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Runners race up and down Quebec City’s staircases

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
At 7:20 a.m. on June 17, participants in the 10th Quebec City Staircase Challenge stepped up to the starting line in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge and set off to conquer the 34 staircases linking the city’s Lower Town and Upper Town.

Congratulations to the A.S. Johnson Class of 2018

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Photo: Shirley Anto

The Andrew Stuart Johnson Memorial High School graduation took place in Thetford Mines on June 16. The ceremony was held at the school and was followed by dinner and dancing at the Auberge Mi-Chemin. Students arrived in vehicles of all types, including a 1910 Ford.

Here’s to the worker: this country was built with tools

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Here we are at that uniquely Canadian convergence of dual (duelling?) national holidays – triple, if one includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21. It’s a time when, regardless of people’s ancestry or when their ancestors arrived on these shores, or whether they were already ashore, Canadians celebrate what our forebears have built.

OBITUARY: C. Robert McGOLDRICK 1928 – 2018

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In Quebec City, on June 4, 2018, died peacefully Mr. C. Robert McGoldrick, husband of the late Huguette Clément, father of Lisa (Dominique-André Demers) and Paul.

Jean Robert named as chair of the National Battlefields Commission

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

On June 15, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced the appointment of former CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence campus director Jean Robert as the new chair of the National Battlefields Commission, for a term of five years. “With his experience and expertise, Mr.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 22, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Anne-Barbel

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Photo: Google Maps
This street is named in honour of a remarkable Quebec City-born businesswoman, Marie-Anne Barbel (1704-1793). She ran several successful businesses after her husband, Louis Fornel, died in 1745. The couple had 14 children of whom only five, four girls and one boy, survived to adulthood. 

More Americans apologize

Dear Editor, 

I wish to offer an apology to Canadian citizens for the recent rude and politically pathetic behavior by our president after the G7, now 6, Summit.

Holland Elementary School students visit Wendake

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Two groups of Grade 5 students from Holland School went on a field trip to the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake to present their Project of Heart posters on July 13.

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesday summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins at noon on June 27. The opening concert will be given by the church’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, who is now the artistic director of Casavant Frères, the famous organ builders in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Canadian Association for Irish Studies meets at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies held a conference in Quebec City from June 13 to 16, attended by representatives from seven countries and five Canadian provinces. Most of the lectures were held at Université Laval, hosted by Brad Kent, a professor of British and Irish Literatures at the university.

Hello/Bonjour! group shares a bilingual picnic in the park

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

On a picture perfect day in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, 11 relative strangers, anglophone and francophone, met to share a potluck lunch and practise their second-language skills. This picnic is one of many activities offered in Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ)’s Hello/Bonjour! program, overseen by project co-ordinator Alexandra Hartley.

Equestrian monuments in Quebec, and the myth of the horses’ legs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
While walking around Quebec City, I challenged myself to find monuments of famous people on horseback. I discovered that there are only a few equestrian statues in the city. 

Quebec unveils cultural policy

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Premier Philippe Couillard and MNA Marie Montpetit, the minister of culture, communications and the protection and promotion of the French Language, unveiled Quebec’s second cultural policy June 12 at a press conference at Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse in Montreal.

Give blood, give life. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday

From June 11 to 17, Héma-Québec marked the 10th annual National Blood Donor Week. It is an opportunity for the organization to remind everyone that every day, at least 1,000 blood donations are needed to maintain the blood reserve at an optimal level.

Community Calendar

Thursday to Sunday from June 10 to 30 & July 19 to Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. – Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand presents its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham, featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists during 22 stellar musical evenings. Visit ccbn-nbc.gc.ca/en/activities/kiosque-edwin-belanger for details.

Walking Anglos stroll through Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

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The second in the series of walking routes in Quebec City takes place in the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, the historic home of prominent families since the founding of New France. The villa, known as Spencerwood, served as the residence of the lieutenant-governor of Quebec until it was destroyed by fire in 1966. 

BC Lions’ Edward Godin says, “It’s a dream come true!”

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Photo: Kyle Clapham - BC Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate Edward Godin is living his dream.

The first graduate of the Fighting Irish football program to make it to the Canadian Football League (CFL), Godin will now suit up for the BC Lions.

JH-SB Friends’ Foundation hosts great “fun-raiser” Mini-Golf Classic

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Photo: montage by Frank Cannon

On Saturday, June 9, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation held its first-ever Family Mini-Golf Classic at the miniature golf park in the Vanier borough of Quebec City. The foundation was pleased to welcome over 50 people to this “fun-raising” activity and took the opportunity to publicize its mission to a whole new cohort of potential supporters.

Musical escapades in Quebec City

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and artistic director of Les Escapades musicales de la cité (EMC), recently launched EMC’s second annual chamber music festival. The four-day event features local musicians and invited guests who will perform from June 27 to 30.

St. Lawrence hosts CCAA delegates from across Canada

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Photo: Christian Brosseau

From June 11 to 14, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence hosted the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) annual general meeting.

Some 50 delegates from Halifax to Nanaimo spent the week in Quebec City sharing knowledge and best practices from their respective conferences.

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Wellness Centre partners discuss needs of English-speaking community

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Photo: Diane Kameen

On June 1, the key partners in the community Wellness Centre got together to discuss shared objectives and a common vision as to how to best meet the health and social services needs of the local English-speaking community.

G7 protests leave Quebec City streets undisturbed

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Photo: Peter Black
Police authorities prepared for the worst in anticipation of anti-G7 protests in downtown Quebec City from June 7 to 10, but in the end, there was more tumult and controversy at the diplomatic level at the Charlevoix Summit than there was in the streets of the Old City. 

Letter to the Editor: An American apology

An American apology

Dear Editor,

Quebec prepares to celebrate Fête Nationale on June 23-24

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The theme of this year’s Fête Nationale celebrations, Histoire de héros or Story of Heroes, was revealed at a press conference held at the Musée de la civilisation on June 6.

Business as usual (almost) for Book Fair 2018

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As the QCT reported in the May 30, 2018 edition, the Quebec City Women’s Club has passed the torch for the organizing of its annual Book Fair into the capable hands of SNACS Entrepreneurs, an innovative social enterprise that is a spin-off from the SNACS (Special Needs Activities and Community Services) Program, a program that offers social activities and life skills training to English-speaking

Democracy is just the worst, but still the best

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I think my first lesson in the wonders of democracy was thanks to a friend named Mark T.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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June 11, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
Two men named Baptiste Leveliere, of Berthier and Jean Boutet, of St. Cuthbert in passing along the river near St. Sulpice on their way back from Montreal, ate some hemlock that they mistook for another plant usually eaten in this area. In an hour and a half, both were dead.

The story behind Rue Alexander

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street is named in honour of Field Marshal Harold George Alexander, first Earl Alexander of Tunis, a senior British Army officer who served with distinction in both the First World War and the Second World War. 
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