclos faces comeback bid by longtime Bloc MP

QCT federal election roundup

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Photo: House of Commons website and Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

One of the marvels of elections in this country is how, upon the drop of a writ, busy elves plaster election signs everywhere overnight so that voters wake up to a bedazzling and enticing array of political offerings. It’s like Christmas morning. If only there were a Sugar Plum Party.

QAC’s Fiddler coming soon to a roof near you!

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You can reserve your seat now for the Quebec Art Company production of the forever popular musical Fiddler on the Roof. There will be seven performances only in the CEGEP Champlain–Saint Lawrence theatre of the touching tale of the poor dairyman Tevye, his wife Golde and their daughters in the Russian village of Anatevka.

The story behind Rue de la Drave and Parc des Draveurs

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In Quebec, the French word drave refers to the floating of large numbers of tree trunks downriver. Log driving was a means of moving logs (sawn tree trunks) from a forest downstream to sawmills and pulp mills using the current of a river.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Note from Lorie: The Ocean Limited, a passenger train operated by Via Rail on a 23-hour overnight route between Montreal and Halifax, is the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America. (Source – Wikipedia)

September 16, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

St-Roch XP, where the cool kids hang out

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The multifaceted St-Roch XP (Expérience) festival that took place from Sept. 12 to 15 emphasized the sights, sounds, shows and flavours that make this urban neighbourhood a place “where the cool kids hang out” to dine, drink, dance and go out on the town.

House of slaves in Togo

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When Rev. Éloi Gunn was growing up in Agbodrafo, Togo, he and his brothers, sisters and cousins loved to play in their grandparents’ basement. It was the perfect hiding place, accessible through a trapdoor in the living room floor, with a ceiling so low that no adult could stand up straight. It never occurred to them to ask why the trapdoor and the basement were there.

The party’s over. Where do the bottles go?

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

We are late, very late. Will we ever be able to turn the tables and save our planet? Companies must co-operate and together we must change laws and regulations to correct all the damage that has been and is being done to our Mother Earth.

Walking the red carpet at the Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As another beautiful end-of-summer day turned to dusk on Sept. 12, the crowd settled in at Place d’Youville. There they found rows of white Adirondack chairs facing a giant screen. Between the seats, a red carpet flowed like a river from the staircase of the nearby Palais Montcalm.

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