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Noises Off … Slamming doors! Sardines!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

 

New Morrin Centre exhibit traces the history of capital punishment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Before it was a college, before it became the English-language cultural centre of Quebec City, the building housing the Morrin Centre had a different vocation: from 1812 to 1867 it was the Common Gaol. Now the Morrin Centre has launched its new immersive guided tour, which features the hanging of William Pounden in 1823 and capital punishment at the former prison.

Checkmate! Ste-Foy Elementary holds spring chess tournament

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Photo: Andrew Johnston

The Ste-Foy Elementary School held its annual chess tournament in April. Of the 12 students registered, nine came away with medals. The students were allowed two losses before they were eliminated. One loss was enough for a silver medal, but to win gold, they had to be undefeated in their group.

Clark elected PM 40 years ago: The “what-ifs” of Joe Who?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

By the time you read this there may or may not have been a flurry of reminiscences on a rather significant anniversary in Canadian history.

The 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Planning D-Day

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Common Domain

This article is the second in a series of four to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. The subsequent articles about the operation, code-named Overlord, will recall the preparation and the execution of D-Day.

In January 1943, at Casablanca, the fourth British-American summit conference endorsed an invasion of Germany via Northern France.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 25, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Vaccination

The story behind Rue de Marly

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Common Domain

Rue de Marly is rare proof that someone at City Hall had a wry sense of humour when choosing the name for this street back in 1980.

Printemps de la Musique, musical treats in Old Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The fourth annual Printemps de la Musique concert series operated like a well-oiled machine, thanks to the talent of the organizers and the many musicians who gave mini (and grand) free concerts at 20 different venues in the Old City.

The plethora of choices meant difficult decisions for many music lovers, who wanted to see and hear it all!

Grease is the word at St. Patrick’s High School

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

California sun, muscle cars, poodle skirts, cheerleaders, boy meets girl … Aah … the good old days at Rydell High! On May 16, St. Patrick’s High School put on the school version of the musical Grease. The cast of 14 students, supported by a choir and band, had the audience laughing, dancing, singing and cheering.

Cultural Caravan brings splashes of colour to Everest Elementary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As Quebec City becomes culturally more diverse, the student population in the Central Québec School Board tends to remain much the same, with mere splashes of cultural colour. The Eastern Québec Learning Centre (EQLC) in partnership with Quebec High School (QHS) brought diversity to Everest Elementary School with the Cultural Caravan on May 14.

St. Patrick’s High teams back at the Football Jamboree

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School football teams will be back on the field on Saturday, May 25, as the senior and junior teams take part in the annual Jamboree de Football at the Université Laval PEPS.

The Jamboree is a prelude to evaluate the teams that will play in the fall.

CHU Foundation Gala de Boxe fast approaching

The Gala de Boxe Challenge XPN for the Fondation du CHU is only a week away and the boxers are working hard to be ready for their upcoming matches.

The event will take place on the evening of May 31 and the afternoon of June 1 at the Colisée de Loretteville with over 20 male and female matches on both boxing cards.

Security perimeter erected around church

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Traffic on Grande Allée in front of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie will be restricted for an indefinite period due to the erection of a large security perimeter around the front of the church. City officials say there is no immediate risk of the 100-year-old building collapsing but, further to a judge’s decision, a security perimeter of concrete blocks was ordered built as a precaution.

Community Calendar

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. – Talk on Sleep and Mental Health by Dr. Meagan Daley, psychologist, at CEGEP St. Lawrence’s iA Financial Group auditorium, 790 Avenue Nérée-Tremblay. Free admission and free parking. For more details, visit wejh.ca/mental-health-week.

Who caught that Gaspé lobster?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fresh-caught Atlantic lobster is now available in Quebec.

On May 14, members of the media were invited to Ciel! the rotating bistro-bar at the top of Hôtel Le Concorde, to sample some of the fruits (de mer) of lobster harvesters’ labour, deliciously prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, David Forbes.

Curiosities of the Natural World presented at MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Planet Earth is filled with anomalies. When observed microscopically, a world interconnected by genes, atoms and time can be discovered. This notion is at the heart of the latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (MCQ), Curiosities of the Natural World. After stops in Asia, the North American première took place in Quebec City. The exhibit will be open until Jan. 5, 2020.

Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 traces Irish families

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People want to know about their families’ origins and cultures – it’s only natural. Ads for Ancestry.ca and DNA identification packages have gone viral. Information from old records and newspapers is being digitized and made public. Yet there are still many more names, details and stories to discover.

Liberal campaign slogans: Should sunny ways go dark?

From: Nill and Holton Consultants
Subject: Campaign
2019 themes
SUPER CONFIDENTIAL

Dear Prime Minister,

Attached please find our research report and focus-group findings regarding Liberal Party strategy for the general election five months hence. This covering letter touches on the salient points of those data.

Headlines from 100 years ago

Quebec warmly welcomes war heroes home

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada, Pa-004912

Quebec City was abuzz with activity 100 years ago at the end of the First World War. Canadian troops arriving home by ship landed first in Halifax, then proceeded by rail to the Gare du Palais in Quebec City. In this way, thousands of soldiers were funnelled through Lower Town on their way home to all parts of Canada.

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence celebrates student life

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

The annual CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Socio-Cultural Banquet was held in the iA Financial Group Auditorium on April 25. Club and group members gathered to honour contributions made to student life during the 2018-19 academic year. The student activities department recognized the involvement of many individuals in their respective groups and events.

The story behind Rue Charlebois

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Georges Biard from Wikimedia Commons

This street is named in honour of singer, actor, composer and songwriter Robert Charlebois, born in 1944 in Montreal. With a musical career that spans half a century, he is considered the godfather of Quebec rock.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

May 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Newfoundland Fisheries

Living the zero-waste life: in Limoilou–Saint-Roch

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau, seen in a popular meme.

Noises Off is ready to take off

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

It’s the door-slammer of all door-slammers. Some tickets are still available for a very rare theatrical event courtesy of the Quebec Art Company. Noises Off takes to the stage at CEGEP St. Lawrence for four performances from May 16 to 19.

A night at the Opéra de Québec with Nabucco

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera about Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon (c. 634-562 BC), was presented at the Grand Théâtre on May 11, 14, 16 and 18. If you receive this newspaper by its publication date, May 15, you may still have a chance to see the Thursday or Saturday evening performance.

The Morrin Centre hosts Some Enchanted Evening

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Young artists sang their hearts out for the third of six concerts offered through the My Morrin program at the Morrin Centre. Attendees were delighted by the voices of seven talented, local artists. Philippe Girard, Tony Pelletier, Vanessa Bergeron, Anne Payer, J.P.

The ups and downs of “fast fashion”

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The temperature is rising … at last. It’s time to wash and put away our winter clothes, and take out our bright, lightweight summer clothes.

75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Debating D-Day

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the first in a series of four articles to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, June 6, 1944. Besides covering the Allied debate preceding the operation, code-named Overlord, the texts will recall the planning, preparation and execution of D-Day.

Jean Vanier and L’Arche, his life’s work

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

On May 7, Jean Vanier, a Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, passed away. Vanier helped change the world’s perception of people with developmental disabilities.

A Companion of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec and a recipient of the Templeton Prize, Jean Vanier spent most of his life quietly helping others, not looking for accolades.

Community Calendar

May 15 to 20 – Hit The Floor 2019, world-class dance competition at the Centre de congrès et d’expositions de Lévis. For details, see hitthefloor.ca/tournee/levis-2019.

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