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Sisters in Spirit hold vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Photo: Juanita Craig

The second Sisters in Spirit public vigil took place at Place D'Youville on , October 4 with some 100 supporters in attendance.

Terry Fox Run at Ste-Foy Elementary School

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The cold wind and rain on October 1 did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Ste-Foy Elementary School students who participated in the school’s annual Terry Fox Run.

General Elections 2015: Why I like the Conservatives

This is the third of four weekly articles to appear in the QCT in the run-up to the General Election on 19 October. The titles for the first two were: “Why I Like the NDP/Liberals,” and “Why I Don’t Like the NDP/Liberals;” the final one next week will be “Why I Don’t Like the Conservatives.”

The impact of the Liberal Party fiscal plan on Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Memorials and Things of Fame


The Morning Chronicle

Annick Papillon encourages people to get out and vote

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Photo: House of Commons photo

From her riding office in Saint-Roch, Annick Papillon can see hip offices of Quebec tech startups as well as gritty, low-rent apartments. The invisible line that runs through the neighbourhood, dividing Urban Outfitters from urban decay, is one of the elements that makes the riding of Quebec so unique and appealing to the NDP incumbent.

Fall Celebration at the Quebec Citadelle

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Photo: Bill Cox

The Plains of Abraham again echoed with the sounds of battles fought on its soil when modern-day cannons at the Quebec Citadelle fired a 21-gun salute for His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. He and his wife Sharon Johnston were in town for the annual Fall Celebration which including opening their Quebec City residence to the public.  

St. Michael’s Church concert features organ, circus and tango!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, September 29, parishioners and the general public filled St. Michael’s Church in Sillery for a benefit concert. The organ was the star of the evening along with three musicians, three circus performers and two tango dancers. 

Battles 1759-1760 unveiled at Plains of Abraham Museum

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Photo: Battles image provided by NBC

During its 15-year run, some 300,000 visitors viewed Odyssey: A journey through history on the Plains of Abraham, an exhibit located at the Plains of Abraham Museum (formerly known as the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham). 

Le Monastère des Augustines officially open

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 30, the Augustinian Sisters of Québec officially opened Le Monastère des Augustines, now transformed into a “haven of heritage, culture and wellness” with a new vocation as a hospice for travellers, caregivers and families of those who are ill. Many dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony held in the monastery’s historic chapel. 

Alan Stairs: The piping farmer of Tewkesbury

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Alan Stairs is usually seen dressed in his 78th Fraser Highland uniform with his bagpipes slung under one arm while he plays an assortment of marches, slow marches, jigs and Strathspeys. 

Happy 50th anniversary! Congratulations to Jim and Margaret Oman

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Congratulations to Margaret and Jim Oman who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a garden party at their home with family and friends. It was a perfect day with beautiful weather filled with lots of good memories. Margaret and Jim were married at Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy on August 21,1965.  We wish them many more happy years together.

School board structures are no longer on Premier Couillard’s agenda

Press Release – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is very pleased with the change in position on school board structures made by Premier Couillard during the recent PLQ Forum on Education in the 21st Century. 

William Thomas WHITEHEAD

Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK

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Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK, 94, died peacefully at her home in Vancouver on September 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born on January 14, 1921, in Quebec City, Violet was the daughter of the late Edward and Effie (Neil) Rourke. 

Fighting Irish battle for football glory on the Plains

Photo: Ruby Pratka

The smell of hot dogs was already wafting through the air on Sunday morning as the St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team prepared to take on École Sécondaire Mont-Saint-Sacrement as part of the traditional Fighting Irish fall tailgate. The seniors played later that afternoon against the Diables from École Sécondaire de Donnacona. 

What does the future hold for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church?

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, launches her debut book at the Morrin Centre

"Matrons and Madams"

Photo: Sgt. Ronald Duchesne

Join Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, spouse of the Governor General, as she presents her debut novel, Matrons and Madams, at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chausée des Écossais in Old Quebec, on Monday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

St. Lawrence’s Student Centre construction underway

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On September 26, campus director Edward Berryman and administrative services coordinator Vincent DeBlois gave an update on the construction of the multi-purpose addition to Champlain–St. Lawrence, which began at the end of June, once classes were over. 

Vieux-Québec Feis 2015 descends on Sillery

Photo: Allison Kirkwood

On Saturday, September 26, some 300 Irish dancers, along with their families and friends, descended upon College Jésus-Marie-de-Sillery for the second annual Vieux-Québec Feis.  

Church bells in Ireland and Quebec City ring in memory of Great Famine victims

Photo: Luc-Antoine Couturier

Quebec City prepares to welcome refugees

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Several hundred refugees from the ongoing conflict in Syria may soon be able to start a new life in Quebec City. Mayor Régis Labeaume announced on Monday, September 21, that the city was prepared to receive between 500 and 800 people in the coming year. 

Big orange bus pulls up at City Hall: Mulcair visits Quebec

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair’s big orange bus pulled up outside City Hall last Thursday as part of a late-stage campaign tour of the region. 

Mulcair met briefly with Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume before addressing local MPs and activists at a rally at the Concorde hotel on Grande Allée.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue John-Molson

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue John-Molson is named in honour of John Molson (1763-1836), who was born in Lincolnshire, England. His parents died when he was very young and in 1782, at age 18, he immigrated to Canada. He settled in Montreal where he began working for the Thomas Lloyd brewery, which he eventually purchased in 1784. 

Blanchette building bridges in Louis-Hébert

Photo: Ruby Pratka

A tour of St. Patrick’s Cemetery

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

During the last weekend of September, many organizations and foundations across the province hosted events and activities to mark Les Journées de la Culture. In Quebec City on September 26, Irish Heritage Quebec’s John O’Connor took people on a tour of notable memorials at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. 

General Elections 2015: (2) Why I don’t like the NDP/Liberals

This is the second of four articles to appear in the QCT in the run-up to the General Election on 19 October. The title for last week’s was (1) Why I Like the NDP/Liberals. The next two will be will be: (3) Why I Like the Conservatives; and (4) Why I Don’t Like the Conservatives. 

Madonna lights up Videotron Centre

Photo: Jay Ouellet

The Videotron Centre was alive and pumping on Monday, September 21, when Vancouver DJ Sleepy Tom opened for Madonna's Rebel Heart concert.

Royal 22e Régiment musicians perform at the Citadel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the Saturday, September 26, visitors filled the Vanier Chapel of the Quebec Citadel for a free concert given by the Clarinet Quartet of the Royal 22e Régiment, all part of Les Journées de la Culture.  

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