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Local churches show “Every day is Earth Day”

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Earth Day will be celebrated by over a billion people in 190 countries on April 22. The Earth Day Network states, "As the world's population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever."

Among those taking this challenge seriously are faith communities.

imagiNation lights up the Morrin Centre

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Another chapter was written in the annals of the imagiNation Writers' Festival at the Morrin Centre in Old Quebec this past week. The fifth edition of the annual literary festival drew 14 English-speaking writers from across Canada for a weekend of readings, book signings, workshops and reflection, on topics ranging from historical fiction to popular science.

Book fair welcomes thousands of avid readers

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From April 9 to 13, the Centre des Congrès de Québec hosted the city's annual Salon international du Livre. Once past the gate with their four-dollar ticket, visitors entered the literary world of authors, publishers and caricature artists who shared their creative spirit with fans and curious readers. The entire space was filled with book kiosks showing their merchandise.

Sillery Junction – “Those Were the Days”

Ah, yes, I remember it well. The single-storey store with Mrs. Cochran serving all the kids with one-cent candy. Oh, those honeymoons, all covered in chocolate. Boy, were they good.

I was a paper delivery boy for the Chronicle-Telegraph around 1944 or so with a route of about 40-50 papers per day, stretching from the Junction to slightly west of Belvedere Avenue. Quite a run every day.

The fabulous adventures of Flat Alex

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Alex Bourlinguez, 17, lives with his parents and twin brother in Quebec City. He enjoys his job as the school's mail delivery person, and likes working in woodworking class and reading books about the nations of the world. He's visited nearly 20 countries on five continents.

The PLQ celebrate their victory

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

While people across the province watched the televised provincial election returns on April 7, local Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) candidates and their supporters gathered to watch and celebrate at a restaurant near Université Laval.

As the results came in, Jean-Guy Légaré, president of the PLQ electoral committee, presented them to the cheering crowd.

Critters and Customs

Photo: Wikipedia

Not too many years ago, actually from 1983 to 1987, I was a Customs officer on the Canada-Maine (U.S.) border. I lived in a house right across from the port of

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
March 27, 1864: An excellent display of Easter meats may be expected at our city markets today and more particularly at the Upper Town and Champlain markets where

Walking: the people’s sport

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

As snow piles give way to puddles and run-off streams, some Quebec City residents are not wasting a minute indoors. Some 60 members of Volkssport Nord-Sud de Québec (VNS) took to the Plains of Abraham on Friday, April 11, for one of their first organized group walks of the season.

2014 a momentous year: the Quebec Garrison Club turns 135 and the QCT, 250

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

A recent edition of the newsletter of the Quebec Garrison Club - Le Cercle de la Garnison featured an article about the history of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Nicole Blouin, the club secretary and editor of the newsletter, contacted the QCT's Shirley Nadeau, a member of the Garrison Club, about including the newspaper's history in their publication.

UFC has a hold on Quebec City this week

Photo: Jay Ouellet

UFC landed in QC at Place Fleur-de-Lys today. Most of Canada's stars were there, including two-time Olympic Bobsled Gold Medalist Kaillie Humphries, who has been a fan of Mixed Martial Arts for many years. In this photo, during a demonstration match, she submits UFC Pro Middleweight Francis Carmont of Montreal to the mat with an armbar.

Canadians are saddened by the death of Jim Flaherty


The sudden death of James Michael "Jim" Flaherty on April 10, at age 64, has greatly saddened Canadians and international figures who knew him well. Flaherty was Canada's Minister of Finance and had been Minister of Finance for Ontario. The flag over Parliament Hill in Ottawa was lowered to half-mast in his honour.

A step into the past: the former QCT building in Old Quebec

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

In 1908, Frank Carrel (son of John Carrel, who founded the Daily Telegraph in 1875) had an impressive building erected at the corner of Buade and du Trésor streets to house his printing company; the newspaper's first home at this location was destroyed after a disastrous fire in 1907.

Slow Art Day at the Musée des Beaux-arts

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 12, the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec held a Slow Art Day, a very special exhibit that called for the visitors' active participation as they contemplated selected works. Slow Art Day was held in more than 230 venues around the world on the same day.

St. Lawrence Lions recapture provincial hockey trophy

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Photo: Dominique Routhier

The SLC Lions won their fourth provincial championship in five years with a 4-2 win over the Cégep André-Laurendeau Boomerang at the Université Laval PEPS arena on April 12. With the win, St. Lawrence took the best three-out-of-five final series 3-1.

However, the defending champions, Boomerang, didn't go quietly.

Yes they Can: Towers of canned goods for charity at Place Laurier

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Dominique Tremblay and his team-mates, Jean-François Bélanger, Guy Brousseau, Styve Dulac, and Jennifer Lapointe, are used to working on somewhat larger construction sites.

Quebec City Reading Council celebrates National Volunteer Week

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Photo: Photo provided by Cathy Nolan

April 6 to 12 was National Volunteer Week.

Got junk you’d like to get rid of?

La Collecte verte, an initiative of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in collaboration with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) will be back in Quebec City for the 9th Green Collection on Sunday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There will be magic in the air in August

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Festival de magie de Québec

Are you a budding or experienced magician? Whatever your age or expertise, now is the time to register for the upcoming Michel Cailloux Magic Contest being held during the Magic Festival that will take place in Quebec City from August 29 to 31, 2014. There are prizes to be won from $500 for the winners in each category to $2,500 for the grand prize winner, totalling $5,000.

Tennis anyone? Team Canada faces the Slovak Republic

Montreal, April 9, 2014 - Tennis Canada recently announced the team that will compete in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I play-off tie between Canada and the Slovak Republic. The games will take place on April 19 and 20, 2014, at PEPS on the campus of Université Laval in Quebec City.

Festival d’Été unveils its summer music lineup

Photo: Philippe Renaud

Organizers of the 47th Festival d'Été de Québec (FEQ) have announced the lineup for this summer. Headliners such as Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Bryan Adams, Snoop Dogg, Journey and the Steve Miller Band will thrill audiences with a top-quality, balanced and diversified program.

SLC’s performance hall project reaches first milestone

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain Regional College recently announced it had reached another important point in the school's efforts to add a major extension to St. Lawrence Campus. On April 3, director general Ken Robertson confirmed that Pierre Duchesne, Quebec's Minister of Higher Education, advised the College that he has earmarked $3 million for the project. Robertson explained, "This is a first milestone.

OSQ Choir celebrates 50th anniversary


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ), a special concert was held at the Grand Théâtre last Wednesday, April 2.

The orchestra, choir and soloists, Hélène Guilmette (soprano) and Philippe Sly (baritone), were led by guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the artistic director of I Musici de Montréal.

Bake sale held for St. Lawrence’s annual Fashion Show

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain-St. Lawrence students will hold their annual Fashion Show on April 18, and funds raised will go to the Benjo Foundation to help children in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood. To help cover the costs of the event, organizers have been raising money through various channels, including a bake sale held on April 3 on the campus.

Cheerleading at its best

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Last weekend, Quebec City was host to the 2014 Canadian Cheerleading Championships at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse at ExpoCité. Eighty-one teams of the All Star division competed on Saturday and on Sunday, competitions took place for another 39 teams in the School division.

SLC Lions take first game of provincial finals

Photo: Marlene Weber

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Pillow fight at Place d’Youville

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 5, people armed with pillows gathered in Place d'Youville. On signal, at 3:00 p.m., they started whacking each other and the International Pillow Fight Day battle was underway. These mock battles occur in 110 major cities around the world on the first Saturday of April.

Fair-weather warning: How to share the streets safely

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

The days are lengthening and the streets are slowly being cleared of ice and gravel. Although pedestrians are still walking along snow-walled sidewalks, they are out walking in increasing numbers. Despite deep puddles and teeth-rattling potholes, fair-weather cyclists are back on the streets.

François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation proclaimed as Saints

Photo: Image courtesy of the Église catholic de Québec

A message from Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

It is with great joy and thanksgiving that the Bishops of Canada welcome [on April 3, 2014] proclamation by Pope Francis that the Universal Church recognizes Bishop François de Laval and Mother Marie of the Incarnation as Saints.

Tartan Day celebrations at the Pub Saint-Alexandre

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